The Montessori School Geneva

The Montessori School Geneva is a small and friendly pre-school based on the philosophy and principles of the Montessori method founded in 1998 by Joelle Thommen. It offers a fun and stimulating English speaking education for children aged 3 to 6 years from all nationalities.

At the Montessori School Geneva we help children develop their movement coordination, self-confidence and independence through their own activity with the Montessori material. We try to respond to each child individually by following his own rhythm and interests.

The School is situated on the left bank of Geneva. Since September 2013 the Montessori School Geneva is located in the residential area of Curé-Desclouds (Thônex), in a brand new minergie building. The school occupies the spacious and very bright ground floor.

Possibility to park in front of the school. Access by bus number 5, 25 and C.

We provide enriching and fun activities which enable the individual child to explore and learn about many aspects of the world around him.

Early registration on the waiting list is recommended and is taken all year round.

To join, children must be potty-trained. Priority is given to children with an English speaking background. Beyond the age of 4, children are usually not accepted anymore unless there has been previous Montessori experience.

Child's name

Child's surname

Date of birth

language(s) spoken at home

contact phone number


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where have you heard about us

Full day session 8.30-15.00
Morning session 8.30 – 13.00
after school childcare 15.00-18.00

No school on Wednesday

Full day session 8.30-15.00
Morning session 8.30 – 13.00
after school childcare 15.00-18.00

No school on Wednesday


  1. we agree to pay a non-returnable Registration Fee of SFr. 150.- with this Registration Form and understand that this does not guarantee a place.
  2. We agree to pay a deposit of SFr. 600.- on acceptance of a place, which will be deducted form the child’s last term fees.
  3. We agree to pay the fees per term and prior to the beginning of each term.
  4. We agree that the entry of a child may be refused in case of non-payment of fees.
  5. We agree that the fees are payable in full during periods of absence for whatever reason.
  6. We agree that we are jointly and severally liable for the payment of fees.
  7. We agree to announce the withdrawal of our child a full term in advance by registered letter, or the deposit will be held against us and the fees of the entire following term will be due.
  8. Our child has an RC (responsabilité civile)and medical insurance. We attach a copy of the insurance certificate and a copy of his vaccination booklet with this Registration Form.
  9. We agree for our child to be taken on outside walks/visits.
  10. In case of force majeure the situation will be dealt with individually.
We offer the full three year Montessori curriculum for children aged 3 to 6, including practical experiences, sensorial discoveries, reading, writing and mathematical activities.

The Montessori School Geneva is recognised by :
Association Montessori (Suisse)
– The state of Geneva

We ensure that children follow the requirements of the PER (Plan d’Etude Romand).

Meet Our Team

Joelle Principal & Teacher
Joelle Thommen is the principal and founder of the school. She is a qualified 3-6 AMI teacher (Association Montessori Internationale) and has an Honours Degree from the Institute of Education – London University.

She has worked as a full time teacher in a London Montessori School for several years. Since 1998, she happily runs The Montessori School Geneva.

Joelle is a delighted mother of three. In her spare time she enjoys running. She has run several European marathons.

Her expertise and knowledge of the child’s early development will ensure that your child will grow in a warm and stimulating educational environment.

Agnès has been a member of staff since 2003.
She is a qualified 3-6 AMI teacher. She trained in Paris and worked in New Zealand in various Montessori schools.
Agnès is an experienced mother of five happy children.
She is a truly dedicated and experienced Montessori teacher.
Ella has joined the team in 2016. Originally from Britain, she has been living in Geneva for the past five years.
She has worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Japan and as a language teacher in the UK for children of various ages.
Ella is a happy mother of two children.
VéroniqueFrench Teacher
Véronique is the French speaking member of staff. She holds an AMI Montessori Assistant diploma. Véronique comes to school on a daily basis over the lunch period always addressing the children in French.
Through songs, games and craft activities she introduces French to the children in a fun, ludic and gentle way.
Véronique is in charge of the after school childcare.