The Montessori School Kingsley, WA
The Montessori School was founded by Mrs W. M. Duyker-de-Vries in 1962 and is the oldest Montessori School in Australia. The Montessori School is the first Montessori school in Western Australia to include a Secondary school for students from 12 to 18 years and the first Montessori School in the world to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma course, which was first introduced in 1993. Situated in Kingsley, in Perth’s Northern suburbs it enjoys a scenic bushland setting, on the top of a hill and overlooking Lake Goollelal. The school borders onto a small piece of bushland which a group of volunteers, parents and students, care for and maintain.
The Montessori School is a co-educational school that caters for students from 3 to 18 years old. The Montessori philosophy and pedagogy dominates the teaching and subject content. At the Montessori School, students attend classrooms cater for three year groups, The Pre-primary classroom caters for children aged 3-6, the Lower Primary classroom for children aged 6-9, the Upper Primary classroom for those aged 9-12, the Lower Secondary classroom for 12-15 year old adolescents and the IB Diploma for 16-18 year old young adults.
Our school motto is “Help me to help myself.” and the value of that motto can particularly be felt amongst our IB students who have been encouraged to work independently, collaborate, to think, organise projects, be open-minded and critical from a very young age.
The Montessori philosophy compliments the IB philosophy in many ways and has proven to be a natural continuation of the learning strategies in the lower years of the school to the final school years.
The IB Diploma is offered to students between 16 and 18 and is organised over a two-year course. While our working language is English, students from many diverse cultural backgrounds are enrolled at our school and there is strong sense of multi-cultural learning across the age groups.
The Montessori National Curriculum is approved by Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority as an alternative curriculum. The Montessori School follows the Montessori National Curriculum which is mapped to the WA Curriculum.