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AMI Montessori Schools

Montessori is a specialized education philosophy that Maria Montessori devoted her life to which is centered around the child, instead of traditional teacher-based learning.

Montessori schools have become popular throughout the world for their hands-on approach to education, which develops all aspects of a student's intellectual, spiritual and emotional psyche.

Montessori is more than a name. With more and more private schools operating under the Montessori title, it’s crucial for parents to ensure the school they choose is providing an authentic Montessori experience.

What is AMI?

AMI, which stands for Association Montessori Internationale, was founded by Maria Montessori in 1929 to ensure that her methods would retain an original integrity and to ensure that her work would be perpetuated after her death.

Her vision that children learn best in a social environment that encourages individual growth is carried forward by this organization. Accreditation and certification in AMI helps ensure that teachers are as close as possible to her original philosophy and ideals.

While accreditation can vary according to age group, it is often seen in the form of three letters – AMI.

Teachers in the Montessori method must go through years of rigorous training and must be proficient in all the subjects they teach. Proper accreditation and assurance that teachers have the right training (such as AMI training) will make a world of difference in the quality of education your child will receive.

Why is it important to look for AMI?

Because the word ‘Montessori’ isn’t trademarked, there is nothing to prevent anyone from using it to name their school. It’s vital for those who have embraced the child-centered, hands-on learning approach that defines the Montessori experience to look for a school and teachers with proper accreditation. That’s where The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) comes in.

What does the AMI do?

The objectives of the Association are to uphold, propagate and further the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori for the full development of the human being.

The organization also provides guidance for training courses that will accredit teachers; guidance to recognized manufacturers in the production of approved Montessori materials and oversees the publication of Dr. Montessori’s books.

Additionally, AMI’s activities include organizing study conferences and affiliating Montessori Societies, as well as publishing the AMI bulletin Communications.

AMI and the AMS

In 1960, an internal dispute resulted in the formation of the American Montessori Society (AMS). This dispute has not lasted and today the two organizations have a collegial, cooperative relationship.

What to look for in a Montessori school

AMI insists every proper Montessori school should have:
• Proper accreditation and teacher training
• Dedicated teaching areas for practical life activities, sensorial, language and math
• Classes with a three year age mix: Montessori Casa or Primary (2.5-6), Elementary (6-9 and/or 9-12)

Read our Montessori checklist to learn more about choosing a Montessori school.

“Times have changed, and science has made great progress, and so has our work; but our principles have only been confirmed, and along with them our conviction that mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation.”

More info for parents: When is the best time to enrol your child in Montessori? How will your child’s development be monitored? How do you extend the Montessori environment to your home? You can also learn more from the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA).

Below is a list of schools with AMI Montessori certified teachers. Find one near you and learn more!

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List of AMI Schools & Background

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Forest Hill Montessori School

2 Wembley Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6C 2E9
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Forest Hill and North Toronto campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best education for their children.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$8,300 to $16,500
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OMS Montessori

335, rue Lindsay, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
l'École Montessori d'Ottawa is a montessori private school in Ottawa, Ontario. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight.
Montessori, Alternative
Day
$9,660 to $18,912
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OMS Montessori

335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School.
Montessori, Alternative
Day
$9,168 to $18,768
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Royal Cachet Montessori School

9921 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L6C 1H7
Royal Cachet Montessori School is a montessori schol that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students.
Montessori
Day
$6,500 to $10,700
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Peel Montessori School

964 Meadow Wood Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5J 2S6
Peel Montessori School offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade six in Mississauga. Its average class size is 15 to 18 students.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$7,500 to $13,500
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Humberside Montessori School

121 Kennedy Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 2X8
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight.
Montessori,
Day
$7,400 to $13,000
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Bright Scholars Academy Inc.

24 Falconer Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1B1
We have created a prepared environment for the success of children ages 18 months to 5 1/2 years old with Full-Day, Half-Day, & Part-Time programs to meet the needs of families in Mississauga.
Montessori,
Day
$3,000 to $12,000
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J. Addison School

2 Valleywood Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 8H3
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in beautiful Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$5,131 to $19,750
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Childventures Early Learning Academy

10775 Lesley Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S0B2
At Childventures, our focus is on adventures in learning – in helping children see the exciting possibilities in the world around them as they grow and experience life.
Traditional / Academic, Montessori
Day
Cost varies
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Maria Montessori School

125 Brentcliffe Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3Y7
Maria Montessori School is an AMI accredited Montessori school in Toronto that offers programs for children 18 months to twelve years.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
Cost varies
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Dearcroft Montessori School

1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1L3
Offering Montessori programs from Preschool to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by great teachers. Tuition starts at $5,900.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$6,850 to $17,500
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Roots and Wings Montessori School

982 200th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W2
We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth.
Montessori,
Day
$4,600 to $7,200
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Montessori For Children

25 Alvin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2A7
Curriculum designed for kids aged 2 1/2 to 6 covers Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and French. Located near Yonge /St Clair subway station. Please call or email to book a tour.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$7,250 to $12,000
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Bishop Hamilton Montessori School

2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $7,890.
Montessori, Faith Based
Day
$7,890 to $16,390
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Guildwood Village Montessori School
O/A Montessori Village and Education Centre

297 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 1B4
Guildwood Village Montessori SchoolO/A Montessori Village and Education Centre is a montessori school in Scarborough. It offers programs for pre-kintergraten to grade eight.
Montessori, Alternative
Day
$4,700 to $8,500
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Ellesmere Montessori School

37 Marchington Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M1R 3M6
Ellesmere Montessori School prepares children for a lifetime of creative and purposeful learning based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$6,450 to $11,000
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