Discover Montessori School
Discover Montessori School
3460 Jingle Pot Road, Nanaimo, BC
3460 Jingle Pot Road, Nanaimo, BC

Middle School 


The Middle School Program is a 3-year program encompassing grades 7, 8, & 9.


Completion of all three years is required and the student is required to complete the yearly Odyssey trip which happens before the beginning of each school year for grades 7-9. We encourage teens and their parents to learn more about this commitment before signing up. 


Entry for all students to the program is at grade 7. Given the multi-year nature of the program we typically do not accept students into grade 8 or 9 without direct experience from an equivalent Montessori program.


Our Middle School program follows the BC Curriculum and provides a fully implemented Association Montessori Internationale Middle School program. Our teachers are Association Montessori Internationale trained & are also BC certified teachers. The program is monitored and inspected by the Ministry of Education.


Our unique farm-based environment offers teens a multitude of hands-on and experiential opportunities to deeply connect with their learning and with nature. At this stage of development, teens are actively exploring their sense of self and finding their purpose.  Our nature-based Montessori approach is suited to supporting students positively through this growth phase.


Each Middle School class is made of up to 24 students ages 12-15 (grades 7-9).  This mixed-age grouping enables leadership & mentorship development in a collaborative setting for students.  While still focussed on experiential and hand-on learning, we also provide a 2:1 Macbook environment at this level to assist student research, coding projects, presentations and written expression, etc. Cell phones or smart watches are not permitted in classrooom.


Our Middle School program is supported by specialist teachers who provide exceptional French, music, dance, art, land-based and other assistance programs for students. Local industry professionals also form an integral part of the learning in areas such as geology, astronomy, horticulture, coaching, and theatre (etc). 


There is the expectation of 'freedom & responsibility' in our program. Students are free to move through the curriculum at their own pace, able to make choices and following their interests under the guidance of their teachers. Students know that they are an integral part of their team and community. They also know that they have a responsibility to support and contribute positively to their peers and community over their three year stay in the program.


Students in our program gain transferrable practical life skills.  Our students regularly cook, sew, run a business (or two), manage finances, make a plan for their future, create art, write plays, engage with nature, conduct citizen-science, travel locally and abroad, research, explore new ideas, work with animals, and explore ways to express themselves.


Each year, students must complete a wilderness 'Odyssey' with their teachers, peers, and expedition guides. This mandatory trip enables the class to bond deeply from the start and establish healthy roles away from home. Students return ready to take on the challenges of an exciting year ahead ... armed with funny stories and memories of a challenging and fun adventure!


Completion of all three years of this program is required. Completing the Odyssey is not optional and is a requirement for entry each year. We encourage teens and their parents to think deeply about this commitment before signing up. Spaces are limited.

After Montessori?


Our students have sucessfully transitioned to public and independant schools into grade 10. 


We work together with each family to help find the right place for their child's next important step in education and love to welcome students back for visits!


"Independence in the case of the adolescents has to be acquired on a different plane, for theirs is the economic independence in the field of society. Here, too, the principle of "Help me to do it alone!" ought to be applied."

Dr. Maria Montessori, (From Childhood to Adolescence, p. 67)

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