Hong Kong
Montessori, International curriculum
Ages 2 to 12

The International Montessori School

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CurriculumMontessori, International
Languages of instructionChinese, English
Age RangeAges 2 to 12
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction Chinese and English
Native Chinese and English teachers
Extra languages (other than Chinese and English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school is not available for a twelve year old child.

This school has more than one campus in Hong Kong:
Mid-Levels Campus: Ages 2 to 6
South Horizons Campus: Ages 2 to 6
Stanley Campus: Ages 3 to 12
Tin Hau Campus: Ages 2 to 6

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Max. number of students per class

Each IMS class has a maximum of 25 children with two teachers (one Montessori trained, one Chinese).

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Uniform required


Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Foundation Program (ages 2-3): Parent-accompanied assessments are held in the late Spring.

Casa dei Bambini Program: Your child will interact with a group of peers and teachers. One parent or caregiver may accompany the child in the interview. If your child has difficulty separating from parents, the child may be more independent if accompanied by a helper or other caregiver.

Montessori Primary Years Program: Your child will be assessed within a group of peers for several hours in a normal class, and individual interviews will be conducted to assess academic skills and readiness for the independence and responsibility of work in a Montessori classroom. IMS does not administer a standardized test for entry.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Rolling admission.

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

IMS is very willing to accept children with learning and development difficulties under its premise. Generally, children with special-needs and children learning a second language tend to do well in the Montessori program because children learn better in a “multi-sensory” environment, where they can hear, see, touch and experiment.

Learning support offered

IMS has the obligation to assure all parents that the school can maximize the development benefits for each child. IMS will accept children with learning difficulties into a classroom as it can ensure that the staff can provide the best option for the child with special needs, and the other children in the classroom as well. In many cases, additional support by a Montessori teacher or an assistant is required for some period of time in order to assist the child in meeting his or her full potential in the Montessori environment, and these supported places are limited. For children with special-needs, IMS requires a therapist or psycho-educational evaluation to assist in the application process.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Sailing, Judo, Gymnastics, Football, Basketball, Netball, Tennis, Chess Coding, French for Native Speakers, Drama, Cooking, Science, Art, Chinese Paper Cutting, etc.

Sports activities included

Primary Years students learn team sports such as soccer, cricket, volleyball, and floor hockey in PE. Movement classes feature folk dances from other countries and creative expression through dance and drama.

Sports facilities at the school

Sports ground

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The International Montessori School shares the aspiration of every parent: it wants a life of intelligence and independence for all children, enjoyed with self-reflection, a multicultural mindset, and purposeful engagement in the world. Which is why, across the school's four campuses on Hong Kong Island, IMS is dedicated to nurturing and inspiring children through bilingualism, individualized program, and Montessori Learning, with a focus on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s psychological, physical and social development. With the foundation of their formative years built around a child-oriented, enquiry-based curriculum, children who graduated from IMS have found their ways into preeminent schools in Hong Kong and worldwide.

Teaching approach of the school

IMS provides the highest quality education possible using the highly successful, proven Montessori Curriculum, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and implemented in over 22,000 schools worldwide. IMS aims to expand upon its position as the leading English/Chinese (Putonghua) dual-language Montessori school in the world, and to make this Primary curriculum available to all international families in Hong Kong who seek it for their children.

IMS fosters an inclusive child-oriented, creative, and bilingual learning environment, which nurtures a child’s innate desire to learn and discover, and enables the child to discover their own personal excellence, to move at his or her own pace, and fully develop their own individual gifts and talents through challenging expectations, self-reflection, and purposeful engagement in the world. Together, IMS staff and parents will continue to forge a community that will prepare the children to be life-long learners who are able to express their uniqueness and creativity as well as participate in diverse cultural experiences, and learn to be respectful and responsible members of a world community.

Fundamental to Montessori theory is the multi-age classroom, wherein children can work with other children of different abilities in different subject areas. IMS’ Montessori Primary Years Program is divided into two multi-age settings: Lower Primary for 6- to 9-year-olds and Upper Primary for 9- to 12-year-olds.
Each Primary classroom includes 25 children working individually or in groups. The children learn from and share with one another as well as with the teachers. Each classroom has two teachers, at least one of whom is a fully qualified Montessori teacher. One teacher is an English speaker, and one is a native Putonghua speaker.