Are you looking for a Montessori school in Brisbane?
Have you heard the phrase “Montessori School” but are a bit curious about what it actually entails? Here are a few things you need to know to get your head around this alternative to mainstream teaching and learning.
In Brisbane your child can attend a Montessori daycare centre, a Montessori Kindy, a Montessori primary school and even a Montessori High School!
It’s best to make informed education decisions with all the information, so for anything we haven’t covered (or have touched on that you want more information about) make sure you get in contact with your local Montessori School (see below) to find out more!
What is a Montessori School?
A Montessori School is one that has a child-centred educational approach based on the studies of Dr Maria Montessori. It is a philosophy that has been followed by schools around the world for well over 100 years.
This is a concept that considers that childhood is one of natural curiosity. Children are eager to learn and are capable of following their own learning journey in a carefully cultivated environment. A Montessori school looks to develop the child physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively (academically, thought-centred).
There are a range of interpretations of the philosophy but many of these elements must be in place for it to be considered a true Montessori school.
- Mixed aged classrooms
- The availability (and encouragement) of student choice
- Blocks of working time that are structured to have no interruptions (usually three hours)
- A discovery-based (let’s find out) rather than a teacher-led (you must do this) approach
- The use of natural materials instead of plastic or man-made
- Classrooms and learning spaces structured with the child in mind (objects within reach)
- Free movement around the room
- A trained Montessori teacher who will observe the child as an individual and remark on talents, abilities, characteristics and tendencies
Why choose a Montessori school?
Many parents are finding themselves looking for alternatives to mainstream education, particularly as prep ages become younger and standardised testing becomes more prominent. They are looking for more of a focus on the child as an individual learner so that their unique individuality may be encouraged.
Montessori schools in Brisbane
Montessori daycare centres & kindys in Brisbane
Find a Montessori kindy or daycare centre near you here.
Brisbane Montessori School
The Brisbane Montessori School community empowers individuals to be independent, realise their potential, value life-long learning and build a culture of peace.
They currently have the following Montessori programmes:
- Nido Community (0 – 3 year olds)
- Montessori Independent Toddler Community (15 months – 3 year olds)
- Children’s House (3 – 6 year olds)
- Lower Primary (6 – 9 year olds)
- Upper Primary (9 – 12 year olds)
- Middle School (12 – 15 year olds)
Address: 12 Mactier St, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069
Ph: (07) 3327 0600
Grovely State School
Grovely State School is an Independent Public School. At Grovely State School the students are encouraged to participate and actively engage in all facets of school life in a nurturing, value based and caring environment.
Their strength is in their diversity. This diversity is catered for through quality mainstream as well as Montessori learning programs. They unite towards the same goal – to provide quality learning experiences that holistically prepare each and every student for their futures, to be the best they can be.
Address: 200 Dawson Parade, Keperra QLD 4054
Phone: (07) 3354 6333
Caboolture Montessori School
This Montessori school is located on Brisbane north side. Situated on a 10 acre rural site five minutes north of the Caboolture CBD, the Caboolture Montessori School offers a Montessori education program for children from 15 months to Year 6.
Address: 200 Old Gympie Rd, Caboolture QLD 4510
Ph: (07) 5495 5877
Capalaba State College
Capalaba State College is a P-12 state school. The College consists of both Junior and Senior campuses. It is situated in the Redlands. Originally made up of separate Primary and Secondary Schools, they both amalgamated in 2005, and formed Capalaba State College.
As well as their Junior Campus (Prep to Year Six) and Senior Campus (Years Seven to Twelve), the college also has a Positive Learning Centre, an Early Childhood Development Program, Health Academy and Montessori stream of classes.
Address: 150 Mt Cotton Road, Capalaba QLD 4157
Ph: (07) 3823 9333
Address: School Road, Capalaba QLD 4157
Ph: (07) 3823 9111
Montessori International College
MIC is an independent, non-denominational IB World School renowned for its innovative learning spaces and highly experienced and dedicated teachers. They take children from 3 years old right through to senior school.
Address: 880-932 Maroochydore Road, Forest Glen QLD 4556
Ph: 07 5442 3807
Is this the kind of school for your family? Do you have experiences with a Montessori school that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.