Student Ages

12-14 years

About This Community

Dr. Maria Montessori characterized adolescence as the "Third Plane of Development," noting, "The chief need of the adolescent is the strengthening of self-confidence."  She also believed that students reaching this “Third Plane” of development need two things:  protection during these years of physical and emotional transition and an understanding of the larger society that waits them.  As these students test their own values and thoughts and explore the many changes and opportunities around them, our middle school environment allows students to develop freely and safely. CBMS supports young adolescents in their academic, social, and emotional growth by encouraging students to explore and discover their place in the world through a broad and challenging curriculum, community service, and field trips. The two-year integrated interdisciplinary curriculum makes our middle school program both practically and personally meaningful.  Every step in a Montessori education guides students toward finding their places in our world.

Our curriculum covers the following subjects:

  • Language Arts and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art & Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

While our students are discovering their places in our world, they will also develop skills that they will need to be successful in their next schools and beyond. These skills include:

  • Persuasive Writing and Speaking
  • Business Management
  • Project Management
  • Time Management
  • Team and Community Building

Given our focus on developing the whole child with high academic expectations and an emphasis on critical thinking, as well as written and oral communication skills, parents can be certain that their children are well prepared for the competitive environment of high school.  Students exiting our middle school will have explored the world, worked cooperatively to run businesses, and created their own learning opportunities. They will be well on their way to becoming thoughtful and responsible members of society.