Montessori Adolescent Program
The TCAPS Montessori secondary program is for students ages 12–15. The curriculum integrates rigorous academic studies with purposeful work. While preparing students to be independent learners who are ready for high school and beyond, it is also designed to encourage our students to be confident, compassionate, and socially aware young adults.
Our classroom environment combines 7th and 8th grade students, allowing for collaborative work activities and opportunities for student leadership, both in and outside of the classroom. This includes weekly “council meetings” where students lead a conversation about concerns and needs of the classroom environment and beyond. Seminar meetings are held in math, current events, and literature. In these meetings students learn to be respectful contributors within a group discussion. Students learn to appreciate differing perspectives, thoughts, and learning styles. Time is also spent working on real life needs of the greater Traverse City community outside of the classroom.
The adolescent is at a critical developmental stage of emotional/social self awareness, as well as physical and cognitive development. The TCAPS Montessori secondary program is built to empower the needs of our students to be independent, creative, problem solving, and responsible contributors to society.
For more information about Montessori adolescent programs, visit the American Montessori Society website.