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St. Petersburg Montessori School of Mikhailova (MSHM)

Address: Zamshina St., 58 Bldg. 2, St. Petersburg, 195271

Description St. Petersburg Montessori School of Mikhailova (MSHM)

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Founded: 1999
  • Age of students: 1.5-16 years.
  • Type of education: joint
  • Language of instruction: Russian.

The Montessori School of Mikhailova provides an opportunity for children aged 1.5 to 17 years to use the development environment, organized according to the method of Maria Montessori, to receive day care services and care for preschool children, high-quality secondary education in a friendly environment. The school is based on respect for children's interests, freedom of choice, openness, and trust. The educational institution was opened 20 years ago by a team of enthusiastic teachers, parents and students themselves, and today it is one of the largest successful Montessori projects in Russia, which continues to develop.

The pedagogical system of Maria Montessori was proposed in the first half of the 20th century. The basis of the methodology is the free upbringing of children inside a specially designed environment that motivates independent development and education of children.

The school is located on Zamshinaya street in the Kalininsky district of St. Petersburg.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in St. Petersburg Montessori School of Mikhailova (MSHM)

Program name

“Mom and baby” - from 8 to 15 months

Comprehensive classes with babies are held once a week: duration - 1 hour, occupancy of groups - no more than 8 children. Classes include various types of activities: music, working with tactile rugs, paths, playing with handrails, steps, tunnels, mastering new movements, meeting the need for research. The teacher, along with parents, creates an opportunity for children to get rich musical impressions using dance, singing, and playing music.

Two-hour groups of an early age (from 1 year 3 months to 2.5 years with parents)

Classes are held once or twice a week in the morning or in the evening, filling the group - up to 8 people. The lesson consists of two parts:

  • Free work in the Montessori class (45 min.) - independent work of the child with materials. During free work, children randomly move around the class, can observe the work of other children, choose material from any zone of the class, and study independently. The teacher shows how to work with materials, helps parents to accompany the child in a quality manner, and maintains a positive atmosphere. To be able to correctly accompany the child, parents undergo training before visiting the group, attend parental meetings and discussions about the Montessori method.
  • Musical-motor lesson in the hall (45 min.) Begins with free movement: in the hall there is an obstacle course, a sensory track, balls, hoops, other objects for the development of coordination. Children move to music, play rhythmic, finger, and communicative games, sing, extract sounds from musical instruments.

Three-hour groups of an early age (from 2.5 to 3 years with parents)

Classes are held 2 times a week in the morning, consist of three parts:

  • Free work in the classroom (45 min.)
  • Thematic circle, art workshop, tea party (45 min.)
  • Musical-motor lesson in the hall (45 min.).

Classes include a short lesson led by a teacher:

  • Dating games
  • Communicative exercises
  • Experiments
  • Acquaintance with various objects and phenomena of the world
  • Discussion of events, holidays.

Pupils master topics such as seasons, weather phenomena (wind, rain), elements (air, water). It may be something that surrounds children in life - at home and on the street, connected with the immediate life of the child, children learn each other's names, learn patience, wait for their turn to speak, learn to listen to others, engage in dialogue, observe silence, concentrate attention during the presentation.

Classes in an art workshop: students try different techniques for working with paints, dough, paper, use natural materials, glass, beads, shells. And when ordinary candy wrappers, jars of yogurt, corks and other everyday things turn into material for original crafts, this is very popular with both children and adults.

Tea drinking is a pleasant completion of classes: children, together with parents and teachers, set up a common table, take dishes for themselves, pour tea, at the same time learn to behave at a table, take care of others, and put things in order.

Independent children group (from 2.5 to 3 years old without parental support)

Classes are held twice a week in the morning. Each lesson includes:

  • Free work in the classroom
  • Classes in the art workshop
  • Thematic "circles"
  • Dinner
  • Musical and motor lesson.

The duration of the lesson is 2 hours and 15 minutes, the occupancy of groups is 12 people. 3 teachers work with children. The purpose of the work is to adapt the child in the team for a successful transition to the preschool level (Montessori Garden or part-time groups for children from 3 to 6 years old).

Preschool groups - from 3 to 6 years

The Montessori system kindergarten helps children to form an adequate, as complete as possible image of the world around them - nature, culture, society, an image of themselves, their place in the world.

Having freedom of movement and the ability to exhibit motor activity, constantly in contact with water and daily staying in the fresh air, students strengthen their health.

From the first days, children visiting the group are accustomed to self-service: they undress / dress themselves, perform hygienic procedures, set the table, sweep the floor, take care of the plants, and maintain order in the group room. They learn to build relationships with peers, adults, learn the culture of behavior in a group, and take care of the environment.

By the age of 6, children acquire the skill of independent cognitive activity, the ability to make a choice of occupation, to complete the work they have begun. The development of children's intellectual, aesthetic, and creative abilities allows them to observe, analyze, compare various objects, and group them by signs.

Most children by the age of 6 master the initial writing and reading, form elementary mathematical representations, acquire skills in working with paints, brushes, pencils, crayons, cut out with scissors, perform various applications, work with paper, fabric, natural materials.

In groups, 15-20 children from 3 to 6 years old study.

The educational program includes:

  • Free work with Montessori materials
  • Music lessons
  • Thematic circles
  • Art workshop
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Speech therapist.

Elementary, general secondary school

Children from 6.5 years old study at our school. Organizational school is divided into 3 levels:

  • First level (1-3 year of study)
  • Second stage (4-6 year of study)
  • Third level (7-9 year of study).

Schoolchildren work with didactic materials, various information sources, conduct independent experiments, research. The school day includes free work of students in a specially prepared environment, group lessons in a creative, craft workshop, theater, music studio, students learn a foreign language, engage in physical education, sports, take part in the training of a football club that performs at city and international competitions. Throughout the school year, thematic tours are organized, joint events with children from other cities, creative and educational projects.

Events St. Petersburg Montessori School of Mikhailova (MSHM)

The school holds extracurricular activities:

  • Organizes conferences
  • Puts theatrical performances
  • Holds traditional holidays
  • Children visit eco-farms, museums, tours of St. Petersburg and its environs.


  • The Montessori School of Mikhailova creates one of the possible models of a modern Russian educational institution.
  • According to the ideas of Montessori pedagogy, the educational institution applies teaching and upbringing methods that allow students to gain knowledge and skills in the process of their own activity.
  • The emphasis is put on the zone of the child’s closest development, that is, the area of its potential capabilities.
  • The educational institution includes three structural divisions: the parent-child center, kindergarten, and school.

Equipment St. Petersburg Montessori School of Mikhailova (MSHM)

The Montessori School of Mikhailova has specially equipped rooms for educational, creative, sports activities:

  • Art, craft workshops
  • Theater and Music Hall
  • Musical gym
  • Cafe.

In each group there are Montessori materials in accordance with the programs, a drawing room equipped for art and creative classes, the necessary ICT equipment designed to service the educational process, and a library.

A specially prepared environment is the main element of Montessori's pedagogy: students step by step become independent and independent, the equipment surrounding the students corresponds to the growth and proportions of the children, they get the opportunity to rearrange tables, chairs, develop motor skills, and coordinate movements. Children of any age have the opportunity to independently choose a place for classes, type of activity.

Educational and developing materials are freely available at the eye level of students, which becomes a call to action. Each type of material is available in one copy, which helps students learn social behaviour skills, take into account the needs of others.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

MSM works from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 17.00 (except for weekends, holidays and holidays).

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

The kindergarten accepts children from 3 to 4 years old, and in case of transfer from another educational institution working according to the Montessori method - up to 6 years. The institution accepts students throughout the calendar year, subject to availability. Admission is carried out on the personal application of the parent (legal representative) of the child upon presentation of the original document proving the identity of the parent (legal representative).

The school accepts students from 6.5 years. The priority right for admission is enjoyed by children who have previously systematically (at least 3 years old) attended a kindergarten working according to the Montessori method, as well as children whose brothers and / or sisters are already studying at the Public Educational Institution “St. Petersburg School of Management”. Admission is carried out on the personal application of the parent (legal representative) of the child upon presentation of the original document proving the identity of the parent (legal representative)

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