CMS FAQs

[Please note: For information about Montessori education in general, please refer to the section of our site entitled "A Montessori Education".]

We have tried to provide as many resources as possible on our website to describe the program and the community of Cambridge Montessori School. For your convenience we have presented a few commonly asked questions and responses to them provided by members of our Leadership Team.

Please feel free to contact us at any time to get any further information.

What schools do students attend after CMS?

After their time at CMS, graduates move onto a number of different schools, both public and independent.  Recent alumni are thriving at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Arlington High, and Belmont High.  Others are flourishing at Dana Hall, Cambridge School of Weston, Beaver Country Day, Brimmer and May, Emma Willard, the International School of Boston, and Landmark.  Across the board, our alumni tell us that their transition to high school has been excellent – both smooth and successful.

How well do CMS students transition to other schools?

Our recent alumni tell us that their transition to high school has been excellent – both smooth and successful.  We work extensively with our Eighth-Graders to prepare them for their move to high school.  We practice taking standardized tests, we encourage and discuss school visits, we practice interviews, and we help with course selection.  Our goal is to help students choose the best school for them and to help them transition successfully to this next stage in their lives.

How do students use technology at CMS?
  • The students are introduced to computers in Lower Elementary for math facts exercises and for introductory research.  Lower Elementary students also are introduced to the Writers – small word processing tools which allow for easy input of ideas and which provide an introduction to keyboarding.
  • Upper Elementary students continue to use computers for math practice and for more advanced research.  They also have Writers and use computers to contribute to a collective classroom literary magazine.  Laptops are provided for each of the Sixth Year students who are engaged in a capstone research project for much of the year, for which they are expected to create, among other things, an electronic presentation.
  • The Middle School students use computers for many of their learning activities throughout the day, and a laptop is provided for each of them.  Middle School students use email and GoogleApps routinely; study research and citations skills; and are expected to integrate computer-based research, writing, and presentation skills in much of their work.  Middle-Schoolers also work with special applications such as Google tools (Earth, Maps, and SketchUp) and Alice (a java 3-D programming language).  One Middle School art class, "Film School," asks students to write, film, edit, and score original films using the Macintosh iLife package.

At CMS, we plan to continue to explore relevant and approriate uses of technology across all levels of our program.

 
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