Secondary Curriculum (12-18 YEARS)
SECONDARY CURRICULUM (12-18 YEARS)
According to Dr Montessori, the adolescent years are described as the third plane of development with an emphasis on social and economic independence. The young adolescent person is characteristically sensitive to issues of social justice, personal dignity, and a sense of belonging, while strongly influenced by idealized heros and role models and an expanding awareness of the global community. Growing intellectual, academic, and cognitive abilities are activated by an intrinsic motivation and search for meaning.
MGRI agrees with the American Montessori Society (AMS) portrayal of a secondary program to “integrate rigorous academic studies with purposeful work, preparing teenagers to become contributing adult citizens who are self-confident and possess skills needed to thrive in society…Dr Maria Montessori…believed in giving adolescents the opportunity to experience self-worth through real and important work -a process she called valorization…Montessori Secondary programs respond to the adolescent’s need to exhibit creativity, to problem solve, and to claim independence.”
The Montessori secondary curriculum is a spiraling, interdisciplinary dynamic of subjects, which include:
The AMS recognizes additional components of the curriculum:
- “A community within the classroom that allows opportunities to participate in classroom government and other leadership experiences.
- Experiences in nature that cultivate respect for the environment.
- Micro-economic experiences such as developing and running a business to promote a genuine understanding of currency.
- Responsible and ethical use of technololgy, with the majority of the school day spent in learning activities and practices that require peer- to-peer and student-teacher interaction.”
Graduation Program Planning
FloridaShines provides an array of academic advising, career readiness and online learning resources for students and parents. These state-funded academic advising services are available for Secondary II students to prepare for college or a career after graduation by enabling them to evaluate their progress toward Secondary II graduation, college and career readiness and Bright Futures scholarship eligibility. In addition, they can explore Florida's college and university offerings (both traditional and online programs), learn about financial aid and apply for admission.
Final Transcripts will be available for request to MGRI Online thirty (30) days after the graduation ceremony.