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. This new location, where the school remains, covers 30 are of land and uses a large adjoining garden for sport and play.
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 Oboroi 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.
In response to continued growth and to realize the ultimate vision for the school, Montessori School Bali, in January of 2017, united all class levels on a new campus in the Berawa area of Canggu that was custom designed to support the principles of Montessori education.