Four Corners Montessori Academy took their learning to Chicago!



Four Corners Montessori Academy’s middle school is thriving! Students are engaged in their learning and have fun while doing it.

In early March, 43 students and eight chaperones visited Chicago for a four-day trip. The trip aligned with their Social Studies and Science units. Students were able to connect what they had been learning in the classrooms with the different museums and excursions they went on.

The trip was jam-packed with every minute having something scheduled. Some of the tour stops included: Union Station, the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum.

“We are currently learning about genetics, taxonomy and body systems in science so we visited the Field Museum which showcased actual scientists working with DNA and fossils,” explained Darin Howard, a middle school teacher at Four Corners Montessori Academy.

There was time for some play as well! They got to enjoy a Broadway Show and experience sleeping in a hostel. Students commented that it was so great and something they will never forget.

“Visiting Chicago was an awesome opportunity for students to understand culture and environments outside their normal lives. Life experiences such as taking the subway, taxis, ordering at restaurants and exploring taught valuable life lessons,” said Howard. “We sure had an awesome time together.”

“The Chicago trip was Montessori education at work. Students were able to learn through experiential education about who they are and their strengths. This is what makes us so unique,” commented Stacy Byrd, Head of School of Four Corners Montessori Academy.

“Our Four Corners Middle School is a place where students are thriving and growing. Having fun and engaging with trips, like this one to Chicago demonstrates our commitment to excellence!”