Motivating students to be confident, independent and successful
The Montessori School of Westminster Middle School curriculum is divided into 6-week cycles that cultivate your child’s time management and problem-solving skills in an environment that fosters educational excellence. Click the links for more information about our Beginnings/Primary and Elementary school programs.
Middle School Program
- Designed for students in grades 7 through 9.
- Classes meet 8:30 AM thorugh 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.
- Individual and group work builds decision-making making skills and teaches time management to students.
- Qualifying students can earn high school credits in Algebra, Geometry, Spanish 1 and English 1.
In addition to academics, your child’s Montessori education includes the opportunity to run businesses and take part in project-based learning and special activities:
- Middle schoolers select and plan all aspects of weeklong Adventure programs to destinations like San Francisco and the Grand Canyon.
- Students run the Montessori school portrait studio, yearbook and recycling programs, generating profits to help pay for Adventure programs.
- Children take part in two “Immersion” weeks at destinations like Deep Creek Lake (Maryland) or Lake Anna (Virginia) that combine outdoor exercise with nature, astronomy, cooking and other practical life skills.
- Student internships provide your child with 20 hours of job shadowing per year to explore future career choices.
Our Montessori teaching curriculum for Middle School covers:
- Literature, including analysis, discussion, and responding in writing; language, including sentence structure and diagramming, increasingly complex vocabulary building, Greek and Latin roots, and, writing, including technical, personal, and informational purposes skill-building. The emphasis in the MIddle School program is on accurate writing.
- Math: Middle School math through algebra II; group problem-solving; and, sciences, including earth and space science, physical sciences and introduction to biological sciences.
- Social studies, including government; world cultures; US history; and, public speaking.
- Arts including practical arts, creative arts, art appreciation, and music.
- Physical Educaiton including team and life sports as well as individual fitness.
Students who graduate from our Montessori school will have mastered:
- Time management skills, including the ability to break down extended projects into steps and sections.
- Decision-making skills, arising from multiple opportunities to problem-solve and mediate class issues in a safe environment.
- A core set of academic skills, such as writing a literature analysis, diagramming sentences, using research to teach others, and multi-step math problem-solving.
- Leadership skills, arising from opportunities to organize, plan, and oversee different entrepreneurial opportunities within the classroom