“The mission of [a Montessori-based Junior High School] is to provide a smaller, more personalized experience for adolescents in order to gain self confidence and self knowledge, to belong to a community, to learn to be adaptable, to be academically competent and challenged, as well as to create a vision for their personal future that is empowering.” Montessori Synergies
The World Community Education Center Junior High school curriculum is designed to provide experiential learning while helping the student transition into the academically rigorous path to excellence in college. Students study core curriculum subjects such as:
- Foreign Language
- Social Sciences
In addition, Junior High students are introduced to the biology of learning and how to use this knowledge to develop individualized learning and study skills.
Building on their Montessori foundation, students continue their hands-on learning experiences, integrating skills development with content mastery through:
- plant study
- animal husbandry
- environmental studies
- biology, chemistry and physics projects
The interrelatedness of subjects in the world outside the classroom walls is explored through global environmental projects, community service in local non-profit greenhouses, and more extensive field trips to the wider community (e.g., Washington, D.C).