Our School

I wish I’d gone to a school like this…  

IMS was established in 2002 by a group of parents searching for a programme of education that would provide for the highest quality academics, combined with child-centred teaching. These parents chose the Montessori Method, an internationally recognised education method with a strong scientific basis and a 100-year history of providing a unique and enriching education. IMS opened its doors in 2002 and now serves over 900 children up to age 12. IMS is now one of the largest Montessori programmes in the world. From our original campus in Wanchai, we have expanded to four locations that serve all the major catchments of Hong Kong Island. We have been overwhelmingly successful in fulfilling our vision – to build a diverse international school community in Hong Kong that is dedicated to the education and growth of children and their families.
IMS is dedicated to assisting children in the process of becoming the next generation of leaders who are well-educated, self-actualised individuals, committed to and capable of contributing to the betterment of the world. At IMS, we aim to cultivate children who :

  • Have a lifelong love of learning and an exploring mind
  • Are happy, self-confident, and comfortable with change
  • Are competent in the skills of knowledge needed to succeed
  • Communicate fluently in English and Chinese with joy and confidence
  • Are well prepared to embrace the challenges of a broad spectrum of secondary curricula.
  • Possess a strong moral compass and see to contribute to society in a unique and individual way.

The IMS Logo


Our logo was developed from our Mission – the fingerprint embodies both a celebration of individuality and the Montessori approach to individualised learning. The Chinese characters, which mean “enlightenment” and “knowledge,” emerge from the fingerprint whorls to represent the importance of learning in Chinese and express the fundamental Montessori principle of learning through doing, of taking one’s education into one’s own hands.
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori

IMC Accreditation

IMS was recognised with International Montessori Council (IMC) accreditation in 2012.  IMC is an international organisation of Montessori schools that was established to provide support for Montessori programmes worldwide. IMC accreditation is a rigorous process meant to ensure that accredited schools maintain the highest level of commitment to authentic Montessori pedagogy, professional, and teaching standards. Schools are examined by dozens of criteria in nine standards, including governance, curriculum, human resource practices, and facilities maintenance. IMC accreditation is a guarantee that an institution has met the highest professional expectations in all standards and criteria. IMS is the first accredited Montessori Primary Programme in Greater China and a pioneering Montessori institution in Asia.

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