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.

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

No school on Wednesday

school calendar 2020 – 2021

School begins                      Monday 24 August

Jeûne Genevois                   Thursday 10 September

Half-term                             Monday 19 October – Friday 23 October

Winter Holidays                 Monday 21 December  – Friday 8 January

Half-term                             Monday 15  – Friday 19 February

Easter Holidays                   Monday 29 March – Friday 9 April

Ascension                            Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May

Whit Monday                      Monday 24 May

School ends                          Friday 25 June

school fees   2020-2021

morning sessions : 8 am – 1pm  annual fee (10 months)  9’900.-

The first month of the school year is to be paid by the end of May, the rest of the year is paid in three installments, as follow:

School year       fees          due dates
September 1 month   990 CHF May       31st     2020
Oct – Dec 3 months 2970 CHF August   31st    2020
Jan – March 3 months 2970 CHF Nov.       30th   2020
April – June 3 months 2970 CHF Feb.       28th    2021

full day sessions :  8 am – 3pm   annual fee (10 months)  15’000.-

The first month of the school year is to be paid by the end of May, the rest of the year is paid in three installments, as follow:

School year       fees          due dates
September 1 month 1’500 CHF May       31st     2020
Oct – Dec 3 months 4’500 CHF August   31st    2020
Jan – March 3 months 4’500 CHF Nov.       30th   2020
April – June 3 months 4’500 CHF Feb.       28th    2021

school fees include: tuition, introduction to French, lunch, snacks, art & craft supplies, stationery, books,  baking and music & movement groups

10% discount on school fees for the second child if the sibling still attends school


  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.
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.