About Montessori School of Mallorca
The Montessori School of Mallorca opened in September 2015 and operates as a British school abroad, following the Montessori curriculum. The school has a capacity for up to 90 pupils aged 3 to 12. In addition to following the Montessori method, the school’s rural location in the centre of the islands ensures children have lots of contact with the natural environment.
The Montessori method of teaching emphasises independence, freedom within limits and respect for each child’s natural development. The school follows the Montessori curriculum and the main language of teaching is English, but Spanish and Catalan are also taught. Children of many different nationalities attend the school and teachers try to ensure each child learns to read in their mother tongue first, whenever possible.
Children choose the work they do and are carefully guided by teachers trained in the Montessori method. Parents describe it as the antithesis to the Spanish method of teaching: there is no memorising and few exams; instead, children are encouraged to learn by doing and to develop confidence in themselves. By age 12 students are well prepared to go on to private or public secondary schools.
A key principle of this teaching system is that children learn from one another. The school is therefore split into three classes of three age groups: 3 to 6 year olds, 6 to 9 year olds and 9 to 12 year olds. To ensure diversity in each class, there are up to 30 children per class.
The teaching staff come from the UK, New Zealand, US, Spain, Netherlands and France. Around one third of pupils are Spanish, one third English and the rest from Germany, Austria, Italy and Scandinavia.
The school is small so it does not have extensive facilities but it does boast an outdoor pool that is open during the warmer months, a playground and sand pit, and an ecological garden and an orchard where children can help to grow fruits and veggies that they can then take home.
Extra curricular activities
Extra curricular activities take place at the end of the school day, from 15:30 to 16:30 hrs. Available activities include music, theatre, sports, arts and crafts, yoga, cooking and dance.
The school also offers and extended childcare service from 08:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs.
Fess range from 5400€ to 7250€ per year depending on the age of the child.
The school also offers financial support to a limited number of low income families. For families with multiple siblings at the school, a discount on fees is also offered.
The school day runs from 09:00 to 15:30 hrs Monday to Thursday and 09:00 to 13:30 hrs on Fridays.
The school is located in a converted windmill on a 3000 square metre estate in the small town of Santa Maria del Cami in the centre of the island. Located just off the main Palma to Alcudia road, it is easily accessible from both towns and from nearby villages. The town is also on the Palma-Inca railway and the school is a two minute walk from the train station.
Facilities close to the school
Santa Maria holds a popular Sunday market selling everything from clothes to fruits and vegetables. It is also in one of the most important wine growing regions of the island, and close to the Tramuntana mountains.
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