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Grades 7 - 8
12 – 14 years old
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In response to requests from CMS students and parents, we have expanded our program to include grades seven and eight. A new building has been designed and construction will begin in the spring of 2013 and be completed before the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

Learn about our Middle School by taking a photo journey through this year’s work so far. Scroll through the album to get a sense of what your child’s experience will be like.

Program Details

The CMS Middle School provides adolescents a unique educational experience with three primary components: economy/community, traditional academics, and creative expression. Adolescence marks the beginning of transition from childhood to adulthood, and the start of physical and mental maturation. It is an age of great social development, of emerging critical thinking and value formation, and a period of self-reflection.

At CMS the students’ strong need to understand the adult world is addressed. Through managing micro-businesses as well as taking advantage of learning opportunities in the wider community, CMS students will come to understand the basic foundation of how an economy functions, how to manage money, how to direct others and take direction, how to take initiative, collaborate and persevere, and how to get a job done.

CMS adolescent students will have a strong academic course of study covering all areas of traditional curriculum. Subjects include math, writing, science, literature, Spanish, music, art, computers, history, and geography.

Creative expression is an essential component to adolescent development as they explore and experiment with their emerging identities. During the adolescent period, the developing personality has a natural predisposition to creative expression in many forms. CMS offers many opportunities for students to explore self-expression creatively through activities and performances which will include but not be limited to:

  • Music – styles and periods, history, music of other cultures, piano, singing, concert performances;
  • Creative Language – dramatic performance, literature, public speaking, Socratic seminars, poetry, creative writing, playwriting, song writing and debating;
  • Art – history, styles and periods, drawing, designing, mapping, painting, digital photography, and film making.

By respecting and nurturing individual needs and abilities, we encourage the growth of autonomous, competent, responsible and resourceful citizens. Countryside Montessori’s Adolescent Program provides opportunities for valorization – for experiencing fulfillment by making worthy and valuable contributions to the school community and the community at large. The environment for the adolescents fosters economic independence within the school community, social independence and awareness, and a connection to the natural world. Countryside Montessori recognizes the special characteristics of adolescence, and is designed to assist 7th and 8th grade students along their path to adulthood and mature responsibility.

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Upcoming Events

Enrolling now for Fall 2014

First Day of School
Tuesday, September 2nd

Informational Session
Tuesday, July 22nd

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