Middle School

The goal of our program is to assist the adolescent in awakening and defining their adult self through meaningful work amidst a community of learners. We guide young people on their journey toward becoming empowered, independent and contributing adults.

At EACMSI we guide young people on their journey toward becoming empowered, independent and contributing adults.

The goal of our program is to assist the adolescent in awakening and defining their adult self through meaningful work amidst a community of learners.

The Practical Life curriculum for the adolescent evolves to entail real work with value in the adult world.

At EACMSI students plan and execute tasks with the larger goal in mind and have ownership of decision-making.

Our goal: students who are knowledgeable stewards of the Earth.

An integral part of our Adolescent Program has students leaving campus multiple times per year for up to 10 days.

Practical Life

The Practical Life curriculum for the adolescent evolves to entail real work with value in the adult world. Students participate in occupations that actually exist and develop skills that might one day contribute to economic independence. Students plan and execute tasks with the larger goal in mind and have ownership of decision-making. Recent Occupations include: woodworking, sewing, land-stewardship, cooking, micro-enterprise, and digital design.

Furthermore, an integral part of our program has students leaving campus multiple times per year for up to 10 days. Travel provides rich experiences in real-world engagement and serves to support the relevance of  academic studies back home.

Humanities

The integrated Humanities curriculum is a key component of our program, comprised of courses in History, Literature, and Philosophy. Themes and ideas discussed are designed to relate directly to other academic experiences – either in humanities or other academic disciplines. We promote mastery of a core of knowledge while also emphasising issues of community, self-identity, cultural diversity, intergenerational communication, and individual responsibility within the context of a greater society.

Math

Students do all initial work with concrete materials leading to conceptual understanding and a foundation for later work in abstract terms. The progression from concrete to abstract continues throughout the study of the decimal system, quantities, patterns, and concepts, computation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), problem-solving (static and dynamic), estimating and graphing; fractions, and measurement (money, time, temperature, linear, volume and capacity, weight). Lower Elementary students also begin to study geometry.

Science

Our goal: students who are knowledgeable stewards of the Earth. Emphasis is placed on the role of humans in the ecology of the planet, and the question of how we can use our knowledge of Earth and Environmental Sciences to shape sustainable cultural practices and technologies.

Math

We foster both a conceptual understanding and an appreciation for the power and usefulness of mathematics in a variety of applications across a wide range of contexts. The program has two components: mastery of basic mathematical skills and the opportunity to use those skills to problem-solve in real world situations.

Anti-bias

Adolescents identify and name discrimination, and connect it to systemic and institutionalized bias. They identify their areas of privilege within different contexts and explore intersectionality. They practice interrupting bias in their communities, families, and self. Their work with media literacy and analyzing text deepens and they further develop their anti-bias lens, especially when reading text. They look for multiple narratives when learning about history. They communicate the difference between empathy and sympathy, citing examples from their lived experience of both.

Middle School at a Glance…

For students ages 12–15.

Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision for the adolescent was a farm school away from home.

ROLE MODELS

Middle School youth serve as student leaders for the rest of the school community.

EAC GRADUATES…

  • know who they are as learners and as individuals.
  • are academically prepared and articulate.
  • are collaborative, confident, independent and responsible.
  • are resourceful contributors and problem solvers.
  • are committed community members.
  • are open-hearted, enthusiastic, and engaged.
  • negotiate conflict respectfully.
  • are skillful advocates for self and others.

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