We Give Your Child The Tools To Build Their Dream Future

Knysna Montessori provides a hands-on learning experience that prepares children to live their life successfully and happily.

Our pass rate has been consistent since 2008, due to the close-knit,supportive Environment provided by the school.

A Holistic Educational Experience

Integrated Learning

We offer inclusive and holistic education to children from toddler to matric, where we observe, guide, and encourage each child towards independent learning.

Early Education

In the Pre & Primary School, our Montessori program offers students from 2–12yrs a multi-dimensional education that supports each child’s unique development.

Middle School

We choose a blended approach to education from 12-15yrs, and in addition to the academic classroom, valuable entrepreneurial, technical, and practical lessons are taught.

High School

Our High School students follow the IEB curriculum which promotes problem-solving, critical thinking and information evaluation skills.

Our Philosophy

Socratic practices and weekly council meetings in the higher grades ensure that Montessori philosophy continues to thread its way through Knysna Montessori School.

Vision Statement

Knysna Montessori aims to offer an inclusive and holistic education to all children based on Montessori philosophy and teaching methods in preparation for life.







Unique sports & facilities

Two well-maintained sports fields offer soccer, hockey, cricket, and athletics. The Astro court caters for basketball, mini tennis and hockey training. Our custom-designed mountain biking and pump track run along the outskirts of the sports fields and Friday Market.

The 25-metre swimming pool is centrally situated, and easily accessible to all environments. Also on offer is table tennis and adventure racing, which extends to encompass mountaineering and kayaking on the Knysna Lagoon.

Prepare Your Child
To Thrive In Life

Although the Montessori education system is different from mainstream schooling, we hugely emphasize academics.

We follow an age-related, hands-on, collaborative teaching approach, where each child is developed individually. Teacher-to-student ratios are kept to the minimum to ensure daily personal interaction with every child.

Consistent Pass Rate Since 2008

Qualified & Dedicated Staff

20+ Extra Murals Offered

Unique Variety Of Sports Offered

Financial Assistance Options

Why Choose Montessori?


Our students receive one-on-one attention in their classes, this allows them to better understand concepts and build confidence.

Unique Opportunities

With a focus on entrepreneurship, lifestyle sports and practical skills, your child is encouraged to grow independently.

Focus On Academics

Academics are integral to the success of our students, as it not only teaches them what to know, they are taught how to think independently.

Parent Testimonials

Tania Wentzell

“We love the Montessori education system, the structure, self-discipline, routines and the fact that each child is able to develop at their own pace. Knysna Montessori school is really one of the very best Montessori schools in South Africa, they embody all the Montessori principles!”

Chrisjan van der Merwe

“My son is so happy to go to school and he always tells me what they have done at The Hub, he loves the workshop, animals and fish tanks. No homework, they get their work done in school times and at home, he has time to play and do his sport.”

Linda Page

“I think it is an amazing school as they give children the freedom they need to mature and find themselves. They instil confidence in the child that will make them very confident when they go out into the real world.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Knysna Montessori with our simple FAQs, and browse the full range on our resources FAQ page.

Are Montessori Schools registered and accredited?

Montessori Schools which extend into formal education are required to register as Independent schools with the Provincial Department of Education, and therefore adhere to the laws governing these schools. Through the Basic Rights and Responsibilities for Independent Schools (from the Department of Basic Education) allows for the right to implement a Montessori Curriculum.

Our school, either in its own right or through Sonia as the Principal, is also a member of the following organisations:

–  SAMA (Sonia Heaton has South African Montessori Association accreditation)
–  North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA)
–  South African Council of Educators (SACE)
–  UMALUSI (under accreditation)

How does the Montessori Method work?

Each Montessori class operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Each class (environment) has its set of ground rules that differs slightly from age to age but is always based on the core Montessori beliefs, that is, respect for each other and for the environment.

The Montessori material allows concrete manipulation of materials that are multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting in nature, and hence facilitate the learning of skills as well as abstract ideas. The Montessori materials also have a built-in ‘control of error’ which provides the learner with information as to the accuracy of his response and enables him to correct himself.

The teacher demonstrates the lesson initially and is available when needed. The child is free to work at his or her own pace with material that he or she has chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher’s role is to act as a facilitator to encourage active, self-directed learning.

Is Montessori School just for preschool ages?

No. Although Dr Maria Montessori did much of her work with 3 to 6-year-old children, the Montessori approach to education has been used successfully with children from age two-and-a-half to eighteen from all socio-economic levels. It has benefitted children who are normal, gifted, learning-disabled, mentally challenged, emotionally disturbed, and physically handicapped. Addressing the education of the whole child, this approach allows children to actively participate in their own development.

Are Montessori Schools as academically rigorous as other private schools?

Yes. Montessori classrooms encourage deep learning of the concepts behind academic skills rather than sole memorization of the curriculum. Learners at Knysna Montessori  School (KMS) have been taking the IEB Matric since 2008 and each year has consistently passed.

Is it true that Montessori Schools have no textbooks or homework?

Montessori education is experiential and hands-on; children work with specially designed materials in the classroom before learning abstract pencil-and-paper methods. As students grow into the primary and middle school years, written resources make more appearances. Students are encouraged to do their own research.

Learners from 9 years and older have homework but it’s considered important not to over-schedule a child’s time and to leave plenty of time for free play. Though many “fun” activities are considered to be appropriate learning experiences. These include reading, gardening, music lessons, hiking, journaling, or playing a sport.

Why do Montessori classrooms look different?

The distinctive arrangement of a Montessori classroom mirrors the Montessori method’s differences from traditional education. Rather than putting the teacher at the focal point of the class, the classroom shows a child-centred approach. Children work at tables or on floor mats where they can spread out their materials, and the teacher circulates about the room, giving lessons or resolving issues as they arise.

How are students adequately prepared for real-life competition?

Montessori classrooms emphasize competition with oneself: self-monitoring, self-correction, and a variety of other executive skills aimed at continuous self-improvement. Students typically become comfortable with their strengths and learn how to address their weaknesses. In older classes, students commonly participate in competitive activities in which students give their best performances while simultaneously encouraging peers to do the same.

Are Montessori Schools religious?

No, students are educated without reference to religious denominations. However, it is important to stress that the Montessori method does not have any conflict with any religion either.

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Knysna Montessori VISION
Knysna Montessori aims to offer an inclusive and holistic education to all children based on Montessori philosophy and teaching methods in preparation for life.

Children become like the things they love.
Maria Montessori

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