Treetops Montessori and IB School
Treetops Montessori and IB School offers both a Montessori and International Baccalaureate curriculum. It is situated in the incredible natural environment of Darlington, in the hills east of Perth. Treetops’ nurturing environment provides children with a broad, harmonious and thorough education from Playgroup through to Year 12. The Montessori method has longevity world-wide and integrates effectively with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and Careers-pathway Programmes offered at Treetops. Treetops Montessori and IB World School is excited to announce the addition of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (CP) – to its range of year 11 and 12 options. The CP compliments the existing Diploma Programme (DP) which had been offered at Treetops since 2007. Treetops School is the only accredited IBDP Year 11 and 12 provider in the Eastern Perth Hills, and one of only a few schools in Western Australia to achieve this standard. Formed in 1989, Treetops School is a close-knit community of parents, staff and students, which strives to assist children to develop to their full potential, to be happy and peaceful, to grow in knowledge and confidence and to have respect for themselves and others.
Diploma Programme (DP)
Treetops Montessori and IB School offers students two course options in Year 11 and 12: the IB Diploma and Career-Related Programme. Treetops has chosen the IB Diploma as our University entrance programme because of its student-centered, holistic and international approach to education. The IBO philosophy is closely aligned with that of the Montessori movement in general and Treetops in particular.
The overall aim of the IBDP is to develop internationally-minded people who, by recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Treetops is well known for its nurturing environment which supports the intellectual, social, physical, spiritual and emotional development of each student. The IBDP therefore brings to Treetops exciting links with the international community.
The Learner Profile is part of Treetops vision. The Treetops community at (students, staff and parents) aspire to be good representatives of the Learner Profile. It offers a values system that transcends the learning in the classroom and is the cornerstone of every facet of the school.
The IBDP is, of course, more than just a university entrance qualification; it is a preparation for life. Many successful IBDP students go on to something other than study at university.
Year 10 students consolidate previous learning and develop skills in independent, critical thinking. Students attend work experience sessions and are encouraged to know themselves and find their unique place within the world. Aside from academic studies, Senior students are important role-models for younger students at Treetops. These students also join the older Diploma students in the Theory of Knowledge studies. This provides them with a valuable insight into the nature of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and assists them in deciding whether to take on the commitment of the Diploma for their final two years.
Pamoja Education is the UK-based provider of on-line IB Diploma programme courses. Students taking a Pamoja course, work with a teacher and with other classmates in a global, virtual setting modelled on the idea of a “flipped” classroom whereby students may complete some classwork out-of-school hours, and complete their individual work in a supported environment during school hours. At Treetops, we use Pamoja courses to increase the number of Humanities subjects we offer our Senior students. Examples of Pamoja courses include Psychology, Economics, Business & Management, and Information Technology in a Global Society.
The first Treetops IBDP candidates successfully graduated in 2011.
Career Programme (CP)
Treetops Montessori and IB School is excited to announce the addition of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (CP) – to its range of year 11 and 12 options in 2019. The CP compliments the existing Diploma Programme (DP) which had been offered at Treetops since 2007.
The Career-related Programme (CP) incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The CP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of students. This flexibility means that Treetops can continue to offer individualised programmes in partnership with career training and work placement providers, while still offering an internationally recognised qualification and several post-school pathways.
CP students engage with a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills. The study programme over two years includes the completion of 2 or 3 Diploma subjects, a career-related study through an external provider such as TAFE, and four core subjects unique to the CP: Language Development, Personal & Professional Skills, Service Learning and a Reflective Project.
The mix of career-focused learning and DP subjects mean that students do not have to forego academic subjects in order to pursue vocational options.
Post-school pathways for CP students include employment, and further training and education. It also includes university entrance to some courses via a portfolio.