"WHAT THE HAND DOES,
THE MIND REMEMBERS."
The number one question we get asked is: "How will my child transition from Montessori into a traditional high school?" But don't fret; it is one of our favorite questions to answer!
Did you know that Montessori manipulatives don't exist after the Upper Elementary cycle? This means that our students typically only use Montessori manipulatives up through 6th grade. Don't worry; this is very intentional. Manipulatives are a tool that allows students to go from a concrete visual understanding of a concept, using a hands-on manipulative, to abstract work using pencil and paper. Montessori manipulatives build an incredible foundation for our students to build upon as they enter the Secondary Program, 7th and 8th grade, at New Leaf Prep Academy. Our Secondary program is crucial for our students because it provides a carefully constructed bridge to get them successfully integrated into traditional high school and beyond.
Our Secondary Program for 7th and 8th graders uses a carefully selected curriculum for each subject that is lab-based and Socratic seminar heavy as much as possible. At this level, technology becomes further integrated into our program as a tool for research, projects, and papers. The structure of the Secondary program more closely aligns with that of traditional high schools allowing for a seamless transition for our students. What's the best part? The foundation these students have developed through a K-8 New Leaf Prep Academy Education is so strong they will have remarkable skills to carry through life. The robust development of self-drive, a foundational understanding of concepts, critical thinking, grit, and grace and courtesy will take them anywhere they wish to go in life.
However, you don't have to take our word for it. Various in-depth, insightful studies have been conducted around this transition because Montessori education often ends before high school, including first-hand student narratives.
“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core. We do not want complacent pupils, but eager ones. We seek to sow life in the child rather than theories, to help him in his growth, mental and emotional as well as physical, and for that we must offer grand and lofty ideas to the human mind.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori