As part of our Montessori adolescence program and of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, middle school students learn to run a successful business.
Based on their experiences in the lower grades, our students have raised money for various charities and sent “care” packages to our soldiers overseas. The students host Waffle Breakfasts, Pancake Breakfasts and Spaghetti Dinners by planning, implementing and deciding each year where to send the funds they have raised. By middle school the students are ready to add an ongoing real-world project.
The IBeanery was the brainchild of our middle school students in 2005. They developed business and marketing plans, studied the process of roasting beans and blending coffee, researched types of machines to make various brews, visited other coffee houses to observe their operations, and established procedures for this new venture. Our students then designed the Coffee House, oversaw the construction, provided the finishing touches and have successfully run the IBeanery for the last six years!
Economics is an important part of our curriculum, and students learn to inventory, purchase, maintain accounting, and plan advertising. They also conduct regular business meetings to discuss challenges and develop new strategies. From their profits, they are able to contribute significantly to their annual Middle School Trip.