About Our School
Our Story

The school where
you would have loved
to grow up

Starting with a big dream and a small group of children, Granada International Montessori School has grown since 2015 with the aim of providing a quality education that nurtures children’s spirit and innate love of learning.

We believe that each person has the potential to achieve success with the right guidance, an educational program which addresses the intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the child.

The child is at the heart of this school. We work to support them as citizens of the community and the world, following their natural development and needs.

We are family

It all began with a family who wanted to offer a different educational model for their children.

Today we have grown to become a professional team committed to provide a quality education while maintaining a family spirit.

Our goal
is TO EMPOWER CHILDREN

Granada International Montessori School is a private school for children aged 3 to 12.

In an effort to educate the whole child and to inspire children to be caring, socially responsible participants in their community and their world, we have carefully prepared the environment to be rich in diversity and supportive of the developing child.

VIRTUAL VISIT IN 3D
Our Vision

A bright future

We encourage our students to cultivate curiosity and acquire skills for academic success.

Montessori Education

Our educators are fully trained as Montessori teachers and assistants.

Natural Playground

Children enjoy a beautiful natural playground where they grow their own vegetables, play in soft sand, and use music installations and wooden structures.

Home-made Food

Our freshly made lunches have a vegetarian option, and change frequently to adapt to seasonal local produce.

Bilingualism

Our main curriculum is in English language, and we also teach Spanish language and culture.

WE HAVE A DREAM

Mission Statement

The mission of GIMS is to provide a holistic education to students of diverse cultures in a prepared environment, inaccordance with the principles of Montessori pedagogy: maintaining their innate love of learning, promoting independent thinking and fostering a constructive and respectful attitude.

GRADUATE PROFILE

Our students

We strive for GIMS graduates to be:

Our Core Values

A joyful childhood

We encourage our students to cultivate curiosity and acquire skills for academic success.

Children learn best when secure and motivated

At GIMS, students:

Children deserve a holistic education

An education covering all aspects of their development (academic, socio-emotional, physical, spiritual)

Children learn by doing and from modelled behaviour and attitudes

GIMS Guides and Assistants:

GIMS parents have access to:

GIMS students:

A bilingual or multilingual education

An education that helps children appreciate and embrace diversity, improving their understanding of other cultures, thus helping to inculcate peace; and improves mental health and confidence. GIMS students:

Facilities

We care for every detail

Because the secret is in the environment

Granada International Montessori School provides a stimulating educational space designed to foster a love of learning and an enthusiasm for continued educational growth.

Children have the materials at their reach, available for use, and allow them a high degree of independence in their work. This goes hand in hand with our philosophy of freedom within limits.

The mixed age environment provides a unique opportunity for them to learn from each other. This is a place to learn and develop at their own pace within a classroom that offers various levels of complexity.

Each of the classrooms is designed to provide an engaging, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate environment for their age group. The furniture is adapted to the height of each group. Each class offers a wide variety of workspaces, on the tables, rugs and floor.

There are parts of the classroom that are spacious and open, allowing large-scale work to be carried out, as well as encouraging group activities and movement. To satisfy the need for order, each classroom is divided into work areas according to the materials found there: language, sensorial, mathematics, practical life...

The outdoor space is equipped with gardens, play areas, and a vegetable garden, carefully designed to meet the physical and social needs of the children.

OUR TEAM

The people behind the project

Our team is committed to providing the best educational environment for your child.

For us, Montessori is a way of life; it extends beyond the Montessori materials and classroom. It is something that defines and permeates the whole school community

Rafael Román

Founder of GIMS, Pedagogical Consultant and Chairperson of the Governing Board

Olga Hernando

Founder of GIMS, Administrator of Espacios Montessori, and Secretary of the Governing Board.

Marta González

Business Manager and Treasurer of the Governing Board

Candice McKinnon

Head of School and Upper Elementary Lead Montessori Guide.

Marisa Palacios

Secretary

Eloise Katts

Lower Elementary Lead Montessori Guide.

Karine Perkins

Children's House Lead Montessori Guide.

José Cuadros

Lower Elementary Assistant teacher. Spanish Language and Culture teacher. Music and Physical Education Teacher.

Almudena López

Children’s House Assistant Montessori Teacher. Spanish Language and Art Teacher.

Ruth Expósito Harris

Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher, Physical Education and Art Teacher.

Pedro Suárez

Cleaner and Maintenance

Zoulikha Attou

Cook

Carmen Garrido

Director’s Assistant

Irene Chica

Educational Support

Irina Wester

Internship Erasmus + Program (Germany

Roberto Nuevo

Maintenance

Claudia Cervi Martín

Intern Elementary (University of Granada)

Víctor Díaz Oliva

Intern Children's House (University of Granada)

In the press

Hand Heart Mind
Foundation

The Hand Heart Mind Foundation was born to enrich our school’s activities, collaborations and projects.

Its name refers to the internal process of learning according to Montessori: it begins with the hands, it is engraved in the heart and is set in the mind.

Our social activity has now grown to encompass other areas to support families. Find out more about our non-profit projects!

OUR partners

We collaborate with other Montessori Schools in Spain, educational influencers, school associations and educational projects that are aligned with our learning philosophy.

From The Blog

News & Articles

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Sharon McNally, guía de Casa de Niños con más de 20 años de experiencia, nos acompañó durante los primeros meses de este curso escolar, acompañando en el aula, colaborando con el equipo pedagógico de la escuela y asesorando al equipo directivo. Además de guía, es consultora especializada en escuelas Montessori y ofrece sus servicios a […]

November Menu

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November Recuerda:1) Come local, de temporada y a poder ser ecológico. Cuanto más vegetalmejor2) Disfruta cocinando, dedícale el tiempo suficiente entre semana y unpoco más el fin de semana, involucra a los niños en la prepración de losplatos3) Duerme bien4) Muévete diariamente con un tipo de ejercicio donde te impliques (hayque sudar, ponerse rojo, esforzarse…)5) […]

Menú de septiembre

Recuerda:1) Come local, de temporada y a poder ser ecológico. Cuanto más vegetalmejor2) Disfruta cocinando, dedícale el tiempo suficiente entre semana y unpoco más el fin de semana, involucra a los niños en la prepración de losplatos3) Duerme bien4) Muévete diariamente con un tipo de ejercicio donde te impliques (hayque sudar, ponerse rojo, esforzarse…)5) Bebe […]

La Comunicación No Violenta con Flor Alonso

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