Frequently asked questions
Can I visit the school?
Yes, first you will need to register your child here. We will then contact you to arrange an online chat and then you can book a time and day to visit the school.
What is the best age to start in Imagine?
We recognise that there are periods in a child’s early life where they learn important skills in a natural way, such as language, movement, order, sensory development…Educators and scientists agree that the preschool ages of 0 to 6 is the stage in which the human being forms the foundations of its development. It is in the childhood stage where soft skills are learned such as: conflict resolution, physical independence, ability to concentrate, perseverance, work routines; that are key for the Primary stage and the rest of their life.
What are the requirements for my child to be admitted to school?
We will require a school report if your child has previously been to school. From the age of 5, we will do an evaluation in which we will invite your child to work with a Guide (teacher) in the classroom where they will get to know them and assess whether their incorporation into the school is possible.
Para ingresar a Primaria o Secundaria es indispensable el dominio del idioma inglés ya que es la lengua vehicular del colegio.
Can my child enter Primary or Secondary school if they do not speak English?
To enter Primary or Secondary, the command of the English language is essential since it is the primary language at the school.
English is essential as it is the language in which every subject is taught. All the support material and communication with their teachers and classmates are also in English. A minimum level therefore is required according to the age of the child. When the child is just below the minimum, a reinforcement service may be offered until the minimum level is reached. If the child has little or no knowledge of English they can not be admitted.
Is it necessary for my child to have already been to a Montessori school?
No. What is required is for them to be highly motivated to learn, a desire to work independently and to integrate into the daily dynamics of a Montessori classroom, which is the profile of a Montessori child, in addition to some curricular minimums that will be evaluated according to the age of incorporation.
What is the difference between a Montessori and a traditional education?
Montessori education is focused on the individual, thus respecting the specific needs and interests of each child. While there are academic objectives, the children also have the chance to exercise their freedom within a prepared environment. The student’s responsibility and commitment increases with the independence and freedom they are given. The Guides and assistants will either work one on one with the students or in small groups, therefore facilitating a personalised education. The children are in a multi-age classroom, which allows them to grow socially and academically.
How can I be sure that the school is following the Montessori methodology?
Europe does not have a Montessori certification system, but there are key elements that a Montessori School must have: mixed aged classrooms, indoor and outdoor prepared environments, certified guides, Montessori materials, uninterrupted work cycle, relationship with nature and the involvement of families in the educational process of their children.
What happens after Montessori? Will my child be able to enter University?
Our education follows the British curriculum using the Montessori pedagogy throughout all school stages, from 20 months to 18 years.
Your child will have to pass the official GCSE (Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education) exam at 16 to start their A-Levels, Year 12-13 courses.
We recommend you visit our Secondary education section.
We are from another country and will only be in Valencia for a few months, will our child be accepted?
At Imagine we offer temporary places with a minimum period of 3 months. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Is the teaching body native?
Each class has a native teacher along with other teachers who are bilingual so the children are at all times encouraged to speak English. English is the spoken language in the classroom apart from classes where other languages are taught.
What qualifications do the teachers have?
Every teacher has the educational qualifications required by the British Ministry of Education for the different age levels: infant, primary, secondary and sixth form. Additionally, our teachers have received specific training that accredits them to work under the Montessori pedagogy.
What is the school timetable?
Classes run from 9:00 until 16:40.
We offer the Early Bird service for those that need to drop off their children at 8:00am.
For 2 year olds we offer a morning schedule of 9:00 till 12:00, and for 2, 3 and 4 year olds we also offer a reduced schedule of 9:00 till 15:00.
Extracurricular activities are also offered from 16:30 to 18:00 hrs.
Why are the children in multi-age classrooms?
At Imagine we believe in the individuality of each child’s development. We acknowledge that although children may be of the same age their physical, psychological and social development may be different. Mixed age classrooms allow each child to grow at their own pace and learn to overcome challenges. They are environments that encourage socialisation and promote a community atmosphere. You can read more by visiting our Why Imagine>Neuroscience and Montessori section.