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My children currently attend a charter Montessori Elementary school that goes thru grade 8. I have 2 sons, one in 3rd grade and the other in 5th grade. But I am already getting freaked out about what to do when it comes time for High School.<br><br>
I know that Motesorri HS exist, but we don't have one in our area, and I know very little about them.<br><br>
My dream is for our current school to include HS, but I really think that's a stretch and don't really see it happening.<br><br>
I'm curious to know more about Montessori HS. I know that 'technically', Maria Montessori died before she could really develope a Montessori HS program, so how are Montessori HS run? Are there any books on this subject? Has anybody attended a Montessori HS.<br><br>
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks alot!!
 

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I only have a minute, but there are various high school based on the Montessori method around the country. The "model" school has just started the high school years, after developing their "middle school" these last few years. It has a boarding option (it is in Ohio) and it is on a farm. One of my former students is a student there and her parents are teachers and house-parents there. They also train teachers there for adolescent programs around the country.<br><br>
I think that it is called the Montessori Farm School and is part of Hershey Montessori School. For more information go to the website for the North American Montessori Teachers Association.<br><br>
good luck!<br>
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I was fortunate enough to attend a Montessori High School for the last two years of high school (at my demand - I hated the public high school i attended and fondly recalled my Montessori elementary and earlier experience, and agreed philosophically with the Montessori method). Though it, unfortunately, closed about 4 years after I graduated, they had been open for about 5-10 years before I started attending. From my understanding, most Montessori high schools do just "wing it", interpreting and adapting Dr. Montessori's writings about child development and what the other age groups needed to come to an understanding about what the high school student needs.<br><br>
Like other age groups, the Montessori HS I attended was a three year grouping (instead of 4 year, like traditional high schools) of 10th-12th. We had mostly discussion and lecture-based classes, mostly to help fulfill state credit requirements, but there was a lot of flexibility too. For example, the second semester of my junior year, we all (all 22 10th-12th students) had Tuesday professional internships. I interned as a classroom assistant at one of the rare Montessori schools that had a toddler program - for 14month (they had to be able to walk) through 3 year olds. That was amazing, but Off Topic, so I won't go off on that tangent. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My best friend became the drama teacher for the Upper Elem school play - she directed the whole thing and did all the organizational stuff too. She now works for Disney as a pyrotechical lead on one of their shows at Disney World.<br><br>
We had all the usual requirement-type classes, but all with a Montessori spin. I took evening French classes at the local university because I was interested; we all had a group Math class, but we all worked at our own pace with individual lessons with the guide where needed; and our English class was basically "build your own curriculum" where we chose a path of our own design (Russian lit, for example) and then started reading and writing about it. We even had Practical Life - we spent the last 30 minutes of every day cleaning and attending to other practical stuff. We also had longer excursions - 10th years went to the East Coast for 3 weeks to learn about US History in the places where most of the early stuff took place, 11th years went to Mexico for a world culture experience, and 12th years went essentially where they chose (this was a little less organized, as most 12th grade classes were under 5 people).<br><br>
The flexibility and richness of my last two years of high school more than made up for the misery of non Montessori education that I had endured. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck with your efforts at encouraging your current school to include high school. I really mean that! I definitely know what it's like to have to leave Montessori for another kind of schooling and it's not always the best experience - so much is lacking in the other schools, from my experience! As I understand it, the two main obstacles are essentially the same obstacle - numbers. Parents (and students) often want a bigger school for high school, due to the extra curriculars like band and sports, but the huge number of students who leave their Montessori schools to go to other high schools end up leaving Montessori high schools with like 10 students, which is usually not financially tenable and certainly can't provide for strong extracurriculars. Essentially, the lower grades of the Montessori school would have to be strong enough, financially and otherwise, to subsidize the existence of the high school level, and hopefully keep the students interested in staying with Montessori all through their schooling. It's a hard task!<br><br>
Anyway, good luck! I'll stop rambling now. If you couldn't tell, I have a lot to say about Montessori! If you have any questions, just let me know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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