Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the International Montessori Society (IMS) is a non-profit educational corporation led by founder and director, Lee Havis. Since our foundation in 1979, our primary objective has always been to provide a network of support and resources for learning and practicing the Montessori Method in its unique "true natural" form as a scientific way of being with children that is committed to laws of nature.

The Montessori Method was originally evolved from the study and observation of young children by Dr. Maria Montessori in Italy in the early 1900’s. In 1907, Montessori conducted scientific observation of these children by controlling the environment, not the child. In this way of being, she observed that a new child to emerge, showing such outward true normal qualities as spontaneous self-discipline, love of order, and complete harmony with others.

IMS views Montessori teaching as a way of being committed to infinite and eternal laws of nature, identifying this as closely related to following three fundamental principles; i.e., (1) Observation (2) Individual Liberty and (3) Preparation of the Environment. IMS supports the complete and effective application of these principles through their experiential understanding. It provides this support through such means as teacher education, publications, workshops, seminars and consultation.

In 1983, IMS initiated its Montessori teacher education program in California. In 1994, IMS helped establish the International Montessori Accreditation Council (IMAC) to provide an inclusive umbrella accrediting agency for the entire Montessori community. Since 1986, IMS has held more than 200 workshops, entitled "Creating the New Education", which have been elaborating and developing the technical knowledge of Montessori teaching throughout the world.

For further information, please contact us:

International Montessori Society

Address 912 Thayer Ave Silver Spring,
MD 20910
United States of America
Tel (301)589 1127

International Montessori Society
(China Representative)

Buzan Montessori
Address No 8, Guo Tang Road, Ivy Garden
Yubei District, Chongqing, China
Tel (86)23-67257577