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    Montessori Versailles

    Our pedagogy
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    A Bilingual experience

    Montessori Versailles
    Our pedagogy
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    Discovering how to learn

    Our pedagogy



Ecole Bilingue Maria Montessori, Versailles

International school in Versailles
Our school was created in 1988 and welcomes children from 2 - 11 years of age.
Our pedagogical approach is adapted for each child. Our school adheres to and respects the international regulations set in the Montessori CHARTE. The pedagogical team are AMI (Assocation Montessori Internationale) qualified.


Extremely accessible

Extremely accessible, our school is within 20 minutes of Paris's financial hub, La Défense, Vélizy-Villacoublay and HEC campus. Bordering Ville d’Avray, la Celle Saint Cloud, Le Chesnay, Viroflay, Vaucresson, our area is perfectly suited to international families who are relocating to France. Our school has welcomed and accommodated relocating families over the past 20 years.

Our pedagogy

Biography of Dr Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori

Our school and pedagogy takes its name from one of the first female doctors of Italy, Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952).
In the early 1900's, Maria Montessori, began to develop her pedagogical approach, which is based upon the scientific studies of philosophy and education.
Since then, Montessori schools have spread little by little to every continent. Today there are over 22,000 Montessori schools around the world.

Biography of Dr Maria Montessori



The Montessori pedagogy

Maria Montessori was a visionary and her pedagogy rests perfectly adapted to our modern era. After more than a century of success with children from all around the world, this pedagogy is still today, more than ever, a model for its approach and principles :

  • to promote the cultivation of the faculties of creativity and adaptation
  • to cultivate a love of learning
  • to favourise the natural development of the florishing child

Our primary mission is to accompany the child in his inner development therefore becoming a confident and responsible adult.



Our Pedagogical Project

Our school proposes the Montessori Method set in the bilingual context of French and English. Our approach centres on the child in the following ways : 

  • respect for the stages of development
  • promotion of independence and responsibility
  • observation and personal evaluation of each child

Our pedagogical objectives are :

  • to allow the child to blossom and develop according to their personal rhythm
  • to respond to the learning needs of the child
  • to facilitate the child to be responsible for himself, organised in his projects and work
  • to develop the child’s confidence in himself into adulthood




Each child arrives in our school with their own linguistic background.  Our pedagogical programme is delivered in accordance with the individual ability of each child.

  • Initiation Classroom: Bilingual ambiance
  • First Cycle: an English speaking classroom and a bilingual classroom
  • Elementary Cycle: Bilingual ambiance





Pedagogical follow-up

Accompanying development

Every child works in unison and cooperation with their peers while focusing on their own development. It is important to respect their background, their personality and their own rhythm.  Through our personalised pedagogical practice we offer consistent attention to the development of each child

  • Sensitive and supportive of the child's needs
  • Individual family meetings



Working with parents

We request our families to respect the fundamental principles of the Montessori pedagogy.

With this in mind we aim to promote communication between parents and staff, so as to ensure the necessary coherence between school and home life.

We propose :

  • An orientation evening each September to ease the beginning of the new academic year
  • Two pedagogical meetings during the year
  • Organised group discussions between an expert and parents on educational matters
  • Participation in the celebration of their child’s birthday ceremony
  • Occasional voluntary participation with school fetes, trips, visits and workshops








Pedagogical Organisation

The school functions in two cycles. A cycle is composed of a time to explore, a time to perfect and a time to reinvest knowledge.
The children work in multi-aged classrooms. This social structure helps cultivate respect for others, inspires work and encourages sharing and helping.

  • Awakening Workshop:  welcomes children from 2 years of age.
  • Initiation Classroom welcomes children from 2½ years of age.
  • First Cycle welcomes children from 3½ to 6 years of age.
  • Elementary Cycle welcomes children from 6 to 11 years of age.



Awakening Workshop

First steps to school...

Initiate the child into school life
Establish the relationship with the teacher
Ease adaption as part of a small group
Permit a positive start each September to the new school year




Initiation classroom

The thread of time – grow…..


  • Offer the child a place to blossom, which is stimulating and safe
  • Accustom the child to respect for the rules of the collective life
  • Favour communication
  • Respond to the child’s need to be independent
  • Guide the child in becoming autonomous

First Cycle

Help me to do it myself...


  • Facilitate the child to be responsible for himself, organised in his projects and work.
  • Develop self-discipline, respect for each other and tolerance.
  • Discover and respect the rules of collective life.
  • Prepare the child through a sensorial approach for reading and writing.
  • Awaken the child’s mathematical mind: numeration, the decimal system, mental calculation, the four operations

Elementary Cycle

Accompany me in discovering the world...


  • Reinforce the acquisition of fundamental learning skills: concentration, perseverance, curiosity ....
  • Acquire solid knowledge in all subject areas
  • Promote the development of self-discipline and self-motivated work 
  • Facilitate self-evaluation with individual education plans
  • Inspire the sharing of knowledge and pleasure of accomplishments
  • Offer an excellent preparation for the next academic cycle.




Wednesday English workshop for years 4-8

Every Wednesday from 9:30am until 12pm our English team proposes an English workshop in a dynamic environment. This includes a variety of both group and individual work which is as diverse as it is captivating.

Including singing, reading, manual activities, baking and various projects, the work is presented according to weekly themes which utilise the five senses.

By maintaining this natural approach, our experienced teachers can guide the child in discovering a new culture and language using repetition, action and memory.

For any information please contact us. Places for this workshop are limited.


The learning experience is enriched by activities and events throughout the school year.

This is what makes us proud of our school identity.


Summer Concert


Winter Concert


Pony Club


Birthday Ceremony


School Trips


Museums & Exhibitions


Creative Arts


Musical Workshops


African Drumming


Annual Field Trip


Physical Education


Why choose our school?


Our school is constituted with teachers who are English and/ or French natives speakers with over 25 years of experience between them.
Our teachers are qualified bilingual AMI Montessori graduates who engage in regular professional development.
Scientific observation is at the core of our practice.
A bilingual environment, so as to immerse the child in the two languages, French and English throughout the day.
Our classrooms are fully equipped with the Montessori pedagogical material.
We adhere to the principles outlined by Dr. Maria Montessori known as the Montessori Method. "Montessori" is not a registered trade mark.


Why choose Versailles?


- a leafy, family-friendly town which offers a broad range of cultural activities and a number of associations.
- in proximity to the financial business district La Défense, Vélizy-Villacoublay and HEC Campus.
- the local community and neighbourhoods favoured by our families : Ville d’Avray, la Celle Saint Cloud, Le Chesnay, Viroflay, Vaucresson.
- accessibility to Paris via 5 nearby train stations and by car on the A13 motorway
- a wide variety of housing, catering for all families.


Welcoming expatriated families for over 30 years


For families, the choice of school is important and in some cases sometimes the priority for families arriving in France.
Parents and children are welcomed by native English teachers, while establishing a new home and becoming a part of the school community. Parent nights are organised to give families support and a network.
The families of our school build deep friendships that continue after their repatriation.
Montessori schools are more numerous outside of France, many children arrive already with a Montessori experience. This favourises rapid integration and success.



Practical Information

Ecole Bilingue Maria Montessori, Versailles is a private, secular school.
Our school welcomes children between 2 and 11 years of age.

The school is open 4 days a week : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
School Hours:  8:30 am to 4 pm (4:30 pm for the Elementary Cycle)
Part-time Program  : 9am to 11:30am (initiation classroom)

Morning Class: 9am to 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm  to 1:30pm
Recreation in the park: 1 hour

Afternoon Class: 2:30pm to 4pm

Lunch : Each child should bring their lunch in a lunch box.
After-school Workshops:  4pm to 6pm
School Holidays:  The school follows the holidays set by the French Ministry of Education.

Private parking close to the school

Transportation: Our school is a 1 minute walk from the Montreuil - Versailles Rive Droite train station, 20 mins from La Défense and 30 mins from Gare Saint Lazare.
Stations serving Versailles: Montreuil, Rive Gauche-Château, Rive Droite, Chantier, Porchefontaine

For information regarding fees please send us your enquiry :


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Come and Meet Us

We invite each family and their children to meet with us for a time of discovery.
This first meeting allows us to decide mutually, in coherence with our pedagogy, whether to proceed with enrolment.
Our school is accessible to all children who meet the admission criteria. Enrolment is based on the number of places available.
We accept enrolments during the school year and welcome you to contact us for enquiries.

Initiation classroom: Each school year we have 10 places available for enrolment of children aged between 2½ and 3½ years of age.

First cycle and Elementary cycle : Priority is given to children who have previously attended a Montessori program.


School hours


The school is open 4 days a week : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

School Hours:  8:30 am to 4 pm (4:30 pm for the Elementary Cycle)
Part-time Program : 9am to 11:30am

Full-time Program :
Morning Class: 9am to 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm  to 1:30pm
Recreation in the park: 1 hour
Afternoon Class: 2:30pm to 4pm

Lunch : Each child should bring their lunch in a lunch box

After school Care:  4pm to 6pm

Practical information

Ecole Bilingue Maria Montessori
5a et 5b rue Antoine Richard
78 000 Versailles - FRANCE


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Associations Montessori:

Association Montessori Internationale             Association Montessori France

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