Traditional Montessori high schools are farm communities where students participate in every level of running the organic farm which supplies the school and is able to sell any surplus. As students mature they become increasingly involved in running the school, keeping the books, running the school shop and organising events. This allows them to understand the principles of cash flow, business needs and the importance of co-operation. We at Lilima endeavour to follow this model as far as possible.

The children are able to learn practical skills, including permaculture farming, wood and metal work, construction and engineering, plumbing, electrical wiring as well as the traditional subjects. The education is thematic and experiential.


Montessori Syllabus & IB MYP Program



The school will be running the International Baccalaureate Middle years program (IB MYP) which runs from ages 12 to 16. This curriculum works very well with the Montessori approach.

The Program

In this comprehensive academic curriculum the children will be learning the following skills and arts from real life experience:

• Basic Math
• Ecology
• Biology
• Algebra
• Accounting
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Economics
• Food Science
• Land Management
• Humanities
• Domestic Sciences
• Artisan Specialization
• Conflict Resolution
• Environmental Sciences

For any adolescent this is an impressive skill set and the subjects will not be vague ultimately forgettable mental concepts the children will have used these abilities to meet real challenges and better the quality of their own lives with accomplishments that will stay with them throughout adulthood.

What The IB MYP Offers Students

• The MYP aims to develop active internationally minded learners who can empathise with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. emphasizes intellectual challenge. 
• Encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life.
• The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues.
• The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

• build confidence in managing their own learning and learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
• outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
• consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme entrance examinations

Lilima will be following the model of a school in the USA, the Rochester Montessori School, an accredited Montessori and IB School.


IB MYP Career Certificate or IB Diploma



Once the students have completed the IB MYP certificate they have the option to complete the IB Diploma at Waterford Kamhlaba or alternately continue at Lilima and complete the IB Careers Certificate which is one of four programmes offered by the IB. This was launched in 2012 and is aimed at students who take a career studies pathway in the last two years of secondary school. Combining rigorous academics with a school-based career-related programme, the IB CC prepares students for successful careers in today’s rapidly evolving world.

This is especially effective in high unemployment areas of the world. The data show how successful this is: of the students completing the IB CC, schools report that 70% are continuing on to further or higher education or training—with many not having considered it an option before—and 29% are going directly into careers.

“ To date, the IB CC has been implemented in 73 schools across 14 countries. The programme’s results demonstrate that students benefit from the combination of academic subjects and career-related studies. They will access a broad, flexible education which will give them the knowledge, practical training, intellectual engagement, and international mindedness not otherwise possible in such programmes, developing higher order cognitive skills and academic behaviour that enhance their employability, and also dramatically alter their world view".

Here is more information on the International Baccalaureate Organisation website.


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