The perfect conclusion to a Montessori education.

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 Shammai Building. It is named as such in honour of our very first two IB students, Adam Shaman and Mai Shimizu.

The flow of adolescence is found in the third plane of development.

At this stage, the fire is still burning, but the transformation is becoming more peaceful.

Montessori based her educational philosophy on the idea that children develop through a series of four planes. At this age (15-18), children are in the third plane of development, which is a period when they have a huge capacity for creative expression, while their style of learning becomes more practical and experiential. Adolescents at this age see themselves more as an adult, looking outward into the world, and the universe.

Want to know more about Montessori’s planes of development? Check out our glossary:

Planes of Development

Nurturing internationally minded young adults who help create a better world.

Established in 1968 by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the International Baccalaureate (IB) is an academically challenging and internationally focused program designed to prepare students for the worlds of further education and professional life.

Today, there are more than 5,000 IB schools in more than 140 countries. Moreover, the IB Diploma Programme is recognised by universities and employers the world over.

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.

Want to know more about the IB and the IBO? Check out their website:

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

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.

Our school belongs to an international network of IB schools.

We are a member of the IB Schools Australasia, which is an association dedicated to assisting IB schools in Australasia, providing a network of professional support, information and service.

The aim of the IB is to nurture internationally minded young adults who help create a better world, which is in line with Dr Maria Montessori’s thinking:

Education should not limit itself to seeking new methods for a mostly arid transmission of knowledge: its aim must be to give the necessary aid to human development.”


Learn more about the International Baccalaureate.

For more information about our IB programme, or to take a tour of our IB classes, contact our friendly team.