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Montessori Private School for Middle School in Chevy Chase, MD

Join the Peace Ambassadors at Oneness-Family School

Students in grades 6 through 8 thrive in our academically challenging, interdisciplinary program at Oneness-Family School, developing the time-management, work habits, and social skills important in high school and beyond. The larger Academy, Self-Discovery, and Manifestation curriculum fosters rich, interactive learning experiences about the world and the self. Students are encouraged to think critically on how they can make a difference on local, national or global levels. Oneness-Family School is the only Montessori middle school program in the region. We are proud to provide DC-area residents with the only Montessori-style Middle School program in the region.

Curriculum

Our private school sixth-through eighth-graders are informed through cross-subject integration to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each student is paired with work to help match their pace and ability for greater success in their studies.

Personal Growth

Students at Oneness-Family School are encouraged to find their own voice and are taught self-awareness and self-exploration in the “Personal World” curriculum. Students are empowered to explore what they are passionate about in school, at home, and in life, and are encouraged to follow those interests in their learning program.

Assessment

OFS students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 consistently score at the 90th percentile and above in the Stanford 10 Achievement Test administered annually. The Stanford 10 is a comprehensive, standardized achievement test used across the U.S. and in American schools abroad.

Learning Cycles

Our private school utilizes the Montessori method to help students be the leader of their own educational success. Our middle schoolers consistently score higher than the national average on the Stanford 10 Achievement Test, the most widely used tool in achievement testing at this level, most scoring in the 89th percentile in math and reading.

Athletics & Fitness

Physical education classes are offered a minimum of four times per week, with the knowledge of the key role fitness plays in reducing stress and regulating the moods of early adolescence.

Having gained basic athletic skills at the earlier levels, Ambassadors students engage in friendly competition through team sports while continuing to develop strength, flexibility, and coordination. Team sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer, Frisbee, tennis, and other sports.

As at the earlier levels, there continues to be an emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship and students learn to value the contributions of all team members. Ambassadors students develop strong leadership skills by being a captain of a team and bringing together the talents of all teammates as a unit. Students often spend a few minutes after class winding down and sharing some of their favorite highlights of the day, acknowledging members of both teams.

In addition to traditional sports, Ambassadors students take elective classes each Friday; options include yoga and tai chi, which develop mind-body awareness, promote personal well-being, and help support the brain for academic success.

The school offers a wide variety of after-school sports programs, including basketball, soccer, tennis, squash, and running. After-school sports programs are mixed gender but are organized according to age level.

Teacher-Student Ratios

The Teacher-Student Ratio is one teacher to every eight students in the Middle School at OFS. While each student works toward greater independence in achieving learning goals and meeting project deadlines, teachers are supporting and closely monitoring progress to ensure success and a sense of true accomplishment.

Global Citizens

Maria Montessori recognized the most important thing for adolescent students is to do meaningful work and feel they are making a relevant impact in the world. At OFS we call our Middle School the Peace Ambassadors because they are ready to manifest their global perspective, creative thinking, and capacity for connection with real-world projects.

Community Impact

Being the elders of the OFS Lower School student community is a powerfully affirming experience for the Middle School Ambassadors. At the threshold where childhood turns into adolescence, the sixth to eighth graders bond into a tight-knit community that navigates the dramatic changes of adolescence while maintaining a sense of responsibility for the student body of 120 children.

Middle School students run for and serve in elected offices of the student government and represent the school on public occasions, including at regional school fairs and during major OFS festivals open to the public.

Each Middle School student works for and learns for the sake of the wider community. The sixth and seventh graders perform a week of community service each year, for a program they select after a period of research and discussion. The eighth-grade students work at week-long internships for area institutions and businesses whose mission correlates to each student's area of interest. They participate in the Walk for Water to raise funds to build wells in the drought-stricken Azawak region of Niger and develop a substantive understanding of global development issues during their study of current United Nations initiatives.

Upon graduation, each eighth grader delivers a major speech about their experiences at Oneness and aspirations for the future. To a person, these speeches contain mature insights and candid expressions on the challenges of adolescence that captivate both parents and younger students alike. The graduates embody the well-rounded maturity of a Montessori-educated teen, a vision to which their younger classmates aspire and one that affirms for parents the value of an OFS education, year after year.

Alumni Stories

Our alumni leave Oneness-Family School with a love of learning and a greater understanding of our global community. Continue reading to see how they are still affecting their community and beyond!

Middle School Curriculum

Cross-subject integration informs deeper academic studies in the Middle School and a challenging course of study in every subject is matched to the pace and ability of each...

Middle School Personal Growth

This component of the Middle School curriculum is intended to empower students to speak with their own, true voices and find out what they are passionate about: the key...

Middle School Assessment

Middle School students at OFS score in the 89th percentile on the Stanford 10 Achievement Test in both math and reading, well above the U.S. national average. The strong...

Learning Cycles

Montessori Middle School education ties abstract concepts together with the information learned across subjects so that students develop systematic and strategic, big-picture...

Middle School Athletics & Fitness

Physical education classes are offered a minimum of four times per week, with the knowledge of the key role fitness plays in reducing stress and regulating the moods of early...

Middle School Teacher-Student Ratios

The Teacher-Student Ratio is one teacher to every 12 students in Middle School at OFS. While each student works toward greater independence in achieving learning goals and...

Middle School Global Citizens

Maria Montessori recognized the most important thing for adolescent students is to do meaningful work and feel they are making a relevant impact in the world. At OFS we call...

Personal Growth

Being the elders of the OFS student community is a powerfully affirming experience for the Middle School Ambassadors. At the threshold where childhood ripens into adolescence...

Middle School Alumni Stories

Marley Hillman - Eighth Grade Graduation Speech (excerpt) June 7th 2013 "Oneness is a part of who I am. Because of the 10 years I spent here, learning and growing, I am a...

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