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The Adolescent Child
Adolescence is a time of great physical change, inner turmoil and transformation. During this period of increased physical energy, a quest for independence, social consciousness and purpose develops. Maria Montessori realized that the adolescent should not be hampered by the limitations of the four walls of a classroom and a departmentalized curriculum, therefore she advocated for a land based, experiential form of education that would engage the mind as well as the hands.

The Environment
Our Middle School program is located in the Nepaug section of New Hartford, CT on the peaceful, 30-acre Millstream Farm. The pristine property includes gardens, ponds, streams, forest, wetland and  pasture.  Farm animals include goats, chickens, bees and sheep. This beautiful farmland abuts the 2,000-acre Nepaug State Forest. The property’s natural diversity and agricultural underpinnings open up limitless possibilities for the student’s purposeful work and study amid the tranquility of a prepared farm environment.

Academic Rigor and Purposeful work
Our program will follow an authentic approach to Montessori education centered on rigorous academic studies and purposeful, land-based work that emphasizes the interconnectedness among all academic subjects. Our children will care for the resident animals, goats, sheep, chickens, bees etc., carry out real work in the barns, gardens, fields, ponds and streams and apply that practical experience to their academic research and rigorous studies.  Learning becomes an essential and meaningful part of life, rather than a remote “schooling.”

School of the Future
In sync with Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision and proposed syllabus, North American Montessori Teacher’s Association’s (NAMTA) Orientation to Adolescent Studies as well as the National Associations of Independent School’s trend schools for the 21st century, our program is a model of a “school of the future”; it promotes skills and knowledge needed for the next century: global education, environmental sustainability, technology with purpose. Our students develop the essential traits and skills for success in the 21st century: character, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication.