What does IMSA stand for?

International Montessori School of Albania.

How many Montessori schools are in Albania?

One. IMSA is the only Montessori school in Albania since 2008.

How many children learn in IMSA?

Around 100 children from more than 20 different nationalities, all speaking English.

What is the ideal age to become bilingual?

Research carried out over the last 30 years keeps demonstrating that the ideal age for fearing a second language or becoming bilingual is from birth or at least during the pre-school years. This is because languages can be learned in a natural, effort-free way, forming part and parcel of the child’s general development and growth. A child that acquires more than one language at the same time has better chances in becoming balanced bilingual without almost being aware that it is happening.

Are your teachers certified?

Yes. Our international and national Montessori teachers are certified by AMI (The Association Montessori Internationale) and MCI (Montessori Centre International). Please find references online.

Are Montessori schools religious?

While some Montessori schools worldwide have religious affiliations, the IMSA is a non-affiliated school. We are not religion based and do not promote any one religion.

How do Montessori Children adjust to other schools?

Children that have been in a Montessori environment typically are flexible and adjust quite easily to other school situations. They are generally better students and spend their time in more productive ways because of their self-direction and positive attitude toward learning.

Why do Montessori Classes tend to be larger than those found in many other schools?

Many schools take pride in having small classes and parents often wonder why Montessori classes are so much larger. Montessori classes commonly group together 25 to 30 children covering a 3 year age span. Schools that place children together into small groups assume that the teacher is the source of instruction, but a very limited source. They reason is that as the number of children decreases, the time that teachers spend with each child increases. Our biggest Montessori class has 24 children.

Can I do Montessori at home with my child?

Yes, you can use Montessori principles of child development at home. Look at your home through your child’s eyes. Children need a sense of belonging, and they get it by participating fully in the routines of everyday life. “Help me to do it by myself” is the life theme of the preschooler.