Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English and Spanish|
|Native English and Spanish teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English and Spanish)|
|Class sizes||Average||22 students / class|
|Maximum||25 students / class|
This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2020/2021.
All the details about this school in their own words
|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
Between 10 and 15
|Most common nationality||
Spanish, British, Italian, German, Swedish, Norwegian
|Ratio of local students to international students||
50% local 50% international
|Max. number of students per class||
Infant Community (18 months to 3 years old) - 12 children
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
Yes, we employ Montessori trained assistants
|Native English and Spanish speaking teachers||
Yes, our Lead Montessori Guides are English and Spanish native.
|Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish||
Yes, we follow a gentle approach to teaching languages by always supporting the learning through a very individualised approach.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
We offer Musical Language as part of the curriculum and also as an extra curricular.
|Use of technology in the classroom||
We use technology for children over the age of 9 years old.
We do not believe in the use of technology before that age. We do offer screen-less coding from 4 years old until 9 years old encouraging critical thinking needed for understanding the computer languages.
|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, we have created an online classroom system based on Basecamp, a project based tool used for collaboration.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
No, students learn in the school!
For some of the environments, yes.
|Entry evaluation for students||
English at a conversational level it's required for entering the Elementary program. Children over the age of 7 visit our school to have a tour of the classroom and an informal conversation with the Elementary guide.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
For the Infant Community and the Children's House we have an All-Year-Round applications and admissions process if there are places available.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
Yes, for Infant Community and Children's House. Up until 6 years old.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
|External examinations or assessments available||
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
No, we promote inclusive education in an international and multicultural environment where we celebrate everyones beliefs and traditions.
|How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?||
We promote inclusive education in an international and multicultural environment where we celebrate everyones beliefs and traditions.
|School bus service available||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Yes, we do have a Psychologist among our staff.
|Learning support offered||
We work with external consultants and therapists when needed to support individual needs in the classroom
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
Montessori education works really well in accommodating individual needs, either gifted or special needs. The environment and the adults on it adapts to each individual child's need.
|Student access to education psychologist||
|School start time||
|School finish time||
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Sports, Music, Coding, Yoga, Mindfulness, Gardening, Environmental education
|School provided lunches||
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
|Sports activities included||
Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Outdoor skills and all collaborative play and games.
|Sports facilities at the school||
None, we go to an external sports facility
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Casa del Mar International Montessori School is a place for love and learning. We offer a warm and welcoming community for students and their families to thrive in their path to education.
Through our holistic approach to education, we seek to develop compassionate and resilient members of society who are skilled in creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and have a strong academic foundation.
We follow an individualised approach to learning. Our passionate and dedicated team of Montessori educators support each child and each family in their own unique path to education. Our curriculum is designed to fit the specific needs of each child’s stage of development, nurturing their intrinsic desire for learning, and allowing each student to engage in their own learning experience.
Founded in 2016, we follow the Montessori principles and practices as established by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). All our educators are AMI trained in the most prestigious training center around the world.
Global citizenship is part of our curriculum, we support students understanding of the world and our society in such a way that they will be able to create positive change.
Music is a very imporatatn part of the curriculum and is present in the students lifes through many activities and games.
Nature is important to us as well. Through our program 'Curious about nature' we introduce care for the animals and our planet with a series of trips to get to know the area.
Our school is a unique place for love, learning and care where international families from different cultures come together to grow together.
|Teaching approach of the school||
Our Montessori classrooms are thoughtfully designed to offer children opportunities to develop their own capabilities, whether it is learning how to dress themselves independently, multiply a multi-digit equation, communicate their needs effectively, or problem solve with others. Each classroom is filled with developmentally appropriate activities that encourage children to interact with specific learning materials, as well as to work cooperatively with others.
Students are free to choose the activity they wish to work with, so they learn to make choices based on their interest. While some children will naturally choose to work with others, often the youngest students focus on individual activities.
As children mature, the curriculum intentionally provides small group instruction and collaborative activities. The combination of independent, partner, small-group, and whole-group lessons and activities introduces children to different learning relationships and interpersonal dynamics.
Allowing children to make their own choices based on internal motivation rather than adult direction sets a strong foundation for self-directed learners who are intrinsically motivated and are owners of their knowledge.
Is a child-centered classroom where learning activities are presented individually to children, students progress at their own pace. They are given opportunities to practice, review, or move forward based on their own interests and capabilities.
In our Montessori classroom, teachers assess students on a daily basis, using their observations of each child’s interactions in the environment and with peers. They use their knowledge of child development and academic outcomes to prepare an environment that is simultaneously stimulating and academically, physically, socially, and emotionally accessible. They develop an individualized learning plan for each child, based on his or her unique interests and abilities.
The teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions and learn how to seek out new knowledge themselves.
Self-assessment and self-correction are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.
The Montessori Method nurtures order, coordination, concentration, and independence in children from the moment they enter the classroom.
A Montessori class is composed of students whose ages typically span 3 years. Students stay with the class, and teacher, for the entire cycle, forging a stable community and meaningful bonds.
We have students of different ages and nationalities working together. Older students enjoy mentoring their younger classmates. Younger students look up to their big friends and get a preview of the work to come.
Developing independence and pursuing one’s own interests in the context of a caring community fosters a strong sense of self in each student.