Seventh and Eighth grade Montessori students are starting in a new plane of development, the 12-15 early adolescent plane. Based on brain development and the developing social, personal and psychological needs of adolescents, the curriculum uses three modes of work: large group work, with the entire school body, small group work, a randomly selected group of three or four students, and individual work. Learning happens in all three modes.
In this multi-age classroom, the curriculum is integrated for the subjects based on themes. There are ten different themes over two years. Year B are school years that begin with even numbers (2010, 1012, etc.) Year C are school years that begin in odd numbers. All state curricula are covered within this framework.
Students are expected to master concepts at 90%. The curriculum is demanding, yet the students are encouraged to extend their minds and realize their potential.
9th and 10th Grade
Traditionally, Montessori students are educated in three year segments based on observation of student growth and levels of understanding. Ninth grade is seen as part of the lower adolescent curriculum, and tenth grade is part of the upper adolescent program. In reality, the edges are not that smooth.
In many parts of the curriculum, ninth and tenth graders will expand and explore more deeply what the middle school students are doing. That will happen in Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science, although in all of their studies, the older students will have much higher expectations and may master higher level skills. History (Social Studies) will move these older students father along the timeline of history to the present looking at world history, issues, and culture. AP is available for students choosing to include the Advanced Placement testing.
Recognition of the need for High School records, courses will be graded, and hours and credits will be given and recorded for students to meet the Nebraska high school requirements.
The Roberts Academy courses of study reflect an integration of the Nebraska requirements, the newest research on the developmental needs of adolescents, the Montessori philosophy, the state of the art in current learning theory and the predictions of the skills needed for a productive life in the twenty-first century.
11th & 12th Grade
This upper end of the secondary Montessori curriculum continues to encourage adolescents to prepare for the future. Many of the activities and most of the classes are to assist students in their future pursuits.
Eleventh and twelfth graders continue with their courses in mathematics, history, sciences, and health, communication arts, but have much more voice in how they accomplish these goals that will enable them to graduate and pursue the future they want. Students can develop and study elective classes that will enhance their own educational goals.
Recognizing the need for high school records, courses will be graded and hours and credits will be given and recorded for students to meet the Nebraska high school graduation requirements.
The Roberts Academy courses of study reflect an integration of the Nebraska requirements, the newest research on the developmental needs of adolescents, the Montessori philosophy, the state of the art in current learning theory and the predictions of the skills needed for a productive life in the 21st Century.
At The Roberts Academy we understand that all children do not learn alike. The public schools are not equipped to work with students who need freedom to move about the classroom, who need to interact in learning rather than listen to a lecture, or need more attention in one area or another.
For the past seven years we have been helping students succeed in school. We have been able to help each student identify how he/she learns best, we work with students’ individual differences and create a happy, successful school experience for students
From Personal World to Communication Arts to Mathematics and everything in between, we employ a well-rounded education that serves as college prep for your child.