Established in 1989, International Bilingual Montessori School is a private, independent and non-sectarian school located in Miami, Florida. It is easily accessible from the areas of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami and West Dade. We specialize, and are strongly committed, in providing educational excellence to children through a bilingual academic program in English and Spanish.
We look at each individual child as a unique person possessing the ability to learn, love and live; encouraging them to express their feelings and develop an autonomous person, competent in all areas of life, not merely someone with the right answers, but a well-rounded person.
The school is managed by husband and wife, both with Masters Degrees (MBA and Early Childhood Education with Montessori certifications). With two boys of their own currently attending this school, they have been able to establish a home away from home atmosphere at all levels. Parents can entrust us with their children with confidence, knowing that they will always be treated with kindness, love and respect. We inspire children to love to learn and achieve a lifetime of success!
We look forward for a year filled with endless opportunities to learn, making new friends and having fun. The future is dependent on the investment we place in young children today!
Our school offers an individualized curriculum that is "child-centered". This allows each child to learn and develop at his/her own pace, reinforcing learning capabilities without ignoring signs of possible learning disabilities.
At the International Bilingual Montessori School our primary areas/avenues include Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Geography, Arts, Science, Mathematics and Spanish. All lessons allow children to begin their journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation and invention. A Montessori curriculum is designed to challenge students to integrate and synthesize information, identify and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills through critical thinking. Lessons are matched to each child's individual progress, therefore enabling the child to build their leadership and communication skills, by gaining self-confidence, independence, emotional development and academic achievement. The student not only becomes well educated, but also experiences a genuine joy of learning.
Our student-teacher ratios are exceptional, well above private school standards. Proven by our annual early childhood testings, students are able to achieve a solid educational foundation. Many of our young graduates are accepted in gifted programs around the nation.
Our school is open year-round (12 months), from 7:15 AM to 6:00 PM. The academic school year runs from August to May. Our program offers a curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten and Lower Elementary (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades). Summer sessions (during June and July) are also available swimming lessons pool (on-site), etiquette classes, arts and crafts instruction and on-site house field trips. Activities that are included in the regular curriculum are:
1. A "Spanish Immersion Program",
2. Computer instruction,
3. An age-appropriate Yoga Class,
4. Music lessons and
Regarding extra-curricular activities, which is our "Enrichment Program", we offer the following alternatives:
1. French classes,
2. Chinese Mandarin classes,
3. Creative Movement,
4. Cooking and Nutrition classes and
5. Martial Arts
Throughout the year, we have many activities and events in which parents are able to participate. Also, during the regular year, Parent Educational Workshops are held with the purpose of providing a more in-depth knowledge of the Montessori philosophy and method of education. This "training" is very helpful in order to maintain consistency at home in order to maximize your child's education as a whole. When enrolled in the school, parents receive a 25(+)-page Parent Handbook with all our policies and procedures. The objective of this informational handbook is to get you familiarized with all aspects of our program, which eases the initial transition and stay at our school.
Montessori is an educational method created in the early 1900's by an Italian physician, psychologist and educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori Method is often described as an "Education for Life". Dr. Montessori felt the goal of childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate his or her own natural desire to learn. In a scientifically prepared environment (one that is designed to cultivate the child's own natural curiosity and love for knowledge), the child will choose activities, from the varied and rich stimuli present, that will spontaneously get them involved and concentrated in order to solve and achieve specific tasks. Children have a sense of worth and value of what they do, and mistakes are treated as learning opportunities.
NOTABLE MONTESSORI GRADUATES
Montessori graduates excel in all walks of life. Below is a sampling of former Montessori students who used their creativity, inspiration and passion to make their own unique mark on the world.
- Sergey Brin & Larry Page, co-founders of Google.
- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.
- Thomas Edison, inventor.
- Yo-Yo Ma, world renowned cellist.
- Beyoncé, singer, songwhiter and actress.
- Prince William & Prince Harry, of the British Royal Family.
- Katherine Graham, former owner of the Washington Post.
Increasingly, the world of modern education and business favors creative thinkers who combine personal initiative with strong collaborative skills: exactly the characteristics which Montessori education nurtures. Cultural movers and shakers from Julia Child to the founders of Google have openly spoken of how their childhood experiences in Montessori gave them not only the ability to work cooperatively in complex settings, but also the skills of confidence, creativity and communication needed to make innovative and ground-breaking changes.
A typical parent concern is "What Happens When Children Leaves Montessori"? The answer: Montessori children are unusually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in-groups. Since they have been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem solvers who can make choices and manage their time well. They have been encouraged to exchange ideas and to discuss their work freely with others and good communication skills ease the way in new settings. Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop good self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change optimism.