The Montessori School Kingsley, WA

Nestled on the hill in leafy Kingsley, surrounded by native bushland and overlooking Lake Goollelal, our school is Australia’s longest-running Montessori school. What’s more, we were the first in the world to offer the International Baccalaureate.


Today, we remain true to the Montessori philosophy, focusing on the holistic development – physical, intellectual, social – of every child.


We carefully prepare our learning environment to promote curiosity, resilience, independence, and connectedness, to self, to others, and to the natural environment. Montessori materials are designed so that the child receives instant feedback about their progress as they work, allowing them to recognise, correct, and learn from an error – without adult assistance. Putting control of the activity in the child’s hands strengthens their self-esteem and self-motivation as well as their learning.


Our purpose is to treat every child as an individual and nurture every aspect of their development, providing the guidance, inspiring the curiosity, and fostering the knowledge, resilience, and love of learning they need to thrive.


Our school cater to children aged 3 to 18, offering individually tailored learning pathways that equip them to thrive as confident and resilient young adults in a world full of possibilities.


Our educational structure is designed as follows:

  • 3 x Pre-Primary Classes (ages 3 to 6 years)
  • 3 x Lower Primary Classes (ages 6 to 9 years)
  • 2 x Upper Primary Advisories (ages 9 to 12 years)
  • 1 x Lower Secondary Cohort
    • Lower Secondary 1 (ages 12 to 13 years)
    • Lower Secondary 2 (ages 14 to 15 years)
  • 1 x International Baccalaureate Cohort (Year 11 and Year 12)


It is an education designed with and for your child, providing the structure, freedom, and guidance they need to learn at their pace, in a way that fosters respect – for self, for others, and for learning.


International Baccalaureate


An International Baccalaureate (IB) education is the perfect conclusion to a Montessori education as it has so many parallels:

  • Both are child-centred (rather than teacher-centred)
  • Both are based upon Method rather than Content
  • Both promote individual enquiry
  • Both promote social and community behaviour
  • Both promote children’s education for peace
  • Both believe in self-discipline and integral sense of purpose
  • Both have diversity leading to global perspectives
  • Both promote the value of solid, hard and uninterrupted work

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme


In addition to our 30-year track record of delivering the IBDP, we are proud to introduce the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) as a second pathway for our students. This new program opens up exciting opportunities for students to pursue a specialised and career-focused educational experience.


Empowering Careers and Education


The IBCP is tailored to meet the needs of students pursuing career-related education, offers a unique pathway. Designed to prepare students for further/higher education, apprenticeships, or employment, the comprehensive curriculum encompasses four core components alongside a career-related study. This combination ensures that students gain a well-rounded education that equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their chosen field.


Core components:


The IBCP encompasses a dynamic core curriculum composed of four pivotal components that foster holistic development and intellectual growth:


  • Personal and Professional Skills: Cultivating essential life skills and nurturing a sense of professional competence.
  • Service Learning: Encouraging active community engagement and instilling a profound sense of social responsibility.
  • Reflective Project: Stimulating critical thinking and promoting in-depth research on a self-selected topic of personal interest.
  • Language Development: Enhancing linguistic proficiency to foster effective communication across diverse contexts.


In addition to the core components, the IBCP offers a career-related study that serves as a gateway to higher education, internships or apprenticeships, and positions in specific fields of interest. This unique facet of the program allows students to apply and practice theories and concepts while developing a versatile skill set within authentic, meaningful contexts. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded the highly coveted International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Certificate, an internationally recognised qualification.

Career-related Studies


The career-related study is designed to prepare students for higher education, an internship or apprenticeship, or a position in a designated field of interest.


It provides the opportunity for students to learn about theories and concepts through application and practice while developing broad-based skills in authentic and meaningful contexts. Students who complete the programme receive the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Certificate, the certification awarded by the career-related study provider and, if applicable, their secondary school high school diploma.
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Diploma Programme (DP)

We are proud to have been the first Montessori school in the world to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB).

An IB education is the perfect conclusion to a Montessori education as it has so many parallels; focusing on the learner, developing inquiry-based approaches, and exploring global contexts.

Our IB students have their own dedicated building, the Shamai Building. It is named as such in honour of our very first two IB students, Adam Shaman and Mai Shimizu.

Lauded for nurturing principled, knowledgeable, and open-minded young adults, the IB equips and encourages students to become active, responsible global citizens. As such, the IBO has developed a set of attributes that constitute the ideal learner profile, which includes being:

  • Inquisitive
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thoughtful
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Courageous
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Our IB teachers incorporate these attributes in each lesson and foster them in each of our students.

A perfectly balanced and academically rigorous curriculum.

With a written curriculum or framework and age-appropriate student assessments, the IB Programme comprises three core elements and six subject groups.

IB core elements:

  1. Theory of knowledge. Students reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.
  2. Extended essays. Independent, self-directed research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper.
  3. Creativity, activity, and service (CAS). Students complete a project related to these three concepts.

IB subject groups:

Through inquiry-based learning, students learn six subject groups, which include: Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and Arts.