ACADEMIC EDUCATION

At Berthold Academy we offer Montessori-based first through ninth grade divided into the following environments:

Lower Elementary (6-9 years old)

Upper Elementary (9-12 years old)

Middle School (12-15 years old)

Secondary Coming Soon (15-18 years old)

Children in the 6-15 age group are starting to realize that the world is an enormous, interesting place. They are primed to study continents, cultures, scientific concepts, and great literature. The world becomes their classroom.

The carefully developed elementary curriculum guides the child through identifying, classifying, and researching all the fascinating concepts in each chosen field of study. The areas of practical life, language, math, geometry, botany, zoology, geography, and history are all represented in the classroom, with materials that lead the child to abstraction of the fundamental concepts in each area.

Field Trips

Lower Elementary students begin our sequence of travel programs by exploring the world alongside older students, gaining practical skills that build self-confidence and independence.  Whole-school field trips include such activities as an annual spring camping trip, visits to Kennedy Center performances, and STEM expos.

"Explore a City"

Each year, Upper Elementary students travel to a major U.S. city to visit well-known landmarks, attend events and, just as importantly, develop the practical skills required to navigate the larger world around them.  From planning metro trips and meals to money management and fundraising that supports special activities, students are engaged in all aspects of exploring a city.

International Travel

Middle School students traveled to Rome, Italy last year and participated in the Montessori Model U.N. where they participated in a three-day global simulation experience.  We extended the trip to 10 days, allowing students to plan their own sight-seeing agenda, and immerse themselves in the local culture.  As with our Field Trips and "Explore a City" program, students prepare by fundraising and  creating a student-managed budget that they maintain before and during their travel.

Gardening

Our year-round garden has a farm-to-table emphasis, allowing us to teach concepts and skills of sustainable gardening, whole food production, meal planning, composting and more.  Our garden also supports the school's cooking program.

Cooking

Weekly cooking classes on-site, using vegetables from the garden and other whole foods.  Our cooking program provides hands-on instruction, with an emphasis on healthy snacks and mindful eating.  It serves to supply our healthy snacks program and other products for our school incubator and fundraising efforts. 

School Business Incubation & Entrepreneurship

As our garden and cooking programs mature, we build on student ideas for creating and selling our own products both within the school and, eventually, via local distribution.  This allows our program to come full circle, bringing in funds to support further culinary development.

Yoga

Yoga itself has many different definitions and interpretations. At Berthold, it is the physical yoga practices and breath practices, that enhance and support the mindfulness and intra/interpersonal growth of each of our students. 
The body holds an infinite well of wisdom that can be accessed through the practice of yoga both on and off the mat. This wisdom then not only helps students understand themselves more deeply, but also helps them navigate interactions with others, allowing them to be fully embodied and ground themselves in who they are.