High School (9th - 12th Grade)

Quantum Leaders

Using the American Montessori Society’s standards for curriculum and schedule, this program meets students’ educational, social, emotional, and personal development requirements. In a unique, integrated environment, Quantum Montessori students receive the same core academics as students attending conventional high schools. By taking integrated, rigorous and relevant courses, graduates earn credits that exceed state core requirements.

At this stage in your educational journey, you have the unique opportunity to choose your lessons and pave the path you wish to follow. Just like the prepared environment in the primary and elementary levels, the Montessori approach in the secondary group allows for independence and self-direction. This means that as learner, you have the freedom to explore your interests and passions and select lessons that align with your goals and learning style. As parents, you can support and guide your child in this process while respecting their choices and allowing them to take ownership of their education. With the guidance of our educators and guides, we trust that learners will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for their education as they actively choose and engage in their own learning journey.

Learners in this class continue to self-assess their work and actions as they advance towards adulthood and independence. Guides facilitate small group meetings and are the primary person the student might consult regarding issues in their learning or development. Guides strive to foster curiosity as they present required lessons in Literacy, Mathematics, History, Science, AP or Honors options, and Art. Learners are encouraged to take advantage of our partnership with Arizona State University’s Preparatory program for college credits.

The core subjects mentioned above are taught multiple times throughout the week. Learners who manage their time well can often complete homework during uninterrupted work periods during the day.

For learners preparing for college, the Montessori approach would focus on developing their critical thinking, time management, and study skills to equip them for success in higher education. For those pursuing trades or entrepreneurship after graduation, the class would offer opportunities to explore different fields and develop practical skills that would prepare them for their chosen path.

As part of their Montessori classes, high school learners are expected to volunteer their time in service or find a job of interest to acquire on-the-job training.

Class begins with a check-in with their Guide followed by live guidance, work periods which includes any lessons the learners select and time for collaboration with the learners in their virtual learning pod.

The following are some of the academic subject areas:

Ninth Grade

  • Language Arts
  • Global Studies and Geography
  • Algebra I or Geometry or Algebra II
  • Biology
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education/Sport
  • QMS Projects
 

Tenth Grade

  • World Literature
  • World History
  • Geometry or Algebra II or Pre-Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Spanish II
  • Physical Education/Sport
  • QMS Projects

Eleventh Grade

  • American Literature or AP English Language & Composition
  • American History or AP US History
  • Algebra II or Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus
  • Physics or AP Physics
  • Financial Literacy / Economics or AP Microeconomics
  • Physical Education/Sport
  • QMS Projects
 

Twelfth Grade

  • Advanced Topics in English and Composition or AP English Literature & Composition
  • American Government / Global Solutions
  • Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus or Statistics or AP Statistics or AP Computer Science
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • AP Psychology
  • Physical Education/Sport
  • QMS Projects

Minimum graduation requirements include:

  • English 4 credits
  • Social studies 4 credits
  • Math 3 credits (minimum level: Algebra II)
  • Science 4 credits
  • Projects 3 credits (or one for each year at the school)
  • Physical Education 2 credits
  • World Language 2 credits
  • QMS Projects 4 credits

*Note: Lessons may be adjusted based on the progress and needs of the learners. Extensions and enrichment activities will also be provided throughout the week. Educators will meet learners where they are to ensure their learning needs are met, whether you are starting a new class or joining one that is already underway.

Learning Goals

Develop critical thinking skills

The mixed age Montessori class focuses on developing critical thinking skills in students. This includes the ability to analyze and evaluate information, make sound decisions, and solve problems effectively. Critical thinking is essential for success in college and beyond, and this class can help students develop this important skill.

Effective communication is a key factor in both personal and professional success. This class should focus on improving students’ written and verbal communication skills through daily English, creative

The learning goals for this virtual class should align with college and career readiness standards. This includes a strong foundation in all core subjects such as math, science, social sciences, and advanced mathematics. Additionally, students should be exposed to real-world applications of these subjects through projects and community service opportunities.

Whether students plan to pursue a college education or enter the workforce immediately after graduation, an entrepreneurial mindset will be beneficial. This class should encourage students to think creatively, take risks, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset through projects and opportunities to explore entrepreneurship.

The Montessori approach emphasizes the importance of social and emotional development. This class should incorporate daily activities and lessons that promote self-awareness, empathy, and responsible decision-making to help students develop strong social-emotional skills.

In today’s interconnected world, it is crucial for students to have a global perspective. The class should include daily social studies lessons that cover world history, international studies, and current events. Students should also have opportunities to engage in meaningful community service projects that address global issues.

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education is important in preparing students for the future job market. This class should include regular STEAM projects that integrate multiple disciplines and allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world context

As students prepare to enter adulthood, it is essential for them to have a basic understanding of economics and financial literacy. The class should cover topics such as budgeting, saving, investing, and personal finance management to prepare students for their future financial decisions.

Classes should provide students with opportunities for hands-on learning experiences through entrepreneurship projects, community service, and optional employment requirements for on-the-job training. This will help students develop practical skills and gain real-world experience before entering college or the workforce.

The Montessori approach encourages independence and self-motivated learning. As students prepare for life after graduation, this class should encourage them to take ownership of their learning, set goals, and develop self-discipline and time management skills to help them succeed in their chosen paths.

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