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International Montessori School formerly the Language Center

3001 Academy Rd, Bldg 300
Durham, NC 27707

(919) 401-4343


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Mission

The International Montessori School (IMS) is a non-profit educational organization that promotes bilingualism at all ages, with particular emphasis on early childhood. The International Montessori School’s mission is to improve communication across cultural boundaries within our immediate community and the world at large.

Our Vision

Our vision includes being both a Language Community Center for those maintaining their own linguistic heritage and a Language Immersion Montessori School for native and non-native speakers of French and Spanish. The International Montessori School perceives its project as part of Peace Education as we work to maintain social justice, improved respect of other cultures and better communication among multiple ethnic groups.

The International Montessori School recognizes that language immersion education ensures bilingualism. Language immersion in the early school years education promises a native accent, a high level of proficiency, a heightened awareness of languages, including one’s native tongue and an authentic sensitivity to other cultures. Though acquiring a second language has numerous academic benefits, The International Montessori School believes that the most beneficial reason to be bilingual is to promote cultural exchanges, respect and communication with people of all ages.

Our Philosophy

The International Montessori School is one of four schools in the USA to combine the Montessori philosophy of education with language immersion schooling. This international curriculum endorses the education of the whole child within a structured framework of respect, independence and liberty. Montessori education, having proven its academic excellence over the last 100 years places a high value on the formation of the child into a contributing member of the world community who is respectful of all humanity and the natural world.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school