The International Montessori School is a privately operated school that firmly adheres to Montessori principles as promoted by the Association Montessori Internationale. This is the international organization that sponsors the holding of teacher training courses recognized worldwide. These courses are the only ones we consider for our faculty's continuing education program in the field of Montessori education. It is located at its original site at No. 4 Ipil Place, South Forbes Park, Makati City. The IMS was established in April 1981, with an initial enrolment of seventeen (17) children.
In 1983, the Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS) recognized the Pre- elementary and Elementary programs of IMS. Today, IMS serves 85 students, having a maximum capacity of 100.
The International Montessori School was founded by Ms. Patria Judith S. Gonzalez. Ms. Gonzalez is currently in training as a Teacher Trainer at the Primary Level in a course offered by the Association Montessori Internationale.
Our classrooms are carefully prepared by the teachers in compliance with the standards set by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Prescribed Montessori equipment are purchased from the duly accredited manufacturers: Neinhuis Montessori (Netherlands), Kaybee Montessori (India) and Gonzagarredi (Italy). Practical life materials are locally sourced.
The outdoor environment of IMS complements the indoor environment. Swings, slides, balls of assorted sizes, jungle gyms and other playground equipment are available for the children to use. Manipulative toys are provided for indoor use, specifically for rainy days.
Nutritious snacks of fresh fruits in season, home baked cookies and cakes, and native Filipino delicacies are served at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Child-sized eating utensils are provided to enable the child to eat by himself (in case your child has particular food allergies, please notify the school officials in writing immediately).
Our lawn is landscaped with plants of different colors, sizes, and shapes. There is also a mini petting zoo where small pets are kept which the children can observe and feed.
The open area around our school building is plantes with a variety of fruit bearing and foliage trees that exhibit a variety of leaf shapes and arrangements, flowers and seeds. Our trees also give our play area a more comfortable atmosphere for the shade these provide. Our garden boasts of a collection of plants that are indigenous to the tropics and to the Philippines that lend itself to the botany lessons we present in the primary and elementary level.
The outdoors afford the children the opportunity to observe the variety of flora as well as the insects and other invertebrates, frogs and toads and Philippine sparrow and finch in their natural surroundings. We also have a number of small animals we keep as pets: pairs of finches, lovebirds and Filipino parakeets called "Kulasisi;" bunnies; turtles (many of which we have inherited from families we have served and left the Philippines) and a pair of tortoises which we acquired in 2008.