Grades 7 and 8
Countryside Montessori Middle School is a holistic program that addresses the needs of the adolescent student. Since 1993, our program has provided a safe, secure and developmentally appropriate environment to ensure all students reach their fullest potential. A strong academic program is provided as well as opportunities for individual growth and development. Our middle school is a self-contained classroom of both seventh and eighth grade students. Students and teachers work together to promote a community atomosphere of learning. Students who wish to be active participants in their education will thrive in this environment whether or not they have had a previous Montessori background.
The goals for the Countryside Montessori Middle School are for a student to graduate from our program as:
- an intellectually reflective person with good study and organizational skills
- a caring and ethical individual
- a good citizen
- a person who feels good about himself/herself
FOCUSED ON THE EARLY ADOLESCENT
The Countryside Montessori Middle School strives to fill the needs of the early adolescent. The 12-15 year old is caught between hanging onto the remnants of childhood and being plunged into adulthood. At this crucial period in time, most students thrust into large, impersonal schools where they have few friends and know and trust even fewer adults. Currently in our society, young adolescents are far more at risk for self-destructive behaviors such as educational failure, drug and alcohol abuse, and violence than ever before. Countryside’s Middle School provides a safe, secure and developmentally appropriate environment to ensure that all students can reach their fullest potential.
A strong academic program based on mastery learning includes language arts, pre-algebra, algebra, life science, physical science, Spanish, and social studies. The program allows students to pursue research areas and to extend their learning beyond the classroom. This is accomplished through independent study, extended field trips, outreach, a student-run business, and community internships. Parents, teachers and students work in partnership to guide the self-actualization of the student.
"The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult. "
- Maria Montessori in The Secret of Childhood