Welcome to International Montessori Academies
Our private schools are committed to providing exceptional Montessori education from preschool to grade 5, in the Cowichan Valley. Our heart-centred approach to learning fosters creativity and teaches children to think big!
We offer spaces for education
with people across and between
cultures, colours, creeds,
genders and sizes, (dis)abilities,
and health situations
in mind and in respect.
Why Choose International Montessori Academies?
Since 2016 Ms. Inayat and her team of trained Montessori Educators have been teaching children at THE HUB in Cowichan Station.
Surrounded by natural beauty, our stunning school inspires students to explore and nurture their innate curiosity.
At our private school we believe each and every child is given gifts that can benefit their own lives and the lives of the people around them. When nurtured and fostered accordingly, these unique gifts can inspire a child to make the world a better place for everyone.
"Our school's motto is “learning from the inside out", meaning we focus on the heart of the child first, by awakening his own awareness and conscience."
Ms. Inayat Bergum, International Montessori Academy Director
Our primary campus is nestled in the stunning Cowichan Valley at THE HUB at Cowichan Station.
Our secondary campus is located in beautiful Shawnigan Lake.
Our campus is surrounded by the spectacular forests and natural beauty of the Cowichan Valley. Our students enjoy daily active play time on our playgrounds that includes access to natural play features and play equipment. Additionally there are several forested trails within walking distance of both campuses where students enjoy regular excursions.
At our private school, classrooms have been specifically designed to foster each child's independence and encourage them to follow their interests. With small class sizes, our educators are able to provide regular one-on-one lesson time with every child, in addition to group and individual work.
Montessori materials encourage self-directed and hands-on learning. A wide variety of materials that support math, science, literacy, creativity, and collaborative play are available to our students. These tools allow each child to explore and discover their interests so that they may grow.
We are an uninvited guest of Quw'utsun mustimuuhw' (Quw'utsun people) in their stolen and occupied homeland. Hul'q'uminum'-speaking nations who have governed and cared for their territories since time uncounted range from Snaw-Naw-As First Nation ("Nanoose Bay") and Snuneymuxw First Nation ("Nanaimo") in the north to Malahat First Nation in the south. Five nations (Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation, Ts'uubaa-asatx First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, and Penelakut Tribe), forming the Hul'q'umi'num' Treaty Group, have engaged with colonial governments over many years, determined to repatriate-rematriate and protect some of the lands taken by our society.
Shquw’utsun is the real name for “Cowichan”.
Huy Tsaap qu’...Thank you all
Both of our girls have attended the International Montessori Academy for their preschool years and we have been so impressed with the calm, loving, and supportive environment. Our children leave each day happy and content ready to share what they have learned.
T.S. and G.T
The sheer amount that the kids are able to absorb and learn each day is incredible! At only three years old my daughter has been learning how to write her name, do math and puzzle solving, and how to get along in a classroom with her friends and teachers. The difference is night and day from other schools I have experienced.