Middle School (MYP)

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Click here for the complete RMS Middle Years Program handbook.

Rochester Montessori School’s middle school program for grades seven and eight blends Montessori pedagogy with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.1 This program takes place across several levels. Most immediately, the Middle School is a community of classmates engaged in a program of rigorous academic study.

IMG_0624.JPGOur Middle Years Program (MYP) curriculum framework provides academic challenges that encourage students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world. The curriculum further challenges students to become critical and reflective thinkers. The curriculum consists of eight subject groups. These subjects are integrated through the five areas of interaction. These five areas guide learning within and across the subjects.

The subjects of study are English, Spanish, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. The five areas of interaction are called Approaches to Learning, Community and Service, Human Ingenuity, Environments, and Health and Social Education. The content of each course is drawn from Montessori middle school curriculum, IB MYP guidelines, and the Minnesota State Educational Standards.

IMG_0628.JPGThe students are mentored and involved in campus management, community-based research studies, and service-learning projects. Some of their learning activities may take place through community partnerships and in a variety of settings such as university campuses, museums, industries, government centers, art studios, and non-profit organizations. Students design, implement, and develop small business projects and micro-economies to develop the entrepreneurial skills needed as they advance in the 21st century.

By situating learning experiences in both local and global contexts, the program encourages students to become engaged, thoughtful, and compassionate lifelong learners who embrace the challenge of living and learning in their local and global communities. Using diverse approaches to teaching and learning, program fosters the academic, personal, and social growth of students. Through rigorous study and experiential learning, middle school students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the world, grapple with complex issues and problems, embrace civic responsibilities, and engage with people who are different from themselves.


When they engage in these kinds of activities, middle school students:

  • Become vibrant, self-sufficient, active learners.
  • Develop strong academic habits and expand their knowledge base.
  • Articulate their growing personal and global awareness through varying modes of self-expression.
  • Engage in field experiences including land-based study and service to others.

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Click here to visit the Middle Years Program Class Homepage.



1. Rochester Montessori School is an authorized Internationale Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP). As stated on the IB website, the MYP provides a framework of learning which includes eight subjects that are integrated through specific global learning contexts. The MYP encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge which encourage students to make connections between their studies and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.

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