What is Montessori for the 15-18 year-olds?
The Montessori program for students aged 12 to 18 years is based on the recognition of the special characteristics of adolescence. The program for 12-18 year olds is made up of the Adolescent Community (12-15 years) and Senior Phase (15-18 years).
The Senior Phase is tailored to suit the specific academic, social and emotional needs of the adolescent, aged 15 -18 years (Year 10 – 12). The environment for senior adolescents, as proposed by Maria Montessori, is one that will encourage and promote their development towards adulthood through meaningful work and real life experiences. In Year 10 the individual learning is interconnected across disciplines and aligns with the emerging identity of the adolescent who is finding his or her place in the world. In Year 11-12 students study Queensland Senior Curriculum subjects (QCAA) as well as university and TAFE courses. The campus environment incorporates naturally occurring remnant rainforest and native vegetation. This land laboratory becomes an integral part of student life and their studies.
Staff and students cultivate enduring positive partnerships with the broader community. Progressively, the adolescent comes to know of their vital role as an agent of positive change in the world.
The Senior Phase Program aims to help young adults develop into individuals who:
- eagerly tackle academic and personal challenges
- are compassionate collaborators
- are mindful of ethics and morals in their decision making
- confidently work with specialists in the wider community and willingly engage in community service
- engage in thoughtful research and critical thinking to actively and creatively solve problems
- take action in their world for a more sustainable future and just society.