Middle School Curriculum and Class Structure
Since classroom materials promote individualized learning, students work at a pace that matches their particular academic needs and preferred learning styles. In keeping with the primary and elementary programs, the Emerson Farm Middle School program is completely child-centered and firmly grounded in the Montessori philosophy.
Curriculum and Instruction includes:
- Five-week learning cycles followed by an immersion week
- Integrated, cross-curricular learning
- Daily student-led community meetings
- Computers for typing instruction, word-processing, slide show presentations, simulation programs and research
- Service learning projects
- Personal reflection and self-assessment
- Student-selected end-of-year adventure trip
- Off-campus field studies
- Student-operated business projects
- One qualified teacher, certified by the state of Maryland, per class
- One assistant per class, as needed
- Teacher/student ratio approximately 1 to 10
The middle school experience will be the culmination of the student’s earlier education. The level of independence that they will achieve, the confidence that they will gain and the concepts that they will master will enable them to be successful in their future endeavors. The students will benefit emotionally, socially and academically by a curriculum that is developmentally responsive to their needs. They will continue to receive personalized instruction through the eighth grade and then make just one transition into an upper school of their choice.