How can Montessori be done online?
Even before the forced transition to online education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increased presence of online education at the Secondary level; however, it was during the pandemic, that we discovered the effectiveness of online education in Montessori programs throughout the world.
Bridgemont has been designed to include a blend of academic, social, emotional, and service components that are the pillars of Montessori at the Secondary level.
Students will work with a team of Montessori guides (teachers) throughout the year, who will coordinate their learning throughout the school day and guide them through the curriculum. Their guides will come to know their students individually and as a small community of learners as people, understanding how they learn, and ultimately leading them through their academic journey in preparation for both university, careers, and life
How will students attend school?
Students will be expected to attend school at scheduled times for live class/synchronous teaching and activities. This will be done online through a secure online platform. Students will have the opportunity to work offline as well, but they will be expected to be part of the learning community.
What online learning platform(s) will they use?
Since our instructional content will be delivered both synchronously (everyone working together in real time) and asynchronously (where each student can watch a recorded lesson or work on a task independents), students will be using multiple platforms. As part of the parent and student orientation programs, students and parents will learn how to navigate online platforms that include the delivery of curriculum, texts, libraries, and video conferences.
Will my student be prepared for high school or college?
Whether a student joins us at 7th grade or for their last year of high school our goal is that the students who start with us finish their high school experience with us. Our own experience has taught us that this is not always possible. We aim to prepare students every year for success.
How will students be evaluated?
We will be assessing students with a blend of formative, summative, and authentic assessments. Ultimately, our philosophy is that all people (not just students) are different.
Are there going to be textbooks?
Yes, but we will not allow textbooks to “drive instruction”. We will use multi-media texts to supplement the live instruction of our trained Montessori guides. They will be used as a support material, a source of assignments, and a tangible guide for our students, teachers, and guides. The texts that we use are deliberately chosen to fit into a model of Montessori delivery that supports the mission of the school.
Will there be exams and tests?
Yes, students will take tests and exams! What makes us different, is that we recognize that exams and tests are not the only way to evaluate students. We will use a blend of assessment techniques to evaluate student progress. We also know that when our students leave our school or leave Montessori, they most likely will have to participate in testing and evaluation. Rather than allowing them to leave our school without skills in testing and evaluation, we want to prepare them for the world they are entering.
Is Bridgemont accredited?
As a new institution, Bridgemont International School has only just begun the process of obtaining AdvancED Accreditation and International Montessori Council accreditation. We have many years of experience in school leadership and school accreditation. Our entire program is being designed with accreditation in mind. We will be applying for accreditation as soon as we open with our first class, and confidently expect to earn full accreditation within the first three years of operation, well before our first students apply to university.