12 - 15 years
Grades 7 - 9
When Creo School was founded in 2014, it was with the vision of building a focused and creative environment for children to learn in an application-oriented manner according to the principles of an authentic AMI Montessori education. Over the past five years, Creo has produced exceptional environments serving children from 15 months to 12 years of age with well-established Toddler, Children’s House, and Elementary Programs. One of Creo’s next steps in our expansion is the development of an Adolescent program.
To encourage the growth of a highly demanded quality AMI Montessori Adolescent Program in the southeast AZ valley, Creo purchased a farm located on Lindsay Road in Gilbert, AZ. The farm is a beautifully landscaped gated five-acre property with a 5000 square foot Spanish-colonial style residence at its heart. Our farm campus includes a large barn currently inhabiting rabbits, chickens, goats, and a tortoise. The property is in the process of being modified to meet the Montessori community’s needs and will be coordinated as a frequent off-site destination for children in Elementary Programs starting in the Fall of 2019.
The Adolescent student will make great cognitive leaps, supporting their deep-rooted foundation in Montessori Education, into further advanced academics including sciences, mathematics, language arts, practical management, fine arts, and farming. Creo’s bilingual Adolescent program will involve hands-on learning accompanying their scholastic learning emphasizing zoology and agricultural studies. Adolescent students will learn how to create and sustain a working micro-economy. This will instill responsibility as well as present opportunities to take the knowledge that students gain in the classroom by applying it in the environment around them.
Creo’s goal is to support the development of capable adults with strong executive functioning skills to be the team members and leaders of tomorrow. What qualities will a leader of tomorrow need? A true leader must able to see a vision of the future and bring others along with them to reach a common goal. They must be both inspirational and curious, they must be a creative problem solver and know which veracious questions to ask. To see the future takes ingenuity and situational awareness, it takes the inquisitiveness to research and recognize the current environment and then have resourcefulness to extrapolate toward understanding what the future will hold. Once a leader can decide where to go, it takes the strength of conviction and team-oriented resilience to reach achievement.
These attributes are not developed through rote learning, rather, through collaboration, not just physically on a sports team, yet intellectually both within group and community ventures. As respected community members, it is important for each student to learn to do their part and contribute in a way that earns trust and companionship of their peers. Therefore, Creo Adolescent students will work cohesively to overcome obstacles, learn from each other, and drive to meet common goals while expressing individuality. Our students may start small businesses, design inventions and file patents, develop software programs, or performances through play write, designing their own costumes and scenes, casting roles and acting.
‘Going-outs’ will also pose integral education experiences for our learners, with organized tours of manufacturing plants, museum visits, hiking adventures, geological based science experiments, as well as local, national, and international community service initiatives.
The Creo Farm campus is also strategically located near Gilbert/Chandler Community College. Once our program reaches High School, students will be able to take college classes to complete undergraduate credits prior to graduation. With transportation services back and forth, High School students will be supported, gaining a head start in their fields of interest with counsel from our highly qualified educators.
As dedicated community members, our Adolescent students will continue to share their joy of learning as they thrive into their teenage years and beyond, in what will build their groundwork for lifelong relationships with other global citizens and the sustainability of our world.