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A Montessori Day

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Montessori Curriculum

Subjects and concepts taught

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Infant and child interaction in Infant Community Infant Community

Infants Birth - 3 Years

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

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Stage 1 3 - 6 Years

Children aged three to six are sensorial explorers.

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Stage 2 6 - 9 Years

Children aged six to nine years are concrete intellectual explorers.

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Stage 3 9 - 12 Years

Children aged nine to twelve years are abstract intellectual explorers.

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Inner Sydney Montessori School during COVID-19

Maria Montessori expressed that “the child is both a hope and promise for mankind” and our role, every day, and in this time more than ever, is to nurture and support the development of the child within our own and our extended community. 

Refer to our ISMS News page for further details about how ISMS is supporting our current and prospective families.

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.



Inner Sydney Montessori School acknowledges the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation as the original custodians of the land on which our School stands and on which we meet today. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the hands that took care of this land; the minds that learned and shared, and continue to do so; and the hearts that cared for every living creature. Together, we walk forward into the future.

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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.