You have been asked to provide a reference for a student applying for admission to Strata Montessori Adolescent School. Strata provides adolescents a unique opportunity for study, work, and development within a supportive community at this new life stage. The program involves rigorous academic studies integrated with a rich variety of activities such as caring for and developing the school environment, looking after plants and animals, and running small businesses. Students are also involved in projects in the wider community, and in regular, substantial outdoor education experiences. It is expected that each student will demonstrate a personal investment in the culture and values of Strata, especially in regard to: mutual respect; inner discipline; personal responsibility for actions and learning; recognition of the intrinsic value of learning and developing as a learner; intention to make the most of schooling; and a regard for and commitment to Strata’s small community.
The applicant has indicated that she/he is interested in joining the Strata Montessori Adolescent School community and is up to the challenging and encompassing nature of the program. Please be honest and complete in your answers and, where possible, please illustrate your responses with details or examples. Your comments are confidential and are important in helping us gain a better understanding of the applicant. If you have questions about this form or about Strata Montessori Adolescent School, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.