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Our History
Our History
[ Founded in 1990 ]
Our Remarkable Journey

Caroline Chen, MSB’s founding principal, started teaching in Beijing in 1990 when she set up a Montessori classroom in the Royal Norwegian Embassy for a group of 10 pupils. In this single classroom, the vision of MSB grew out of her desire to create a unique Kindergarten and Elementary school aimed at providing excellent education in the English and Chinese language for Beijing’s international community. 

In 1992, she created a Kindergarten at The China World Trade Center, and one year later, established MSB’s Elementary Program at Beijing Lufthansa Center. For over 10 years, the Beijing Diplomatic Language and Cultural Centre in Sanlitun served as MSB’s central base to the school’s other Kindergarten and Elementary campuses at River Gardens and Beijing Riviera. As MSB students grew in numbers, MSB’s curriculum expanded to offer a choice of an English only based education or a complete full-immersion dual-language English-Mandarin Program. Today, MSB is well respected in the Beijing and international educational community for providing a very strong academic program in both its English-Only and Dual-Language Programs. 

In 2012, MSB established its new and beautiful campus at Riviera, consolidating all of its campuses on the same grounds. The school now serves over 400 children aged 18 months to 12 years, representing more than 21 nationalities, all receiving the excellent education in English and Chinese language that Caroline envisioned. 

MSB is fully registered with the Chinese Ministry of Education Beijing Education Bureau. It has been in existence for over 30 years. MSB is a member of the American Montessori Society (AMS). AMS represents over 1,500 Montessori schools worldwide and affiliates over 100 teacher training programs (all accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).