IB Candidate School

The perfect conclusion to a Montessori education

An International Baccalaureate (IB) education is the perfect conclusion to a Montessori education as it has so many parallels:

  • Both are child-centred (rather than teacher-centred)
  • Both are based upon Method rather than Content
  • Both promote individual enquiry
  • Both promote social and community behaviour
  • Both promote children’s education for peace
  • Both believe in self-discipline and integral sense of purpose
  • Both have diversity leading to global perspectives
  • Both promote the value of solid, hard and uninterrupted work

Advantages of Montessori and IB education

A First in Education

We are proud to be the first Montessori school in Bulgaria preparing to offer the IB. We recognised that the IB is the perfect conclusion to a Montessori education, as well as a great prelude and foundation to tertiary study and the world beyond. Otkrivatel has the status of a candidate school for the PYP and MYP program of the International Baccalaureate (IB). From September 2023 Otkrivatel Montessori School is going to offer the IB programs PYP and MYP to all our students from 3 years of age to the middle school. We share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Otkrivatel Montessori School believes is important for our students.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Today, there are more than 5,000 IB schools in more than 140 countries. Moreover, the IBDP is recognised by universities and employers the world over.

Lauded for nurturing principled, knowledgeable, and open-minded young adults, the IB equips and encourages students to become active, responsible global citizens. As such, the IBO has developed a set of attributes that constitute the ideal learner profile, which includes being:

  • Inquisitive
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thoughtful
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Courageous
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Our teachers incorporate these attributes in each lesson and foster them in each of our students.


The aim of the IB is to nurture internationally minded young adults who help create a better world, which is in line with Dr Maria Montessori’s thinking:

Education should not limit itself to seeking new methods for a mostly arid transmission of knowledge: its aim must be to give the necessary aid to human development.

Dr. Maria Montessori