A cohesive, supportive community of learners prepare for adult responsibilities by working, studying, and governing themselves in a microcosm of adult society. Students create and manage a micro-economy through real-world, collaborative work in connection with the land. These connections form the foundation for knowledge and serve as the basis for academic, creative and scientific learning. As a result, graduates are people of consequence and moral character who positively impact the world.
My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding on that verification from secondary school to the university, but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher one, by means of their own activity, through their own effort or will, which constitutes the inner evolution of the individual.
Montessori Land School of St. Louis is a small, non-profit day school with a mixed-age classroom for students in 7th, 8th and 9th grades. The adolescent program started at Chesterfield Montessori School in 2011 as a result of parent demand for both rigorous academics and a uniquely supportive and positive peer community where every individual is respected and work is relevant and meaningful.
Chesterfield Montessori School, founded in 1981, has initiated the creation of the Montessori Land School of St. Louis, which is further supported by the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, as well as other local Montessori schools, including OakHaven Montessori and Campbell Montessori.
Montessori Land School is designed to support place-based education. Our site, once confirmed, will be away from daily life—surrounded by nature, with appropriate indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate organic gardening, care of animals, a greenhouse, and a woodworking shop.
Teachers and administrators of Montessori Land School are highly qualified, having worked through the rigorous AMI-North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA) Orientation to Adolescent Studies. Teachers assign readings, offer key lessons, engage students in inclusive group discussions in a seminar format, and provide opportunities for students to develop individual research.
Throughout the three-year cycle, students will have the opportunity to observe natural processes while engaging in meaningful work and drawing inspiration from nature. The particular location of the school is the starting point for studies relating to land management and emerging from the local community- its ecology, geography, and history.
The Montessori adolescent program provides the support that adolescents need for making a contribution to their community and for interacting respectfully with each other through accomplishing meaningful work. This school is a safe place for the transition from childhood to adulthood.
Developing an organic garden leads to the study of biology, the nutrient cycles, composting, and food and nutrition.
The micro-economy gives students the independence and practical know-how inherent in running a business venture.
Working with water found on school property – a stream or pond and rain garden – is a pathway to scientific study and problem solving.
Care of animals, such as chickens, bees, and goats, creates rich and varied opportunities for scientific study and practical application.
Your donation helps support the Montessori Land School of St. Louis project. All donations raised will be used for the express purpose of establishing the Montessori Land School of St. Louis, and to support its operations.
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