Junior High (7th-9th Grades)
“I am capable of creating a
life that honors my unique needs while at the same time honoring the needs of
Montessori philosophy views
adolescence as a period of great transformation and extraordinary potential.
The adolescent thrives in an environment rich in purposeful work in which they
are developing skills and not simply acquiring knowledge.
Montessori School (SCMS) provides an
innovative land and farm-based educational program in which adolescents can
excel academically, engage in meaningful work, acquire leadership skills and
learn to care for themselves, their peers, the environment and their community.
The curriculum is interdisciplinary with a
strong emphasis on science, math, humanities and arts. It is centered on topics
that have personal, environmental and societal relevance, and that allow for
discussion and debate. Academically, the adolescent program is rigorous,
providing students an avenue for accurate self-assessment and individualized
goal setting that emphasizes challenge, achievement and accountability. It also
respects and provides free space for thoughtful choice on projects meaningful
to the student, and time to independently prioritize one’s work and manage it
according to one’s own learning style.
A unique entrepreneurial element in the
curriculum is a student-run micro-business that is selected and developed each
year. The business offers products and services to the larger community and is
managed entirely by the students. This experience orients students to the
concepts of entrepreneurship, production and exchange. Understanding these
concepts is essential to the development of self-reliance and economic
awareness during adolescence.
Meaningful connection to the land and animals is
an integral part of the program. SCMS offers the only farm-based junior high
Montessori in the Twin Cities and is one of only a handful nationwide. Classes are
held in a renovated farmhouse on the SCMS Campus which allows students to have
their own space, care for the farm animals and explore nature. SCMS is proud to
have a trained environmentalist on staff who will be working closely with the
lead teachers to optimize the environmental focus of the program.