Blending the Montessori Method with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP)* is an innovative and holistic approach to nurturing young minds. This unique program of teaching methodologies creates a well-rounded educational experience for students.

When these two educational approaches come together, exceptional results are achieved. Here’s why the blend of Montessori and IB PYP is so powerful:

Child-Centered Learning: Both Montessori and IB PYP place the child at the center of their educational journey. This approach ensures that students are active participants in their learning, choosing their paths and setting their goals.

Independence and Self-Directed Learning: Montessori’s focus on independence aligns with IB PYP’s encouragement of self-directed inquiry. Students learn to think critically, ask questions, and find answers on their own.

Hands-On Experiences: Montessori’s tactile learning materials complement the inquiry-based learning of IB PYP, creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment. These materials make abstract concepts concrete, aiding in the understanding of complex ideas.

Social and Emotional Development: Montessori’s mixed-age classrooms enhance social interaction and cooperation, skills that are highly valued in the IB PYP. Students learn to collaborate, respect differences, and work together effectively.

Global Perspective: The international perspective of the IB PYP complements Montessori’s strong focus on cultural awareness. This combination nurtures students to evolve into conscientious global citizens who deeply value diverse cultures.

A Montessori and IB PYP blended curriculum provides a balanced approach. It respects the individuality of each child, allowing them to explore their interests while adhering to the rigorous standards of the IB PYP. Students not only gain knowledge but also develop essential life skills, including critical thinking, creativity, and a global mindset.

The International Baccalaureate PYP and Montessori education have a lot in common:

Holistic Student Development

Both focus on developing students in every way—physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Freedom to Move and Interact

They encourage students to move around and interact freely in the classroom, allowing them to explore and work together at their own pace.

Transdisciplinary Learning

Both use a cross-subject approach tailored to each student, where creativity, hands-on activities, and real materials are central to learning.

Emphasis on Teamwork

Instead of using reward systems, IB and Montessori stress working together and collaborating with others.

Learning from Mistakes

Mistakes are seen as part of the learning process in both methods, helping students succeed and become more independent.

Teaching for Peace and Active Citizenship

They teach students about peace and how to be active, responsible members of society.

The International Montessori School of Latvia is a Candidate School* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the International Montessori School of Latvia believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit