Our Mission and Values
For us, Montessori is a way of life; it extends beyond the Montessori materials and classroom. It is also not limited to the teacher or the children; it is something that defines and permeates the whole school community
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.
We strive for GIMS graduates to be:
Autonomous: Think and act independently
Flexible: Have an open-minded attitude; able to adapt
Knowledgeable: Have self-knowledge; and a depth and breadth of knowledge and skills across all curricular areas
Adventurous: Be proactive explorers with a creative spirit; willing to take risks
Collaborative: Be team players, with fellowship, and have a positive attitude in group activities
Caring: Show compassion, empathy, and respect for others, for all living things, and for their physical environment, on both a local and global scale
Self-disciplined: Be self-aware, have self-control, perseverance and self-motivation
Bilingual communicators: Can communicate effectively in both English and Spanish
Lifelong learners: Have a growth mindset and love of learning
Responsible: Take responsibility for their actions and look after themselves, their fellow citizens and their environments, both locally and globally.
1. Children learn best when secure and motivated.
At GIMS, students
– are treated with respect;
– are given opportunities to choose, in an environment with clear guidelines;
– can explore an inspiring, prepared environment;
– experience a peaceful environment, mutual respect, with purposeful activity and an absence of fear, shame or guilt.
2. Children learn by doing and from modelled behaviour and attitudes.
GIMS Guides and Assistants:
– are trained in Montessori Pedagogy;
– treat children with respect;
– transmit peace;
– undergo continual professional and personal development.
GIMS parents have access to:
– Montessori training courses;
– personal growth or childrearing courses aligned with Montessori philosophy;
– regular parent education sessions.
– experience an active education and are protagonists in their learning;
– engage with appropriate educational materials;
– learn in mixed-age classrooms;
– experience some consistency between home and school.
3. Children deserve a holistic education, covering all aspects of their development (academic, socio-emotional, physical, spiritual).
Arigorous, evidence-based curriculum, based on observation of the development of the child.
Mixed-age classes, interaction, collaboration, mindfulness, assemblies, peace education.
Aesthetics (clean, ordered, well-maintained learning environment), contact with nature (vegetable garden, plants, field trips), service learning (learning to help others, Practical Life, mixed-age groups),
Movement (freedom to move in the classroom, outdoor games), alternative seating arrangements, outdoor facilities (safe play areas with a variety of equipment).
4. A bilingual or multilingual education helps children appreciate and embrace diversity, improving their understanding of other cultures, thus helping to inculcate peace; and improves mental health and confidence.
– are given lessons in both English and Spanish;
– have access to both English and Spanish educational materials;
– celebrate the diverse cultures of GIMS families.