Racine Montessori School added an adolescent program in 2005. This middle school program of 7th and 8th grade students work cooperatively and help each other learn. It is a non-competitive setting where “real work” is as much a part of the curriculum as academic subject areas. The students enjoy their work in the greenhouse and the nature center. They grow, raise and sell seedlings and plants. They have designed and cared for a prairie maze and a rain garden. They tend to worm bins and composting. They have built and sold “Aldo Leopold” garden benches. They spend time at the Root River for river testing and monitoring in the fall and spring and they volunteer their time in the community in such places as the Eco-Justice Center and the H.A.L.O. homeless shelter. In these activities, their explorations in learning take place in reality (actually doing the work) and there is cooperation in the land, commerce and rural life. There is also academic learning where these students can advance as far as they are able in math, algebra, geometry, languages and the sciences. Two main teachers guide them in these areas and they have specialists in art, computer, and gym. Much of the instruction is orally presented and individualized to fit the needs of each student.
Adolescent class hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.