Delray Beach Middle School

An Arts and Literacy-Based Montessori Middle School

Delray Beach Middle School is located in the Pineapple Grove area of downtown Delray Beach. Our vision is not to replicate existing schools but to implement something different and innovative. 


Our academic classes will be held at the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, band practice at the community center, fine art and music classes at Arts Garage and the Creative Arts School at Old School Square, and students will receive conditioning and tennis instruction from certified professionals at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Physical education will take place in various areas, depending upon our focus. We have an office and central location downtown, but our classroom experience will be in the heart of Delray where we can utilize the great resources available to us.

For Students in Grades 6-8

Philosophy

  • Montessori approach
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) principles
  • The arts are important components to healthy child development 
  • Reading, writing, and technology are tools, not subjects
  • Experiential learning
  • Community service is our responsibility
  • Theory of Multiple Intelligences (musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic)
  • Myers-Briggs Psychological Types (Introvert/Extrovert, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perceiving) 

Practices

  • No nightly homework
  • Optional standardized testing
  • One hour per day for lunch, recess, and physical education 
  • Daily Reading and Writing Workshop 
  • Arts classes taught by artists at the Arts Garage and Creative Arts School in Old School Square
  • Tennis taught by tennis professionals at the Delray Beach Tennis Center
  • Monthly field trips
  • Program is a hybrid of face-to-face, experiential, and virtual coursework
  • Some high school courses available for grades 7 and 8 
  • Wednesdays are for mid-week “Independent Study” Montessori blocks


Structure

  • 180 days (we follow the School District of Palm Beach County’s calendar)
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Middle school (6-8)
  • Private (not public or charter)
  • Not-for-profit (applying for tax-exempt status)
  • Independent (not associated with any organization or university)
  • Laboratory/Demonstration (practitioners and university students implement innovative programs)
  • Montessori elements (blocks of time, independent study, connection to nature, multi-age)
  • Micro-school (fewer than 250 students)
  • Certified teachers serve in administrative and guidance roles; no hierarchy