Adolescent Community

High School 

9th - 12th grade

 

High School Philosophy

The high school design is an integration of the current research in human development, the trends and issues in education, and the Montessori philosophy. The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for adolescents to be self-confident and gain self-knowledge, belong to a community, learn to be adaptable, be academically competent and challenged, and create a vision for their personal future, thus, empowering adolescents.

 

The school structure offers:

  • a learner-centered environment
  • a developmentally-responsive curriculum
  • a teaching team of Montessori teachers with additional adults as resources
  • parent-teacher-student partnerships
  • multi-aged grouping of 14 – 18 year olds
  • large blocks of uninterrupted learning time
  • peer and cross-age teaching

The adolescent is:

  • an active, self-directed learner
  • a vital member of the class, school, city, global community
  • a vital member of the teacher-student-parent team
  • responsible for keeping commitments and being honest and respectful

 The curriculum and instruction includes:

  • integrated subject areas
  • strategies for learning how to learn
  • personal learning plans
  • mastery, coaching and exploratory activities
  • long term cooperative learning projects
  • sense of community and social interaction with peers
  • meaningful and challenging work
  • activities for self-expression, self-knowledge, and self-assessment
  • activities that value all nine intelligences and a variety of learning styles
  • activities to foster interdependence
  • activities for learning economic independence
  • school and community service projects
  • opportunities that allow work on and with the land

 The teachers are:

  • facilitators for learning
  • consultants for the students
  • creators of a positive climate for learning
  • communicators with parents and community
  • role models

 

Graduation Requirements

Daily Schedule - sample

Yearly Calendar

Excursions

 

Course Registration Forms

Click on the grade level to download the class registration form.

      

    Freshman

Students entering 9th grade are required to:

  • Complete summer math packet 
  • Read one of the books on the 9th Grade Reading List 
  • Write a 1-3 page written summary of that book
  • Choose a second book to read from the list (English Honors students). 

     

    Sophomore

 

Students entering 10th grade are required to:

  • Complete summer math packet 
  • Read a required book on the 10th Grade Reading List 
  • Read one additional book, fiction or non-fiction is of a 10th grade reading level.
  • Write a 1-3 page written summary of each book.
  • Choose their second book from the reading list (English Honors students).

 

      Junior

 

Students entering 11th grade are required to:

  • Complete summer math packet 
  • Read one one book on the 11th Grade Reading List 
  • Read one book of choice, fiction or non-fiction that is at least an 11th grade reading level 
  • Write a 2-4 page written summary comparing and contrasting some element of the two books
  • Choose a second book from the reading list (English Honors students).

 

      Senior

 

Students entering 12th grade are required to:

  • Complete summer math packet 
  • Read one book from the 12th Grade Reading List 
  • Read one book of choice, fiction or non-fiction that is at least a 12th grade reading level
  • Write a 2-4 page written summary comparing and contrasting some element of the two books
  • Choose their second book from the reading list (English Honors students).
  • Read the three books from the list that are marked *** and complete a mind map tracing the events of each book (English Honors students). 

 

Summer Reading

Montessori Visions Academy believes that it is important for students and faculty to continue to read during the summer.  A recent study by the Kaiser Foundation found that the average 8- to 18-year-old uses entertainment media approximately 7 hours and a half hours each day.

Tweeting

 "And because they spend so much of that time 'media multitasking' (using more than one medium at a time), they actually manage to pack a total of 10 hours and 45 minutes (10:45) worth of media content into those 7 ½ hours."

We hope that Visions students will unplug long enough this summer to sit under a tree or curl up in chair on a rainy day and enjoy a good book. Maybe instead of "tweeting", they can listen to the twittering of birds as they read.

 

Attendance & Tardy Policy

Excessive absences, excused or unexcused, may result in loss of grade level completion.  The tardy and absence policy utilized at Montessori Visions Academy is consistent with the Clark County School District code which states that tardy is defined as when a student is not physically present in the classroom at the start of the instructional day.  A tardy becomes a ½ day absence if more than 1 hour and 55 minutes are missed and becomes a full day absence if more than 3 ¾ hours are missed of the instructional day.  An elementary or adolescent community student may be required to repeat the current grade if the total number of absences exceeds twenty (20) for the school year.  Absences are calculated by combining the number of excused and unexcused absences.  There will be no financial allowances made or any credits given for absences. 

 

 

Homework Help

Grammar

Grammar and Sentence Structure

Grammar Practice

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Poetry

Poetry Out Loud

Vocabulary

Quizlet

Montessori Visions Academy
3551 E. Sunset Road • Las Vegas, NV 89120
Phone: (702) 451-9801• Fax: (702) 451-0049