Middle School 

7th and 8th Grades

The Middle School years are a time of rapid personal growth and change when students are emerging into adolesence. Lamplighter Montessori School has implemented a unique program which emphasizes and encourages personal responsibility and collaborative learning. Large blocks of time are dedicated to individual work and small group seminars to allow for more in-depth study. To help develop personal responsibility, Middle School students prepare periodic progress reports for their parents and are required to plan and lead these parent-teacher-student conferences. Service Learning activities and cross-age teaching also continue to build the collaborative skills of students at this level. All Middle School students take part in hands-on service learning and build real life skills by working off-campus as interns – one week with younger children and one working in local businesses. They also take part in student government committees, and present science and history lessons to fellow students. Every year, a student group travels to New York to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations along with students from all over the world.

Areas of learning include reading, speech, mathematics, language arts, science, foreign language, cultural studies, music, art, MakerSpace, physical education, technology and library.

MakerSpace

  • MakerSpace focuses on building creativity through open-ended inquiry, design thinking, and engineering activities. 
  • MakerSpace builds critical thinking skills through Brain Games, electric circuitry, coding, robotics, 3-D printing, a Lego Lab, and more!
  • Students have guided instruction once per week and monthly Open Labs.

Art

  • Instruction in different media is offered and available on a daily basis.
  • Art activities are integrated in the classroom curriculum as an extension of learning.
  • Visiting guest artists regularly teach special classes on their craft.

Foreign Language

  • Instruction in Mandarin writing, vocabulary building, simple conversations skills and beginning reading lessons are offered twice weekly.
  • Supporting materials are available to students on a daily basis.

Library

  • Students may check out books as needed for personal use or research.

Orff Music

  • Instruction builds on Upper Elementary skills. Styles and periods of music are introduced, and students enjoy ensemble experience with Ukele and Orff instruments.

Physical Education

  • Organized physical education classes are conducted on a weekly basis.

Technology

  • Computers and iPads are available in class for all students. Research, word processing, spread sheet and presentation applications are emphasized.