Frequently Asked Questions
About the Alsion Early College Middle School
What is the yearly average student population of the Middle School?
45 students; 50% male, 50% female.
What grades does the Middle School encompass?
7th to 9th grade. All Montessori environments group students in three-year age groups: ages 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 13-15. Through her scientific observations of students, Dr. Montessori recognized that within each of these groupings students shared similar characteristics and had the same developmental needs. The three-year age divisions allow students to gain new skills in a manner best suited to their level of cognitive development, to hone these in a supportive environment and to reinforce their learning by peer-teaching younger students when the opportunity arises.
Why are some grades combined in some classes?
Mixed ages allows for peer teaching—a cornerstone of the Montessori method. The combination of grades gives students a great opportunity to help each other learn the subject matter deeply and meaningfully.
Does Alsion only accept students with Montessori experience?
No; we accept applicants from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
How much homework does an Alsion student have?
Alsion highly recommends that their students finish their homework in school and provides ample opportunity and time for them to do so. But we also recognize that students do not have a uniform learning or working pace. Thus if work has to be brought home at all, two hours on weekdays and five hours on weekends should be average for a diligent and industrious student.
Does the Middle School offer extracurricular activities?
Yes. We have student organizations like the Chess Club and the Solar-Car Club. Students also participate in Model United Nations and World Savvy. The founding, growth and success of such activities are contingent on students’ interests and self-propelled motivation.
What are the students' educational options after 9th grade?
After their last year in the Middle School, students have the choice of proceeding to the Alsion Early College High School, which encompasses grades 10-12. Applicants to this accelerated program are subject to a rigorous screening process. Please visit
What sets the Middle School apart from other schools?
Alsion provides an environment where students can develop emotionally and academically. They can find their own genuine voice and recognize who they want to be in the world. Our setting is one of a high adult-to-student ratio and low student count, minimizing the typical modern turmoil we associate with adolescent milieus, engendering pupils to take the initiative with their learning, developing leadership qualities, and building moral characters.