Middle Years

Setting the Stage for Life

"The whole life of the adolescent should be organized in such a way that it will enable him or her, when the time comes, to make a triumphal entry into social life, not entering it debilitated, isolated, or humiliated, but with the head high, sure of himself or herself." Dr. Maria Montessori

Rochester Montessori School graduates adolescents who are self-assured, well-prepared, and ready to thrive in any environment. Our students beautifully transition to high school, where their kindness, independence, critical thinking, and academic preparedness make them leaders amongst their peers. 

Our middle school program serves students in grades 7-9 and blends Montessori pedagogy with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program multi-disciplinary framework.  RMS is the only accredited IB MYP World School in Rochester. As such, our classrooms successfully merge rigorous academics with metamorphic personal growth. 

Our program provides academic challenges that encourage students to embrace and understand connections between their learning and the real world. Emphasizing global contexts, middle school students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through explorations of: identities and relationships, personal and cultural expression, orientations in space and time, scientific and technical innovation, fairness and development, and globalization and sustainability.

Intentionally small class size allows for one-on-one work and mentoring with teachers and community members as they:

  • Tackle classic works of literature 
  • Initiate opportunities to learn off campus and connect with community members
  • Campus management and service-learning projects
  • Design, implement, and develop small business projects
  • Gain proficiency in Spanish
  • Experience a breadth and depth of art appreciation
  • Build a deep knowledge of health, wellness and fitness

Our middle years experience culminates in thoughtful, and compassionate lifelong learners who are well prepared for high school and beyond. 

Additional Resources:

Click here for the Middle Years Handbook