Junior High

Adolescents: 12-15 years old/7th-9th grade 


The early adolescent years are marked by a profound level of change and brain development.

In embracing this reality, our Junior High ensures that each student successfully navigates this transformative developmental stage--and thrives doing it.

Connecting their neurological traits and needs to the daily experience of school, MMS Junior High students are deeply engaged in challenging academic learning that comes vividly to life.

Additionally, they feel safe to grapple with social and emotional growth, without fear; they learn self-sufficiency and independence, while also being active participants in a flourishing and supportive school community. The results are self-possessed and self-confident young adults excited and well prepared for high school and beyond.

Where is the Junior High?

Our students and faculty spend their days on 900 acres of agricultural land in a campus-like setting in San Rafael. We have arched porticos; spaces for art, science, and theater; gorgeous gardens; and even a working farm complete with barn cats and sometimes goats, pigs, and more. 

“The whole life of the adolescent should be organized in such a way that will allow him or her, when the time comes, to make a triumphal entry into the life of society, not entering it debilitated, isolated or humiliated, but with head high, sure of himself or herself."

-Dr. Maria Montessori