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Ages 3 to 12

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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €7,800
to: €8,050
Address: Rua de Santana 1696, Alto do Cobre, Cascais
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Number of students

60

Number of nationalities represented in the school

27

Most common nationality

Casa Level: In addition to the Portuguese students (30%) the remaining families are international.
Elementary: Portuguese students make up 10 % and the remaining students are international

Ratio of local students to international students

25 % of our students are of Portuguese origin.

Max. number of students per class

25

Average number of students per class

20

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

No

Additional language classes offered by the school

Portuguese

Use of technology in the classroom

We use computers in the Elementary environment only occasionally as a tool for research, under the guidance of the teacher.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes. Our School is using Google Classrooms as an online teaching platform and we use a professional zoom account for conferences.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Homework is voluntary and it is occasionally assigned.

Approximate hours of homework given

30 min - 1 hour

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

Yes, there is a waiting list for both levels, preschool and elementary.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes. There is a pre-enrollment documents list that is required to be submitted; once the documents are processed an interview is scheduled with the student.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We want to assess the family's reasons for seeking alternative education for their child and their willingness to support our efforts.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

July 15 (depending on availability)

Students can join after academic year begins

Start of attendance is possible in September and in January. There are no admissions in between these two months.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

N/A

External examinations or assessments available

Elementary students starting at age eight take an annual standardized test.

Results in these examinations

Montessori students score higher on standardized tests than students from most traditional schools.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. Lisbon Montessori School is a secular organization and although our stories contain a certain amount of myth and legends our science program goes along the scientific consensus lines in subjects like the coming of the universe, the age of our planet, evolution of life and human beings.

School bus service available

No

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Montessori teachers are qualified to work with children with some special learning needs; however, we ask that the family carries out a complex evaluation of the child's learning needs in a developmental centre. Admission is usually granted to very young students with special needs, up to age three-and-a-half or four years.

Learning support offered

Through holistic Montessori education, paying attention to the student's psychological needs. If a child works with a specialist who is hired by the family they may work with the child in the environment or utilise another space within the school.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Through holistic Montessori education, which assumes no limits or program constraints on the student´s progress and learning.

Student access to education psychologist

No, but we have some contacts which we can utilise once the need arises.

School start time

8:15

School finish time

15.30 in Casa Level
15:55 in Elementary Level

Supervised care before/after school

No, but there are a few after school

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Sports, cooking and arts

School provided lunches

We provide breakfast and snacks. Packed lunch is brought by students.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

No

Sports activities included

At the casa level students are never prevented from moving within the classrooms, there are Montessori physical activities on the line; at the elementary level students have PE classes in small groups a few times per week.

Sports facilities at the school

Gym with a special feature - climbing wall; elaborate outdoor climbing installations; ball pitch

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, at the elementaty level students play physical team games.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

LMS offers holistic Montessori education, which orients the student toward the path of independent learning endevours. Students work individually or in small groups and are guided through their choices of resources and presentations. LMS classrooms have an abundance of a wide range of Montesori learning materials, which cover most areas of life and science: the materials are available to students at all times, and a student may choose to work with a particular activity to which they have already been presented, this includes science experiments. Montessori education is preparation for life as an aid to life.

Teaching approach of the school

The Montessori teacher is a guide, who helps the child on their learning journey. The guide spends much of the classroom time unobtrusively observing students to consider what their next step could be and to offer presentations of materials accordingly. She/he supports the students in their interactions with each other by modelling positive and respectful relationships with others. The focus is not on teacher teaching, but rather on children learning.

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