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Adolescent Program Launching in 2018!

Micro-economy:  Students making & selling jams

Students making and selling jams can be one of the many micro-economies of a Montessori Adolescent Program.

Adolescent Program Brochure (411K PDF File)

Design Charrette (280K PDF File)

Adolescent Program Presentation (934K PDF File)


"The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded."

~ Dr. Maria Montessori, 'From Childhood to Adolescence', p. 72)


Montessori in Adolescence...At-a-Glance!



*Adolescents—on the cusp of adulthood—are poised to join the broader local and global communities.

*In addition to community support from The Montessori School family, middle school students will become part of the greater Winston-Salem community through their micro-economy work, philanthropic work, and frequent field trips.

*A network of commu-nity members will act as mentors and role models for these budding adults. This broadening of community supports the students as they seek to answer ques-tions about their adult identities: Where do I fit in? What contributions will I make to society? What type of person will I be?



*A facility separate from the main school building supports the adolescents’ need for independ-ence from childhood.

*A residentially inspired envi-ronment provides classrooms and a working kitchen, among other amenities—think of it as a laboratory to study adult life.

* Additional land will support the students’ micro-economy and foster the hard work and connectedness to nature that is integral to the middle school curriculum and to the Montessori philosophy in general. onal land will support the students’ micro-economy and foster the hard work and connectedness to nature



*A student-run micro-economy—anything from producing and selling homemade jam to raising live-stock and bee-keeping—is the cornerstone of the adolescent curriculum.

*This small business model provides a real world application of the core math, language, science, and civics curricula.

*Students who graduate from the adolescent program are well-prepared to tackle not only a rigorous high school experience, but also the challenges of and opportunities of adult life.


"But, above all it is the education of adolescents that is important, because adolescence is the time when the child enters on the state of manhood and becomes a member of society."

~ Dr. Maria Montessori, 'From Childhood to Adolescence', p. 60)

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