High School

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.


High School

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.

Dr Montessori envisaged that adolescents would live for blocks of time removed from their families. This would be in a farm setting developing life skills while furthering their formal education. She recognized the need to continue to keep the hands and mind engaged. They 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 student toward the goal of independence, resilience and maturity in adulthood. 

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In the context of a 21st century city and property values, this is not practical. The original concept has been adapted to our needs and resources. Students now undertake learning blocks called ‘occupations’. They contribute to the cleanliness and maintenance of their school areas by undertaking rostered tasks. This might involve preparing food for a communal lunch, vacuuming a room, weeding the garden or washing some tablecloths used at the luncheon.

The students also have responsibility for maintenance of the garden and for growing food within it. This produce is used as ingredients for communal lunches (held once a fortnight) or to sell in the café.

Our café is called Maria’s Marketplace. It is fully managed by the students. They undertake a Barista course, thus providing them with skills for part-time work outside school hours. Beverages from the café coffee machine are sold to staff, other students and parents. The students also sell craft items and baked goods produced from their food technology classes.

The management of Maria’s Marketplace is a wonderful opportunity for the students to develop a variety of skills: budgeting, pricing, product turnover, staffing, café maintenance and cleanliness, marketing, identifying products to sell and cooperating with each other. Any profits are reinvested in the business for the purchase of supplies and equipment.

Our High School is BOSTES registered and accredited. We offer a range of academic courses in line with NSW BOSTES syllabuses. Our students graduate with a Record of School Achievement (RoSA) and are able to take that with them to senior college to complete their HSC.

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External mentors such as local artists and gardeners enrich the High school program. The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) also provides a program for our students to learn and experience parts of their performance and theatre skills curriculum.

We provide a sport and physical exercise program not limited to the traditional competitive team sports normally offered to school students. While students do participate in such sports as soccer, hockey and volleyball, they also have the opportunity to experience activities like rock climbing, fitness circuit, circus skills and trapeze. There is also a ski camp every second year.

Students also have the opportunity to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh program. An internationally acclaimed program, participants are challenged in areas of skill, service, physical recreation and adventurous journey. The purpose of the program is for participants to develop and explore their own potential.

SMS is a sister school to Georges River College Senior School (Oatley campus). It offers a 2-year co-educational collegiate program, providing a transition between school and further education or work in an atmosphere appropriate to the personal and social developmental needs of older adolescents. As GRCSS offers years 11 and 12 exclusively, all of the students are new. This means they manage the transition process quite effectively.

The Sydney Montessori High School program is rich in diversity and opportunity for growth and self-expression. Our students graduate fully prepared academically for the rigors of the Higher School Certificate – but with so much more. They are independent, confident, socially aware young people who love learning.