Admission Process

IMS admits students of any nationality, religious belief and ethnic heritage. You may apply at any time for one of our programs:

  • If you are applying for our Foundation Programme, we assess each child with the parents in a small group play environment. Once your child has begun this program, s/he will be assessed within the Foundation group for a place in the Casa dei Bambini Program if you notify us of this interest on the application form. There is no need to submit a further application for the Casa dei Bambini or Primary Year Programs once an application has been processed for the Foundation Program. Click here to learn more about the Foundation Programme
  • In order to be considered for our Casa dei Bambini (Kindergarten – Primary 1) Programme, a child must be at least 2 years and 8 months in September of the upcoming school year. Further to Education Bureau (EDB) regulations, if a child turns three (3) after December 31st of the upcoming school year, s/he can only be considered for admission after his/her third birthday. A child may remain in the Foundation Program until a place can be found in one of the Casa dei Bambini classes. Click here to learn more about the Casa dei Bambini Programme

The following is a list of specific steps in our admissions process:

  1.  We ask interested parents to participate in a school tour or information session.
  2. When the decision to apply is made, complete and submit the Foundation or standard Application Form. As class placement is based on the availability of places, we suggest you apply early.
  3. Interview Process:
Foundation Programme (ages 2-3)

Parent-accompanied assessments are held in the late Spring.

Casa dei Bambini Programme (3-6)

Your child will interact with a group of peers and teachers. One parent or caregiver may accompany the child in the interview. If your child has difficulty separating from parents, the child may be more independent if accompanied by a helper or other caregiver.

Montessori Primary Years Programme (6-12)

Your child will participate alongside a group of peers in order to assess their readiness for the independence and responsibility of work in a Montessori Primary classroom. In addition, individual interviews will be conducted to assess academic skills. Currently, IMS does not administer a standardised test for entry.

  1. Admissions decisions are made by administration and teaching staff. These decisions are based on an evaluation of the child’s school visit, prior school records / transcripts, and the needs of the child and each individual class. Parents will be contacted regarding our admissions decision as soon as possible.
  2. If a place is not immediately available, you may wish to be placed on our waitlist.


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