Junior High (Wavecrest Adolescent Community)
“After experiencing high school, I can look back on my Santa Cruz Montessori experience, and see that I couldn’t have been better prepared for attending an intensive, college preparatory high school. I feel that I was not only prepared for high school, but I’m prepared for life, whichever direction it may take me.” – SCM Alum
“Success in life depends in every case on self confidence and the knowledge of one’s own capacity and many-sided powers of adaptation. The consciousness of knowing how to make oneself useful, how to help mankind in many ways, fills the soul with noble confidence.”
– Maria Montessori
The Santa Cruz Montessori Adolescent program (named “Wavecrest”) is located in beautiful facilities at our Winston campus. The curriculum, classrooms, seminar rooms, science and art lab, computer resource center, gardens, and playing field were specially designed to create a nurturing environment where adolescents are respected and cared for. This provides a safe place for students to develop autonomy, initiative, and collaboration. Adolescents at Wavecrest have ample opportunities to perform service that cultivates responsibility for the planet and humanity; to work hard, be challenged, be responsible; and to build and define themselves as citizens of a community and the world.
Designed to foster self-discipline, confidence, and a personal vision of the self working in society, the Santa Cruz Montessori Adolescent program encourages students to be active participants in the educational process. Guides work closely with parents during this crucial stage of development to support our students as they transform from children into young adults.
Our Wavecrest staff consists of a Montessori-credentialed director, trained guides from the AMI Adolescent Orientation, specialty instructors, and resource specialists. Working closely with one another, with the students, and with the families, these guides coordinate curriculum and extracurricular activities.
|Expression||Psychic Development||Preparation for Adult Life|
Diction, elocution, poetic representation. To cultivate the art of speaking logically, to expose one’s ideas, to reason and to discuss.
Pre-algebra, algebra, geometry
|The Study of Earth and Living Things
Geology, geography, cosmology, astronomy, botany, zoology, physiology, comparative anatomy
The work in Art provides a means of expression to individual aestheticfeeling. Students explore aspects of their developing creativity by practicing drawing skills, experimenting with three-dimensional form, and gaining exposure to the history of art. Observations of the natural world and imaginative pursuits are investigated through a variety of medium.
French 1 & 2, Spanish 1 & 2 “The development of language is apart of the personality itself. Words are in effect, the natural means to express an idea and consequently to establish understanding between people. If formerly a single language sufficed, today it is essential to teach different languages.”
—Dr. Maria Montessori
|The Study of Human Progress and the Building Up of Civilization
Physics, chemistry, mechanics, engineering, and genetics
Socratic seminar, ethics, philosophy
|The Study of the History of Humanity
Scientific discoveries, geographical explorations, relation of humans to the environment, contact between different peoples, war, religion, patriotism, a detailed study of one period, th life of one person, the present day and nation, law and government, literature
Specialty teachers (local experts and parents) are invited to work with the students on a regular basis in the areas of music, physical education, and team sports. Students organize coffeehouses where they can explore their creative self-expression. Here they may dance, sing, share poetry, or produce a play.
Wavecrest offers a challenging academic experience that is an integrated and developmentally based approach to educating adolescent students:
In addition to their studies on campus, Wavecrest students explore the Monterey Bay Area and the Central Coast, and take a biannual trips to Washington, D.C., and Ashland, Oregon. In 2007, they visited France and Spain. Wavecrest students have the opportunity to participate in the Santa Cruz Montessori after-school intramural sports program, and are actively involved in community service projects.
Live Earth Farm
Wavecrest students work at the organic Live Earth Farm every week in four areas of interest: field studies, health and wellness, art, and micro-economy. Dr. Montessori envisioned that farm experience would give the students the opportunity to perform real work: work that gives the student a sense of worth and the ability to cooperate within the social fabric of the community. The work consists not only of practical experience, but also of intellectual growth achieved through formal lessons.
Santa Cruz Montessori’s adolescent students travel to Washington, D.C., and visit Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown settlement, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, the Library of Congress, the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Supreme Court, the White House, and the U.S. Capitol.