Kawartha Montessori School is the only CCMA accredited school in the Peterborough region offering authentic Montessori education to children 2½ to 14 years of age. Learn more about what we mean when we say “Authentic Montessori.”
The Middle School program
The Middle School program is for children 12 to 14 years. The Montessori approach to adolescent development addresses the most fundamental needs of the 12 to15 year old child: community and identity. The adolescent can develop a sense of who they are while they live, study, and work in a place where their strengths are recognized. In this diverse community adults and students collaborate, passions are uncovered, intellects are stimulated, and contributions have real meaning. Adolescents thrive in an environment where the use of the brain is partnered with the work of the hands. They develop true responsibility in a culture that models respect and expects hard work.
Adolescents are introduced to the workings of adult society: division of labour, commerce and exchange, discovery and innovation — while still immersed in the beauty of natural surroundings. They learn by living and by doing, as well as by studying. They connect what they learn to the solving of real problems and tasks. By the end of this stage of development, adolescents have developed a confidence for public speaking and making presentations; they have learned that work is serious and noble; they have discovered the importance of disciplined work and study habits; they have come to understand their own gifts and interests; they have gained both practical and emotional independence, and they still love to learn.