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Lisbon Montessori School

Preschool and elementary school for children ages 2½-12

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Montessori supports children to be life-long learners and leaders

Learning from concrete to abstract lays excellent foundations

“I do not believe there is a method better than the Montessori for making children
sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Noble Prize winner for Literature

Welcome from the founder


If a parent is searching for an educational method which would be in harmony with their child’s interests, choices and other natural rights I encourage them to look into Montessori education.

We invite children to be independent and to consider learning for the innate satisfaction it gives and not for awards or grades. Our children are industrious, self-reliant and go about their work with calm enjoyment. We treat every child as an individual and work closely with parents to create an environment in which their child will flourish.

Lisbon Montessori School staff foster a bilingual environment. The main language of instruction is English, providing students with a model of cross-cultural unity during their formative years. Classroom assistants are Portuguese speaking, helping us all appreciate the Portuguese language and culture.

Children can start their Montessori journey in our Casa (3-6) and be able to continue in the Elementary (6-9 and 9-12) programs where thinking independently, cooperating, and connecting to the real world are everyday learning realities. Our classes are mixed-age promoting a society by cohesion and allowing students to learn from each other.
Lisbon Montessori is the second school founded by me. In my first project, Vilnius Montessori School, the clearly observed magic of the philosophy in daily manifestations of unlimited childhood potential grounded my passion for serving children and their families in this particular way, the way proposed by Dr. Montessori. In founding Lisbon Montessori School, my mission has been to bring the many benefits of the Montessori education to the local and international communities of Lisbon and Cascais and I hope we can welcome your child to begin their school journey with us. 

Why Lisbon Montessori School?


“ To provide authentic Montessori education to children and families in our community.”


Montessori supports children to be life-long learners and leaders. Students are encouraged to be confident, inquisitive and creative in all areas of life.

Children in Montessori follow their interests, wherever that passion leads, giving them strong academics, leadership, self-discipline, responsibility, independence, initiative and a lifelong love of learning.

We encourage children to choose from a range of activities that are developmentally challenging and appropriate. We make efforts to inspire children to learn for themselves, make mistakes and correct them on their own or with gentle guidance from the teacher.


Lisbon Montessori School is a co-educational not-for-profit authentic Montessori learning organization. We offer Montessori education to children ages 3-12. We are in the process of planning our program. Lisbon Montessori School has recently been accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) of the United States. We will now seek the final Portuguese Education Ministry or Direção-Geral da Educação (DGE) approval for our Elementary program.

All our classrooms are led by an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) diploma holder, as well as a Portuguese-speaking assistant. AMI Montessori teachers have a deep understanding of child development and have been trained to guide children through productive and challenging experiences that will provide a firm foundation for their future.

We encourage children to choose from a range of activities that are developmentally challenging and appropriate. We inspire children to learn for themselves, opposing external incentives.


Our mixed age classrooms provide numerous character-building advantages not found in traditional school systems. Older children serve as leaders while younger students are shown what is expected of them by their role models. This provides children with possibilities to discover ways of functioning in a real social group. In addition, a great deal of knowledge reinforcement results from this interaction of different aged children.


We respect each child as an individual with unique talents. In like manner, children learn respect for others, the community and the environment. However, we recognise that each of us continues on our own self-improvement path while we strive to provide optimal nurture frameworks for the children in our care.


To sign up for a visit please fill in the form on ‘Visit LMS’ page. To receive information not included in our policies or webpages please email to hello@lisbonmontessori.org and we will be happy to provide more information about our school.


…in providing a prepared environment for the child; a safe space designed to maximise opportunities for independent learning and spontaneous discovery allowing for freedom of movement and observation where mistakes are celebrated as opportunities for further development.

…in empowering each child to choose consciously from a range of developmentally challenging and engaging materials designed so that the child can teach and correct themselves and engage in critical thinking and problem solving.

…in the importance of the multi-age learning group offering the child the opportunity to observe, to interact and to influence children at different stages of development to their own in order to develop empathy, patience, emotional and social understanding and to offer a true community experience for the developing child.

…that all members of our community deserve respect and that their unique talents and interests should be engaged and nurtured in order to free their potential and lead them towards self-realisation and happiness.


A student who graduates LMS after a period of attendance lasting three years or longer should embody these age-appropriate habits and qualities:


  • An independent and empathetic person who respects and cares for themselves, the people around them and their environment.
  • A self-motivated academically prepared learner who seeks out opportunities to expand their world, explore their interests and is not afraid of making mistakes. 
  • A self-disciplined person who recognises that they have a local and global responsibility and is not afraid to ask difficult questions, to actively listen to others and to effect change.
  • A gracious person capable of meaningful collaboration with others who recognises their potential for leadership and is able to ask for help.


  • A child who eagerly seeks to independently care for themselves and shows awareness and a desire to positively support the needs of others and of their environment.
  • A curious and motivated learner who is able to make a choice and follow through in order to achieve a goal or to make a discovery.
  • A child who has awareness that their choices and actions have an effect on other people and on their environment.
  • A child who is regularly able to recognise and identify their own needs and emotions and is capable of showing empathy towards others.

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