Transition to High School
Quantitative marking of academic performance begins in the Junior High at BHMS. Standardized testing allows the school and students to evaluate where they are in relation to peers not in the Montessori program. Profiles of marks are generally required when the Grade 8 students apply to public high schools offering the International Baccalaureate, gifted, or arts programs and to private, independent high schools. Adolescents are prepared for this aspect of schooling they will encounter after BHMS.
Because of the very strong skills developed over the years in the Montessori program, adolescent from BHMS transition easily to high schools. The students’ comfort in multi-age settings afford them confidence when they are dealing with adults and children alike. Their independence, good work habits, ability to solve problems and to deal with adversity make the transition to high school easier. They welcome new experiences and opportunities to learn. Academically, they are very well prepared.
The capstone of Bishop Hamilton’s educational offerings is the Junior High program for students between the ages of 12 and 14, corresponding to grades 7 and 8 in a traditional classroom. Here is where autonomy, independent research, and leadership reach their apex.
The general premise for the Junior High program is that it must bring into consciousness the moral and world view of the elementary years. Philosophical ideas related to natural and cultural history now come into play. Great Lessons evolve into great ideas derived from a serious approach to humanities.