The Middle School Program is a 3-year program for teens 13-15 years old completing grades 7-9. Students work together in the same classroom. The program is regulated by the Ministry of Education meeting the BC curriculum and the AMI Montessori Adolescent program requirements.
Middle School is academically and socially challenging and satisfying for students who are creating their own sense of self during this important stage of their development.
We focus on the academic, social, physical, and non-religious spiritual development of each student in a self-paced and colaborative environment. We empower students by providing choices, opportunities for connection, and meaningful work to round out their studies.
Providing a rich environment to learn, inside and outside the classroom, is very important. It connects academic and social learning in the real world providing transferrable skills. In addition to their regular academic inquiry, students may work on a the farm, run a business, read to younger students, create art, write plays, see geology in action, conduct citizen science, travel, research, present, and explore their ideas.
Each year students begin by completing a group odyssey. This is a week long wilderness experience with their teachers, expedition guides, and peers. Students bond and establish healthy roles away from home.
Late entry into grade 7 is now available.
We offer a Macbook environment
We have found that with our focus on global studies and experiential learning, a great fit for our students is the High School at VIU. This is a small university-based, International High School that is situated on the campus of Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. Many of our students transfer there for its international focus, exceptional faculty, access to university courses, and well rounded program.
There are many other options for students in the mid-island region as well, in both the public and independent systems. We work together with each family to help find the right place for their child's next important step in education.
"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)