Throughout the semester, Montverde.org will be sharing the philosophy of education and/or the educational vision of our Montverde Academy Deans. Ms. Meristell Shackelford, Dean of the Montverde Academy Lower-school, was featured first, and that can be found HERE. The following submission is from Mr. Warren Delmolino, Dean of the Montverde Academy Middle-school:
The philosophy of the middle school division is to develop 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students whose desire is to learn and grow within a challenging academic community. This desire is complimented by the students’ willingness to be positive contributors to the school community through involvement in an array of not only academic opportunities, but in the performing fine arts, various electives, several enrichments, athletic programs during all three seasons, club activities, class field trips, and membership in service organizations. The three pillars of knowledge, character, and community, which are the fundamentals values upon which Montverde Academy was built, continue to be the guiding forces in our pursuit of educational excellence at the middle school.
At the start of each school day, the middle school students have an advisory group meeting from 7:50 until 8:00 a.m. The students’ first period teacher is their advisor, so at the end of the advisory group session, the first period academic instruction begins. Each school, week a middle school assembly program is scheduled for the entire middle school community which meets mid-day three days a week. This assembly program remains a strong reason why the entire middle school community remains a unified division of our school community. During each assembly program, an opening prayer is given, the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, student presentations are given, students are recognized for outstanding performances, motivational words and/or encouraging messages are given.
At the Middle School of Montverde Academy, the faculty and staff are committed to continue to develop the academic foundation and maintain the excitement for education that was instilled in the students at the lower school division. The middle school curriculum is designed to foster maximum growth in the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, physical, and cultural areas. Every effort is made to understand each student’s particular learning style. The teachers use visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile teaching methods in the classrooms in order to engage, motivate, and stimulate each student. Middle school students are expected to be more independent and accept more responsibilities as they grow. The middle school experiences are planned with knowledge of where the students have been at the lower school and where they will be going as members of the upper school division. All three divisions put forth a collaborative effort to ensure that our students are academically prepared not only for the current school year, but the academic challenges which will face our students in the future.
During the sixth grade year, much emphasis is placed on the child’s need to develop a good academic background in the areas of language arts (English and Writing), mathematics (Math 6, Math 7, or Pre-Algebra), social studies (Ancient World History), and science (Physical Science). Foreign language (Spanish), technology, organizational skills, physical education, library, enrichments, electives, performing fine arts, after-school activities, and interscholastic sports are also part of the curriculum for our 6th graders. During the seventh and eighth grade years, each student is offered a wide range of learning opportunities. Much emphasis is placed on the child’s need to develop a strong academic foundation in the areas of language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Foreign language, upper school credited courses, technology, organizational skills, physical education, library, enrichments, electives, study halls, performing fine arts, after-school activities, and interscholastic sports are all part of the curriculum for these two grade levels.
Throughout the middle school experience a variety of activities and curriculum related field trips are instituted to enhance the learning experience, foster independence, develop responsibility, and increase self-control. Much emphasis is placed on the young adults’ need to develop good organizational skills and study habits that will facilitate future success in high school, in college, and in life. The mission statement of Montverde Academy is a living, breathing philosophy at the middle school division. We do inspire students to become knowledgeable leaders with a global vision; we do instill a passion for learning in all of our students; and we do nurture character development in a disciplined and diverse community. The faculty and staff at the middle school division m-u-s-t believe in the Academy’s mission statement and they m-u-s-t believe in the philosophy in which the middle school operates.