Cedar River Montessori School offers students rigorous, high quality academics in a community of kindness, respect, and self-advocacy.
Our school is a small, close-knit community where the students experience individualized, experiential, and differentiated instruction as the students work to figure out who they are in relation to the larger world around them. It is safe to try, fail, and succeed as the students’ bodies and minds undergo hormone shifts and other developmental changes. The intent of the Montessori program for grades 7 and 8 is to facilitate this process, providing feedback and reflection while exposing the student to new ideas, concepts, people, questions, problems, solutions, and the idea that the students are parts of multiple interconnected systems. Our graduates are confident, curious learners who know how to identify and follow their passions throughout their lives and respectfully challenge the status quo.
Like the “real world” that adults experience in their work environments, middle school student learning is multimodal and occurs both individually and in small groups, through seminars, research projects, and cooperative activities. The students practice giving and receiving constructive feedback with graciousness and resilience. As part of a small classroom community, each student is expected to participate in group discussions and activities, and all voices are heard and valued.