Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.

Dr. Maria Montessori

Toddlers community is the primary entry point to Otkrivatel Montessori school.
It offers a gentle introduction to social life beyond the family. A small community of 14 children (age 14 months to just under 3 years) come together five mornings a week, collaborating in the everyday activities of life, building their skills and independence as they go.

As your child approaches the age of 3, they become ready to join the Children’s House – a community of 3-6 year olds who work together and grow together in joyful collaboration. In a Montessori Children’s House, children are uniquely supported to think for themselves and do for themselves. The mixed-aged group of children are free to direct their own learning, and learn quickly to respect the work of people around them. Young children learn to make deliberate choices from hundreds of activities in a carefully prepared environment. The children become experts in guiding their own learning and discovering the world.

The Otkrivatel Elementary is a place of superlatives. In their own words, it is a place where children seek to become the kindest, smartest and most skilful people they can. At Otkrivatel we understand that we can’t directly transfer knowledge, that instead each child learns through their own efforts and at their own pace. Our priority is to give a lesson in how to do use a material or carry out a task, connecting the child to the environment so they can explore culture with increasing independence. It is a place brimming with ideas and a place bubbling with action where children organise music performances for their class, arrange their own visits to museums, archaeological sites, zoos and theatres.

The Young People’s Community is based at the base of the Vitosha mountain in the beautiful district of Sofia. A community of young people between the ages of 12 and 16 study, work and live together during the school term. Through actual experience they learn what it means to collaborate with each other and to live in a sustainable relationship with the earth.

There are three pillars to the students’ experience:

  • Study
  • Work
  • Community living

Bump to 18 months

Observe your little one at work in an environment loving prepared for their needs. Learn about the Montessori principles as you witness them in action.

Toddlers Community

The Toddlers Community offers a thoughtfully and lovingly prepared environment for those first steps in independence for your little one, as they begin to walk with confidence.

Primary Community

Children of this nursery or pre-school age have an innate drive to find out about their world, their time and place, to make sense of it and make it theirs. Otkrivatel offers children the keys to the world, preparing them to find and take their place in it.

Pre-School Program

One could say of a 6-year old child who has completed the 3-4 year cycle in the Children’s House that they know they have a contribution to make, love discovering more about their world, can solve the problems they encounter, and are respectful but not compliant.

Elementary Community

The great stories open up the study of the Earth, life and the human story. They put into context the child’s work in maths and language. Each story is the starting point for the subjects of physics, chemistry, geography, biology, history, art, music, languages, geometry and maths. A holistic framework and growing complexity is offered in each of these areas.

Young People's Community

The school offers a strong academic programme with the emphasis on helping students to be independent thinkers and take ownership of their own learning. The young people are given the time, space and resources to pursue study to a high level. The young people are involved in decisions relating to most aspects of their daily life including budget management.

Integrated Programs

Whereas in the first plane we help the child to act for themselves, now we help them to think for themselves, working out what they need in order the project, program or going out to be safe and successful.

Extended Day Program

The Clubs and classes in the Extended day program vary from year to year and reflect the children’s desire to move, create beauty and experiment in a specially prepared environment.