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 2 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, a 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 2 to 3) and Casa dei Bambini (ages 3 to 6); 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, and cultural and social activities.
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