Sixth Year Project

Researching in the Apple Lab with Darlene Spangler.

One of the most popular traditions at MMS is the “Sixth Year Project.” It’s a special year-long research and writing class exclusively for sixth year students.  The students pick their own topic, and then learn to research sources (requiring a minimum of 100 note cards and numerous trips to the library), prepare an outline, compose the final paper and deliver a formal presentation to their class, parents, friends and faculty at a special celebration. Recent student topics have included autism, animal abuse, dinosaurs, global warming, history of hats, the Eiffel Tower, hieroglyphics, history of Nike and the Beatles.

As a reward for their efforts, students are taken on a surprise overnight adventure at the end of the school year ..the destination known only to faculty and parents!

Year after year, alumni tell us that their “sixth year project” was excellent preparation for high school and college work, and that their MMS academic background gave them a distinct advantage over their peers without this intensive experience.

 

 

 

Ellis got into character for his presentation on the Beatles to families, faculty and the community.

 

Sixth year student face the future at their project presentations.

Sixth year student face the future at their project presentations.

The Sixth Year Project includes preparation of displays.

The Sixth Year Project includes preparation of displays.

Faculty prepare to whisk sixth year students away for their overnight mystery trip.

Faculty prepare to whisk sixth year students away for their overnight mystery trip.

 

 

 

Meeting and overcoming challenges on the sixth year mystery trip.

Meeting and overcoming challenges on the sixth year mystery trip.

Oh, the places you'll go with a Montessori foundation!

Oh, the places you’ll go with a Montessori foundation!