Our High School program is for years 7 – 10. We provide a small, nurturing environment with a focus on building supportive relationships among students and between students and staff.
Our multi-age classes have 10 -15 students each. Consistent with Montessori education for younger children, students work at their own pace and to the best of their ability with the support of their teacher, free from judgement.
Sydney International Secondary School
Ignite your child’s potential with a world class education
In 2018 we will offer the world renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) starting in year 7, from our Sydney International campus.
We are using the IB learning approach, as its core values are aligned with the Montessori pedagogy, educating young people to prepare them for for life.
The IB develops enquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with a global perspective. It provides a learning framework that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Students are not only academically challenged but also personally nurtured to prepare them for the future and to contribute to a global society.
The Montessori Adolescent Programme
During the past 10 years our high school learning framework has been built around Dr Montessori’s vision for adolescents, adapted to suit the context of the 21st century. This enabled us to successfully educate students in years 7 – 10, but required them to transition to another school for years 11 and 12, not an optimum situation.
Going forward we plan to offer the Foundation Class of 2018 the IB Diploma Programme for years 11 and 12.
Montessori’s Vision for Adolescents
Dr Montessori envisaged that adolescents would live for blocks of time removed from their families (boarding school). This would be in a farm setting where they would develop life skills while furthering their formal education. She recognised the need to continue to keep the hands and mind engaged. Students would be occupied with growing food both for themselves and to sell. Skills in maintaining the land, property and equipment are also addressed. They would sell the produce to townspeople thus necessitating the development of social and business skills. This would further equip the students toward the goal of independence, resilience and maturity in adulthood.
Similarities: Montessori and the International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is considered uniquely compatible with a Montessori education. It is a broad but balanced course, global in outlook, emphasising the same 'learning how to learn' approach as Montessori, and focuses on the development of the whole person.
The IB program requires all participants to engage in the study of Languages, Sciences, Mathematics and Humanities until the completion of their secondary schooling. There is also compulsory participation in artistic and sporting activities and community service (CAS - Creativity, Action, Service).
A further important similarity between Montessori and the IB is independent learning and a cross-disciplinary approach. Like Montessori, the IB requires students to work on Personal Projects. The student chooses the topic, researches and presents it. The scope of the project must cover at least two disciplines.
The core values of Montessori and the IB harmonise:
• Both are based upon Method rather than Content.
• Both promote individual enquiry and study.
• Both are child-centred (rather than teacher-centred).
· Both promote social and community behaviour.
• Both promote children’s education for peace.
• Both believe in self-discipline and integral sense of purpose.
• Both encourage diversity leading to global perspectives.
• Both promote balance and harmony in the person.