“The learning experiences provided by this school, in a small school setting, are remarkable.”

Middle School Program

The Hillsboro School offers middle school students learner-centered instruction and an environment that nurtures them actively.

This is accomplished through observation, one-on-one conferencing, and a deep respect for each young adult. Students in the middle school are required to take math, science, English, and social studies every year. The curriculum for the middle school is inquiry-based.

Middle School Program

Students, working with faculty, will identify topics of study that cross curricular silos and learn through pursuing answer to these questions. Not only is this approach supported by Montessori philosophy, but by the latest in cognitive research on learning. Furthermore, colleges and universities are increasingly moving to interdisciplinary approaches; MIT even calls this approach for some of their work as non-disciplinary.

However, each student may progress or be working at different levels in these subjects. Thus, work will be divided to ensure all are progressing within content areas. Students will still be expected to progress in usual patterns. For example, the math curriculum aims for all students at a minimum to be prepared for algebra before moving out of middle school, although many may already have completed algebra or even geometry. The inquiry-based focus helps provide the students with a real world anchor for their learning, though, as opposed to rote memorization without the ability to apply their knowledge.

Montessori Model U.N.

All students in the middle school participate in Montessori Model United Nations. Each year, students work on papers and speeches to represent countries for the MMUN challenge. If students choose, they travel to New York City for five days to participate in the MMUN each spring.

Field Trips

Students are encouraged to take their learning outside of the walls of the classroom community and explore their real-life applications. Imagine the learning, independence, and confidence that can be fostered by allowing students to plan their own lesson extensions, from planning travel time, coordinating with outside resources, calculating costs, developing self-directed research, engaging in meaningful learning, and then presenting this information to their peers!

Community Meetings

Through their community meetings, students gain daily practice in determining how their learning community is going to function. Intentional reflection on how they have worked together develops ownership and a healthy pride in how they constructively learn to make things happen.

Service Learning Projects

Through their community meetings, students gain daily practice in determining how their learning community is going to function. Intentional reflection on how they have worked together develops ownership and a healthy pride in how they constructively learn to make things happen.