As part of the Middle School experience, students are encouraged to choose a mini-business idea to organize and run to help support the economic independence of the middle school class. This curricular opportunity provides students with the fundamental aspects of Montessori learning by giving the student independent choices, hands-on experiences, critical thinking opportunities, and purposeful work circumstances. Adolescents need to begin to prepare themselves for the adult world. They need to learn how to work together in their community. The lessons in Micro-economy help develop good work ethic with adult-like responsibilities as they build upon the construction of self and social organizations within the community.