Montessori Bali was established in 1998 by Kadek Wiranatha and his wife Nattalia Sinclaire, a committed Montessorian who recognised how an authentic Montessori programme could benefit the children of Bali. This foundation school consisted of the “Rose Class”, a single preschool classroom with 14 children. The school was so well received that by 2002 a second preschool class, the “Garden Class” was added.
After seeing how their children progressed under the Montessori system, a passionate group of parents, wishing to support the further growth and development of the school, pursued ways to extend their children’s Montessori education beyond preschool. Key parents, led by David Dobson, Maria Doukeli and Anastasia Stanmeyer worked with Nattalia Sinclaire to expand the school, which resulted in the opening of Montessori Bali’s first Lower Primary classroom in 2005.
Enrolments continued to increase and, once again, more space was required to meet demand. Premises were secured on Jalan Petitenget and were renovated in 2008 to provide space for the lower and newly established upper primary classrooms. In 2010, further renovations were completed on an enlarged purpose built classroom that would accommodate larger upper primary enrolments.
When heavy construction began next to the Petitenget site, safety concerns prompted the school to move the primary and adolescent communities to a new location on Jalan Bumbak in Umalas. After sixteen years of growth, Montessori School Bali had two dedicated locations staffed by highly qualified guides and support staff who could provide an authentic Montessori experience for their students. The Oberoi location focused on preschool education for children from 3 to 6 years of age while the Bumbak location continued Montessori education for children 7 to 12 years of age.
Soon this too was not enough and a ultimate vision of bringing the two part of the school together saw the development of the current campus in Berawa. The beautiful campus with purpose built learning environments is a stunning example of what vision and passion can create, was opened in January 2017.
In May 2018, the school celebrated 20 years, an exciting achievement in its history.