Welcome to Strata Montessori Adolescent School, where we inspire every student to discover their story through education that empowers.
Our students are the authors of their selves.
At Strata, we offer young adults real learning opportunities with meaningful challenges and authentic consequences. They participate in the life of the community by learning through hands-on activities and meaningful projects. Students find their value and are prepared for their times and cultures.
Together, our students write the story that is Strata.
Each child is unique.
Each child has a role in the community.
This is how adolescents learn.
This is our story
“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking: it involves the spiritual development of humanity, the enhancement of his or her value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to times in which they live.”
This is how we learn
Strata takes a lab approach to mathematics. Sessions include warm up mental exercises, small group project work, formal lessons and independent follow-up work. Students work on concept material in a variety of modes and at their own pace. Topics in arithmetic, statistics and probability, algebra and geometry are covered.
Science occupations are integrated science projects that arise naturally from the needs of the Strata property and of the community. These projects include beekeeping, water quality management, food preservation, gardening and many other areas of study. Classes combine meaningful hands-on work and responsibility with scientific investigation and study.
The humanities program is designed to tell the story of humanity from our origins as hunter-gatherers to life in the modern world. Quarterly, throughout the year, students choose one of several topics offered for intensive study. Local and Canadian History is incorporated into the framework, as are current events.
Literature is studied in four to five-week book groups, as well as in the context of humanities studies and science occupation projects. Students choose from a range of offerings, but are guided to study works that present an appropriate challenge for their ability. Literature study includes seminar discussion techniques, written responses, and critical interpretation.
Creative expression is essential to adolescent development, as young people explore and experiment with their emerging identities. Creative expression is offered in a series of eight-week projects where students experience diverse modes of expression. Classes include pottery, jewelry making, blacksmithing, painting, creative writing, weaving and many others.
Physical Expression is important to young adolescents, providing a focus for their physical energy, an exposure to a range of activities that encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, and an opportunity to challenge themselves. Physical expression classes include yoga, orienteering, running club, winter sports, canoeing, dance, fencing, hiking, and many more.
French is presented over a three-year course of study in small groups using textbooks, audiovisual presentations, and cultural enrichment activities. The French language and related cultural activities are integrated into the everyday life of the greater school community. Annually, students participate in the planning of the winter French Odyssey trip where they are able to immerse themselves in Franco-Canadian culture.