Middle School Curriculum

The Middle School course of study reflects an integration of the Montessori philosophy with Georgia's curriculum requirements, time-tested research on the developmental needs of early adolescents and the skills needed for a productive life. Unlike other programs at Springmont, the Middle School students are graded on weekly assessments and cycles of study. Self-discipline and organization are skills included in the curriculum.

Areas of study include:

List of 10 items.

  • Language Arts

    This area of study in the Middle School encompasses exposure to and reinforcement of three main components of Language Arts: grammar, literature and writing. The mechanics of language is approached using a textbook-based itinerary and incorporating spelling, word definitions and the etymology of words. This is combined with exposure to new vocabulary weekly through required readings through classroom discussion. Writing is practiced weekly either with the presentation of a writing prompt or in the informal shape of journal writing. Students are introduced to a variety of writing exercises including essays, business letters and poetry. Literature includes the study of literary elements and the reading and discussions of all genres of literature.
  • Mathematics

    Math courses are taught in a classroom-style setting after which students are given time for extensive one-on-one work sessions with the Teacher. Though the emphasis is on the fundamentals of mathematics, students receive opportunities to apply their knowledge of math in electives - science and the microeconomy. Placement for incoming students is determined by prior work done, standardized test scores, a diagnostic given at the beginning of the school year and conversations with parents, the student and the Upper Elementary teacher. The following standard courses are offered along with other mathematics courses that may be offered on an as-needed basis:

    • Pre-algebra: Students learn how to translate the arithmetic-based mathematics into equation-based mathematics. Students also begin to use more than one set of skills within individual problems, such as solving equations that use fractions. Topics include expressions, equations, integers, decimals, basic number theory, rational numbers, inequalities, linear fractions, ratio, proportion, percent and geometry.
    • Algebra I: This is considered to be the foundation of nearly all mathematics in high school and beyond. Students expand their basic knowledge of arithmetic and algebraic equations to solve a variety of equation-based problems. An emphasis is placed on learning how to justify the reason for a particular solution. Topics include integers, rational numbers, equations, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, factoring, graphs, linear equations, systems of equations, absolute value, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, relations and functions, and quadratic equations.
    • Geometry: The role of this course is twofold – first, expanding the students’ knowledge of special relations, and secondly, to serve as a foundation course for Logic. Deductive reasoning and critical thinking play key roles in Geometry, particularly as students learn how to prove solutions and theorems in a step-by-step format. Topics include proofs, parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles and applications, similarity, right triangles, circles, constructions and loci, polygons, surface area and volume, and coordinate geometry.
  • Science

    The Science curriculum focuses on experiential learning, discovering connections in the natural world, working in small groups and independent research. Using a lab-based approach, students explore concepts in a hands-on manner, followed up by traditional lessons, assignments, readings and assessments. Mid-semester projects that directly relate to the material previously studied allow students to expand upon their knowledge and practice their scientific writing and public speaking skills by presenting their findings.

    Science is divided into three branches – Life ScienceEarth Science, and Physical Science -which are evenly divided across the two-year program. On school years ending in even numbers, Life Science and an Intro to Physics are taught; on school years ending in odd numbers, Earth Science and an Intro to Chemistry are taught.

    • Life Science involves the origin, function, and structure of living beings, and their interrelated role in the environment. Prior knowledge of chemistry is recommended for Life Science.
    • Earth Science covers astronomy, geology, meteorology and environmental science. Good performance in Earth Science requires a solid knowledge of geography.
    • Physical Science is divided into two fields: chemistry and physics. Physics primarily deals with Newtonian (classical) physics, which studies the interaction of matter at the visible level. Chemistry involves the interaction of matter at the molecular level. Both divisions of Physical Science require a solid set of mathematical skills.
  • Humanities

    This two-year course includes the study of geography and history. The Geography curriculum includes the study of location, place, movements, regions, and interactions of people and their environment. The History curriculum focuses on the progress of people and their environment through investigation of world and United States history. Students undertake individual and group work, including creative projects and presentations. The Middle School curriculum is divided into two carefully designed modules. Module one explores pre-history up through the age of discovery. Module two focuses on the global intersection of cultures and governments alongside the rise of geographic interdependence.
  • Latin

    Numerous studies have shown that the study of Latin enhances the acquisition of critical language and vocabulary skills, especially in the years leading up to high school. Our Latin program provides an overview of Latin syntax and vocabulary, while also enhancing the understanding of romance language sentence construction and creative writing skills. Translation exercises, taught in tandem with historical analysis, maintain interest and accentuate the cross-curriculum approach essential for a Montessori middle school.
  • Spanish

    The Spanish class meets three times a week in 45-minute increments, with a special curriculum for 7th and 8th grade students. Students develop and explore Spanish language skills and oral proficiency around a variety of topics and themes where they learn Spanish vocabulary, phrases and grammar.
  • Landschool Trips

    Landschool trips are designed to give the Middle School students meaningful experiences in a natural setting to build community, personal confidence and life skills. Through team building exercises such as hiking the Pinhoti Trail directly behind our lodge or meal planning and team cooking for the entire class, students learn to depend on their own inner resources and on those of others. The importance of independence and inter-dependences on one another are equally emphasized.

    Trips are taken to Springmont's Poplar Springs Landschool, consisting of 86 acres in Summerville, Georgia, approximately 80 miles from campus.  The property is equipped with a 4,000 square-foot lodge, complete with separate sleeping quarters and bathrooms for males and females, a fireplace, and large commercial kitchen. There is also a covered pavilion, a three-acre pond, hiking trails, a covered porch, a fire pit and a spring-fed creek.  
  • Physical Education and Health

    The Physical Education class focuses on team sports, individual sports and aerobic activities with an emphasis on basic skills and cooperation over competition. 

    The Health curriculum includes the study of issues pertinent to the needs of early adolescents. Students explore topics such as belonging, friendships, adolescent development, stress management, self-esteem, peer pressure, drug education, sexuality and nutrition.
  • Group and Interpersonal Communication

    At the beginning of each year, the class develops a Code of Conduct that establishes the guiding principles of the Middle School community. Students are able to practice these skills daily by working in community meetings, class committees, small group projects, and peer teaching activities. 
  • Fine Arts and Creative Expression

    The fine arts are an important part of a holistic curriculum. Students integrate their musical and artistic knowledge and skills into ongoing projects. They work with a variety of mediums, different styles and studies in art history and use these for avenues of self-expression.

    Music lessons in the Middle School program emphasize active participation through listening, moving, expressing and performing. Students are introduced to vocal and instrumental music including Orff instruments and drumming. Interested students also can participate in after-school orchestra program, playing violin, viola or cello.

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