We have some exciting news…Chesapeake Montessori School is adding a middle school!
Most people associate Montessori with early childhood and elementary years, so you might be surprised by this announcement. But did you know that Maria Montessori thought the adolescent years, in the third plane of development, are the most important of all?
In keeping with the Montessori principle of child-directed education, we are co-creating the curriculum with the students and parents. Students will learn real life skills in a way that teaches practical skills like how to care for a vehicle, as well as broader life skills like cooperation, responsibility, self-directed learning, and an increasing independence in all areas of life.
Why did we create a Montessori middle school?
The graduating elementary students asked for it (and we couldn’t be happier that they did!).
Creating a new level of our school is the ultimate expression of Montessori principles, and we’re honored to provide this for our students.
The middle school years are like a second toddlerhood, and most traditional middle schools don’t support students in the way they need during these years. Children are focused on independence, but still need close supervision, want to learn real life skills, but need a supportive environment for it. Our middle school will meet the unique needs of this age group in a way that prepares them for high school and beyond.
How will this be different from typical middle school?
This middle school is holistic, combining classic academics with real life skills in a self-directed learning environment.
Middle school years are hard for everyone–and most of us remember it as the most awkward years of our life. This new school will give children a safe place to navigate through these difficult years, and end up on the other side confident, capable, and ready for the challenges of high school.
We believe that teenagers should have opportunities to explore real life experiences in a safe way. So that’s exactly what we’re creating.
Maria Montessori said that middle school children should be sent off to “farm school” to learn real life on the farm. We’re not going quite to that extreme, but we’re adapting the principle to our modern day needs.
Our holistic curriculum includes:
Group outings to places of interest
- Historical sites
- Places of natural beauty
- Interactive educational museums
Caring for class vehicle
- Doing maintenance checks before each outing
- Checking the oil
- Regular washes
- Class will have its own micro-economy of raising hens and selling the eggs so children can learn business, finance, economics, and responsibility.
A Mainstream middle school education, Montessori style
- NO homework! Students are responsible for completing work during school day, and what’s leftover goes home.
- Although children have scheduled lessons and due dates for assignments, students are an essential part of the planning process of how that curriculum is achieved.
State Academic Curriculum
- We’ll still follow the state academic curriculum, to keep students on track for any high school they choose.
- The “how” of completing this curriculum is what makes it Montessori.
- Our lead teacher is both state and Montessori-certified.
- Less deskwork, more interactive work
- Visiting workplaces of interest
- Local field trips based on students’ interests
- International field trip planned and executed by the students
The best part?
While learning real life skills they’ll also be completing a more traditional high school curriculum, earning credits for their high school years. This gives students the freedom to use their high school years exploring areas of special interest and expanding their academics in a way that fits their goals and desires.
We’ll be developing the curriculum throughout the summer and continue to develop and refine it as the school year progresses, working carefully to co-create it with the students and parents.
This is an exciting time, and we’re so excited to finally share this with you! If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. To start the application process or find out more, schedule your tour today by filling out the form below the post.
Thanks for being part of this exciting time with us,
Shanna, Head of School