MEM will offer a middle school program for grades 7-8. Montessori education changes significantly in its approach during this period. A daily schedule includes a group work period for whole group instruction, discussion and small group cooperative work, and an uninterrupted individual work period for independent practice, individual lessons, personal reflection, and personal project management. According to Montessori, “Adolescence is the time when the child enters on the state of manhood and becomes a member of society.” During the adolescent years, students’ attention shifts to interpersonal (peer) relationships and finding their place in the world. Structured time for peer interaction, self reflection and uninterrupted independent work are essential elements of the middle school program. Problem-based learning, role-playing simulations, occupation studies and service learning offer students opportunities to frame their learning as relevant and applicable.