The Montessori focus on peace education and conflict resolution continues in our Middle School Program. In the beginning of the year, students identify the pillars of a positive Middle School community, and as the year continues, they actively work to uphold these.
4197 S 600 W
New Palestine, IN 46163
Middle School (ages 12-15)
Peace, Grace + Courtesy, Service Learning
Practical Life lessons are held regularly in the Middle School and address issues of particular concern to adolescents: standardized testing, community, conflict resolution, family and peer relations, and a variety of basic life skills (e.g. – folding clothes, wrapping gifts, audience etiquette, etc.). The Middle School Micro-economy curriculum allows students to create, plan, and run a business. The funds raised support Middle School activities, chosen charities, and future micro-economy ventures.
The Middle School Language Arts program is integrated across the academic curriculum with a particular link to the sciences and social sciences (S3). Students continue their development of individual skills and the crafting of language through vocabulary and word study; the reading process with a focus on comprehension and self-monitoring strategies; and reading applications with informational, technical, persuasive, and literary text. Students explore their understanding of the writing process – prewriting, drafting, editing, conferencing, revising and publishing – and learn a variety of writing applications, conventions, and research techniques. They develop oral and visual communication through unique individual and group projects and deliver informational and persuasive presentations.
Math is taught in small group lessons, where each course of study is matched with individual developmental needs. The math curriculum focuses on projects integrated with the sciences and social sciences (S3) curriculum. By the end of Eighth Grade, students complete Algebra 1.
S3 is the driving force in our Middle School curriculum. The program continues to develop and refine research and inquiry skills learned in the Elementary cultural lessons while emphasizing individual research and modern history. The S3 curriculum is an integrated study of geography, history, social studies, and science for Seventh- and Eighth-Graders. Because adolescents learn best when given real-world, personal, hands-on learning opportunities, S3 studies are taught through impressionistic lessons, primary and secondary source readings, independent research, experiments, and class discussions. The curriculum follows a two-year cycle with Year A focusing on earth science and physics through the lens of history of astronomy, US Westward Expansion, the US Industrial Revolution, and the global sustainability/green movement; Year B focuses on earth science and biology through the lens of ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Rome, the US Civil War, US Reconstruction, the US Civil Rights Movement, and global peace movements.
Library and technology lessons support the Middle School curriculum, teaching students research skills, internet safety, email usage, and all things Google.