FAQsDo other Montessori schools Have Junior High programs?
Yes, at least a dozen other schools around the country have developed either two-year or three-year middle or junior high school programs in the last 20 years. Many more are being planned as we speak. The movement for Montessori-style junior high programs is definitely gaining steam. Although these programs vary greatly, we have the good fortune of being able to learn from and borrow the best components of each in order to mold a program that works for Oak Hill Montessori.How is the Junior High different from the Montessori elementary classroom?
Students in Junior High will have considerable freedoms, including freedom of thought and movement, as they do in the elementary. One key difference is that the early adolescent, due to her stage of development, needs more structure and accountability. Without sacrificing the respect and trust that is integral to the Montessori method, she will be given firm boundaries and guidelines within which she is able to direct her own learning.
Furthermore, the Junior High program encourages more exacting academic standards. We attempt to balance the teenager’s need for a social identity with his need to gain competence in a variety of skill areas. In order to allow you the freedom to choose your child’s future high school, we need to make sure that your child is prepared. This means that Junior High does entail more required work, and considerably more homework than the Montessori elementary.Will my child be able to get into schools like Mounds Park and St. Paul Academy in 9th grade?
Having talked at length with admissions directors from Mounds Park Academy and St. Paul Academy, students from small alternative schools (Waldorf & Montessori in particular) have excellent reputations. "We have found that Montessori students are very good at making connections with other adults, and that goes along way in easing their transition into a large school." She also added that students from these schools are found to be creative, confident, and have a wide variety of extra-curricular interests, all of which demonstrates "a well-rounded and enthusiastic student." Roughly 25 percent of the students that make up SPA’s ninth grade class come from the outside.Here is a rundown of the application process, in no particular order:
- Teacher recommendation
- Transcripts (either narrative or graded or both)
- 8th grade standardized test scores
- All students interview and spend half day on campus
We will do everything we can to assist you in the process of selecting your child's high school.Do you have bus service to and from the school?
Unfortunately, no. Oak Hill Montessori is a private, non-profit school and does not have its own bus service for students.