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The International Montessori School (AIdrich Bay) Review

The International Montessori School’s newest campus in northern Hong Kong delivers an English-Chinese dual-language programme integrated with Montessori teaching to children aged two to six years.
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The International Montessori School (AIdrich Bay)

The International Montessori School (AIdrich Bay) Review

School phase
Nursery
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
radio_button_unchecked No data
Availability 2020/21
radio_button_unchecked No data
Annual fee average
HKD 161,500
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2002
School year
Aug to Jun
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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First Published:
Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Updated:
Monday 4 February, 2019

The International Montessori School’s newest campus in northern Hong Kong delivers an English-Chinese dual-language programme integrated with Montessori teaching to children aged two to six years.

The International Montessori School stands out for several reasons. Not only is it one of Hong Kong’s small number of pre-school through to primary Montessori schools, it is a pioneer in Montessori English-Chinese dual language education. IMS offers a very child-centred education to children aged two through to 12 years. Founded in 2002, the not-for-profit IMS has four campuses across the city-state with a total student body of more than 900 children representing 40 different nationalities.

Located in Sai Wan Ho, the IMS Aldrich Bay campus opened in 2016 to children aged two through to six years and has three Casa classrooms and a foundation group. Facilities at this small school include an indoor play area, reading corner and indoor garden.

IMS stays true to the principles of Montessori, an educational method developed more than 100 years ago by Maria Montessori. So, you can expect the following: children are given the freedom to choose their own activities, lessons use specially-designed, hands-on learning materials, no grading or testing, Montessori trained teachers, and focus on practical life, sensorial, language and maths.

There’s another defining aspect to IMS: it is a dual language school, where “Chinese culture and language are integrated throughout every aspect of the child’s experience”. Every class is taken by one English-speaking teacher and one native-Mandarin speaking teacher, and at least one teacher is AMI-trained.

The IMS Aldrich campus teaches foundation (ages two to three) and Casa dei Bambini (ages three to six); students can then move to IMS’ Stanley campus for a primary education up to age 12. Teaching at the early years level focuses on practical life, sensorial, language, maths, science, cultural and social activities.

A full review will be posted shortly.

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