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

Independence and Self-Directed Learning: Montessori’s focus on independence aligns with IB PYP’s* encouragement of self-directed inquiry.

Hands-On Experiences: Montessori’s tactile learning materials complement the inquiry-based learning of IB PYP*, creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment.

Global Perspective: The international perspective of the IB PYP* complements Montessori’s strong focus on cultural awareness.

Social and Emotional Development: Montessori’s mixed-age classrooms enhance social interaction and cooperation, skills that are highly valued in the IB PYP*.

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

Both develop students physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Both encourage students to explore freely and work together.

Both use an approach where creativity and hands-on materials are key.

Both stress collaboration instead of earning rewards.

Mistakes are seen as part of the learning process, helping students grow.

Both teach students about peace and how to be active 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