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Parent & Child 0-3 Years

The greatness of the human potential begins at the hour of birth.

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Preschool 2 - 6 Years old

Children aged two to six are sensorial explorers.

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Lower Primary 6 - 9 Years

Children aged six to nine years are concrete intellectual explorers.

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Upper Primary 9 - 12 Years

Children aged nine to twelve years are abstract intellectual explorers.

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The ISMS Difference

Inner Sydney Montessori School (ISMS) follows the Montessori methodology and also meets the expectations of the NSW Education Standards Authority (K – 6), and the new national curriculum for Primary children. Together, the Montessori curriculum combined with the conventional Australian national curriculum provide an attractive and immensely thorough education for inner Sydney boys and girls.


An authentic Montessori approach


ISMS provides authentic, high quality Montessori education for children from birth to 12 years old in Sydney’s inner west.

Drawing on the educational theories of Dr Maria Montessori, ISMS helps children achieve their maximum potential by working with parents to harness their natural need and desire to learn. The Montessori approach nurtures a love for learning and helps children become happy, confident and self-motivated.


Teachers as Guides

The Montessori method ensures that classroom teachers are collaborative members of the learning process. The child, teacher, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher, who serves as a facilitator encouraging independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. In a Montessori environment, you will not find teachers standing in front of the classroom giving a lecture. Instead, they act as guides in a child’s self construction. 

Multi-faceted educational pillars

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning allows the children to engage in self-directed activities, hands-on experiences, movement and exploration within and beyond the classroom.

Autonomous Learning

Through an integral balance between freedom and responsibility, the children learn to become physically, intellectually and socially autonomous within their learning environment.

Collaborative Learning

A multi-aged classroom facilitates peer teaching and learning, observation of others and daily opportunities for children to share intellectual interests and learning experiences.

Joyful Learning

A life long love of learning can be nurtured through a joyful experience of education. Learning which is engaging, challenging and encourages children to joyfully seek knowledge and understanding of the world they live in.