The only traditional Montessori school
in Marbella.

That follows the children from 15 months to 12 years old and enables them to realise their full potential.

Developing your child's own
initiative and natural abilities.

Allowing children to take an active role in their own learning reinforces their excitement to learn.

We believe that children thrive in an educational environment that respects them as individuals.

At Casa del Mar Montessori Marbella children begin a life journey of self-realisation, love of learning, and global responsibility.

An individualised learning environment

Where children are guided to reach their full potential

Active learning

The learning takes place through the child’s own activity. The use of Montessori materials builds a foundation of concrete experiences of abstract concepts, assisting your child to attain a deeper level of understanding.

Highly individualised curriculum

Montessori guides are trained to recognise and respect the latent abilities within your child, connecting her to the material that combines both interest and the right level challenge.

Child-centered environments

Children in a Montessori environment are very independent, everything is at their reach and well thought to offer the right amount of challenge while respecting their limitations.

3-hour work cycles

Children have three hours of uninterrupted time to choose independent work, become deeply engaged, and repeat to their own satisfaction. This is very important to allow them to concentrate and work at their own pace on chosen activities.

Mixed-age classes

Children of different ages help one another. Younger children admire the work of older ones and are capable of taking an interest in the things they are doing because the difference in their abilities is not that big. For older children, teaching younger ones really allows him to consolidate and strengthen his own knowledge.

Group activities and free play outside

We also understand the importance of group activities, that will be offered but not imposed to the children. Our daily schedule also accommodates time for free play in our patio.

Available Programs

Infant Community

15 months to 3 years

Children’s House

3 months to 6 years


6 to 12 years

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The Team

Established in 2016, Casa del Mar Montessori Marbella is backed by a team of veteran professionals with over 15 years of combined Montessori experience.

Noelia Zaragoza

Infant Community Guide

Noelia holds a 3-6 AMI certification by the Montessori Institute in Malaga as well as two bachelor's degrees in Special needs education and Psychology.

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Philippa McLoughlin

Infant Community Assistant

Philippa is the English speaking Infant Community Assistant and also teaches Physical Education to Children’s House and Elementary. She has a background in sport and outdoor pursuits, a degree in Sports Science.

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Andrea Fitzpatrick

Children's House Guide

A 3-6 AMI-certified professional from Michigan, US. She has over 3 years of experience and holds a masters degree in Montessori Education and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education, Language, and Mathematics.

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Ana Andreea Gudiu

Children's House Guide

Ana Andreea holds a 3-6 AMI certification by the Montessori Institute in Málaga as well as two bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. She has experience in Montessori environments in Switzerland and Spain.

Ana is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.

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Sara Fernández

Elementary Guide

AMI-certified by the Maria Montessori Institute in London and Montessori Northwest in Portland.

She holds a 3‐6 AMI certification, is completing a 6-12 AMI certification, and has a bachelor's degree in Elementary education.

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Kirsty Dennis

School Life Coordinator

Kirsty is in charge of day to day administration. She also assists in the Children's House during our afternoon cycle.

Kirsty is trained in Jolly Phonics and runs the Drama afternoon activities.

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David "Moke" Gonzalez

Musical Education

Percussion and music teacher with 18 years of experience teaching children. Moke brings an incredible array of musical instruments from all around the world for our children to experiment with.

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Macarena Soto

Positive Discipline Counsellor

Macarena Soto is a certified Positive Discipline facilitator by the Positive Discipline Association in the US. Trained in Neuroscience, multiple intelligences, Asperger and ADHD.

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Ruth Coca


Ruth has a passion for education and is a firm believer in the child-centered, respectful approach represented by the traditional Montessori methodology.

Ruth has attended several AMI courses for Montessori administrators including Lead & Direct: Montessori School Leadership in the Maria Montessori Institute in London.

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Parent Testimonials

Dr. María Montessori

"Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavour always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence."

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