Junior High Program
Junior High Program (12 – 14 years)
Following the Upper Elementary program, Montessori Academy of London offers a two-year Junior High program. This program meets or exceeds the minimum standards of the Ontario Ministry of Education, building on the areas of Language (Grammar, Reading and Writing), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Geography, History, French, Music, Visual Arts and Physical Education.
As with the Elementary program, activities related to community engagement, independence and a global understanding supplement our Junior High program. Like all Montessori programs, the Junior High curriculum is specifically designed to meet the needs of 12 to 14 year old child (see Foundations of Leadership). Adolescents are quite different from Elementary children; they are beginning to emerge into adulthood and:
- Are reaching physical maturity
- Have tremendous capacity for creativity and self-expression
- Desire to start joining society as a contributing member
- Struggle with the uncertainties of readiness and impulsiveness
- Are unconsciously inward looking
- Searching for trust and role models, while challenged by offering it to each other
- Are evaluating commitment
- Are vulnerable and sensitive
The Junior High curriculum continues to be intellectually challenging and meet the individual needs of each student; it also prepares the student for the transition into other forms and types of education with confidence. The program gives them opportunities to try many roles on for size. They develop competence in a variety of areas, including learning more about traditional forms of academic assessment and lesson delivery (how to learn in a lecture environment and how to take tests), looking at career options and high school choices, and developing a sense of confidence about the person they are becoming.
The program is developed to teach students to manage the level of responsibility that is critical as they move into High School and post-secondary education. The students share a large part of the responsibility for everything in the Junior High program, including their meals, environment, and interpersonal relationships, including dealing with challenges in any of these areas. This new level of independence becomes the springboard for life and the real challenges they will face. Students emerge from this program confident, creative and divergent in their thinking; socially responsible and adept; and highly motivated to find the path to their own success. They truly have the capacity to be leaders of tomorrow.
Visit our Junior High Website to get a glimpse of daily happenings in the program!
Video: Junior High – The Poppy Project with Fanshawe College’s School of Design.
“The Poppy Project” was a pilot with Fanshawe College’s School of Design. Their teacher and students came up with sustainable poppy concept and thought it would be a fun project for children to help them learn about Remembrance Day. 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Day poppy, so it was particularly timely.
Students from Casa through Junior High participated in the Poppy Project. It was packaged as a fun “mission” and the teachers were provided instructions and materials on how to make the poppy-seed paper, which was crafted into wearable paper poppies that could then be planted. The hopes are the seeds in the paper will sprout poppies next year.
This beautiful 2-minute video by our Upper Elementary and Junior High Coordinator and Teacher Shawn Butler walks you through the JH poppy-making process.