Engaging Bilingual Curriculum at Montessori School of Shanghai

The Montessori School of Shanghai (MSS) offers an engaging bilingual Montessori curriculum that nurtures children to become inquisitive global citizens. Teachers create nurturing and beautifully designed classrooms to encourage exploratory learning and discovery for curious minds.


The Montessori School of Shanghai (MSS) is the only Montessori school in Shanghai accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS). MSS leads the way in quality and standards in China.

MSS is a Montessori school with a deep commitment to best practices of Montessori education. The Montessori child develops a healthy respect for self, others and the environment through their day-to-day experiences with their multi-age community.

Children naturally show instinctive kindness and love in a well-prepared Montessori environment. Montessori teachers continually prepare the classroom with order, beauty and organization.

As Dr. Maria Montessori once said: To welcome a new birth of a child is the beginning of a journey to live a better life for yourself. Children show us in every second their love of order, love of learning, love of nature, love of being healthy and love of being loved. 

This reminds us to be the best model we can be to connect children with activities in the environment, and to support them as they find the joy of new challenges. 

Under the Montessori method, freedom within limits is emphasized. What that means is that children are free, within some limits, to choose the activity they would like to do. If a child selects something that may be too advanced, the teacher will gently redirect the child to more age-appropriate work based on prior lessons.

Where does this idea of redirection come from? One of the most fundamental beliefs in Montessori education is respect. Teachers respect who the child is by speaking clearly, slowly and with affection. Children learn to give respect; initially through simple lessons in manners (which Dr. Montessori called grace and courtesy). This begins with the children shaking hands each morning with their teacher and exchanging Good Morning greetings.

Part of the MSS mission is to develop their community for children to foster their independence, confidence and responsibility. For older children, MSS extended work and social activities are designed to provide them with opportunities to experience real life. 

Doing tasks together puts parents, teachers and children on more even ground and strengthens relationships. Meaningful interactions happen easily, even in the most ordinary moments.

Respect and freedom within limits are part of effective, happy parenting. From the youngest of Montessori preschool-aged children, activities that develop responsible citizens about the world and planet are given in child-size lessons.

As parents become more interested in Montessori education, MSS has customized monthly workshops to help parents understand Montessori education and child development. Contact the school for more information.

2019-2020 MSS Happenings

The first part of the 2019-2020 school year has already been full of exciting events at MSS. Children have settled into school, and both teachers and parents have seen firsthand that Montessori education is more than just about teaching, but also about children gaining the benefits of real responsibilities.

During the golden month of October, wonderful performances and engaging parent-child interactions made MSS Family Day and community events truly unforgettable.

The success of all the recent events can be attributed to careful preparation and close communication between the school organizers and parent volunteers, as well as all participants passion and involvement. 

MSS creates activities and products for children to enrich their lives and the chance to take on real responsibilities. Children feel honored to be included in the challenges and projects. Parent involvement engages young children in activities that promote movement-based development.

Hands-on experiences for parents and children help shape brain development and bridge interaction with families.


Vivian, Minhang Campus 2018-2019 graduate

I enjoyed every bit of my time in Montessori as I live from day to day. One more surprise was when my sister was able to join the class and we were together by the end of my final year. We witnessed each others birthday and we were able to join each others little circle. I am now ready to fly and soar up high with the confidence that I have gained in my Montessori life.

Luca, Minhang Campus Teacher

Can you share with us any Montessori moments that have inspired you? We can start by looking at the child from a different perspective, by trying to understand and respect them so as to be able to learn from them. Our role is to support their growth and development, but not forget that they are capable of thinking for themselves.

Xuhui Campus Parent

My child skipped happily out the door on his way to school - not toward anything that constitutes 'work' in their minds - but toward new, exciting (and very creative) learning adventure.