Wheaton Montessori News
When Tracy and I enrolled our daughter Scout in the Wheaton Montessori Junior High program, it seemed apparent to me that she would stay for the full three years. Like the Elementary and Children’s House that come before, it’s a long-view cycle designed for a child’s age-specific needs that takes time to reach full circle. Not completing that cycle would be to ignore a key reason we chose Montessori in the first place.
Entering 10th grade in a new school is undoubtedly an anxious event- but our daughter’s 9th-grade year at WMS has given her a chance to develop through the difficulties of problematic age in an environment designed for her, but it is not only a matter of the program. I am very thankful that our daughter has had as much time as possible with Dr. Bilezikian and Mrs. Jonelis. It seems bizarre that as a parent I wouldn’t take full advantage of one more year of their influence in my child’s life. Their attention, capability and authentic care for our daughter certainly can’t be reproduced anywhere else and if anything saddens me about her moving on it is the unfortunate thought that it is doubtful that any other teacher in her future will know her and mentor her as well as they have. I am grateful for their dedication to her and to WMS for providing a program that fully encompassed Scout’s adolescent years.