The curriculum is integrated, interactive and, whenever possible, experiential. Experiences like running a business, open ocean rowing, and internships provide the context for students to apply their academic and social learning in authentic and memorable ways.
Middle School Committees
There are four active committees at Inly middle school that students participate in and operate throughout the year. Any money raised through activities associated with these efforts is used to fund community service, experiential learning, and an eighth grade class gift.
Students in middle school operate a pizza business serving the Inly school community. This business is integrated into the math and life skills curricula as students learn about taking orders and making change as well as the accounting, inventory, budgeting, and management skills required to operate a successful business.
Students in this committee take the lead in planning the middle school events that happen throughout the year. These events include, among others, the 9/11 remembrance, the haunted house, the variety show, and the coffee houses. Members of this committee work on expanding creativity, graphic design, time management, leadership and managing group dynamics in a work process.
Students in this work group take the lead in creating and running environmental activities such as school-wide recycling, the design and care of an organic garden, and the creation of an environmental learning program that can be shared with students and parents in the broader Inly School community.
The communications committee is tasked with creating and coordinating various forms of intra-school communication including articles, event advertisements, photo slide shows and movies. In addition, this committee creates and maintains a middle school database to manage the active learning business fund.
Experiential Learning, Off-Site
Fixed Seat/Open Water Rowing Program, Hull Lifesaving Museum
The Hull Lifesaving Museum, the museum of Boston Harbor Heritage, preserves the region's lifesaving tradition and maritime culture through collections, exhibits, experiential and interpretive education, research and service to others. The museum’s open water rowing programs in Boston Harbor educate young people about themselves while developing a constituency that takes stewardship for its maritime history. The deeds, traditions, and ethics of nineteenth century coastal lifesavers—skills, courage, and caring—are the foundation of the museum's exhibits and programs, and its underlying commitment to working to impact society, and individual lives, for the better.
Rowing/Camping, Hull Lifesaving Museum
Each year, the fall trip is a rowing/camping trip on one of the Boston Harbor Islands, facilitated by the Hull Lifesaving Museum. This year, we will be camping on Peddocks Island. From there, weather permitting, we will row to and explore surrounding islands.
All eighth grade students have the opportunity to experience two internships during the year. Traditionally, internships last at least 25 hours during a four to five day period. The first internship week is in October, and the second internship week is scheduled in April.
During the fall internship week, seventh grade students stay on campus and participate in project week. This gives seventh grade students the opportunity to explore different potential interests, while at the same time allowing them to learn more about the process of writing a resume and cover letter and securing an internship for the spring internship week.
Youth Visits the United Nations (YVUN)
This will be the third year that Inly middle school students have attended the YVUN conference held in New York City. This year, ten of our eighth grade students will join with other YVUN participants from Montessori schools throughout the country to learn how the United Nations operates through its principal organs and agencies. YVUN participants meet with UN and other international leaders to experience and discuss the work of the United Nations, and to learn what they can do to become better-informed and more productive global citizens.
Montessori Model United Nations
The MMUN program is a three-day simulation program in which student delegates represent selected member nations of the United Nations and participate in writing, presenting and debating original resolutions that deal with current world problems, issues, and political situations at the United Nations in New York City. Student delegates also participate in global education, social action programs and serve as mentors of the program.
While high school and university students worldwide participate in the Model United Nations Program, the Montessori Model United Nations Program was launched in 2007 for upper elementary and middle school Montessori students. Since it is the sensitive period for reason, justice and morality, it made sense to us to offer the Model UN to this younger aged student. Fifty-five Montessori schools from the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with 400 student delegations participated in 2007.
Swedish Exchange with The Alvkullen School
For the past four years we have communicated with a Montessori middle school in Gothesburg, Sweden, The Alvkullen School. To date, we have had five visits from Alvkullen students and/or teachers, and this will be the second year that_______