Middle School

Providing Opportunities for Young Adults to be Empowered


“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.”
Maria Montessori

Middle School Immersion Week

The Westmont Middle School program is an integration of the current research in human development, the trends and issues in education, and the Montessori philosophy. The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for adolescents to be self-confident and gain self-knowledge, to belong to a community, to learn to be adaptable, to be academically competent and challenged, and to create a vision for their personal future; thus, to empower early adolescents.


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Stories from Middle School

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Push it!

Students in middle school engage in a physical activity every single morning to start the day. Activities can vary from Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, gymnastics, and music) to the Friday morning Boot Camp run by teachers or students. Some students, who are not naturally drawn to the role of the leader, actively embrace the opportunity to take on the responsibility of teaching and modelling movements for others in the class.

Group Presentations

Middle school students have the opportunity to interact with their peers while concurrently creating a group presentation that is presented at the end of each week. While the intended learning outcome is obvious (the group presentation), students undergo so much more learning through the interactions that they have with their peers during the daily group work blocks.

The Montessori Middle School Model


Dr. Maria Montessori wrote an educational plan for students through elementary and wrote about her vision for the adolescent years.  Dr. Elisabeth Coe, a Montessorian from Houston, Texas designed a curriculum that is used by the majority of American Montessori Society schools.  There are three main components she wrote about that she used as frames for designing the curriculum for adolescents.  The following excerpts are from Dr. Coe’s writings about developing the curriculum:


  • Developmentally Responsive

    In the spirit of Montessori philosophy, the theory of looking to developmental stages as a guide was crucial. The notion of respecting people for where they are in their development and utilizing their unique developmental stage in order to support the unfolding process of growth is a basic foundation of Montessori educational design.

  • Holistic

    The word “holistic” is another major element of Montessori philosophy. Holistic comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “hal” which has meanings of whole, heal, and health. To Montessorians this means two things: Firstly, that the focus of the education should be on the whole child for optimal health and growth. Thus, the learning environment should not just focus on developing the cognitive potential, but the physical, psychosocial and moral aspects of the person as well. Secondly, the courses of study need to be interrelated so that the child understands the inter-connections of life. As my work progressed, the holistic notion began to take on yet another dimension. It began to include collaboration with the home setting. This has led to my proactive stand on having student-parent-teacher partnerships as an integral part of a complete, healthy, optimal learning environment.

  • Empowering

    Parents and teachers working together for a school environment can have a positive instead of negative impact on a young person’s quest for self. They are seeking an alternative learning environment, because they feel that some middle school models are physically and psychologically unsafe and also have a general lack of respect for young people’s abilities. We want to provide a place where early adolescents can develop personal power as well as an opportunity to use this personal power with and for the benefit of others.


10 Key Elements of Middle School


Tuition and Fees

The following gives the fee structure for the Middle School program. For full admissions details on the family bond, discounts available, withdrawal policy, please see our Admissions page.

Annual Fees

$12 432

Includes
Tuition
Capital Fee
Supplementary Course Fee
School Supply Fee

Monthly Fees

$1036

Includes
Tuition
Capital Fee
Supplementary Course Fee
School Supply Fee

Monthly Tuition Installments are paid July 2020 to June 2021

 

Fees Breakdown

The Annual and Monthly Fee payments are inclusive of the following fees:

Tuition - Current & New Families

$10,596

Capital Fee
(per Family)

$410

Supplementary Course Fee

$1,300

School Supply

$125