As fully independent problem-solvers, our 8th graders plan and execute their own graduation ceremony each year. It's a time of reflection and celebration.
Our graduates have been accepted to Northside Prep, Francis W. Parker School, Lane Tech, Whitney Young, Culver Academy, St. Ignatius, Loyola Academy, Wolcott School, Beacon High, British International, and Latin School of Chicago.
The Academy executes a dynamic, rigorous Middle School program that promotes a growth mindset. Here’s a portrait of an Academy graduate:
Academy graduates continue to pursue personal interests and academic endeavors far beyond our doors.
Academy graduates are resourceful, confident and self-directed. When the world presents challenging points of view, they ask questions and formulate their own ideas.
Self-Assured Problem Solvers
Academy graduates are motivated to test their abilities. They are problem solvers and are analytical and creative in their thinking.
Respectful Community Members
Academy graduates listen, consider, and seek to understand diverse perspectives. They seek peaceful resolution and collaboration. They value community building and leadership.
Engaged Global Citizens
Academy graduates understand the interconnectedness of the universe. They recognize the fundamental needs of all living things and celebrate the natural beauty and wonder of our Earth. They work to promote sustainability and justice.
Our Middle School classroom is comprised of both 7th and 8th grade students participating in a full two-year cycle. It follows the Houston Montessori Center (HMC) Model, created and developed by American Montessori Society Living Legacy Dr. Betsy Coe. This model, which has been in existence for over 25 years, and which has been implemented in a number of Montessori schools throughout the United States, meets AMS standards for accreditation. The HMC model is developmentally responsive, holistic, and empowering. Curriculum components:
Trans-disciplinary themes (concepts that cross over all subjects areas)
Mastery, coaching, and exploratory activities
Long-term cooperative learning projects
Meaningful and challenging work
Activities for self-expression, self-knowledge, and self-assessment
Activities that value all nine intelligences and a variety of learning styles
Experiences that foster interdependence
Opportunities for learning economic independence
School and community service projects
Pre-Algebra and Algebra
Drug and Sexuality Education
Physical Education and Health
In an academic year, there are five theme-based cycles of work, each 5-to-6 weeks long. At the end of the cycle, there is a product presentation and a written self-assessment of the thematic project work. The cycle format is designed to help students learn organizational, decision-making, and time-management skills. Students keep a graph of the work completed as well as a recorded grade sheet, updating graphs daily and weekly. At the end of the cycle, a cycle summary report is e-mailed home to parents and presented at their cycle conference.
The Academy partners with the middle schools program at Brickton Montessori School which employs the same curriculum. Our students collaborate with one another and work on group presentations together.