Adolescent Program

IMG_2945The Downtown Montessori Academy Adolescent Program is an academically challenging program designed to meet the social, academic and emotional needs of adolescents in grades 7 and 8. The course of study includes math, language, science, social studies, geography, and personal reflection. There is weekly instruction in physical education, arts, and music.  Students also participate in several outside-of-the-classroom experiences.The Adolescent Program at Downtown Montessori Academy is based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori and Dr. Elisabeth Coe, a Montessori educator and researcher specializing in early adolescence.

Developmentally Responsive
In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, the Adolescent Program looks to the various stages of the child’s growth as a guide to instruction. It uses these developmental stages as the foundation of its educational design.

The Adolescent Program is holistic in its approach to educating the whole child, not only the child’s cognitive potential, but also his or her physical, social, emotional, and moral growth. The courses are interrelated so that the student realizes the interconnections of life.

Adolescents are in the process of defining themselves and need a learning environment that can provide opportunities for students to use and confirm their personal abilities to benefit themselves and others.

The course is designed as a two-year program.  Instruction includes Mathematics, Language, Natural World, Social World and Personal World.

Language consists of literature, writing, vocabulary, and grammar.  Adolescents read and discuss a variety of works including stories, drama, poetry, and informational text, and several novels.  Students choose a book to read every quarter and present a book review to the class.

Writing work is done in all academic areas and includes essay papers using The Five Part Writing Process, quick writing, and free writing.

Natural World (science) consists of reading, discussion, conducting experiments and giving presentations.  Experiments are generally done in pairs or small groups.  Science work is greatly extended by our eight trips to Discovery World featuring work-specific labs with the latest scientific equipment. Science is also addressed during our four custom-built trips to the Urban Ecology Center.

Social World (social studies and geography) consists of reading, discussion, map work, timeline work, projects, presentations and a study of primary sources.

Personal World  is a time for students to focus their energy on personal reflection.  It allows an introspective time to set goals, reduce stress, and create a personal vision.  During this time, we will have discussions, students may work by themselves on guided self-knowledge activities or by writing in their journal.

Off Campus Opportunities
Adolescents have many opportunities for becoming an important member of their community.  In addition to volunteering at school, adolescents have the chance to choose a site to participate in community service.  They also have the opportunity to choose a site to engage as an intern.  These opportunities allow the adolescents to explore their passions.  Downtown Montessori Academy currently has over forty community partners for this exciting and unique program.

The Adolescents go on a class camping trip for 3 days that highlights nature study, community service, self-reliance, and team building.


Adolescent School Day

All Lower Elementary programs are five days per week. School day hours are:

Before School Care (optional) 7:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Classes Begin 8:45 AM
Dismissal 3:30 PM
After School Care (optional) 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
After School Programs (optional) 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM