primary School

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

The Junior High Department welcomes you. It is the last lap of the basic level education. Children aged from twelve to about eighteen years of age are admitted. Children’s experiences of physical changes of puberty and adolescence are taken care of through counselling. Here, adequate preparations are made for children to write their final external examinations. Our hope is to provide an opportunity to each student that will lead to their better understanding of the world and the roles that they play in it. The Junior High class serves as a transition from the Montessori environment to the world of high school.

Adolescents in this class have the opportunity to develop independence, study skills, discipline; and to strengthen their academic abilities. All of the sensorial and reasoning exploration that takes place in the primary and elementary environments leads to abstraction of concepts in the Junior High School. Continued enjoyment for the learning process is fostered as ours is a unique Junior High environment that provides for students’ diverse interests, one that helps each young person identify personal passions and actively prepare for life beyond school. Ashridge International Montessori School offers an educational environment in which curiosity has the opportunity to deepen into real interest, and work can become expertise.

 

Areas of study

ENGLISH LANGUAGE study fosters a lifelong interest in and appreciation of language and literature. Students engage in deep analysis of writing from a variety of periods and genres. They cultivate personal expression, both written and spoken, and, by understanding careful literary criticism, learn to draw their own conclusions from a variety of sources. Experiences and readings build from the contemporary context and experiences in students’ immediate culture, then extend themes to historically and culturally diverse perspectives.

INTEGRATED SCIENCE begins with integrated investigations into physics, chemistry, biology and agric science. Inquiry and innovation are the driving principles as students implement scientific methodologies using state-of-the-art equipment. Students learn to develop and critically investigate their own questions. Every scientific idea connects to the human story and to the historical backdrop upon which the story of the universe, the story of Earth and story of humankind plays out.

MATHEMATICS is an everyday tool, as well as one of humankind’s more elegant abstractions. The goal of these courses is to help students develop a range of pragmatic skills and a deeper understanding of the mathematics underlying our modern world. Lower level mathematics focuses on a historical, contextualized approach that helps students understand mathematical principles of discovery and problem solving. Standard coursework includes algebra, geometry, logic, and trigonometry. Students develop creative and logical thinking while using digital technologies to augment their own thinking. Difficult questions about the fundamental nature of numbers naturally emerge as students progress. In addition to the expected proficiency, this course endeavors to impart to students the gift of understanding and appreciating the beauty, order, and elegance of mathematics.

FRENCH AND GHANAIAN LANGUAGE STUDIES augment students’ connections to their culture and enhances their understanding of their native language. Students study French as a foundation subject and may choose to study Ga or Asante Twi. As students progress, they work toward complete fluency in both written and oral communication. To that end, all students participate in spoken language, aural activities, reading, and writing. All language studies are couched in holistic studies of the cultures in which the language is spoken natively.

SOCIAL STUDIES for Junior High students also begin their history studies with the study of the formation of the universe and the earth, and specific periods of earth’s history. These time periods are now approached at a second and more detailed level, building on the work of the primary years. Students study the classical civilizations in greater depth, especially the introduction to renaissance times and contemporaneous civilizations of Africa and Ghana. The pre-colonial, colonial, and revolutionary war periods are reviewed in greater depth. The Age of Exploration is presented through story and maps. The movements and mass migrations of people are presented and their contributions to our global economy and cultural heritage are featured.

RELIGIOUS AND MORAL EDUCATION includes learning about Christianity and other world religions, and supports the development of beliefs and values. Religious and moral education enables children and young people to explore the world’s major religions and to develop their own beliefs and values. Religious and moral education enables children and young people to explore the world’s major religions and views which are independent of religious belief and to consider the challenges posed by these beliefs and values. It supports them in developing and reflecting upon their values and their capacity for moral judgment. Through developing awareness and appreciation of the value of each individual in a diverse society, religious and moral education engenders responsible attitudes to other people. This awareness and appreciation will assist in counteracting prejudice and intolerance as children and young people consider issues such as sectarianism and discrimination more broadly.