Our address
Our address
Private School Horizon Montessori
8 rue Pierre Gourdault
75013 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 82 01 02
Métro: Chevaleret (line 6) or Météor Bibliothèque (line 14)
Bus: Place Jeanne d'Arc (line 27)
E-mail: horizonmontessori@noos.fr
A school for children from three to nine years of age
A school for children from three to nine years of age
The objective of Association Horizon Montessori is to create, develop and manage classes for children, applying Montessori educational methods that are registered with the Académie de Paris.
The school is located in bright, ground floor premises of 220 m2, in a pedestrian zone opposite the Héloïse and Abélard garden between rue Dunois and rue du Chevaleret. In keeping with a “homely” atmosphere, this "children’s house" has two classes, one for children aged from three to six years and the other for children of six to nine years, with a maximum of fifteen children for one educator.
The task of the teacher-educator is to observe the child in order to learn from him how he should be guided through the acquisition of knowledge and autonomy and then follow him at his own rhythm. We work with material that is specifically designed for Montessori classrooms, the content of the activities complies with the program of the French Education Authorities, although our educational approach is different.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, from 9:00 to 16:30
Wednesday from 9:00 to 12:00
The doors are open for children at 8:30
After-school care from 16:30 to 18:00.
Vacations are set by the French Education Authorities.
The 3-6 class
The 3-6 class
30 children with 2 teachers and 2 assistants for mealtime, recreation time and afternoon nap. An English teacher is present in the class two mornings a week, a music lesson is given once a week (Jaël Montessori method), there is a gymnastic session (adapted to the child’s age) once a week at Arc-en-Ciel Gym, rue Charcot, around the corner from the school.
The teacher follows the child who manipulates sensorial, practical life, mathematics, language, geography, and natural science material. Outings, manual activities, drawing, painting, singing, group discussion... are all part of everyday activities.
Children take turn at setting and clearing the table, preparing a snack, tidying the classroom, watering the plants... these are part of the daily tasks that help them develop their social skills and give them a sense of responsibility.
Meals are served at midday (prepared by an outside catering service and reheated on the premises).
The children go to Héloïse and Abélard garden everyday except on Wednesdays.
A nap is possible during the afternoon if required. Part-time schooling is available for children under four years of age from 9:00 to 12:00 without lunch, or from 9:00 to 13:00 with lunch.
The 6-9 class
The 6-9 class
Between 18 and 20 children with one full-time teacher, and part-time helpers.
An English teacher seven hours per week.
A music teacher (Jaël Montessori method), one afternoon per week.
An art teacher one morning a week.
A gym session is given alternately with drama or dance workshops once a week at Arc-en-Ciel, rue Charcot.
Swimming pool on Fridays, rue Dunois.
There are outings throughout the year.
Children develop and consolidate, always at their own rhythm, the skills acquired during the 3-6 cycle: writing, mathematics, reading, English, music. They reinforce geography and science, discover history, grammar, spelling, conjugation and written expression.
Children take turns at setting and clearing the table, they sweep up after meals, prepare snacks, tidy their classroom, take care of plants...
A group discussion takes place everyday from 11:15 to 11:40.
Children go to Héloïse et Abélard garden everyday except on Wednesdays from 11:45 to 12:30. Lunch is served at 12:45 (prepared by an outside catering service and reheated on the premises).

Parental participation is always welcome in workshops or for the presentation of a particular subject. The school is open to parents who wish to observe their child’s class.

The members of the educational team are all qualified by the Association Montessori Internationale.
The principal of the school, Véronique Payot-Rose, teaches in the 3-6 class, and is available to meet with parents everyday from 16:45.

The management of the school is transparent as a non-profit organization and was created to be and remain a service for children. Anyone enrolled at the school for a year is entitled to consult the school’s accounts.
School fees for the year 2008/2009
School fees for the year 2016/2017
Full-timePart-timeSecond child enrolled
Annual enrollment fee390 €390 €390 €
Monthly school fees (10 installments)575 €475 €475 €
Meals & snacks (monthly) (10 installments)110 €110 €110 €
After-school care3 € per half-hour
Contact us
Contact us
E-mail : horizonmontessori@noos.fr
For further information, call us at +33 (0)1 53 82 01 02
We will make an appointment with you to answer your questions and talk about your child.
A school
A school
Maria Montessori was a scientist, a medical doctor and an educationalist, and as such she was a master in the art of observation.
She said:
"The secret demand of the child is “help me to do it by myself”; pointless assistance hinders the child’s development.
It is through the exploration and refinement of the senses that the child develops his intelligence. The child absorbs his environment. If we offer him a prepared environment he will absorb. Adults often impose, they should stand back and learn from children how to educate.
Confidence in the child can be limitless providing that the necessary common sense for education to be a help in life is employed.
The man of tomorrow, today’s child aspires to an education that encourages the fulfillment of his potential for initiative, creativity, autonomy, self-discipline and self-confidence"

"Our role as parents or educators is to take care, along with the child, of his internal forces by providing him with an appropriate environment and the necessary common sense, so that his own human potential can be satisfied, develop and blossom.”
Renilde Montessori (1996)
Let us follow the Child

The child needs an environment that creates a desire to learn and to discover.
Children of mixed ages, within a three year span are put together, which allows the younger ones to learn from the older children and allows the older children to learn by teaching the younger ones.
Another consequence is that it is comforting to be in the same surroundings over a whole cycle of development, this allows them to look at both the future and the past.
Affection, compassion and respect for the work of others flourish in a group of mixed ages as does the joy of seeing others’ accomplishments, particularly in those classes where children with special needs also attend the class.

The child needs material support to learn intelligently.
Indeed, "there is nothing in understanding that has not passed before through the senses"(Locke).
It is through using and refining his five senses that the child can assimilate ideas, logic and abstraction.

Montessori material is arranged on open shelves within the reach of children and it includes material for practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, culture, music, arts and manual work, cooking and library books.
Each item of material incorporates one difficulty, progression goes from simple to complex, it is designed for indirect preparation for future learning, starting from the concrete and leading to the abstract. It is self-teaching and often includes its own error control.

The child needs to have freedom of movement and speech.
Therefore, the classroom is organized so he can move freely and has a choice either to work on a mat on the floor or at a table, alone or with others.

He needs his rhythm and choices to be respected.
In the classroom, he may choose his activity. The adult, guided by the child, can present the chosen material permitting the child to repeat the activity alone. Most of the time, children work together and learn from one another.

Children need a happy and formative social life.
This environment allows for the order and discipline necessary for life in a group. This comes from the delicate balance between freedom and the rules for life in a community that occur naturally in Montessori classrooms. Those children who have acquired the fine art of working freely in a formative environment take on the responsibility of this structure, participate in everyday chores and contribute to the cohesion of their social unit.

We are all artists
English, gymnastics, swimming, manual work, drawing, painting, music, singing, drama, group discussion... are all part of the everyday activities of the class.
Maria Montessori’s bibliography (in French)
- L'enfant, Ed. Desclée de Brouwer et Denoël Gonthier
- La Pédagogie Scientifique, tome 1 et 2, Ed. Desclée de Brouwer
- L'esprit Absorbant, Ed. Desclée de Brouwer
- De l'Enfant à l'Adolescent, Ed. Desclée de Brouwer
- La formation de l'homme, Ed. Desclée de Brouwer
- L'Education et la paix, Ed. Desclée de Brouwer