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The MCS Adolescent Community provides age-appropriate academic, physical, and social challenges, it is an authentic community experience wherein each student is called upon to contribute large and small acts of leadership. This environment allows for reflection, creative self-expression, debate, and hands-on connection to the land, the surrounding community and the world. The MCS Adolescent Community extends the Montessori model, allowing for better preparedness for high school and beyond.
The adolescent program at MCS serves 7th and 8th year students in a small, close-knit community. Our classroom currently has two certified Montessori adolescent guides as well as five specialist teachers who work to bring our program to life. Students enjoy one of our newer buildings, as well as access to our Spark Center for music and art, gymnasium and science lab. In addition, an abundant outdoor space provides several prepared environments, including a vegetable garden and constructed wetlands.
Just as Maria Montessori believed the elementary student entered a new plane of development at the age of six, the adolescent is beginning a new developmental plane around age 12. As such, we provide our young people with a developmentally appropriate environment in which to grow and learn based on the principles that Dr. Montessori laid out for this plane. Early adolescence is a time of great social, emotional and physical transformation, in which the power of the group is paramount. Therefore, our daily schedule is built around the idea of project-based, experiential, group work. It allows for scheduled meetings and group mini-lessons for some classes, and large blocks of uninterrupted work time for others.
Please note that students arrive at 8:15 a.m. with their school day lasting until 3:30 p.m. There is also a study hall period provided for those seeking additional support with their studies or for students who simply need a quiet place to work. This block of time starts at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.
Additional information below on our weekly class schedule and the overview of what makes our adolescent community unique: