MSL’s Middle School environment supports children ages 12 to 15 years old, with two lead Montessori or state certified teachers. With smaller class sizes, students and their teacher develop a relationship of trust.
The Secondary Montessori environment is designed for a community of learners. The classroom is equipped with group and individual tables, a variety of chairs (exercise ball, student chairs, office chairs), and comfortable seating area. The space is designed to meet the physical, social, and academic needs of the student.
Overview of Program
The Middle School program provides students:
- to opportunity to be 21st century learners. With the birth of Google, educators have realized their role has shifted from memorization to guiding students to mastering their own learning and creativity;
- learning through socratic teaching, help students develop strong critical thinking skills, collaboration, communication skills both written and oral;
- inspiration and opportunity for collaboration and innovation among our students.
- an environment that fosters trust and respect, which provides students a supportive environment as they move through this sensitive stage of development;
- the ability to integrate current education research and the unique characteristics of adolescents to help students to become successful, creative, confident, lifelong learners.
Middle school students work from a contract that includes lessons and project-based learning. Learning is integrated to maintain the Montessori philosophy and to show the students the connections between subject areas.
The Secondary level cultural curriculum rotates on a two year cycle. During the first year cycle, students are presented lessons in Life Science and World History. The second year cycle, students are presented lessons in Physical Science and American History.
Math and language area lessons are presented to the students on a grade level basis. The curriculum has been purposefully designed to meet the learning expectations of the student. Students are provided study guides and grading rubrics.
The curriculum guides outline the lessons that will be taught and the work assignments required. Personal growth and accountability are emphasized at this level and demonstrated by the students. Group discussions are led through Socratic dialogues, and every member of the community is encouraged to participate.
Arts and physical education are integrated within the students’ weekly schedule. Technology use is presented as an extension of a student’s ability to communicate. Students are immersed in the use of technology as a collaboration and research tool, shifting the power of learning directly into the hands of students.
As partners, students share with their teacher the responsibility of monitoring their academic progress, and parents are kept aware through an interactive record keeping system. Through the use of End of Cycle Summary forms and individual conference reports, parents are invited twice a year to be a part of student led conferences. MAP assessments are administered three times a year and Study Island is strongly encouraged for at home practice.