Frequently asked questions

What is Montessori?

Montessori is a holistic philosophy that starts with the assumption that each child is innately capable, intelligent and curious about the world around them. Rather than curtailing that interest through years of rote-learning and group instruction, Montessori children are encouraged to pursue their own interests, all while developing real-world foundational skills.

How does a Montessori classroom differ from a 'normal' classroom?

We encourage you to observe a Montessori classroom for yourself to see the difference! Unlike conventional classrooms, Montessori classrooms are bright and open, and filled with child-sized natural materials. The teacher (or Lead Guide) is there not as the centrepiece, but as a supporter in each child's individual progress.

Learning is never forced in the Montessori classroom - in our classrooms, children are given 'freedom within limits', which means they can work on any one of a wide range of activities within the classroom, concentrating on a project for long stretches of uninterrupted worktime.

How do I know a genuine Montessori education? What is 'Montesorta'?

Any school can call itself Montessori, even if its teaching practices are only Monte-sorta. There are two main accrediting bodies for Montessori education: AMI and AMS. You should always look for at least one of these two bodies when considering your child for enrollment.

Just as importantly - all Lead Guides should have a recognised credential from a Montessori outfit. At Lotti & Maxim, all of our Lead Guides have, or are under active training with, an AMI- or AMS-recognised Teacher Education Program.

When you visit a Montessori school - ask about credentials! Ask about accreditation! Most importantly - ask about the philosophy of the school, and ensure that it matches what you know about Maria Montessori's approach.

Who are Lotti and Maxim?

Lotti and Maxim are the children of Judit, the owner and founder of the school. As her children were the inspiration for the school itself, it seemed only appropriate to name the school after them.

How did Lotti & Maxim start?

Judit started Lotti and Maxim back in 2013, when she had discovered Montessori for her own children, Lotti and Maxim. Realising Montessori was not available in Hungary, she began with a daycare on the Pest side of downtown Budapest. The school began to grow, and soon the school had two Primary classrooms and one Toddler room. In 2016, the school was registered as a Kindergarten. Judit expanded from the original school in Pest, to include a new, much larger campus in Buda in 2016, in order to serve more families. The Buda campus currently has one Toddler classroom, two Primary classrooms, one Elementary classroom, 2 indoor gymnasiums, an outdoor skiing area, in addition to approximately 25,000 sqm of outdoor wooded, play, exploration and playground area.

How long does the admission process take?

We value each of our students, and so we like to take the time to ensure that all of our students will be successful at our school. Once you submit an application form, we'll schedule an in-school trial time for your child. After a successful trial, you'll submit the documentation required to legally enroll a child at a Hungarian school, and you and your child's Guide will set a mutually-suitable start date. The time varies based on your schedule and the time of year, but we aim for as efficient a process as possible. You can see our admissions process here.

What ages do you accept? Which campus do I choose?

We currently accept children aged from 18 months through to 9 years. Our Pest campus is for children aged 3 to 6 years. Our Buda campus is for children 18 months up to 9 years. We are always considering adding additional groupings based on community interest. Please don't hesitate to send us an email if you would be interested in these additional groupings!

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