Our modern, urban junior high environment is staffed by NAMTA guided and trained adolescent teachers. This three-year cycle of Montessori curriculum uses the energies and needs of the adolescent to enhance their academic development and business leadership skills, while helping them to discover their place in the world with regards to social needs, cultural differences and personal responsibilities.
The classroom structure is nurturing and learner-centered and offers a wide range of experiences. Students’ work is divided into personal learning and group learning. Personal learning involves work such as essays and tests that lend themselves to students’ individual efforts. Though academic work can be undertaken in partnership with others, students are held individually accountable for their progress. Group learning takes place in teams of three to four, where students learn to collaborate on projects and where research is shared in presentations, seminars, and debates.
Our whole-person approach to education offers an opportunity for the adolescent to grow in all domains of development during this turbulent time, and leaves adolescent students well prepared to tackle any academic or social challenge and to flourish in a wide variety of settings.