12-14 year olds

The Adolescent program builds on the work the child has experienced throughout their Montessori education in Children’s House and Elementary, but takes them into the more abstract learning techniques of reading, discussion, and application. The Montessori approach of discovery and revelation of the child’s nature continues with this period of adolescence as students learn more about themselves and how to develop a sense of belonging with their peers and in the world around them.

Students in the Adolescent program collaborate with their classmates and develop confidence in research, writing, and presentation. They further their independence and pursue deep study of a topic of interest in a yearlong project presented to other students and their families. Students have an opportunity to run their own business, a microeconomy project that develops leadership and responsibility within the class community. Now in their third plane of develop, adolescents require the freedom to test boundaries, make mistakes, and improve themselves as they prepare for adulthood. The Adolescent program at MCMS offers many opportunities for growth and real-world experiences that extend outside the doors of the classroom, through farm days, service projects, outdoor adventures, class trips and more.

Montessori Environment8:00am – 3:15pm Monday – Friday
After School Club3:15pm – 5:30pm Monday – Friday

The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.

~ Dr. Maria Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence