Our Montessori school was established on March 2017. The school is located in a fine manor house on a property of over 4,94 acres (2 hectares). « Les Loupiots » school caters for children aged from 2,5 to 16 years old. The youngest can take full advantage of the 968 ft2 (90m2) space (classroom) where they can discover and learn using material following the complete Montessori approach. So can do the 6 to 12 years old children in a newly renovated 2368 ft2 room opened in April 2019 (see below). Since September 2021, we opened the Mid-school. The teenagers have their own independent classroom. They take care of animals and a bio kitchen garden.
We are officially certified and approved by the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale). In each "ambiance" (classroom), we have a certified AMI Educator/guide (a bilingual French native speaker). Ours Educators (or “guide” in Montessori language) hold the internationally recognised Montessori diploma which is only obtained after completing years of study, months of internships, written and oral examinations and detailed dissertations all using the certified Montessori pedagogical material (brand Nienhuis).
It should be noted that the name Montessori is not protected and therefore it is sometimes used abusively:
In France, many Montessori schools, even if full of good will, are in reality only « Montessori inspired » : sometimes mixing several pedagogies and going against the essential specificities created by Maria Montessori. Unfortunately, these schools may not have the necessary accredited material, nor an AMI certified educator/guide. An AMI accredited guide alone attests to a real knowledge of the pedagogy and the benevolent positioning of the adult toward the children. Moreover, the AMI certified educators possess the necessary skills and expertise with regard to the correct use of this material.
A person does not become a Montessori educator/guide, any more than one become a doctor, in just a few weeks of training or reading!
The 6-12 years old children’s class opened in September 2018 and has been transferred upstairs in the 220 m2 room in April 2019 (see more pictures in the "photos" section).
Directors and co-founders of the school :
Yann et Audrey MEILLAN, certified Montessori AMI School Directors and Assistants Montessori Grads 3-6 years old AMI from the Maria Montessori Higher Institute (ISMM — Nogent sur Marne, France). Audrey has also completed the workshop "Introduction to adolescence" set by the International Montessori Training Institute. They both have followed the Montessori 12-18 AMI Orientation's organised by the Montessori Center for Work and Study in Rydet (Sweden).
Educators (or "Guide" in Montessorian words) :
Erika, French speaking guide graduated AMI from the Maria Montessori Higher Institute (ISMM — Nogent sur Marne, France) Grads 3-6 years old, also graduated level 1, 2 and 3 in Non Violent Communication and in Emotional Grammar from Isabelle Filiozat.
Damien, French bilingual guide graduated AMI from the Maria Montessori Higher Institute (ISMM — Lyon, France) Grads 3-6 years old.
Laura, French bilingual educator/guide Grads 6-12 years old, being trained at the AMI "Centre de Formation Montessori Francophonie" (CFMF -- near Geneva).
Fabienne, French bilingual educator/guide Grads 6-12 years old, graduated AMI from the "Centre de Formation Montessori Francophonie" (CFMF -- near Geneva).
Renaud, school teacher, bilingual AMI guide graduated from the Maria Montessori Superior Institute for children from 3 to 6 years old and Montessori guide for children from 6 to 12 years old. Educator for 12-18 year olds who have followed the Montessori 12-18 AMI Orientation at the Montessori Center for Work and Study in Rydet (Sweden) is also being trained in this same center to obtain the very rare 12-18 AMI educator's diploma (because there are only two training centres in the world validated by the AMI).
Laura Y., English speaking AMI certified assistant from the London Montessori Institute.