Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q1. What is Montessori education?

The Montessori Method is a comprehensive child-centered educational approach based on the observation of children's needs in a variety of cultures all around the world. It was originally developed in late 19th century by an Italian doctor Dr. Maria Montessori.

  • Montessori is based on the belief that each child is an individual with his own strengths, needs, likes and learning style
  • It is based on the belief that each child learns differently with his own style and pace
  • Montessori is a child-oriented education rather than teacher-oriented which emphasizes the importance of the child’s individual initiative and self-direction
  • Montessori supports Education as a fun journey that leads to on-going discovery by focusing on the child’s five senses
  • For more information on Ambassadors Montessori program please see the pages on Our Holistic Curriculum and Our Child-Centered Approach

Q2. How is Montessori education different from ‘conventional’ or traditional educational programs?

Montessori education is fundamentally different from conventional education methods in several ways including educational approach, facilities, and materials

  1. Child-Oriented Education: Montessori is a child-oriented rather than teacher-oriented educational approach which emphasizes the importance of the child’s individual initiative and self-direction. In the Montessori classroom the Directress helps design a unique academic progression with your child’s input to ensure your child reaches his fullest potential. Your child is then able to choose the order and length of time they will take each day to complete the selected activities.
  2. The Montessori Facilities and Materials – Children rely intensely on their senses in their learning and exploring stages. The educational classroom and materials are especially designed so that each child can use them spontaneously, independently and with deep concentration. For example, all materials are placed on low key shelves so the child can reach them. Each material isolates one quality and the concept that the child is to discover is isolated. For example, the Pink Tower is made up of ten cubes in different sizes, when the child forms the cubes on top of each other starting from the largest to the smallest; this isolates the concept of size.

  3. Multi-Age Grouping – Each classroom has multi-age groups and special educational materials so that children can work in a collaborative environment to help develop their social and academic skills. The aim is to develop your child’s social and intellectual personalities. For example, a three year old can be washing clothes with a four year old. Thus, the little one learns from the older child and the older one learns by teaching the younger child allowing each child to work on his own pace while eliminating competition.

For more information on Montessori education please see our Resources for Parents page

Q3. What makes Ambassadors Schools special from other schools?

There are three core aspects of our “Whole Child” approach that make Ambassadors program unique:

  1. What Our Children Learn – We offer holistic curriculum perfected for Saudi children. Our primary goal is not to fill your child’s head with memorized knowledge but to equip him with tools to help bring up well-rounded, independent individuals with the right balance of knowledge, social skills, emotional development and physical coordination.
  2. How Our Children Learn – We offer a “child-centered” education and this philosophy influences all parts of our education program including the curriculum, teacher style, parent involvement, facilities, and materials. We create a program that is centered around your child because we recognize and respect the child as a unique individual. We allow him to learn through his natural development from the materials and activities he finds in his environment. This method aims to allow each child to reach his full potential independently of learning style preferences or personality traits
  3. Development of Islamic Identity – Our Islamic identity is preserved in a fully bilingual program through regulator study and application of fundamental Islamic principals. Our goal is to create Global Muslim citizens by encouraging your child to learn about the world while he has a deep understanding and appreciation of our values, religion and history.

For more information on how Ambassadors is different please click here
For a checklist of the most important criteria to consider when choosing a school, please see our Preschool Selection Checklist

Q4. Is the school under the Ministry of Education?
Yes we are. Our curriculum is certified by the Ministry of Education and our schools are open to all Saudi and Non-Saudi students.
Q5. My child is Saudi; do I need to obtain government permission for my child before joining?
As we are certified by the Ministry of Education, our doors are open for Saudis and Non-Saudis. Parents do not need government permission to register their children.
Q6. Are boys and girls together in the same classroom?
Since we fall under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education, boys and girls share the same classrooms up to 2nd grade. Once the children are ready to move up to 3rd grade, they are separated into different campuses.

Children

Q1. Are children given tests/exams?

Children in the primary grades between the ages 3-6 do not go through set of exams nor tests. We believe that testing children at this age can have negative impact on the emotional and educational development because tests are inaccurate, misleading, and stressful for children.

"My vision of the future is no longer people taking exams and proceeding then on that certification . . . but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher [one], by means of their own activity through their own effort of will, which constitutes the inner evolution of the individual." - Dr. Maria Montessori
Q2. How will my child’s progress be measured?
Your child’s progress is carefully monitored through extensive teacher’s record keeping of your child’s development. Written progress will be shared with you every week and discussed in depth at parent-teacher conferences.
Q3. Will my child be de-motivated if he moves to a traditional school after Ambassadors?
No, because they have a strong foundation where they started that is proven to help them succeed throughout their academic and professional careers socially and academically. We have found our students perform very strongly after moving to traditional schools inside and outside Saudi Arabia.

Parent Involvement

Q1. How will I be informed of my child’s development?

Parents will be given a weekly report on what lessons their child already had and what he his working on. This is given to provide parents hands on progress on the child’s development through the Montessori Method.

Parents also have regular parent-teacher conferences to discuss about their child or can call at any point to arrange to speak with a teacher about their child’s development.

Q2. How can I be involved in my child’s education?

There are many ways you can be involved as a parent in your child’s education:

  • Read the regular progress reports on your child’s development provided by your child’s teacher
  • Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher and other academic staff concerning your child’s development
  • Support your child’s key learning goals through reading aloud and other educational activities in the home
  • Volunteer to help at school activities for the students or other parents

For more information on Parent Involvement please see the Parents Communication page

School Program

Q1. How many years is your program?
Presently, we have children 0-3 and 3-6 years of age in Jeddah and full K-12 program in Riyadh. We plan to extend Jeddah to a full K-12 program in the near future.
Q2. Are there any trips during the year? What are they?

Yes, we have scheduled trips throughout the year according to the curriculum and children’s own interests. Parents are always informed and asked for permission before any trips. Examples of possible trips include the zoo, local corporations, newspapers and deserts.

The school also organizes in-house field trips by asking parents to come in and share their knowledge and experiences of the current study.

Teachers

Q1. What are the nationalities of the teachers?
We believe that any school that offers bilingual languages should have native speakers in both languages. Our staff is 50% native speakers of English and 50% native speakers of Arabic from a diverse range of countries across North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.
Q2. Are your teachers qualified?

The teachers in every classroom have deep teaching experience and have completed rigorous early education certification programs.

  • The Directress in every Ambassadors’ classroom has completed a multi-year certification program with one of the top international Montessori associations.
  • In addition, all teachers undergo continuous in-service training through the world-class Ambassadors teacher training center which has over 10 years experience in teacher training and is supported by partnerships with experts from the Middle East and North America

For more information on Ambassadors’ teaching staff please see the Our Teachers page

Facilities

Q1. Are the school facilities safe and child-friendly?
Yes, all our facilities are child friendly because it is our top priority to keep your child safe and comfortable. Our classrooms and outdoor areas have been designed specifically by expert architects and educationalists to ensure safety. All education equipments have been carefully selected to be child-safe and age appropriate.
Q2. Do the children have a private outdoor play area?

Yes, the children have a spacious outdoor play area at every school and they have scheduled times to play. This is very important for our children’s development.

For more information on Ambassadors’ facilities please see Our Facilities page

Application Process and Child Preparation

Q1. In the application process, what will my child be evaluated on in the child assessment?

Parents are asked to schedule an interview/assessment for them and their child. You and your child will be in a classroom with one of our caring Directresses where your child will be introduced to set of materials (blocks, colored shapes, etc) to work on. As the child works with the new materials your child will be assessed on:

  • Concentration in the new tasks
  • Listening and following directions which will be given clearly and patiently by the Directress
  • Technical skills including the child’s pencil grip, numbers and letters recognition and motor development

For more information on the Admission Process please see the How to Apply page

Q2. What if my child fails in the assessment/interview process and he doesn’t get accepted?
No child fails and we work extensively with children who are struggling in any specific area to help them succeed. However, there are occasionally children for whom our education environment is not suitable. In these rare cases we will work with parents to identify an appropriate alternative for their child.
Q3. Does my child need to be toilet-trained?
Children under the age of 3 in our Infant-Toddler program do not have to be toilet-trained. However, children above the age of 3 in our pre-school program are required to be toilet-trained. This is because we don’t have the facilities to support the child within this age group.

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