At Monticello Academy Middle School, we believe that adolescents learn to navigate and eventually master their daily academic challenges while developing meaningful personal relationships. Both are viewed as critical components of the total growth of our students. The challenges that we present to our students are not only designed to be developmentally age-appropriate, but our students have the support from a number of opportunities within our daily schedule.

Our faculty recognizes that adolescence is a trying time, but not one of which to be fearful. The teachers are as dedicated to their roles as advisors as they are to teach in their chosen subject areas. The rapid pace at which these young people change is extraordinary, and so we believe that we must exercise a certain degree of consideration and flexibility when we plan the due dates as well as the amount of homework, tests, and projects.

We have found that when our faculty and administration do our jobs well, then we can expect that students begin to take ownership of their development. They show early signs of increasing their areas of passion while discovering the importance of self-advocacy. Our students often combine talents to support others within our school community and beyond. These leadership skills will be critical as they mature into young adults.