Wavecrest Adolescent Community

Middle school

Ages 12 – 14

The Santa Cruz Montessori Junior High Program provides a safe place for students to develop autonomy, initiative, and collaboration. The curriculum and environment are designed to create a nurturing environment where adolescents are respected and cared for. Our students participate in activities that cultivate responsibility for the planet, their peers, and themselves. They learn to work hard, be challenged, take responsibility, and define themselves as citizens of a community and the world.

Our adolescent program is designed to foster self-discipline, confidence, and a personal vision of the self. Students are encouraged to be active participants in the educational process and guides work closely with parents during this crucial stage of development. Together guides and parents support students as they transform from children into young adults.

Our staff consists of a Montessori-credentialed director, trained guides from the AMI Adolescent Orientation, specialty instructors, and resource specialists. Working closely with one another, with the students, and with the families, these guides coordinate curriculum, and extracurricular activities.

Specialty teachers including local experts and parents are invited to work with the students on a regular basis in the areas of music, physical education, and team sports. Students organize coffeehouse presentations where they can explore their creative self-expression. Here they may dance, sing, share poetry, or produce a play.

In addition to their studies on campus, Wavecrest students explore the Monterey Bay Area and the Central Coast and take a biannual trip to Washington, D.C., and Ashland, Oregon. Wavecrest students have the opportunity to participate in the Santa Cruz Montessori after-school intramural sports program playing teams from other schools. They are actively involved in community service projects.

Farm Program

Wavecrest students work at the organic Live Earth Farm Discovery Program every week in four areas of interest: field studies, health and wellness, art, and micro-economy. The farm experience gives the students the opportunity to perform real work: work that gives the student a sense of worth and the ability to cooperate within the social fabric of the community. The work consists not only of practical experience but also of intellectual growth achieved through formal lessons.

Watch this video to learn more about the Wavecrest Farm Program. This video was produced by the Junior High Students and contains photos and videos from the 2020-2021 school year and previous years.

We came for the arts. We stayed for the academics.

SCM Parent