The International Montessori School offers a standout Montessori curriculum alongside an English-Chinese dual-language programme.
The International Montessori School (IMS) stands out for several reasons. Not only is it one of only a few pre-school through to primary Montessori schools in Hong Kong, 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 on Hong Kong’s Ap Lei Chau Island, the IMS South Horizons campus is in a quiet residential area surrounded by trees, an outdoor park, and a waterfront promenade. This campus is open to children aged 2 through to 6 years.
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 South Horizons 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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