12 years – 15 years: Adolescence Coming Soon!
“The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence
“Children in the third plane of development, ages 12-18, are characterized by self concern and self assessment. This is a sensitive period for both critical thinking and exploring social and moral values. Adolescents in this plane have a desire for emotional independence. (‘I can stand on my own.’)” –msb.org
In the middle school classroom, students continue to develop physically and intellectually while establishing their sense of social order. The goals of this developmental period are social, moral, cognitive, and emotional. Learn more about the adolescent curriculum. The framework of adolescence retains the foundations for lifetime learning while deepening the practical skills and productive independence required for adulthood. Our program will offer a healthy framework for academic growth with big expectations for self-development.
Middle School Fundraising
In the fall of 2018, Dr. Robert and Nenita Fry offer to match up to $16,000 toward a middle school program at Montessori School of Huntsville. As of August 2019, our community raised $8,108.29 toward that goal, before match.
Thank you for your generous donations!
Donors include the Rowe, Nishita, Claburn, Robinson and Brown Families.
Thank you to the entire MSH family for supporting our Spirit Night fundraisers at Zoe’s Kitchen, Rosie’s Mexican Cantina, and Straight to Ale.
Would you like to join the family of donors contributing to the middle school? Every dollar you give unlocks another toward this amazing program. Donate here!
Let’s face it. We do a lot of our research online. So if you want to learn a little more before contributing your hard earned resources, this section is for you.
We believe a Montessori program is the best education a child can have. Ultimately, you have to decide that for yourself. We’re here to answer your questions anytime, but here are a few free resources to help you evaluate whether a Montessori education is right for Huntsville’s children. First, check out our overview of adolescent program outcomes. Then consider some additional resources, below.
North American Montessori Teachers’ Association
The North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA) has an excellent description of Montessori Middle School pulled from a number of existing Montessori schools throughout the nation.
“Middle school ushers in a new level of independence, which must be provided for in the Montessori environment by increasing activity from the point of view of work level, choices, and planning…” Read more at NAMTA.org.
The Montessori community Montessori Rocks enthuses over everything Montessori, including Montessori middle school.
“[S]etting up young adolescents for success in high school comes down to incorporating creativity and choice, collaboration and the social nature of adolescents, and strengthening growing independence through organization and time-management skill building…” Read more at montessorirocks.org.