British international school and Montessori Education Freetown
The British International School and Montessori Education Freetown was formerly known as International Montessori School Freetown. The school was established on the 21st of September 2009 as Brilliant Butterflies Montessori School by its Founder and Owner Mrs. Jenny Condron. In 2010 the school was accredited by the Ministry of Education Sierra Leone. In 2012 the school became accredited as a Cambridge International school by of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). We have since then adopted the Cambridge Primary school Curriculum to facilitate our primary school section. The primary school section still combines the Montessori approach and materials to support the Cambridge primary curriculum. In our Secondary School section the school has programs for Years 7 to 9 using the Cambridge Secondary 1 program which covers the three year period of Lower Secondary. More information about the Cambridge Primary and Secondary Program can be accessed at www.cie.org.uk Our programs support children aged 14 months to 15 years. As a Montessori school we strictly adhere to the Maria Montessori's approach and philosophy. The school uses a wide range of didactic materials to support children's learning and development. The British International School and Montessori Education caters for a diverse community of pupils spanning the six continents making it a truly International school and presently we have children representing more than 40 nationalities. Our teaching staff are sourced both locally and internationally thus creating a harmony of culturally blended experience for the children, parents and staff.
Children at B.I.S. work together in harmony and our team of dedicated staff are equally competent in ensuring that the children are happy and well looked after. The school provides facilities for children of ages 14 months to 3 years in our Nursery. The nursery is divided into two main groups. Junior Babies and Senior Babies. Children in Nursery are introduced to the Montessori programme to develop and nurture the sensitive periods of development. Our Montessori preschool programmes are for children aged 3 to 4 years and 4 to 5 years in the Kindergarten programme. In our primary school section children are aged 6 to 12 years with classes ranging from primary 1 to primary 6 in the Cambridge primary programme. In our Junior Secondary Section the programme covered is the Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum and our students are aged 11 - 16 years.
Our classrooms are bright and airy typical of a Casa Dei Bambini (House of Children). Our play areas include a safe and child friendly indoor and out door play areas. Other facilities in the premises are a library, music and ICT room.
OUR SCHOOL'S PHILOSOPHY
The Montessori approach is a unique method of introducing the child to a life time of enjoyable learning. Special materials, largely manipulative in nature, help to answer the child’s developmental needs and enable him/her to experience the excitement of learning by his /her own choice. The child is helped to develop all his/her natural tool for learning so that his/her ability will be at a maximum in future situations.