Junior High

Junior High


Grades 7 & 8

Maria Montessori was a medical doctor and an expert in child development. Her curriculum for children from birth through age twelve remains largely unchanged as conveyed at Montessori training centers around the world.

Dr. Montessori had comprehensive theories about nurturing adolescent development, but she never wrote a formal curriculum for thirteen and fourteen-year olds. So whereas her method is learned and delivered by teachers in painstaking detail for the younger children, Montessori ‘middle schools’ are very rare and are based instead on interpretations of her theories on adolescence.

Milwaukee Montessori School’s Junior High program was established in 1981 as a mixed-age environment for 13- and 14-year olds with small lesson groups that would address specific academic needs of each student in each subject. This highly individualized approach is one reason that our graduates are such strong scholars, matriculating into the finest public, independent, and parochial high schools across the area and country. Fully 75% of our graduates take advanced level courses, and 78% are on their school honor rolls (3.5 GPA or higher) in the freshman year.

A Portrait of an Milwaukee Montessori School Graduate:

Our graduates overwhelmingly share 5 notable distinctions:

  1. They value and manage time effectively.
  2. They are skilled in the creative use of technology.
  3. They effectively self-advocate.
  4. They take ethical action on behalf of others.
  5. They appreciate and utilize critical feedback for future development.
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 Reading Spanish

Reading a passage of Spanish text and orally answering questions about its key points; Testing into higher-level Spanish for matriculation in high school using the STAMP measurement (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency).

 Persuasive Writing

Writing a persuasive opinion piece on a matter of public importance.

 Speech Delivery

Giving a 3- to 5-minute speech on an issue of personal importance.

 Original Art

Producing a series of original works of visual art using a range of media.

 Composing Music

Composing and performing an original piece of music 1 - 3 minutes in length.

 Game Theory

Using game theory to program a playable educational game with original art and music.

 Leadership Roles

Engaging in a variety of documented and verified leadership roles.


Debating a historical event using cultural perspectives held during the event’s time period.

 Educated Conclusions

Drawing correct conclusion(s) upon a review of visual statistical information.

 Overcoming Obstacles

Describing a specific example of how he or she contributed to overcoming an obstacle while operating on a team so the team could succeed in its task.


Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability with evidence of prior practices future goals.

 Research Project

Planning and executing a research project with properly cited and most relevant sources.

 Physical Fitness

Meeting the benchmarks of fitness set forth by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness

 Team Participation

Participating in a team athletic endeavor.

A Junior High Lesson in Action

If you have questions, contact our Director of Admission Cheryl Kelly or call 414-259-0370 ext. 106.

Milwaukee Montessori School

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