Public Charter Flagstaff Schools of Montessori Cedar Middle School
Flagstaff Middle School: Grades 7 & 8 / 12-14 Years
The Montessori Public Charter School of Flagstaff Cedar Campus serves students in grades 7th and 8th. Our middle school program exceeds the curriculum guides of the Arizona State Standards, while continuing to adhere to the school philosophy of “meeting the needs of the child.”
Our small student body is by design, so that every student has a personal educational experience which allows them to learn self-advocacy skills as well as how to collaborating with peers and teachers. The Flagstaff Middle School curriculum consists of six integrated components: Academics, Entrepreneurship, Service to Community, Apprenticeship, Adventure and Cycle Immersions.
Contact us today to learn more about our program or to schedule a tour of our campus.
I cannot give enough praise to this school! The Montessori Middle School is the greatest school I have ever been to. I went to preschool and kindergarten at the Sunnyside campus, elementary school at the Switzer Mesa campus, and I just graduated from this school. I know I am fully prepared for high school, my fist job, and many other challenges in life. I was a CFO of the pizza business, "Ellie's Pizza Party", in which we sold pizza to the Switzer campus to raise money for our annual San Juan River Trip, which taught me how to manage a business. We went on community connections to help our community, going-outs for fun, and immersions, to bond. And finally, we went on the end-of-year River Trip, where we bonded for four days and three nights on the river. My favorite part of this school, though, is that the teachers and students always allow you to be yourself, and will always accept you for who you are.
-Madison, age 13
I have sent 4 children to Montessori Schools of Flagstaff Pre-K - 8th grade.
I would HIGHLY recommend this group.
I cannot say enough great things about my experience with their teachers, staff, parents and students.
Absolute top-notch, one of the MAIN reasons my family and I stayed in Flagstaff for over 15 years!
Cedar Campus – Flagstaff Middle School Information
Our middle school is a special place and one that is unique in Flagstaff. The entire program was fashioned as the first of its kind for young adults at this stage of their development.
Until recently, the educational model for children this age was either an accelerated elementary program or a “junior” high school program. Dr. Elizabeth Coe, a noted developmental psychologist and past president of the American Montessori Society, using years of research conducted at the Adolescent Center of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, developed a completely new educational model based on the specific physiological, psychological, and academic needs of this age group. The model is based on a fundamental principle: the key to development is freedom with responsibility and respect.
Dr. Montessori spoke of a center for study and work where adolescents could safely transform into adults. Our model focuses on helping them find where their singular talents intersect with the world’s needs. Not only does our program promote academic excellence in all core subjects, but it also gives students practical experience in a variety of community settings.
Six Integrated Components
The Montessori middle school experience features six integrated components to address all of the needs of the adolescents during their delicate transition to adulthood:
- service to community,
- and the program Dr. Coe has named the Heroic Journey.
By addressing the social and emotional needs of the adolescent, s/he can more profitably focus on academic pursuits. This deliberate approach to adolescent education provides the experiences needed to expose our young adults to many valuable life lessons where they can connect with peers and bond with supportive adult teachers.
The Middle School Curriculum
Seventh and eighth grade students at the Montessori middle school are taught together in a 2-year program. Each year is divided into five theme-based cycles, each 6-7 weeks long. All subjects are integrated into the theme of the cycle.
- social world,
- natural world,
- personal world,
- and physical education
- Small business operation,
- community service,
- “going out” trips plus a variety of specialist classes chosen by the students themselves, such as art, music, dance, drama, computer science, cooking, Tai Chi, yoga, scrapbooking, woodworking, digital photography, various sports, and more.
Friday classes are limited only by the imagination and interests of the students. The sports program includes participation in athletic competition with students from other schools in the area. Presently, students have chosen to form competitive teams in volleyball, co-ed soccer, basketball, cross-country, and “Girls on Track”.
Last Week of Each Cycle:
Students present the results of research projects that they have conducted both individually and in small groups. During this week, students also participate in a “going out” experience, or “immersion”, to explore their ever-expanding environment with hikes, campouts, and other opportunities to appreciate the region’s natural beauty and historical significance.
Twice a year the students lead a detailed conference with their parents. The conference includes an overview of their academic accomplishments that focuses on their strengths, weaknesses and their plan for improving. This manner of presentation enables the adolescents to interact with their parents in an adult manner while both embracing and displaying their ownership of their own educational journey and its direction.
By utilizing this method we purposely break away from the traditional parent-teacher conference and place the responsibility for progress reporting in the hands of each student. It is a maturing time and it provides an excellent means of establishing a higher plane of communication between each student and his or her parents. This step in developing an adult-to-adult relationship between adolescent and parent has proven itself nothing less than remarkable.
Contact us today to learn more about our program or to schedule a tour of our Flagstaff middle school campus.