Our adolescent program is a challenging academic program. It combines the didactic lessons of the core subject areas with the Montessori ideals and “pedagogy of place” curriculum.
Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades develop a sense of self from their work, their contributions, their philanthropy and their care for each other. This small community has continued to grow since the first middle school class began in 2007. The adolescent program encourages independence yet plenty of opportunity for interaction between the older and younger children.
Studies and work done in the early Montessori years culminate in a curriculum designed to meet the needs and personality of the adolescent in an expanded “prepared environment.” This new and broader community includes the school, its immediate neighborhood, and the myriad of resources of both University Circle and the greater Cleveland area.
Adolescent Middle School Core Subjects
- Language Arts & Writing
- Humanities – Literature, History, Geography, Philosophy
- Mathematics – Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry
- Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- Religion– option for Catholic theology
- Music – collaborations with the Cleveland Institute of Music
- Art/Occupations – utilizing area institutions and parent expertise
- Physical Education/Experiences – including weight training and Yoga
- Foreign Language
- “Pedagogy of Place”
Experiential education provides the practical work component of the adolescent program. Students work with local businesses and experts in various fields to take the knowledge gained in the core subject areas beyond the classroom. These inter-disciplinary projects emphasize the integration of work with academic studies.
The connection of the adolescent with the land is of great importance, for it is in this connection that lessons of interdependence, stewardship, and humility are absorbed, as well as our link with history.
Occupations / Micro-economy
Middle School students have opportunities to experience and discover a variety of disciplines that lead to self-expression, responsibility, problem solving and community building. They are able to choose from a rotating selection of activities throughout the year (arts, chores, cooking, crafts, drama, music, sewing, etc.)
Participation in the creation of micro-economies helps to develop a sense of economic responsibility and business skills; including product development, marketing, advertising, budgeting, etc. Real, substantive work supports the ability to manage time, solve problems, set goals, and see the intrinsic rewards of meeting a common goal.
Key Experiences for the Adolescent:
- Working: Physical labor integrated with academic work
- Expressing Oneself: Art, music, creative arts, crafts, drama, public performance, writing & speaking
- Relating to Adults: Maintaining respectful positive, relationships with adults
- Building Community and Relating to Peers: Assuming a participatory and responsible role within the community, group problem solving, cooperative activities, conflict resolution
- Developing Personal Identity: Developing positive and separate identity, time spent away from parents and urban areas, time to reflect, journal writing, clarification of values
- Developing the Intellect: Academic challenge, exploration of skills, reading excellent literature, seminars, science experiments and projects, applied mathematics, research
- Developing Business Skills: Real work experience in the community, entrepreneurial activities
- Participating in the Adult World Exploring natural and man-made environment, camping, land activities, gardening, real world field experiences
- Assuming Responsibility: Creating and maintaining the environment, student planning of activities
- Serving Others: Caring and sharing with older people, giving service to others in the community, working with younger children
Admission to the adolescent program from within Cleveland Montessori will be through re-enrollment invitation. Staff will review student progress in all areas and signal any concerns about the student’s readiness for the adolescent program.
Students coming from other schools will be considered after review of school transcripts, teacher recommendations, two or three day visit, writing sample and an interview. These students will be considered for admission based on available space.