Adolescence is defined as the period when a child transitions from childhood to young adulthood. Beginning at age 12 or 13, the young adolescent’s work is to create personal mission and vision. As we know, "to be a successful adult, you must be learning from adults.” This period is a time of “valorization,” where the student should be valued and “seen” within their classroom community throughout all aspects of their educational journey.
As the student enters and engages in the 2-year cycle of the Montessori Adolescent Community, his or her experiences support not only the academic process, but social, emotional, and physical growth as well. As students are held to a high level of accountability, they develop a great sense of responsibility and from within this process comes much freedom.