The Mercy Montessori adolescent program was started in 1992. We are proud to be the first such program in Cincinnati. We founded our adolescent program upon the philosophy of Maria Montessori, the charism of the Sisters of Mercy, and best practices of adolescent education.
We believe the work of early adolescence is finding their place in their community. Activities are designed to help adolescents answer the question, “How do I fit in?” Overnight adventures, student planned trips, group initiatives, and exposure to the local community through service projects are integral activities to lead students to develop their place.
The work of the adolescent is an academic pursuit as well. Our program is organized to foster the development of new abstract thinking skills that emerge in this stage of development. Academic structures include interdisciplinary instruction, heterogenous learning groups, flexible schedules, and a developmentally challenging set of knowledge and skill objectives.
Mercy Montessori Junior High Materials and Information
- Thematic Planning
- Outdoor Learning at Mercy Montessori
- Ecolab, Erdkinder, and Microeconomy Work
- Farmessori Page
- Health and Wellness Classes
Educational Resources for Junior High Students
- Key Experiences for the Adolescent, NAMTA Journal, Toward Key Experiences, John Long, 2001.
- A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Middle Schools, by Deborah Gilbert, PhD
- Liberty and Hope for the Adolescent: Valorization of the Personality, by Marta Donahoe
- Glimpses of the True Adolescent, by David Kahn
- The Third Plane of Development (12-18 year olds), by David Kahn