Seventh and eighth grades will be a child’s last years at Mercy Montessori, but in many very real ways, they are among the most important. Students are now adolescents, with all the challenges inherent to this phase of life. As their world begins to open, and their questions become more urgent, the gentle but structured environment of Mercy allows them to move slowly toward adulthood.
The goal now is to ensure students will have the education, personal discipline and moral determination to thrive in the more independent and less supportive environments of high school, college, and life.
In Junior High, children study Social Sciences, Science, Geography, History, Language Arts, Spanish, Grammar, Mathematics, Practical Management, Music, Art, Physical Education, and Religion.
The educational process includes one on one interaction with the teacher, small group presentations, long term projects, journal writing, discussion groups, drama and musical presentations, computer integration and research, and large group presentations.
Lessons are combined with experiences to ensure that students continue to explore the interrelationship of personal morality and the real world. Philosophical ideas are related to natural and cultural history, and the Great Lessons serve as a platform for intensive study in the humanities.
In these two years students are also required to participate in service learning activities by volunteering with an agency in the community.
“My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding from secondary school to university but of passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity and effort of will.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
Educational Resources for Junior High Students
- 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 (ages 12-18), but David Kahn