Middle years / draft

The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.

Dr Maria Montessori

Welcome to our High School Program: A Fusion of IB and Montessori Excellence

At Discover Montessori School, we embark on a journey of educational innovation by seamlessly integrating the globally recognised IB Middle Years Program (MYP) framework with the enduring principles of Montessorieducation. This unique blend crafts an educational experience that sparks curiosity and instils a profound love for learning, preparing students for a future of limitless possibilities.

Subject Description

Subject Description

Here at Discover Montessori School, we seamlessly blend the renowned Montessori methodology with the esteemed International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). Our school provides a comprehensive and holistic education that addresses various aspects of students’ intellectual, emotional, and physical development within the framework of the IB MYP curriculum. By incorporating the principles of Montessori education, we offer a dynamic learning environment that fosters independence, creativity, and a lifelong love for learning.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is an educational framework designed for students from grade 5 to grade 10, aiming to develop their intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills. Within the framework there are eight subject areas.

Subjects
Bulgarian and English

At Discover Montessori School, we teach Bulgarian and English literature side by side in our Language and Literature curriculum. This subject covers both the language and literary aspects.

The focus is the development of six core skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, visualising, and presenting. Central to our approach is the use of language as a tool for critical thinking, fostering global awareness and responsible citizenship.

Diving into Diverse Texts

Students embark on a literary exploration, navigating through a rich landscape of fiction and non-fiction. They craft texts that probe into life’s various dimensions, shaping their ability to think critically, express opinions, and make ethically informed decisions.

Our Educational Aims

  • Textual Diversity: We immerse students in a wide array of literary worlds to broaden their understanding and spark a lifelong love for reading.
  • Creative Expression: Encouraging experimentation with writing styles and techniques to ignite creativity.
  • Adaptable Communication: We equip students to adeptly adjust their communication for various audiences and purposes.
  • Linguistic Fluency: Ensuring students master literary terminology to articulate their thoughts with clarity and insight.

Our focused approach aims to unlock students’ potential, preparing them as insightful thinkers and contributors to the cultural fabric of our world.

Subjects
Spanish, German, and Russian Language Acquisition

The students embark on a linguistic journey that takes them across the vibrant cultures of Spain, the historic landscapes of Germany, and the enigmatic depths of Russia. Our Language Acquisition program offers a dynamic and interactive approach to mastering Spanish, German, and Russian.

Unleash Individual Potential:

Students immerse themselves in rich vocabulary, intricate grammar, and the cultural subtleties that make each language unique. They engage in lively conversations, interactive activities, and immersive experiences designed to sharpen their communication skills and prepare them to thrive in Spanish, German, and Russian-speaking settings.

Connect and Communicate:

Whether navigating a discussion in Spanish, expressing yourself in German, or exploring Russian literature, our program focuses on practical communication skills that empower students to connect with the world.

Celebrate Diversity:

Students step into diverse linguistic landscapes and embrace the global interconnectedness that language learning brings. Through exposure to different cultures, traditions, and ways of thinking, they gain a profound appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our world.

Subjects
History, Geography, Philosophy, Ethics, Business and Management

Students dive into the rich tapestry of our Individuals and Societies curriculum, where history, geography, economics, and civics come alive. Our students journey through time, unravelling historical mysteries, navigating the complex web of societal structures, debating global issues, and celebrating cultural diversity in all its splendour.

Engage, Debate, Discover:

Through dynamic research, lively debates, and immersive projects, our students sharpen their critical thinking skills, embrace cultural awareness, and grasp the intricate interconnectedness of societies worldwide. They explore civilisations past and present, tackle current global challenges, and foster a deep appreciation for the rich diversity of our world.

Our curriculum is not just about learning facts; it’s about igniting curiosity, fostering empathy, and empowering students to become informed, thoughtful citizens of the world.

Subjects
Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Ecology

Integrated Science offers a unique educational voyage where the realms of biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science merge. This interdisciplinary approach ensures a comprehensive understanding of the natural world, inviting students to uncover the interplay between different scientific fields.

Hands-On Discovery:

Central to our program is the emphasis on hands-on learning. Students actively participate in experiments, delve into investigative projects, and embark on research that brings scientific concepts to life. This experiential learning fosters a deeper engagement with the material, making science both accessible and exciting.

Inquiry-Based Learning:

Our curriculum champions inquiry-based learning, where questions and curiosity are the driving forces behind educational exploration. Students learn to ask critical questions, conduct thorough investigations, and apply the scientific method to discover answers, encouraging a mindset of lifelong learning and discovery.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving:

Through challenges that require innovative solutions, students enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They learn to analyse data, draw evidence-based conclusions, and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios, preparing them for future scientific endeavours.

Understanding the Scientific Method:

Our integrated science program is based on a thorough grasp of the scientific method. Students learn to formulate hypotheses, conduct experiments, and analyse results, gaining an appreciation for the process of scientific inquiry and its significance in advancing knowledge.

Real-World Applications:

Connecting lessons to real-world applications, our program highlights the relevance of science in everyday life and its critical role in addressing global challenges. Students explore how scientific innovation can lead to solutions for environmental conservation, health, and technological advancement.

Nurturing Future Scientists:

We are committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists, innovators, and environmental stewards. Our Integrated Science program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and passion needed to explore, question, and contribute to the scientific community and the world at large.

Subjects
Mathematics

In our mathematics program, students dive into the exciting universe of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics. They develop their mathematical reasoning, enhance problem-solving abilities, and achieve numerical literacy.

Mathematics in Action:

By integrating theoretical concepts with practical applications, our students learn to analyse patterns, make predictions, and apply mathematical principles to real-world situations. They discover that mathematics is not merely a set of rules and formulas but a vibrant, dynamic language that describes the universe around us.

Derive and Apply:

In our math class, every day is an adventure where students become number detectives, seeking patterns, breaking codes, and using mathematics to unravel mysteries in the real world. They are taught to see mathematics not as a chore but as a powerful tool for understanding the world.

Mathematics as a Window to the World:

Through problems and projects related to real life, students understand that mathematics is a fundamental building block of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They learn to apply mathematical principles to everything – from architectural design to financial planning, proving that mathematics is everywhere around us and in every part of our lives.

Discovering the Joy in Mathematics:

Our goal is to inspire students to see mathematics as a source of joy and wonder. We encourage their curiosity and creativity as they develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Subjects
Arts

Visual Arts within the MYP unfurls as a vibrant exploration of artistic expression, traversing the realms of drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital media. This course invites students into a world where they can experiment with diverse techniques, styles, and art movements, thereby nurturing their inherent creativity and ability to express themselves uniquely.

Engaging in studio work forms the cornerstone of their artistic journey, providing a hands-on experience where ideas take tangible forms. Students delve into the process of creating art, from conception to execution, honing their skills and learning to communicate visually.

Critiques and discussions play a pivotal role, creating a reflective space for students to analyse and appreciate both their work and that of their peers. This critical engagement fosters a deeper understanding of art as a dynamic form of communication and expression.

The study of art history enriches this creative exploration, connecting students with a wide array of artistic traditions and movements. Through this historical lens, they gain insights into the cultural, social, and individual contexts that shape art, enhancing their appreciation for the diversity of artistic expression across time and cultures.

Subjects
Information Technology

The MYP Design program embarks students on an exhilarating journey through the design cycle, an ever-evolving spiral of inquiry, action, and reflection. This adventure blends practical prowess with imaginative thought, empowering students to tackle real-world dilemmas head-on. Within the vibrant realms of product creation, digital innovation, and engineering marvels, learners harness the power of research, critical analysis, and technical dexterity.

As young designers, students delve into the essence of sustainability, evaluating the societal and environmental footprints of their creations. This immersive, project-centric voyage not only ignites innovation and teamwork but also cultivates a profound connection with the expansive universe of design.

Coupled with the forward-thinking curriculum of Design and Technology, the program is a fusion of artful design principles and the latest in technological advancements aimed at addressing today’s challenges. Through a kaleidoscope of projects, students become adept at navigating a toolkit of diverse technologies to bring their visionary prototypes to life. Highlighting creativity, innovation, and ethical reflection, this dynamic course challenges students to venture beyond conventional boundaries and envisage ethically conscious designs.

Together, these experiences prepare students for the complexities of a fast-paced global future, making the MYP Design program a foundational pillar in shaping agile, thoughtful, and innovative problem-solvers for tomorrow.

Subjects
Physical Education

Students dive into the dynamic world of Physical Education, where fostering physical fitness and holistic well-being is our core mission. Here, students embark on exhilarating journeys through a diverse range of physical activities, sports, and exercises designed to amplify their motor skills, coordination, and overall physical prowess.

Beyond the adrenaline and action, our curriculum delves into vital life lessons on nutrition, mental health, and personal wellness. Through engaging discussions and hands-on applications, students gain invaluable insights into making healthy lifestyle choices that resonate beyond the gym and into every aspect of their lives.

Personal Project

Personal Project in the MYP

The Personal Project is a cornerstone of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), designed to empower students to delve into their passions, interests, and curiosities through a self-directed inquiry process. It serves as a culminating experience that encourages students to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they’ve developed throughout their MYP journey. The Personal Project provides students with a platform to explore real-world issues, express their creativity, and foster their independence, all while making meaningful connections between their academic studies and the world around them.

Importance of the Personal Project

Encourages Self-Discovery: The Personal Project allows students to explore their interests and passions, helping them discover their strengths, values, and aspirations. Through this process, students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world, fostering personal growth and self-awareness.

Promotes Inquiry and Research Skills: Engaging in a self-directed inquiry process fosters critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills. Students learn how to formulate meaningful questions, gather and analyse information, and evaluate different perspectives, developing essential skills for lifelong learning and academic success.

Fosters Creativity and Innovation: The Personal Project encourages students to think creatively and innovatively as they explore solutions to real-world challenges or express themselves through artistic endeavours. Whether it’s designing a sustainable solution to an environmental issue or creating a piece of artwork that communicates a powerful message, students have the opportunity to unleash their creativity and showcase their talents.

Cultivates Independence and Responsibility: Taking ownership of their learning journey, students are responsible for planning, organising, and executing their Personal Projects with guidance from their supervisors. This process cultivates independence, time management, and accountability skills, preparing students for the challenges they’ll encounter in higher education and beyond.

Connects Learning to the Real World: Students make meaningful connections between their academic studies and the world around them by addressing real-world issues or pursuing personal interests. Whether they’re exploring local community issues, global challenges, or personal passions, students develop a deeper appreciation for the relevance and applicability of their learning beyond the classroom.

Examples of Possible Personal Project Explorations

  • Designing and building a sustainable garden to promote environmental conservation and provide fresh produce for the local community.
  • Creating a documentary film that raises awareness about social justice issues such as inequality, discrimination, or access to education.
  • Developing a mobile application or website to address a specific societal problem, such as mental health support, recycling initiatives, or community volunteering opportunities.
  • Writing and illustrating a children’s book that promotes cultural diversity, empathy, and understanding.
  • Designing and constructing a prototype for an innovative product or invention that solves a practical problem in the student’s community or beyond.
  • Organising a fundraising event or campaign to support a charitable cause or organisation that aligns with the student’s values and interests.
  • Exploring a personal passion or hobby, such as photography, music composition, fashion design, or culinary arts, and showcasing the results through a creative project or exhibition.

The timeline of the personal project

The timeline for an MYP Personal Project spans several months during the final year of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Here’s a general outline of a typical timeline:

Project Initiation and Topic Selection (Month 1): Students are introduced to the Personal Project and begin brainstorming potential project ideas. They may explore their interests, passions, and areas of curiosity to identify a topic that aligns with the MYP criteria and their personal goals.

Proposal Development (Month 2): Once students have selected a topic, they develop a formal project proposal outlining their research question, objectives, methodology, and resources required. This proposal is usually reviewed and approved by a supervisor or mentor.

Research and Planning (Months 3-4): Students conduct in-depth research related to their chosen topic, gathering information from various sources such as books, articles, interviews, and experiments. They also create a detailed project plan, including timelines, milestones, and tasks to be completed.

Implementation (Months 5-6): With their research and plan in place, students begin implementing their projects. This could involve carrying out experiments, creating artwork, designing prototypes, or organising events, depending on the nature of their project.

Reflection and Evaluation (Months 7-8): Throughout the implementation phase, students regularly reflect on their progress, challenges, and learning experiences. They may keep a journal, blog, or portfolio to document their journey. Towards the end of the timeline, students complete a final reflection where they evaluate their project’s success and identify areas for improvement.

Final Presentation or Exhibition (Month 9): The culmination of the Personal Project is often a presentation or exhibition where students showcase their work to their peers, teachers, and sometimes parents or community members. This allows students to share their achievements, insights, and learning outcomes with others.

Assessment and Feedback (Month 9-10): Students’ projects are assessed based on the MYP criteria, which typically include areas such as investigation, planning, action, reflection, and communication. They receive feedback from their supervisors or assessors, helping them understand their strengths and areas for development.

Celebration and Recognition (Month 10): Finally, students celebrate the completion of their Personal Projects and reflect on their overall MYP experience. This may involve a graduation ceremony, awards ceremony, or other forms of recognition for their achievements.

It’s important to note that while this timeline provides a general framework, The school may adjust it to fit the academic calendar and individual student needs. Additionally, the school may offer support structures such as workshops, mentorship programmes, or peer feedback sessions to assist students throughout the Personal Project process.

Service in Action

Service in Action

The Community Project is a pivotal component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), specifically designed for students in their final year. This project empowers students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Through this initiative, students engage deeply with a community issue that they are passionate about. They undertake an inquiry-based approach to identify a need within the community, research it thoroughly, and then plan and execute a project to address that need.

The project emphasises student autonomy and personal engagement, encouraging them to apply what they’ve learned in the MYP to make a positive impact on their community. Students work individually or in small groups to plan, propose, and implement their project over an extended period, culminating in a final presentation that showcases their efforts, the learning process, and the project’s outcome. The Community Project not only enhances students’ understanding of their capacity to make a difference but also develops their organisational, research, and communication skills, fostering a sense of social responsibility and global citizenship.

Alongside our rigorous academic program, Discover Montessori School offers a diverse range of extracurricular activities, including community and experiential learning projects. These activities provide a platform for students to explore their interests and passions beyond the classroom, fostering skills in decision-making, collaboration, and responsibility through involvement in student government and leadership opportunities.

Our dedicated counsellors are a pillar of support, guiding students through academic and personal challenges. We place a high priority on mental health support, offering personalised attention to ensure students feel heard and supported throughout their high school journey.

At Discover Montessori School, we aim to equip our students with essential life skills that complement their academic achievements. We foster an environment that encourages personal growth, resilience, and confidence, preparing students for success in higher education and beyond.

Through a holistic approach to student life, Discover Montessori School aims to provide a transformative educational experience that nurtures each student’s unique talents, interests, and aspirations.

Holistic Development

Our program is meticulously crafted to nurture every facet of a student’s being—intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical. We believe in educating the whole child, fostering critical thinking, creativity, and an unwavering passion for learning.

Interdisciplinary Learning Involves Research and Collaboration

IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

Aligned with the IB MYP, our curriculum transforms education into a dynamic exploration. Students venture beyond traditional boundaries, developing independence in their thinking and actively engaging in their educational journey. Ambitious academic pursuits, interdisciplinary learning, and life skills development are at the forefront. Through collaborative projects, cultural exchanges, and community service, students grasp the essence of global citizenship, realising their role in shaping a better world.

Montessori Philosophy

Rooted in Montessori principles, our approach cherishes each student as a unique individual with distinctive strengths and interests. The learning environment fosters self-directed and collaborative learning, independence, and a profound sense of responsibility. Our program aligns seamlessly with the needs of adolescents, guiding the next generation through these formative years and preparing them to enter the realm of adulthood.

Learning experiences provide students with a unique opportunity for self-discovery, allowing them to explore their identity and understand the intricacies of adult society. Students delve into introspective questions, unravelling their identity, strengths, humanity’s journey, and role in shaping the future. The program offers a platform for real-world adult work, demanding dedication, cooperation, and discipline. The learning environment becomes a community that satisfies their innate need to affirm their worth and contribute meaningfully to their group.

Multilingual Education

Embracing the IB’s commitment to multilingualism, our program promotes language proficiency in Bulgarian and English and encourages global thinking. Students delve into Spanish, German, and Russian, broadening their perspectives and fostering open-mindedness.

Discover Montessori School’s High School Program is more than education; it’s an odyssey of self-discovery, global awareness, and preparation for a future brimming with possibilities. Join us in shaping the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

The Student is at the Centre

Students actively drive their education, guided by their unique interests and learning styles. This student-centric approach instils a sense of ownership and intrinsic motivation, empowering them to pose questions, explore, and tackle challenges, both small and large.

We firmly believe that passion fuels the pursuit of knowledge, success requires practice, and consistency is the key. Recognising each student as a unique individual, we provide a learning environment where freedom is granted to pursue interests, develop talents, strive for personal bests, and overcome obstacles.

We implement a holistic and continuous assessment system to reinforce our commitment to individualised education. This system offers valuable feedback on each student’s progress, ensuring personalised support for academic growth.

Learning Through Experience

At Discover Montessori School, we champion the philosophy of learning by doing. This dynamic approach deepens understanding and nurtures a lifelong love for discovery. Our broad, balanced, conceptual, and application-focused curriculum empowers students to seek answers, explore, communicate effectively, and apply concepts in real-life scenarios. Students gain the context to create and make sense of their learning by actively engaging with and applying knowledge across various disciplines.

Young minds don’t just learn facts; they apply their knowledge to tangible experiences. This involves managing budgets, crafting weekly menus, participating in food preparation, initiating entrepreneurial endeavours, and organising events. Through these hands-on experiences, students bridge theory with practicality, preparing them for the challenges of the real world.

Our classrooms are vibrant, dynamic spaces designed to facilitate hands-on, experiential learning. Carefully curated to accommodate diverse learning activities, they offer flexibility and adaptability to meet the evolving needs of our students.

Sports as a Mean of Physical Self-Expression

Self-Expression

Adolescence, a time when the creative spirit flourishes, sees students embracing various forms of self-expression to sculpt and reshape their evolving identities. Whether through fiction, non-fiction, or the enchanting realm of the arts, young minds embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Students delve into the world of writing with a focus on quality over quantity. Through the Literary Workshop approach, we guide them in crafting their narratives — poetic verses, captivating stories, or thought-provoking essays. The emphasis is on the written word and analytical reading, ignited through vibrant seminar discussions. Debates and drama become the vibrant canvas where language finds its voice.

The creative energy extends beyond words. Artists share their works, young talents sell their creations, and the spaces we inhabit burst with beauty and love. Music becomes a language of its own as students explore music technology, strum guitars, and play the piano. The annual theatrical production is a testament to the students’ dramatic flair and creative prowess.

Community Living

Between grades 5 and 12, students become part of a collaborative community where diverse talents are carefully nurtured. Here, authenticity is celebrated, and each student is encouraged to reach their full potential in a unique learning environment.

In this intensely social age, students learn the art of community participation. Discussions and conversations become avenues for self-discovery, where diverse perspectives are embraced. Weekly gatherings provide a platform for students to discuss events, present opportunities and challenges, celebrate achievements, and hold each other accountable. Through these experiences, they grasp the intricacies of the democratic process.

At Discover Montessori School, self-expression is not just encouraged; it’s celebrated. Every stroke of creativity, every written word, and every collaborative effort contributes to the vibrant tapestry of our unique learning community. Join us in fostering a generation of expressive, compassionate, and empowered individuals.

Social Organisation Is a Vital as a Micro Cosmos

Preparation for Adulthood

Our vision is for graduating young adults to leave as knowledgeable, capable, compassionate individuals driven by a love for their world and equipped with the strength to transform it. The curriculum doesn’t confine the learning journey; it’s a constant evolution, shaping students into the best versions of themselves. Economic independence is nurtured, blending growing strength and skills with the independence gained throughout childhood.

Adolescents are prepared for life

Discover School follows the Montessori pedagogical philosophy by supporting the child’s individuality, the freedom of the child’s spirit and their curiosity to seek answers of the most fundamental questions in life, under the guidance of experienced teachers. In addition to studying academic subjects, the students develop knowledge about life and the Universe, strength in teamwork, common values, and how to distinguish the good in people and in different situations. The students are encouraged to think outside of the box, to equally develop all of their talents, here they grow up with the idea that the world is full of opportunities and is up to them to turn these opportunities into something significant. Discover is a school for daily intriguing discoveries that guide the learning process through experiences and each student’s personal journey.

Dima Chakarova, mother of girls, age 9 and 13

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Tuitions

Tuitions of Discover Montessori School are revised on an annual basis. The tuition includes:          

  • Education according to 
    • the Bulgarian state requirements.
    • international standards for holistic Montessori education.
    • Primary years programme (PYP) and Middle years programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Bespoke individualised program responding to the child’s needs.
  • English language education is conducted through a bilingual program by native English teachers.
  • Intensive study of a second foreign language (Spanish, German, or Russian) in middle and high school years.
  • Core school day by 4:30 pm. Extended school day by 5:30 pm.
  • Extra activities:
    • Early Years (Pre-school): yoga, arts, sports games.
    • Primary (1. – 4. grade): arts, sports games.
    • Middle Years (5. – 12. grade): sports games, theatre club.
  • Meals:
    • Early Years (Pre-school): breakfast, fruits and vegetables, lunch, afternoon snack.
    • Primary (1. – 4. grade): fruits and vegetables, lunch.
    • Middle Years (5. – 12. grade): breakfast, fruits and vegetables, lunch, afternoon snack
  • Visit theatre or music productions, activities in a museum or gallery, architectural and natural attractions, and practices in Sofia.
  • Medical professional attention includes morning checks, first aid, and prevention measures.
  • Annual “Accident” insurance.

Extracurricular activities, which require additional payment:

  • Clubs (robotics, photography, dancing, Spanish class, handwork, theatre, piano, handwork, sports math, writing workshop, chess club).
  • Sports (swimming, tennis, football, yoga).
  • Ski and green camps (for children over six years old).
  • Trips and educational activities outside Sofia.
  • Classes with a speech therapist.

Tuition for School year 2024-25:

Program  Age/Grade One payment Two payments Monthly payments
Primary Early Years  Pre-school 9 000 2 х 4 650 = 9 300 1 х 2 600 and 9 х 778 = 9 600
Primary /Elementary,  Middle years and High School
Grades 1 – 12
9 300 2 х 4 800 = 9 600 1 х 2 600 and 8 х 913 = 9 900

Discounts:

  • Signing a 3-year contract provides a 5% discount.
  • For a second child in the family, a 5% discount is applied to their annual tuition fee.
  • For a third child and twins in the family, a 7% discount is applied to his annual tuition fee.

School Year:

  • Primary Yearly Years (Pre-school): 1 September – 31 July.  
  • School: 15 September – 15/30 June.

Terms of Payment:

1 payment
by 1st June
2 payments
by 1st June and 1st of September
Monthly payments
from September till May/June

Deposit:

A deposit of 15% of the tuition is payable upon signing the educational contract. The deposit guarantees the child’s place in the program and is refunded from the first paid instalment of the tuition for the academic year.

Enrolment:

Upon signing the contract, the enrollment fee is 500 EUR for preschool and 750 EUR for primary and middle years.

Learning Resources:

The learning resources fee is paid once for the entire academic year: 400 EUR for preschool and 500 EUR for primary and middle years.

Transport:

The service is offered for children who have reached the age of 5, according to the schedule of the students of Otkrivatel Montessori School (from 15.09. to 15.06.). A subcontractor performs the service, and a transport fee is charged in addition to the tuition. The transport fee for the academic year 2024/2025 is 2 500 euros and can be paid once or in two instalments before the beginning of each term – September and January. If the transport is used in one direction only, a discount of 35% of the price is used. If there is a second child from one address, a discount of 60% of the price is applied.

Summer School:

From June 15 to August 25, students can attend Summer School, where a bilingual language program continues in all subjects. The Summer School fee is per week.

All figures are in euro.

For more information, please contact us: hello@montessorischools.bg

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Subject Description

Here at Discover Montessori School, we seamlessly blend the renowned Montessori methodology with the esteemed International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). Our school provides a comprehensive and holistic education that addresses various aspects of students’ intellectual, emotional, and physical development within the framework of the IB MYP curriculum. By incorporating the principles of Montessori education, we offer a dynamic learning environment that fosters independence, creativity, and a lifelong love for learning.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is an educational framework designed for students from grade 5 to grade 10, aiming to develop their intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills. Within the framework there are eight subject areas.

Subjects
Bulgarian and English

At Discover Montessori School, we teach Bulgarian and English literature side by side in our Language and Literature curriculum. This subject covers both the language and literary aspects.

The focus is the development of six core skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, visualising, and presenting. Central to our approach is the use of language as a tool for critical thinking, fostering global awareness and responsible citizenship.

Diving into Diverse Texts

Students embark on a literary exploration, navigating through a rich landscape of fiction and non-fiction. They craft texts that probe into life’s various dimensions, shaping their ability to think critically, express opinions, and make ethically informed decisions.

Our Educational Aims

  • Textual Diversity: We immerse students in a wide array of literary worlds to broaden their understanding and spark a lifelong love for reading.
  • Creative Expression: Encouraging experimentation with writing styles and techniques to ignite creativity.
  • Adaptable Communication: We equip students to adeptly adjust their communication for various audiences and purposes.
  • Linguistic Fluency: Ensuring students master literary terminology to articulate their thoughts with clarity and insight.

Our focused approach aims to unlock students’ potential, preparing them as insightful thinkers and contributors to the cultural fabric of our world.

Subjects
Spanish, German, and Russian Language Acquisition

The students embark on a linguistic journey that takes them across the vibrant cultures of Spain, the historic landscapes of Germany, and the enigmatic depths of Russia. Our Language Acquisition program offers a dynamic and interactive approach to mastering Spanish, German, and Russian.

Unleash Individual Potential:

Students immerse themselves in rich vocabulary, intricate grammar, and the cultural subtleties that make each language unique. They engage in lively conversations, interactive activities, and immersive experiences designed to sharpen their communication skills and prepare them to thrive in Spanish, German, and Russian-speaking settings.

Connect and Communicate:

Whether navigating a discussion in Spanish, expressing yourself in German, or exploring Russian literature, our program focuses on practical communication skills that empower students to connect with the world.

Celebrate Diversity:

Students step into diverse linguistic landscapes and embrace the global interconnectedness that language learning brings. Through exposure to different cultures, traditions, and ways of thinking, they gain a profound appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our world.

Subjects
History, Geography, Philosophy, Ethics, Business and Management

Students dive into the rich tapestry of our Individuals and Societies curriculum, where history, geography, economics, and civics come alive. Our students journey through time, unravelling historical mysteries, navigating the complex web of societal structures, debating global issues, and celebrating cultural diversity in all its splendour.

Engage, Debate, Discover:

Through dynamic research, lively debates, and immersive projects, our students sharpen their critical thinking skills, embrace cultural awareness, and grasp the intricate interconnectedness of societies worldwide. They explore civilisations past and present, tackle current global challenges, and foster a deep appreciation for the rich diversity of our world.

Our curriculum is not just about learning facts; it’s about igniting curiosity, fostering empathy, and empowering students to become informed, thoughtful citizens of the world.

Subjects
Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Ecology

Integrated Science offers a unique educational voyage where the realms of biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science merge. This interdisciplinary approach ensures a comprehensive understanding of the natural world, inviting students to uncover the interplay between different scientific fields.

Hands-On Discovery:

Central to our program is the emphasis on hands-on learning. Students actively participate in experiments, delve into investigative projects, and embark on research that brings scientific concepts to life. This experiential learning fosters a deeper engagement with the material, making science both accessible and exciting.

Inquiry-Based Learning:

Our curriculum champions inquiry-based learning, where questions and curiosity are the driving forces behind educational exploration. Students learn to ask critical questions, conduct thorough investigations, and apply the scientific method to discover answers, encouraging a mindset of lifelong learning and discovery.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving:

Through challenges that require innovative solutions, students enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They learn to analyse data, draw evidence-based conclusions, and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios, preparing them for future scientific endeavours.

Understanding the Scientific Method:

Our integrated science program is based on a thorough grasp of the scientific method. Students learn to formulate hypotheses, conduct experiments, and analyse results, gaining an appreciation for the process of scientific inquiry and its significance in advancing knowledge.

Real-World Applications:

Connecting lessons to real-world applications, our program highlights the relevance of science in everyday life and its critical role in addressing global challenges. Students explore how scientific innovation can lead to solutions for environmental conservation, health, and technological advancement.

Nurturing Future Scientists:

We are committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists, innovators, and environmental stewards. Our Integrated Science program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and passion needed to explore, question, and contribute to the scientific community and the world at large.

Subjects
Mathematics

In our mathematics program, students dive into the exciting universe of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics. They develop their mathematical reasoning, enhance problem-solving abilities, and achieve numerical literacy.

Mathematics in Action:

By integrating theoretical concepts with practical applications, our students learn to analyse patterns, make predictions, and apply mathematical principles to real-world situations. They discover that mathematics is not merely a set of rules and formulas but a vibrant, dynamic language that describes the universe around us.

Derive and Apply:

In our math class, every day is an adventure where students become number detectives, seeking patterns, breaking codes, and using mathematics to unravel mysteries in the real world. They are taught to see mathematics not as a chore but as a powerful tool for understanding the world.

Mathematics as a Window to the World:

Through problems and projects related to real life, students understand that mathematics is a fundamental building block of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They learn to apply mathematical principles to everything – from architectural design to financial planning, proving that mathematics is everywhere around us and in every part of our lives.

Discovering the Joy in Mathematics:

Our goal is to inspire students to see mathematics as a source of joy and wonder. We encourage their curiosity and creativity as they develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Subjects
Arts

Visual Arts within the MYP unfurls as a vibrant exploration of artistic expression, traversing the realms of drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital media. This course invites students into a world where they can experiment with diverse techniques, styles, and art movements, thereby nurturing their inherent creativity and ability to express themselves uniquely.

Engaging in studio work forms the cornerstone of their artistic journey, providing a hands-on experience where ideas take tangible forms. Students delve into the process of creating art, from conception to execution, honing their skills and learning to communicate visually.

Critiques and discussions play a pivotal role, creating a reflective space for students to analyse and appreciate both their work and that of their peers. This critical engagement fosters a deeper understanding of art as a dynamic form of communication and expression.

The study of art history enriches this creative exploration, connecting students with a wide array of artistic traditions and movements. Through this historical lens, they gain insights into the cultural, social, and individual contexts that shape art, enhancing their appreciation for the diversity of artistic expression across time and cultures.

Subjects
Information Technology

The MYP Design program embarks students on an exhilarating journey through the design cycle, an ever-evolving spiral of inquiry, action, and reflection. This adventure blends practical prowess with imaginative thought, empowering students to tackle real-world dilemmas head-on. Within the vibrant realms of product creation, digital innovation, and engineering marvels, learners harness the power of research, critical analysis, and technical dexterity.

As young designers, students delve into the essence of sustainability, evaluating the societal and environmental footprints of their creations. This immersive, project-centric voyage not only ignites innovation and teamwork but also cultivates a profound connection with the expansive universe of design.

Coupled with the forward-thinking curriculum of Design and Technology, the program is a fusion of artful design principles and the latest in technological advancements aimed at addressing today’s challenges. Through a kaleidoscope of projects, students become adept at navigating a toolkit of diverse technologies to bring their visionary prototypes to life. Highlighting creativity, innovation, and ethical reflection, this dynamic course challenges students to venture beyond conventional boundaries and envisage ethically conscious designs.

Together, these experiences prepare students for the complexities of a fast-paced global future, making the MYP Design program a foundational pillar in shaping agile, thoughtful, and innovative problem-solvers for tomorrow.

Subjects
Physical Education

Students dive into the dynamic world of Physical Education, where fostering physical fitness and holistic well-being is our core mission. Here, students embark on exhilarating journeys through a diverse range of physical activities, sports, and exercises designed to amplify their motor skills, coordination, and overall physical prowess.

Beyond the adrenaline and action, our curriculum delves into vital life lessons on nutrition, mental health, and personal wellness. Through engaging discussions and hands-on applications, students gain invaluable insights into making healthy lifestyle choices that resonate beyond the gym and into every aspect of their lives.

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Personal Project in the MYP

The Personal Project is a cornerstone of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), designed to empower students to delve into their passions, interests, and curiosities through a self-directed inquiry process. It serves as a culminating experience that encourages students to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they’ve developed throughout their MYP journey. The Personal Project provides students with a platform to explore real-world issues, express their creativity, and foster their independence, all while making meaningful connections between their academic studies and the world around them.

Importance of the Personal Project

Encourages Self-Discovery: The Personal Project allows students to explore their interests and passions, helping them discover their strengths, values, and aspirations. Through this process, students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world, fostering personal growth and self-awareness.

Promotes Inquiry and Research Skills: Engaging in a self-directed inquiry process fosters critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills. Students learn how to formulate meaningful questions, gather and analyse information, and evaluate different perspectives, developing essential skills for lifelong learning and academic success.

Fosters Creativity and Innovation: The Personal Project encourages students to think creatively and innovatively as they explore solutions to real-world challenges or express themselves through artistic endeavours. Whether it’s designing a sustainable solution to an environmental issue or creating a piece of artwork that communicates a powerful message, students have the opportunity to unleash their creativity and showcase their talents.

Cultivates Independence and Responsibility: Taking ownership of their learning journey, students are responsible for planning, organising, and executing their Personal Projects with guidance from their supervisors. This process cultivates independence, time management, and accountability skills, preparing students for the challenges they’ll encounter in higher education and beyond.

Connects Learning to the Real World: Students make meaningful connections between their academic studies and the world around them by addressing real-world issues or pursuing personal interests. Whether they’re exploring local community issues, global challenges, or personal passions, students develop a deeper appreciation for the relevance and applicability of their learning beyond the classroom.

Examples of Possible Personal Project Explorations

  • Designing and building a sustainable garden to promote environmental conservation and provide fresh produce for the local community.
  • Creating a documentary film that raises awareness about social justice issues such as inequality, discrimination, or access to education.
  • Developing a mobile application or website to address a specific societal problem, such as mental health support, recycling initiatives, or community volunteering opportunities.
  • Writing and illustrating a children’s book that promotes cultural diversity, empathy, and understanding.
  • Designing and constructing a prototype for an innovative product or invention that solves a practical problem in the student’s community or beyond.
  • Organising a fundraising event or campaign to support a charitable cause or organisation that aligns with the student’s values and interests.
  • Exploring a personal passion or hobby, such as photography, music composition, fashion design, or culinary arts, and showcasing the results through a creative project or exhibition.

The timeline of the personal project

The timeline for an MYP Personal Project spans several months during the final year of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Here’s a general outline of a typical timeline:

Project Initiation and Topic Selection (Month 1): Students are introduced to the Personal Project and begin brainstorming potential project ideas. They may explore their interests, passions, and areas of curiosity to identify a topic that aligns with the MYP criteria and their personal goals.

Proposal Development (Month 2): Once students have selected a topic, they develop a formal project proposal outlining their research question, objectives, methodology, and resources required. This proposal is usually reviewed and approved by a supervisor or mentor.

Research and Planning (Months 3-4): Students conduct in-depth research related to their chosen topic, gathering information from various sources such as books, articles, interviews, and experiments. They also create a detailed project plan, including timelines, milestones, and tasks to be completed.

Implementation (Months 5-6): With their research and plan in place, students begin implementing their projects. This could involve carrying out experiments, creating artwork, designing prototypes, or organising events, depending on the nature of their project.

Reflection and Evaluation (Months 7-8): Throughout the implementation phase, students regularly reflect on their progress, challenges, and learning experiences. They may keep a journal, blog, or portfolio to document their journey. Towards the end of the timeline, students complete a final reflection where they evaluate their project’s success and identify areas for improvement.

Final Presentation or Exhibition (Month 9): The culmination of the Personal Project is often a presentation or exhibition where students showcase their work to their peers, teachers, and sometimes parents or community members. This allows students to share their achievements, insights, and learning outcomes with others.

Assessment and Feedback (Month 9-10): Students’ projects are assessed based on the MYP criteria, which typically include areas such as investigation, planning, action, reflection, and communication. They receive feedback from their supervisors or assessors, helping them understand their strengths and areas for development.

Celebration and Recognition (Month 10): Finally, students celebrate the completion of their Personal Projects and reflect on their overall MYP experience. This may involve a graduation ceremony, awards ceremony, or other forms of recognition for their achievements.

It’s important to note that while this timeline provides a general framework, The school may adjust it to fit the academic calendar and individual student needs. Additionally, the school may offer support structures such as workshops, mentorship programmes, or peer feedback sessions to assist students throughout the Personal Project process.

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Service in Action

The Community Project is a pivotal component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), specifically designed for students in their final year. This project empowers students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Through this initiative, students engage deeply with a community issue that they are passionate about. They undertake an inquiry-based approach to identify a need within the community, research it thoroughly, and then plan and execute a project to address that need.

The project emphasises student autonomy and personal engagement, encouraging them to apply what they’ve learned in the MYP to make a positive impact on their community. Students work individually or in small groups to plan, propose, and implement their project over an extended period, culminating in a final presentation that showcases their efforts, the learning process, and the project’s outcome. The Community Project not only enhances students’ understanding of their capacity to make a difference but also develops their organisational, research, and communication skills, fostering a sense of social responsibility and global citizenship.

Alongside our rigorous academic program, Discover Montessori School offers a diverse range of extracurricular activities, including community and experiential learning projects. These activities provide a platform for students to explore their interests and passions beyond the classroom, fostering skills in decision-making, collaboration, and responsibility through involvement in student government and leadership opportunities.

Our dedicated counsellors are a pillar of support, guiding students through academic and personal challenges. We place a high priority on mental health support, offering personalised attention to ensure students feel heard and supported throughout their high school journey.

At Discover Montessori School, we aim to equip our students with essential life skills that complement their academic achievements. We foster an environment that encourages personal growth, resilience, and confidence, preparing students for success in higher education and beyond.

Through a holistic approach to student life, Discover Montessori School aims to provide a transformative educational experience that nurtures each student’s unique talents, interests, and aspirations.

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Subject Description

Here at Discover Montessori School, we seamlessly blend the renowned Montessori methodology with the esteemed International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). Our school provides a comprehensive and holistic education that addresses various aspects of students’ intellectual, emotional, and physical development within the framework of the IB MYP curriculum. By incorporating the principles of Montessori education, we offer a dynamic learning environment that fosters independence, creativity, and a lifelong love for learning.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is an educational framework designed for students from grade 5 to grade 10, aiming to develop their intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills. Within the framework there are eight subject areas.

Subjects
Bulgarian and English

At Discover Montessori School, we teach Bulgarian and English literature side by side in our Language and Literature curriculum. This subject covers both the language and literary aspects.

The focus is the development of six core skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, visualising, and presenting. Central to our approach is the use of language as a tool for critical thinking, fostering global awareness and responsible citizenship.

Diving into Diverse Texts

Students embark on a literary exploration, navigating through a rich landscape of fiction and non-fiction. They craft texts that probe into life’s various dimensions, shaping their ability to think critically, express opinions, and make ethically informed decisions.

Our Educational Aims

  • Textual Diversity: We immerse students in a wide array of literary worlds to broaden their understanding and spark a lifelong love for reading.
  • Creative Expression: Encouraging experimentation with writing styles and techniques to ignite creativity.
  • Adaptable Communication: We equip students to adeptly adjust their communication for various audiences and purposes.
  • Linguistic Fluency: Ensuring students master literary terminology to articulate their thoughts with clarity and insight.

Our focused approach aims to unlock students’ potential, preparing them as insightful thinkers and contributors to the cultural fabric of our world.

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Spanish, German, and Russian Language Acquisition

The students embark on a linguistic journey that takes them across the vibrant cultures of Spain, the historic landscapes of Germany, and the enigmatic depths of Russia. Our Language Acquisition program offers a dynamic and interactive approach to mastering Spanish, German, and Russian.

Unleash Individual Potential:

Students immerse themselves in rich vocabulary, intricate grammar, and the cultural subtleties that make each language unique. They engage in lively conversations, interactive activities, and immersive experiences designed to sharpen their communication skills and prepare them to thrive in Spanish, German, and Russian-speaking settings.

Connect and Communicate:

Whether navigating a discussion in Spanish, expressing yourself in German, or exploring Russian literature, our program focuses on practical communication skills that empower students to connect with the world.

Celebrate Diversity:

Students step into diverse linguistic landscapes and embrace the global interconnectedness that language learning brings. Through exposure to different cultures, traditions, and ways of thinking, they gain a profound appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our world.

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History, Geography, Philosophy, Ethics, Business and Management

Students dive into the rich tapestry of our Individuals and Societies curriculum, where history, geography, economics, and civics come alive. Our students journey through time, unravelling historical mysteries, navigating the complex web of societal structures, debating global issues, and celebrating cultural diversity in all its splendour.

Engage, Debate, Discover:

Through dynamic research, lively debates, and immersive projects, our students sharpen their critical thinking skills, embrace cultural awareness, and grasp the intricate interconnectedness of societies worldwide. They explore civilisations past and present, tackle current global challenges, and foster a deep appreciation for the rich diversity of our world.

Our curriculum is not just about learning facts; it’s about igniting curiosity, fostering empathy, and empowering students to become informed, thoughtful citizens of the world.

Subjects
Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Ecology

Integrated Science offers a unique educational voyage where the realms of biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science merge. This interdisciplinary approach ensures a comprehensive understanding of the natural world, inviting students to uncover the interplay between different scientific fields.

Hands-On Discovery:

Central to our program is the emphasis on hands-on learning. Students actively participate in experiments, delve into investigative projects, and embark on research that brings scientific concepts to life. This experiential learning fosters a deeper engagement with the material, making science both accessible and exciting.

Inquiry-Based Learning:

Our curriculum champions inquiry-based learning, where questions and curiosity are the driving forces behind educational exploration. Students learn to ask critical questions, conduct thorough investigations, and apply the scientific method to discover answers, encouraging a mindset of lifelong learning and discovery.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving:

Through challenges that require innovative solutions, students enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They learn to analyse data, draw evidence-based conclusions, and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios, preparing them for future scientific endeavours.

Understanding the Scientific Method:

Our integrated science program is based on a thorough grasp of the scientific method. Students learn to formulate hypotheses, conduct experiments, and analyse results, gaining an appreciation for the process of scientific inquiry and its significance in advancing knowledge.

Real-World Applications:

Connecting lessons to real-world applications, our program highlights the relevance of science in everyday life and its critical role in addressing global challenges. Students explore how scientific innovation can lead to solutions for environmental conservation, health, and technological advancement.

Nurturing Future Scientists:

We are committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists, innovators, and environmental stewards. Our Integrated Science program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and passion needed to explore, question, and contribute to the scientific community and the world at large.

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Mathematics

In our mathematics program, students dive into the exciting universe of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics. They develop their mathematical reasoning, enhance problem-solving abilities, and achieve numerical literacy.

Mathematics in Action:

By integrating theoretical concepts with practical applications, our students learn to analyse patterns, make predictions, and apply mathematical principles to real-world situations. They discover that mathematics is not merely a set of rules and formulas but a vibrant, dynamic language that describes the universe around us.

Derive and Apply:

In our math class, every day is an adventure where students become number detectives, seeking patterns, breaking codes, and using mathematics to unravel mysteries in the real world. They are taught to see mathematics not as a chore but as a powerful tool for understanding the world.

Mathematics as a Window to the World:

Through problems and projects related to real life, students understand that mathematics is a fundamental building block of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They learn to apply mathematical principles to everything – from architectural design to financial planning, proving that mathematics is everywhere around us and in every part of our lives.

Discovering the Joy in Mathematics:

Our goal is to inspire students to see mathematics as a source of joy and wonder. We encourage their curiosity and creativity as they develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Subjects
Arts

Visual Arts within the MYP unfurls as a vibrant exploration of artistic expression, traversing the realms of drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital media. This course invites students into a world where they can experiment with diverse techniques, styles, and art movements, thereby nurturing their inherent creativity and ability to express themselves uniquely.

Engaging in studio work forms the cornerstone of their artistic journey, providing a hands-on experience where ideas take tangible forms. Students delve into the process of creating art, from conception to execution, honing their skills and learning to communicate visually.

Critiques and discussions play a pivotal role, creating a reflective space for students to analyse and appreciate both their work and that of their peers. This critical engagement fosters a deeper understanding of art as a dynamic form of communication and expression.

The study of art history enriches this creative exploration, connecting students with a wide array of artistic traditions and movements. Through this historical lens, they gain insights into the cultural, social, and individual contexts that shape art, enhancing their appreciation for the diversity of artistic expression across time and cultures.

Subjects
Information Technology

The MYP Design program embarks students on an exhilarating journey through the design cycle, an ever-evolving spiral of inquiry, action, and reflection. This adventure blends practical prowess with imaginative thought, empowering students to tackle real-world dilemmas head-on. Within the vibrant realms of product creation, digital innovation, and engineering marvels, learners harness the power of research, critical analysis, and technical dexterity.

As young designers, students delve into the essence of sustainability, evaluating the societal and environmental footprints of their creations. This immersive, project-centric voyage not only ignites innovation and teamwork but also cultivates a profound connection with the expansive universe of design.

Coupled with the forward-thinking curriculum of Design and Technology, the program is a fusion of artful design principles and the latest in technological advancements aimed at addressing today’s challenges. Through a kaleidoscope of projects, students become adept at navigating a toolkit of diverse technologies to bring their visionary prototypes to life. Highlighting creativity, innovation, and ethical reflection, this dynamic course challenges students to venture beyond conventional boundaries and envisage ethically conscious designs.

Together, these experiences prepare students for the complexities of a fast-paced global future, making the MYP Design program a foundational pillar in shaping agile, thoughtful, and innovative problem-solvers for tomorrow.

Subjects
Physical Education

Students dive into the dynamic world of Physical Education, where fostering physical fitness and holistic well-being is our core mission. Here, students embark on exhilarating journeys through a diverse range of physical activities, sports, and exercises designed to amplify their motor skills, coordination, and overall physical prowess.

Beyond the adrenaline and action, our curriculum delves into vital life lessons on nutrition, mental health, and personal wellness. Through engaging discussions and hands-on applications, students gain invaluable insights into making healthy lifestyle choices that resonate beyond the gym and into every aspect of their lives.

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Personal Project in the MYP

The Personal Project is a cornerstone of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), designed to empower students to delve into their passions, interests, and curiosities through a self-directed inquiry process. It serves as a culminating experience that encourages students to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they’ve developed throughout their MYP journey. The Personal Project provides students with a platform to explore real-world issues, express their creativity, and foster their independence, all while making meaningful connections between their academic studies and the world around them.

Importance of the Personal Project

Encourages Self-Discovery: The Personal Project allows students to explore their interests and passions, helping them discover their strengths, values, and aspirations. Through this process, students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world, fostering personal growth and self-awareness.

Promotes Inquiry and Research Skills: Engaging in a self-directed inquiry process fosters critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills. Students learn how to formulate meaningful questions, gather and analyse information, and evaluate different perspectives, developing essential skills for lifelong learning and academic success.

Fosters Creativity and Innovation: The Personal Project encourages students to think creatively and innovatively as they explore solutions to real-world challenges or express themselves through artistic endeavours. Whether it’s designing a sustainable solution to an environmental issue or creating a piece of artwork that communicates a powerful message, students have the opportunity to unleash their creativity and showcase their talents.

Cultivates Independence and Responsibility: Taking ownership of their learning journey, students are responsible for planning, organising, and executing their Personal Projects with guidance from their supervisors. This process cultivates independence, time management, and accountability skills, preparing students for the challenges they’ll encounter in higher education and beyond.

Connects Learning to the Real World: Students make meaningful connections between their academic studies and the world around them by addressing real-world issues or pursuing personal interests. Whether they’re exploring local community issues, global challenges, or personal passions, students develop a deeper appreciation for the relevance and applicability of their learning beyond the classroom.

Examples of Possible Personal Project Explorations

  • Designing and building a sustainable garden to promote environmental conservation and provide fresh produce for the local community.
  • Creating a documentary film that raises awareness about social justice issues such as inequality, discrimination, or access to education.
  • Developing a mobile application or website to address a specific societal problem, such as mental health support, recycling initiatives, or community volunteering opportunities.
  • Writing and illustrating a children’s book that promotes cultural diversity, empathy, and understanding.
  • Designing and constructing a prototype for an innovative product or invention that solves a practical problem in the student’s community or beyond.
  • Organising a fundraising event or campaign to support a charitable cause or organisation that aligns with the student’s values and interests.
  • Exploring a personal passion or hobby, such as photography, music composition, fashion design, or culinary arts, and showcasing the results through a creative project or exhibition.

The timeline of the personal project

The timeline for an MYP Personal Project spans several months during the final year of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Here’s a general outline of a typical timeline:

Project Initiation and Topic Selection (Month 1): Students are introduced to the Personal Project and begin brainstorming potential project ideas. They may explore their interests, passions, and areas of curiosity to identify a topic that aligns with the MYP criteria and their personal goals.

Proposal Development (Month 2): Once students have selected a topic, they develop a formal project proposal outlining their research question, objectives, methodology, and resources required. This proposal is usually reviewed and approved by a supervisor or mentor.

Research and Planning (Months 3-4): Students conduct in-depth research related to their chosen topic, gathering information from various sources such as books, articles, interviews, and experiments. They also create a detailed project plan, including timelines, milestones, and tasks to be completed.

Implementation (Months 5-6): With their research and plan in place, students begin implementing their projects. This could involve carrying out experiments, creating artwork, designing prototypes, or organising events, depending on the nature of their project.

Reflection and Evaluation (Months 7-8): Throughout the implementation phase, students regularly reflect on their progress, challenges, and learning experiences. They may keep a journal, blog, or portfolio to document their journey. Towards the end of the timeline, students complete a final reflection where they evaluate their project’s success and identify areas for improvement.

Final Presentation or Exhibition (Month 9): The culmination of the Personal Project is often a presentation or exhibition where students showcase their work to their peers, teachers, and sometimes parents or community members. This allows students to share their achievements, insights, and learning outcomes with others.

Assessment and Feedback (Month 9-10): Students’ projects are assessed based on the MYP criteria, which typically include areas such as investigation, planning, action, reflection, and communication. They receive feedback from their supervisors or assessors, helping them understand their strengths and areas for development.

Celebration and Recognition (Month 10): Finally, students celebrate the completion of their Personal Projects and reflect on their overall MYP experience. This may involve a graduation ceremony, awards ceremony, or other forms of recognition for their achievements.

It’s important to note that while this timeline provides a general framework, The school may adjust it to fit the academic calendar and individual student needs. Additionally, the school may offer support structures such as workshops, mentorship programmes, or peer feedback sessions to assist students throughout the Personal Project process.

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Service in Action

The Community Project is a pivotal component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), specifically designed for students in their final year. This project empowers students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Through this initiative, students engage deeply with a community issue that they are passionate about. They undertake an inquiry-based approach to identify a need within the community, research it thoroughly, and then plan and execute a project to address that need.

The project emphasises student autonomy and personal engagement, encouraging them to apply what they’ve learned in the MYP to make a positive impact on their community. Students work individually or in small groups to plan, propose, and implement their project over an extended period, culminating in a final presentation that showcases their efforts, the learning process, and the project’s outcome. The Community Project not only enhances students’ understanding of their capacity to make a difference but also develops their organisational, research, and communication skills, fostering a sense of social responsibility and global citizenship.

Alongside our rigorous academic program, Discover Montessori School offers a diverse range of extracurricular activities, including community and experiential learning projects. These activities provide a platform for students to explore their interests and passions beyond the classroom, fostering skills in decision-making, collaboration, and responsibility through involvement in student government and leadership opportunities.

Our dedicated counsellors are a pillar of support, guiding students through academic and personal challenges. We place a high priority on mental health support, offering personalised attention to ensure students feel heard and supported throughout their high school journey.

At Discover Montessori School, we aim to equip our students with essential life skills that complement their academic achievements. We foster an environment that encourages personal growth, resilience, and confidence, preparing students for success in higher education and beyond.

Through a holistic approach to student life, Discover Montessori School aims to provide a transformative educational experience that nurtures each student’s unique talents, interests, and aspirations.