Middle School Montessori
Montessori for 6th - 8th
The Montessori learning experience is cumulative: What a child learns in each year builds on what was learned in previous Montessori years. The Montessori Middle Years Program continues this learning, building a strong educational foundation for high school and college. In Middle School, students are ready to extend the insights gained from hands-on manipulative materials into abstract concepts and broader learning through reading, listening to lectures, discussion and research.
Montessori teachers reach students though their values: Adolescents are going through an intense period of change and growth. They value doing work with a purpose, belonging to a community, fostering social justice and working with respected mentors. Gunston Montessori teachers consider the whole child and support those values, which encourages student growth and fulfillment.
Students learn to collaborate and to work independently: Instead of competing with each other, students cooperate, help each other and work together on projects. They are expected to manage their time and assignments independently, while producing quality work. Students help run and maintain the classroom, contribute to the larger school community, and help plan field studies and other outside activities.
Small class plus large school – the best of both worlds: Montessori students at Gunston Middle School spend much of their day in the Montessori program, their home base. From that secure home base they can also be active in overall student life. Every student participates in daily electives including languages, band/orchestra, PE, art, tech ed, and/or video production. Gunston offers dozens of after school sports, clubs and activities (plus a late bus!).
Middle School Montessori Options in Arlington
Arlington Public Schools hosts an amazing Montessori Middle Years Program at Gunston Middle School.
The program is a multi-age Montessori program for students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. The Montessori Middle Years Program is open to all Arlington students who have significant Montessori experience. Bus transportation is provided countywide.
Montessori Public School of Arlington 5th grade Elementary Montessori students are automatically placed at APS Montessori Middle Years Program. Other middle school students are welcome to apply.
Gunston Middle School INFORMATION NIGHT
Recording from March 2023 information session.
Benefits of Middle School Montessori
Builds confidence with small classes housed within a larger school middle school with sports, clubs and electives
Fosters leadership, time management and collaboration
Nurtures social growth in a community of learners
Offers free busing throughout Arlington (countywide AM/PM busing + late bus)
Continues self directed learning in a multi-age classroom
Builds a solid academic foundation for future and continuing education
Prepares students to research and learn independently
Encourages links to the wider world and social justice
As part of the 40th anniversary of Montessori in Arlington, Gunston Middle School students shared their memories and life lessons with Network 21...Click to see the video made by APS Montessori Middle Years students.