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 Hong Kong’s only pre-school through to primary Montessori school, 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 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 two through to six 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 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.
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