Classes at Alsion Montessori Middle School are small, making the students’ academic environment interactive and experiential. Alsion students are given a syllabus at the beginning of a term that outlines assignments, deadlines and exam dates. Working from these lesson overviews, students work in groups to research and report on an assigned topic to the class each week. Students eventually abandon any fear of speaking in front of a crowd, becoming confident public speakers and presenters. Working on student-led team projects gives our students practice in making a contribution toward and leading a group effort.