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Welcome to International Montessori Schools
Choosing the right school for your child can be an overwhelming task. But we are here to help! At International Montessori Schools, we pride ourselves on fostering productive, harmonious communities where children are free to learn and discover at their own pace. Our faithful implementation of the Montessori philosophy ensures that they grow holistically, developing valuable skills on various social and intellectual levels.
Each of our five IMSchools locations offers a stimulating, child-centered environment that is fine-tuned to optimize the social, emotional, and cognitive growth of your child. Our teachers are highly trained individuals with backgrounds as diverse as those of our students; from Peru to Nepal, from China to Columbia, many cultures meet in our classrooms. Their role is to guide children in the classroom, patiently helping them find their own solutions rather than feeding them answers. Children grow confident and independent as they are given the time and space to choose their own work, collaborate, and solve problems. In addition to carefully selecting and preparing materials to aid your child’s physical, emotional and academic progress, our teachers are also committed to fostering a warm and inviting environment for your child to grow and develop. Each of our classroom communities is founded on the principle of respect—for oneself, for each other, and for the environment. It is not uncommon to find young children sweeping up messes, preparing and sharing snacks, or helping each other in meaningful work. As the children learn and develop their personal skills, they grow both as individuals and as a community.
At IMSchools, we want to give your child a chance to discover him/herself and the world around him/her. From butterfly gardens and vegetable patches to classroom pets and mud kitchens, IMSchools offer interesting and enjoyable ways for your child to engage with nature and learn about the interconnectedness of life in its many forms. Music, art, and stories from around the globe also enrich the classroom experience and help your child develop as a global citizen. We believe that each member—teacher, parent, and student—contributes something unique and beautiful to the colorful tapestry that is the IMSchools community and we hope you will come share, learn, and explore with us!
Thank you for your interest in IMSchools. We hope you are as excited about the possibilities for your child as we are! Please come visit us at any one of our five schools in the Greater Philadelphia area and Delaware. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our growing community of teachers, families and friends.
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We moved to IMS Paoli this past year with our three young children - and we could not be happier. The teachers are amazing (Ghada, Senem, Kate), and they are accessible and personable. They truly care for our children as we do, and they provide the structured, creative environment that Montessori is known for. Compared to other schools we have tried, IMS Paoli has huge open classrooms with lots of natural light, an expansive outdoor area with playgrounds, plenty of space to run, and they raise chickens and plant gardens. Excellent school and location at IMS Paoli!
My daughter has been going to the International Montessori School of Paoli for 3 years. She really enjoys going to school. It is wonderful as a parent to know your child is happy and truly learning. Here the children learn at their own pace with help from the teachers. It is not a competitive environment like many schools. Feeling successful while having fun is a gift for my daughter that I am happy to have found! I feel confident sending her to kindergarten next year.
My son Michael has been going to this school for 4 years and we love it. We are very please with the level of education he is getting and are confident that he will be prepared for kindergarten. The staff is professional and the school is clean. We recommend this school to everyone we know.
My son is in the toddler class and is loving every minute. They have wonderful, caring teachers who truly want to be a great influence on the lives of children. Its always a struggle to decide to put a child in daycare but once we settled in my whole family benefited! I know that he is in a safe, loving and fun environment and can go to work without worry. Also, you can call with any questions anytime and they don't mind. They have lots of fun activities spread throughout the months and keep the parents pretty informed. Overall a great place for children!
I was extremely picky when choosing a school for our daughter because of my experience as an elementary teacher. Jacky at International Montessori Schools Paoli answered all of our questions before we even asked them, which is something directors at other schools in the area were unable to do. Now, our daughter is enjoying herself and excelling at school, a testament to Ms. Ghada and the rest of the fantastic staff in her classroom! The active learning activities keep her attentive and thoroughly help her to retain the information being taught. Saturday and Sunday are her least favorite days of the week. We highly recommend IMS Paoli to everyone!
Loving, experienced teachers
As a teacher, I was very concerned about finding the right childcare for my son. We toured IMS Paoli and immediately fell in love with the director and beautiful school. Our son loved the independence that a Montessori program provided and really thrived in the pre primary classroom. He had attended a traditional daycare previously and frequently cried throughout the day and was very unhappy when he had to go to school. He is now in the primary classroom and it is really amazing how independent, mature, and self motivated he has become. Our babysitter commented on his personality saying that he is more mature than a seven year old she babysits and I know it's due to the Montessori environment. Our 10 month old daughter goes to IMS Great Valley and Silvia is a baby whisperer. Our daughter did not leave my side for the first five months of her life but really bonded with Silvia. She is truly a gem. While I miss my children during the day, I have absolutely zero worries about them and know that they are happy and well cared for.
I wish I had found this school for my oldest daughter. But am so happy and thankful I found it for my second. She has come a long way since she started at International Montessori schools last year. She loves it and even goes to camp in the summertime with my oldest (who also loves it there). The variety of activities at her school have increased her independence and confidence more than words can say. She was very shy and quiet when she first started. Now she comes home telling me all about her friends and enjoys showing me what she has accomplished. Thank you to the international Montessori schools!
Great Montessori option near Wayne, PA
International Montessori school at Paoli is the best place for kids to have fun and learn so much in the process. My kid has never been happier! The teachers are professional, polite and so engaged in exposing the children to different concepts on a daily basis. I just wished I had enrolled my child in this school earlier.
Child centered and full of care
We watched our child blossom within weeks of starting at the International Montessori School. The school and teachers follow a structure that helps enhance natural curiosity and set up students for future educational and interpersonal success. The curriculum is so natural that children fell comfortable exploring and learning at a pace that fits and benefits them at the same time. We find the teachers and staff to be very attentive.
Great care & peace of mind
We've had a great experience with International Montessori School Malvern. When I sought childcare for my daughter, my goal was to find a school with a smaller setting and warm, experienced teachers. IMS Malvern possesses both of these traits. My daughter has flourished in the environment and I have peace of mind knowing she is capable hands.
Paoli International Montessori School
My son is currently in his 3rd year at Paoli International Montessori School. He attends 5 days a week from 9-3 and began the pre-K program this year. We are all very happy with our experience there! When I first visited the school, the one thing that stood out in stark contrast to the other pre-K locations I visited was the mutual respect I saw between students and teachers. I was very pleased to learn that the Montessori method goes well beyond academics to teach life and social skills to the students. So, in addition to learning the three R's (he is so proud to be able to read and do math equations!), they reinforce being independent and respectful to those around you. They also foster a sense of community and self-esteem by allowing the students to teach other (usually younger) students how to perform activities in the classroom that are new to their classmates. The children also have a structure to the day that I didn't see evidenced in the other pre-K programs. Although they are given plenty of free play, a good portion of their day is spent doing "jobs" that reinforce the academic and life skills taught at the school. My son enjoys the activities and loves having a purpose to his day. The students are also enriched through introduction to other cultures, music, art, yoga, gardening, and the list goes on. If I had to list a con to the program it is that they have no introduction to computers. However, we feel there is merit to a program which enriches through a more traditional learning structure. Our son will learn about technology as there is no escaping it in today's world. But, in the spirit of a well-rounded child, we feel that this program is giving him the strong foundation that he needs at this age.
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