Upper-Middle Age 9 to 14
Upper-Middle learning at Montessori Academy allows students age 9-14 to discover, research and share ideas in many detailed and often individual ways. Students are encouraged to become more independent and self sufficient, self assured masters of their education.
Academic exploration stays relevant by being tied to what the student can observe about today’s world. Through special programs in environmental studies and service learning projects the student also has many opportunities to learn the way the world responds to them.
Research and computer skills are developed in Upper-Middle, as part of an important emphasis on organization and writing. A semi-annual drama is produced by the class, and all participate in daily Physical Education. Students begin Health instruction at this level, taught by a PE and health teacher following the state standards.
In addition to Health and PE, the six subject areas in Upper-Middle are:
Science: Scientific study from a variety of disciplines opens the door for each student to individually explore, research and solve problems using the scientific method. For example, students studied early earth from the site of an excavated mastodon and provided a research report to enhance the overall project. Students also conduct experiments, complete research and create presentations to participate in a school wide Science Fair. Twelve to fourteen year old students' science study covers life science and physical science over two years.
Reading, Writing and Language Arts: Comprehension skills are fine tuned, while the class continues to break new ground in the areas of language mechanics and creative writing. The class orally communicates their ideas through presentations, reports and drama.
Mathematics: The study of mathematical systems, problem solving and geometry expands at the Upper-Middle level to include a wide range of concepts including statistics, formulas and pre-algebra. Individualized learning for twelve to fourteen year olds can also include algebra I, algebra II, geometry and trigonometry, depending on the student's level of development.
History and Cultural Studies: World history, ancient civilizations and a broad view of significant historical events is combined with adventures into detailed exploration and research of specific events and time periods. History and geography are studied and tied to present day events. Thorough research and diverse sources are used to influence history projects and beyond. Twelve to fourteen year old students complete an in depth study of American History including the US Constitution.
Geography: Studying, understanding and creating maps from a global perspective helps provide context for a wide variety of studies.
Environmental Studies: Global, local and personal perspectives on environmental studies help children deepen their understanding of society’s impact on the Earth and ways that they can impact their future. Eleven to fourteen year old students spend two weeks of the school year completing environmental studies and team building visiting Wisconsin's Nature's Classroom.