Building the Dream Together

Empowering Global Citizens

Since 1996, International Montessori School (IMS) has been a pillar of multicultural education in the Triangle. IMS remains the sole trilingual language immersion school in the region and has developed a close-knit community of families, alumni and partners that value language, culture, diversity and inclusivity. 

Growing our Community

Demand for an IMS education has steadily grown, taking us beyond the confines of our Durham facilities. Families have embraced our commitment to cultivate a love for learning, language, culture, nature, and community through the Montessori approach. Students leave our community bilingual and biliterate in French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese by third grade, preparing them for a global society.

In 2020, we purchased a 37-acre property in Chapel Hill, marking our first step towards significantly expanding our physical footprint. We now have the infrastructure to add on middle grades, launch supplemental language programs outside of school hours, and host family-friendly events on the grounds that bring together the Triangle’s internationally-engaged community

Capital Campaign Progress

With support from families, alumni and philanthropic partners, we are building the dream of serving more families and the broader community in new, dynamic ways. With a multi-year plan to design, build and expand, we invite you to join us in building spaces that house the next generation of leaders, creators and changemakers. For more information about the Build the Dream Campaign, please read our Case Statement. 


*Pledges and payments can be made over a five-year period.  Cash, securities, donations from DAFs, and in-kind donations are welcome.

Please contact Kat Ngaruiya, director of development at if you would like to make a gift to the campaign.