The Novice Program
Our Novice program serves students ages 8-11. It is based on Montessori principles adapted to a virtual environment, including rich learning activities both online and offline and adapted for international families. We’ve carefully created a set of experiences that combine personalized learning, Socratic dialogue, and offline learning experiences that develop your child’s heart and mind within a warm community, ensuring both personal well-being and academic success.
for the 21st century
TAILORED PROJECTS: Tackle projects suited to talents and need, both individually and in groups.
TEAMWORK: An ability to work in groups to solve problems.
EMPATHY: A heightened sense of empathy and community.
COMMUNICATION: Enhanced reading, writing, listening and storytelling skills.
A typical day for a novice
Check in with each other, present their work and show appreciation.
Create stories inspired by the Five Great Lessons of Montessori: Coming of the Universe and Earth; Coming of Life; Humanity evolves; Communication and Writing; The history of Numbers.
Use discussion and debate skills to solve mathematical problems, sort through complex texts and address ethical issues.
Purse art projects of various forms, including drawing, sculpting, cooking and performing or writing music.
Eat lunch, then bond with nature, share poems, go on scavenger hunts and even do culinary activities together.
Individual and Group Projects
Participate in sessions led by guides with Expat International School Middle School apprentices. Example projects include podcasts, graphic design, video editing, or coding.
Intently listen and learn to speak effectively, become more understanding and gain perspective on the world.
Check in with their mentors and discuss progress on attaining goals.