Montessori Parent Guide: 12-18 (adolescent) Years

Parents frequently ask: ‘So, how do I know it is really Montessori?’
What are the essential elements of Montessori education?
What should we look for when considering a Montessori high school education for our rangatahi (adolescent)?

Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand has produced a Parent Guide to help you better understand Montessori education and to find answers to your questions about Montessori.

You can read your Parent Guide online:

Parent Guide 12-18 Years

or download a print version.

Your Parent Guide is in four sections:

In each section we have identified the following:

Essential Elements … are provided to help you better understand what Montessori can offer your rangatahi.
What it looks like … examples of how the essential element may ‘look’ in practice are given..
Questions to ask Montessori kaiako (teachers) …. some questions are provided that you could ask the Montessori kaiako (teacher).
Questions to ask yourself … by observing in a Montessori environment, you can answer some of your own questions.

Before making a choice for your rangatahi Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand recommends you:

  • visit a Montessori adolescence community
  • take time to observe the community
  • visit the community more than once, and
  • deepen your understanding of what the Montessori adolescence community has to offer your rangatahi.

You could also visit some state high school classes to understand how Montessori rangatahi communities offer a different experience for teenagers in the adolescent years.

This Parent Guide may help you answer the question ‘Can Montessori rangatahi education establish a profound emotional, spiritual and academic base for your teenager’s future?’