Learning should be a lifelong endeavour. At least, that’s the philosophy of Rowntree Montessori Schools in Brampton, Ont.
Within four campuses located throughout the city, including three primary schools and an academy for children in junior kindergarten through Grade 10, all elements work together to create an environment that encourages students to grow in all possible ways. From the classroom decorations, to the small class sizes, to the Montessori-based curriculum, the learning starts early and builds from year to year at Rowntree.
With a curriculum for such a wide age range, Rowntree’s director of administration Mark Essaye says that the continuity and familiarity that children develop with the school has many benefits.
“Social adjustment of the child won’t be a distraction from their academic development,” he says, referring to the disruption that changing schools can sometimes cause. “They’re not worried about having to adapt to a new environment, or break into a new circle of friends.”
“Vertical teams” of teachers also ensure their classes flow smoothly from year to year, so no material is missed or unnecessarily repeated. Parents gain too, forming relationships with school administration just as their children do. With open and constant communication between parents and staff, they even become integral parts of the school community. Some parents even lead their own extracurricular activities.
Clubs like cooking, crafts and astronomy, as well as house league games and an annual mini-Olympics day, to name a couple of popular activities, help round out the students’ education and fulfill Rowntree’s goal to nurture the whole child. While sports provide healthy competition, concerts and school-wide speeches promote inner confidence, and participating in local events like the Santa Claus parade and singing at hockey games teaches students the importance of giving back to the Brampton community. Rowntree Montessori Schools is now well-known in the area as the region’s largest and oldest Montessori school, and the only one to offer high school credit courses accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
“Rather than not only meeting ministry education (requirements), we strive to exceed them and help develop children to their maximum potential,” says Dan Zebeljan, director of education and principal of the Academy campus.
Parents interested in Rowntree Montessori Schools are invited to attend the school’s open house, conveniently located at all four campuses on Feb. 4, 9 and 25.
Open House dates:
Saturday, Feb. 4: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: Registrar – Christine Peel
Rowntree Montessori Schools
Accommodating students from 12 months until Grade 10, Rowntree Montessori Schools in Brampton, Ont., work to fulfill their mandate: “Nurturing Tomorrow’s Achievers.” They aim to develop the whole child in a welcoming environment, while surpassing ministry expectations, and involve everyone in their educational experience—students, parents and teachers.