The perfect conclusion to a Montessori education.

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

A First in Education

We are proud to have been the first Montessori school in the world to offer the IB – nearly 30 years ago. Since then, Montessori schools around the world have followed suits as the IB is the perfect conclusion to a Montessori education, as well as a great prelude and foundation to tertiary study and the world beyond.

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The intent of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is to nurture internationally minded young adults who help create a better world.

Established in 1968 by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the IBDP 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 IBDP 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.

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.

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme

In order to complement the IBDP, we have been working towards implementing the International Baccalaureate Career related Programme (IBCP). We are currently a candidate school for the IBCP and hope to implement this programme as early as 2023. In conjunction, these two programmes will give our students greater scope of options to complete their education within our wonderful environment.

A unique programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.

The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment and include a core consisting of four components and a career-related study.

Core components:

  1. Personal and professional skills
  2. Service learning
  3. Reflective Project
  4. Language Development

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.

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

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme

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.