6th, 7th and 8th Grades (ages 11-14)
Middle School Philosophy
Questa Middle School, for children ages 11 – 14, (grades 6, 7 and 8) is a Montessori school founded on the following knowledge:
The name Questa comes from the French language and means forever seeking. Our goals are to have knowledge, the joy of life, the love of learning, and every aspect of personal development be the guiding forces of this community of life-long learners. We strive to be forever seeking these properties.
Our Mission at Summit-Questa Montessori School is to provide a positive, caring, healthy and nurturing environment on campus and online for all our peers within this difficult time. We want an environment which reinforces positive behavior and educates, supports and prepares us through the Montessori method to become citizens of the world.
Students at Summit-Questa Montessori School will become responsible digital citizens who know how to utilize the learning potential of digital media in a 24/7 connected world and during Covid-19. Children at Summit-Questa are able to experience first-hand this diversity and its value in a safe, Montessori environment. This mission not only extends to our online presence but also on campus. Our goals are to create students who use online tools safely, effectively, ethically, and respectfully.
Summit-Questa students will foster an environment where all students excel academically, socially, and emotionally through collaborative efforts of our community, students and teachers.
Our community makes decisions together, everyone will be actively involved in an environment that enhances learning. Students will demonstrate the social skills necessary to act responsibly in the school and as a community.
It is always our aim to even further develop a sense of compassion and understanding for others and to become intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-rounded students to thrive further after middle school.
In all of this, we want to focus this year on our school slogan:
“Stay safe, stay strong and we will prevail”
Middle School Structure
- Large blocks of learning time
- Parent-teacher-student partnerships
- Developmentally appropriate class size
- Trained teachers specializing in early adolescents
- A core teaching team of Montessori teachers with additional specialists as resources
Curriculum and Instruction
Questa Middle School courses of study reflect an integration of the following elements:
- Florida State standards
- The Montessori Philosophy
- The newest research on the developmental needs of early adolescents
- Interdisciplinary themes
- Small group cooperative learning
- Whole group community experience
- Mastery learning, coaching and exploratory activities
- Social interaction with peers
- Exploratory and enrichment experiences
- Personal learning plans
- School and community service projects “Learning how to learn” strategies
- Activities to foster interdependence
- Diverse whole brain learning activities
- Organizational and study skills
- Small businesses and activities for learning economic independence
The curriculum and instruction is designed as a 3-year program.
- The language arts, speech, foreign language, physical education and health, outdoor education/service learning, fine arts, and geography are courses of continuous progress.
- Science, social studies, and math are designated by topics of study complete in each course.
A complete curriculum summary can be found in the middle school handbook.
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The Early Adolescent IS…
- An active, self-directed learner
- A vital member of the class, school, city, and global community
- A vital member of the teacher-student-parent team
- Responsible for keeping commitments, being honest & respectful
Pinnacle Award Winners
Middle school students receive the Pinnacle Award sponsored by the Broward County Association of Non-Public Schools. Students are selected for this award based on their community involvement, academics, leadership, contributions to their school and their interaction with their peers.
Members of the National Junior Honor Society
Students gain recognition for their leadership, academic achievements, community service, and character.