Alsion

Small School, Big Difference

What Is Alsion About?

Alsion Middle/High School offers an experiential, rigorous academic program in a small-school environment. Students complete a challenging 3-year Montessori Adolescent Middle School program designed to foster intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. Beginning in 10th grade, students who demonstrate preparedness may join the Early College High School program, where they attend courses on campus at Alsion and at neighboring Ohlone College. Our mission at Alsion Montessori Middle/High School is to foster and nurture the holistic development intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and psychologically. We strive to empower Alsion students to be global-minded agents with a deep and ethical understanding of their responsibilities to humanity.

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Our Teaching Emphasis

Meaningful rigor without the high pressure stresses that are common in a more traditional setting Hands-on experiential learning (several field trips, week-long biome trips, ex-term trips, gardening) inculcates a love of learning Small class sizes with roundtable discussion formats, Socratic discussions and group collaborative projects Individualized instruction inspired by Montessori principles Emphasis on critical thinking skills, building independence and self-direction through original research, study of current affairs, personal choices and activities like Market Day, school paper “Witherly Heights”, running own school cafe)

What Makes Us Unique?

Our Middle School uses the Montessori method of instruction. Our teachers, either certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS) or oriented by the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA), make Alsion a vibrant setting for mastery in the core subjects of art, communication, English, history, language, literature, mathematics and the sciences. That our 7th to 9th graders grasp these subjects firmly — through individualized instruction, hands-on academics, and self-propelled drive to learn — can be attributed to how our pedagogy follows the precepts of Maria Montessori. Our High School, which is an early-college program, builds on the foundational work laid down by the middle school. From 10th to 12th grade, our students are immersed in a rigorous scholastic regimen that includes Advanced Placement classes and, for the most part, college courses. The accelerated and comprehensive nature of the program, in addition to extracurricular opportunities, prime our graduates for further studies in four-year universities and make them conscientious caretakers of the world we all inhabit.

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Community

Saberchat reaches out to all members of Alsion's community - students, teachers and parents in both Early College and Middle School. As members of a small, tight-knit school, we value our community deeply. Saberchat will strengthen the relationships between every member of the Alsion community.