Levels 7 & 8
But, above all it is the education of adolescents that is important, because adolescence is the time when the child enters on the state of manhood and becomes a member of society. -Maria Montessori
Structure of the Program
The GSCM Montessori Adolescent Program serves children ages 12-14. Two full-time Montessori guides and one full-time assistant make up the core Adolescent team. Curriculum specialists include: art, music, Spanish and PE teachers, as well as an Intervention Specialist and Algebra teacher. A certified religion teacher coordinates the adolescent religion curriculum. The GSCM Adolescent program is designed to continue the beauty of the Montessori experience while introducing some more traditional aspects as students prepare to enter high school.
The prepared environment for the Adolescent program is in the Holy Family House. This environment includes a STEM room, Math room, Humanities room, sunroom, tutor room, and working kitchen. Students also have access to a patio and deck for outdoor learning and working opportunities. The school’s Our Lady of Victory garden and workshop are utilized and maintained by the Adolescent community.
Who is the Adolescent?
The young adolescent (ages 12-14) is at the beginning of the third plane of development. This marks the end of childhood and the transition into maturity or adulthood. Maria Montessori believed that the young adolescent is in a period of rapid growth and development, very similar to the period of infancy. The child in this phase is changing physically with the onset of puberty, as well as changing psychologically and emotionally as he/she comes to know the self in a deeper way and how he/she fits into greater society.
The young adolescent is seeking social independence as he/she prepares for the adult world and is continually asking the question, “Who am I?” This child on the verge of adulthood is highly emotional and sensitive, yet intellectually mature and socially aware. The young adolescent needs an environment of strong, positive community, real-world experiences, and the opportunity to self-reflect and discuss relevant social, political, and moral topics.
Elements of GSCM Adolescent Program
Integrated Humanities curriculum
History (Secular and Biblical)
Logic and critical thinking
Expanded Language Arts
Creative and expository writing (MLA format)
Grammar and Word Etymology
Algebra I offered
Preparation for HSPT
Labs and STEM components
Open work periods
Goal-setting and Student-led Conferences
Weekly religion class
Yearly NET retreat
Trimester rotation of art, music, PE
Self-expression project each year
Spanish 3x per week
Fall–Hocking Hills (team-building, nature)
Spring–Washington DC or Virginia
Connected to Humanities curriculum
The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence. -Maria Montessori