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 known developmental needs of the early adolescent,
- Montessori philosophy,
- current research, and
- the latest theories of learning and human development.
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.
Questa’s mission statement is to provide a developmentally responsive, safe, positive, and respectful learning environment that is empowering to the early adolescent. We work toward developing the whole person while encouraging the students to recognize their unique, individual gifts and talents. This environment provides extensive opportunities to promote an intellectually and spiritually reflective person, a well-rounded, harmonious, ethical, and caring individual to whom meaningful, constructive work is of utmost importance in becoming a vital and contributing member of our local and global community.
Middle School Structure
- Multi-age groupings of 11-14 years
- Developmentally-responsive curriculum
- Peer and cross-age teaching
- Learner-centered environment
- 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.
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.