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Montessori preschools

Find the top Montessori preschools and daycares in Canada.




On this page, we cover Montessori preschools, nursery schools, kindergartens, and daycares in Canada. Most of these preschools are certified by a world-recognized accrediting institute, such as the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) or the American Montessori Internationale (AMI).

For a far more comprehensive guide to Montessori education, including a detailed discussion of the Montessori philosophy, approach, and curriculum, start with our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of Montessori preschools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Montessori preschools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori preschools
  6. Further resources


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Montessori schools






Montessori preschools and daycares include toddler programs (ages 0-3) and primary schools (ages 3-6). There are lots of Montessori preschools in Canada, almost all of which are private. These schools vary in terms of their philosophy, learning environment, curriculum, and activities. The preschools listed below reflect this diversity. They can be filtered for a wide range of features, including programming, special needs support, location, and cost.


 
  • Momentum Montessori
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • Westside Montessori Academy
  • Forest Hill Montessori School
  • Westside Montessori School
  • OMS Montessori
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • TMS School
  • Royal Cachet Montessori School
  • Bond Academy
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • York Montessori School
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa
  • Tall Pines School
  • Century Private School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • J. Addison School
  • Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Beyond Montessori School
  • Taddle Creek Montessori School
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
  • Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
  • École Montessori International de Montréal
  • Trillium School
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S
  • Roots and Wings Montessori School
  • Braemar House School
  • Maria Montessori School
  • ABC Montessori
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Montessori House of Children
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • Montessori Alberta
  • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
  • Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori
  • Liberty Prep School
  • The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
  • Hatch House Montessori School
  • Académie Vaudrin Academy
  • Town Centre Montessori Private Schools
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
  • The Mildenhall School
  • The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Odyssey Montessori School
  • Bannockburn
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Wheatley School
  • Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
  • River Valley School
  • High Park Gardens Montessori School
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Montessori For Children
  • Wishing Well Schools
  • Meadow Green Academy

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

Momentum Montessori (est. 2016)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Kids from 0-7 absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 9 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$10,800 to $18,000

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)

  • North York, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$7,320 to $15,090

Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.5 to Grade 7. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$5,050 to $10,750

Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best education for their children. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

OMS Montessori (est. 1966)

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$12,864 to $19,260

Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum, co-ed Montessori program from Toddler to Middle School. Tuition starts at $7,750. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$7,750 to $16,500

Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

TMS School (est. 1961)

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (750 students)
Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is a not-for-profit independent university preparatory school located in Richmond Hill where students, faculty and staff regularly Go Beyond. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,075 to $25,440

Royal Cachet Montessori School (est. 2006)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (36 students)
50% off the first three months for new elementary students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$7,500 to $14,500

York Montessori School (est. 2007)

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
York Montessori School in Richmond Hill offers children from 16 months to 6 years old a wholesome Montessori education. Teacher to student ratios of 1:5 - 1:8. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$11,150 to $11,750

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) (est. 1969)

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Rowntree Montessori Schools is a montessori school that offers programs from Pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 in Brampton. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$4,300 to $11,700

Peel Montessori Private School (est. 1992)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Peel Montessori School offers an enriched, personalized program. Emphasis is on strong academics, and the development of personal excellence (leadership skills, creativity) in a supportive, family-like environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Orthodox$7,500 to $15,000

Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa (est. 2012)

  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Preschool to Preschool (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
At Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa we have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a caring and challenging environment. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$4,500 to $11,750

Tall Pines School (est. 1987)

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (480 students)
Tall Pines School in Brampton provides enhanced Montessori and traditional classes from Infant to Grade Eight, is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, and is a leader in 21st Century education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$7,813 to $17,637

Century Private School (est. 1994)

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$8,400 to $26,800

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$7,900 to $14,000

Yip’s Music & Montessori School (est. 1990)

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $10,900

Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $8,870. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$8,870 to $15,120

Beyond Montessori School (est. 2008)

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
Located downtown St. Catharines, BMS offers bilingual Montessori programs - Toddler to Grade 8 with class sizes of 5 to 15 students. Tuition from $4,000 to $8,500. Extended Care. Financial-aid for the Elementary Years. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$8,500

Taddle Creek Montessori School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
Taddle Creek Montessori provides an authentic Montessori education for children ages 2.5 to 12 years old in the Annex. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$11,800 to $17,300

Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (338 students)
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$6,400 to $20,400

Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School (est. 2002)

  • Ancaster, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (210 students)
High fidelity CCMA Montessori. Canada's only land based Montessori Adolescent program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$11,300

Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax (est. 1969)

  • Ajax, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Blaisdale Montessori School in Ajax runs from toddlers to grade eight. Tuition starts at $4,550. It features two rubberized play areas for younger children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus (est. 1995)

  • North York, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

École Montessori International de Montréal

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
Anchored in the community for over 20 years, É.M.i.M`s mission is to awaken each child`s potential. É.M.i.M is a trilingual Montessori environment and we encourage a child's eagerness to discover. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,400

Trillium School (est. 1991)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school
Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$9,400 to $33,000

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (275 students)
Northstar Montessori Private School offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 15 to 25 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$8,500 to $13,300

Aurora Montessori School (est. 1989)

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
Aurora Montessori School offers toddler to grade 8 with enrollment of 400 day students. Average class size is 18 to 24 with tuition from $9,510. to $15,000. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Dearcroft Montessori School (est. 1968)

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
Offering Montessori programs from Preschool to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by great teachers. Tuition starts at $5,900. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$7,750 to $19,200

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)

  • Langley, British Columbia
  • Nursery/Toddler to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$4,830 to $12,000

Braemar House School (est. 1996)

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (113 students)
Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment that offers personalized attention. Class cap size is 16. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$11,813

Maria Montessori School (est. 1975)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Maria Montessori School is an AMI accredited Montessori school in Toronto that offers programs for children 18 months to twelve years. [View profile]
  • Montessori

ABC Montessori (est. 1995)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. The school offers both montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Moderately non-orthodox$9,100

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (est. 2000)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School offers programs for various grades in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$6,500 to $11,000

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (122 students)
MJDS is the unique school of choice where creativity, independence, respect, peacefulness,innovation, a sense of community and joy are fostered guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$7,900 to $17,900

Montessori House of Children (est. 1974)

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox

Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately non-orthodox

Unionville Montessori Private Schools (est. 1987)

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
Unionville Montessori School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 to 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$7,250 to $13,150

La Villa Montessori School

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school
La Villa Montessori School is a private day school in Mississauga, Ontario dedicated to following the Montessori philosophy. The school's mission is to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that fulfills a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Montessori Alberta

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Montessori Alberta is a Montessori pre-school/kindergarten for 3 to 6 year old children located in a bright and spacious facility with easy access to downtown Calgary. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$3,250 to $4,500

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering (est. 1984)

  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a non denominational school that offers programs from Pre-school to Grade eight. We acknowledge and celebrate religious and cultural events as part of our cultural program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough (est. 1969)

  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Blaisdale Montessori School in Scarborough offers nursery to grade three, with 120 students enrolled. Tuition ranges from $4,550 to $8,650. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville (est. 1969)

  • Bowmanville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school
Blaisdale Montessori School in Bowmanville, Ontario is an English speaking school offering nursery to grade 3 programs. Tuition costs $4,550 to $8,650 and students are required to wear uniforms. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori (est. 2007)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
We have offered high quality programs for children ages 2.5-6 since 2007 in Vancouver, B.C. Our students graduate with a solid academic foundation, good problem solving skills, pro-social behaviour and a love of school. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$4,500 to $7,500

Liberty Prep School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. 6 in downtown Toronto. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers. Reach out to discover what we do differently. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus (est. 2007)

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$13,230

Hatch House Montessori School (est. 2005)

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox

Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
This alternative and traditional private school in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec offers grades PS to 6 with a tuition cost of $3,600 to $7,900. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa (est. 1969)

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Blaisdale Montessori School in Oshawa-Whitby offers nursery to grade eight in a small, newer school, with tuition ranging from $4,550 to $8,650. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

The Mildenhall School (est. 1967)

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
The Mildenhall School provides an authentic Montessori education for children ages 2.5 to 14 years old in south Etobicoke. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$11,800 to $19,500

The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus (est. 1988)

  • Nobleton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$16,550 to $17,465

Rotherglen School - Mississauga (est. 1979)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school
Odyssey Montessori School is a private Montessori day school with two campuses. The Toronto campus provides programming for students 2.5 - 6 years old and programs for students 18 months to 6 years old is provided at the Christie Campus. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

Bannockburn (est. 1993)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
Bannockburn, a Montessori school in Toronto, Ontario offers grades nursery to six, average class sizes of 22 students and tuition from $10,350 to $20,700. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$12,350 to $23,700

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

Wheatley School (est. 1986)

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Moderately orthodox

Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students an environment with an array of programming which supports them in discovering their passion within! [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering (est. 1969)

  • Ajax, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Blaisdale Montessori School in Pickering offers nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $4,550. Curriculum includes a strong arts focus. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox

River Valley School (est. 1983)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (323 students)
RVS offers programs for the Early Learning & Elementary years in Progressive, Montessori & Arrowsmith environments. Specialists teach fine arts, physical education and French language. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$7,400 to $13,100

High Park Gardens Montessori School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
High Park Gardens Montessori School is an authentic quality Montessori program for children ages 12 months to 12 years. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$11,800 to $17,300

Fairview Glen Montessori (est. 2007)

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
Fairview Glen offers authentic Montessori education for children 18 mo.-12 yrs. The academically driven, collaborative and supportive community, also specializes in French, Music, Visual Arts and Phys-Ed programs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox

Montessori For Children (est. 1995)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Wishing Well Schools (est. 1978)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (220 students)
Wishing Well Schools offers enriched programs from 18 months to Grade 8 in Markham. Montessori program from 18 months to 6 years old, advanced academic program from Grade 1 to 8. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Orthodox$12,370 to $12,620

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$12,990

Some schools aren't Montessori schools, but use a Montessori approach for their preschool or daycare program. This approach gives young learners plenty of freedom to choose tasks and activities that interest them, which promotes their independence and confidence. It also strongly emphasizes concrete learning, where children work with lots of hands-on materials, and do practical life activities. Children usually work independently or in small groups in these programs.

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

Bond Academy (est. 1978)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts

J. Addison School (est. 2002)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,444 to $40,800

Town Centre Montessori Private Schools (est. 1986)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1400 students)
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate




For general advice on how to choose and evaluate private schools, check out our choosing a school guide. For advice on choosing Montessori schools (including preschools and daycares), see our main Montessori school guide and our Montessori choosing guide.

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great starting point for finding a school, at any level. We have annual private school expos in Toronto, Halton-Peel, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. These expos allow you to learn about different types of private schools across the country, many of which are Montessori schools or have a Montessori program.

Parent discussion forum

Another great tool in your school and preschool search is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is the ideal place to discuss options and debate topics related to Montessori schools, and other topics of interests. Take advantage of our community of parents, education experts, and school officials to get your questions answered.

Open house events

Attending open houses can also be an effective way to learn more about schools and preschools. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits.

School nameDateLocation
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolFebruary 28, 2017 9:30 amMontessori Jewish Day School
55 Yeomans Road Toronto Ontario M3H 3J7
J. Addison SchoolMarch 14, 2017 9:00 amJ. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
Century Private SchoolMarch 27, 2017 6:30 pmCentury Private School
11181 Yonge Street Richmond Hill Ontario L4S 1L2
J. Addison SchoolApril 08, 2017 10:00 amJ. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
York Montessori SchoolApril 08, 2017 10:00 amYork Montessori School
10533 Leslie Street Richmond Hill Ontario L4S 1P1
Wishing Well SchoolsApril 22, 2017 10:00 amWishing Well Schools
455 Cochrane Drive, Unit 30 Markham Ontario L3R 9R4
Town Centre Montessori Private SchoolsApril 22, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Toronto French MontessoriMay 26, 2017 9:30 amToronto French Montessori
53 Cummer Avenue North York Ontario M2M 2E5
Wishing Well SchoolsMay 27, 2017 10:00 amWishing Well Schools
455 Cochrane Drive, Unit 30 Markham Ontario L3R 9R4
Century Private SchoolMay 29, 2017 6:30 pmCentury Private School
11181 Yonge Street Richmond Hill Ontario L4S 1L2
Town Centre Montessori Private SchoolsJune 10, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Town Centre Montessori Private SchoolsAugust 19, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Clanmore Montessori SchoolOctober 21, 2017 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
Clanmore Montessori SchoolJanuary 20, 2018 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7




The cost of Montessori preschools tends to be lower than the cost of other private preschools, nursery schools, daycares, and kindergartens. In fact, Montessori preschools are usually on the lower side of private school tuition in general.

Private school tuition can range from $5,000 to over $25,000 per year. Preschools tend to be closer to the lower end of this scale.

Some preschools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. And some offer merit-based aid, in the form of scholarships. You can learn more about financial aid in our dedicated guide.

Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori preschools across Canada, including in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vanouver, and Victoria:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
OMS Montessori$12,864 to $19,260
TMS School$20,250 to $25,440K - 12
Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
Yip’s Music & Montessori School$10,550 to $10,900
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$11,740 to $15,120Nursery/Toddler - 8
Beyond Montessori School$8,50020%1 - 8$5,000
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000
Bannockburn$23,700




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Momentum MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 30Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15LimitedMedium integration
Westside Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedLight integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveModerateLight integration
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Limited
TMS SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousLimited
Royal Cachet Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive3 to 8Limited
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15High
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
York Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18LimitedHeavy integration
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHigh
Enquiring Minds Montessori CasaMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 24HighLight integration
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18HighLight integration
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous12 to 20HighLight integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 16LimitedLight integration
Yip’s Music & Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 12High
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 15HighMedium integration
Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 30HighLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
École Montessori International de MontréalMontessoriStandard-enriched9 to 15Limited
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousModerate
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedHeavy integration
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24Limited
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20HighLight integration
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.SProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15Limited
Roots and Wings Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20High
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 16ModerateHeavy integration
Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
ABC MontessoriTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12LimitedLight integration
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15Limited
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 24HighLight integration
Montessori House of ChildrenMontessoriStandard-enriched8Limited
Country Garden Montessori AcademyMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15Limited
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25HighHeavy integration
La Villa Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Montessori AlbertaMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 25Limited
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Blaisdale Montessori School - ScarboroughMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - BowmanvilleMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Monkey See Monkey Do MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive20LimitedLight integration
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 26Mild difficulties
The Montessori Country School - Milton CampusMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighLight integration
Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedLight integration
Académie Vaudrin AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 18HighHeavy integration
Town Centre Montessori Private SchoolsProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Rotherglen School - MississaugaMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18LimitedLight integration
Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24Limited
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Moderate
Home Sweet Home Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficulties
Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedLimited
River Valley SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 18HighMedium integration
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousHigh
Montessori For ChildrenMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Limited
Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12High





 Legend:

 ADHD

Learning disorders:
 Dyslexia
 Auditory processing disorder
 Dyscalculia
 Dysgraphia
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:
 Autism
 Asperger's

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical
 
 
Momentum Montessori
Toronto French Montessori
Westside Montessori Academy
Forest Hill Montessori School
Westside Montessori School
OMS Montessori
Clanmore Montessori School
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
TMS School
Royal Cachet Montessori School
Bond Academy
Alive Montessori & Private School
York Montessori School
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
Peel Montessori Private School
Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa
Tall Pines School
Century Private School
Ellington Montessori School
J. Addison School
Yip’s Music & Montessori School
Prince Edward Montessori School
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
Beyond Montessori School
Taddle Creek Montessori School
Humberside Montessori School
Avalon Children's Montessori School
Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
École Montessori International de Montréal
Trillium School
Northstar Montessori Private School
Aurora Montessori School
Dearcroft Montessori School
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S
Roots and Wings Montessori School
Braemar House School
Maria Montessori School
ABC Montessori
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Montessori Jewish Day School
Montessori House of Children
Country Garden Montessori Academy
Unionville Montessori Private Schools
La Villa Montessori School
Montessori Alberta
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori
Liberty Prep School
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
Hatch House Montessori School
Académie Vaudrin Academy
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools
Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
The Mildenhall School
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
Rotherglen School - Mississauga
Odyssey Montessori School
Bannockburn
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Wheatley School
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
River Valley School
High Park Gardens Montessori School
Fairview Glen Montessori
Montessori For Children
Wishing Well Schools
Meadow Green Academy








In Ontario, there are Montessori preschool-casa programs in Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Burlington, Oakville, and Ottawa. Elsewhere in Canada, you can find casa programs in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria, among other cities. 

What is Montessori preschool?

But, what is the Montessori preschool approach? And how is this approach different from regular preschools and daycares?

Montessori preschools, like elementary, middle, and high schools, are meant to accommodate the growing child. They have mixed-age and interactive classrooms which allow children to grow cognitively and socially, and become more independent and responsible.

Montessori preschools are for infants, toddlers, and older children. They're usually divided up into two programs: toddler rooms and primary schools. Each program uses a distinct method and focuses on a special set of skills (with some overlap).

Montessori toddler rooms

Montessori toddler programs, sometimes referred to as nursery or daycare programs, have children from birth (or 18 months) to age 3. These programs are often “play based”: they have lots of social activity. Children start interacting with other kids here, and start to develop social skills, such as listening, cooperation, and self-control. They also start to walk, talk, and engage in physical play.

That said, toddler programs also focus on some basic cognitive skills. Quite a bit of time is allotted for concrete learning and practical life activities. Though most toddlers don’t engage in long, uninterrupted work, they’re curious and love to explore. The Montessori classroom is set up to build on this curiosity.

Montessori primary classes

There are many Montessori primary classes, or what are sometimes called “casa dei bambini,” meaning “the children’s house.” These classes are for kids aged 3 to 6. They start to prepare kids for grade school.

Primary classes start to focus more on academics. Kids do lots of concrete learning, using many different Montessori materials. They also work on their speech, and start reading, writing, and math. Teachers sometimes give short lessons to kids at this level, but mostly they guide them and help them focus on their work.

Montessori students also start working for longer periods of uninterrupted time in primary school. They also start to develop intense focus and concentration. This is one of the benchmarks for moving on to elementary school.

There are four main areas of the primary school Montessori curriculum: 

Practical life: Kids take care of themselves, the environment, and learn grace and courtesy. They also work on their physical coordination. This is meant to improve their organization, social skills, and sense of responsibility.

Sensory exploration: Kids order, classify, and describe sensory impressions of length, width, temperature, mass, colour, pitch, and the like.

Math: In Montessori math, kids use manipulative materials to learn different math concepts. These include number, symbol, sequence, and operations.   

Language arts: Kids work on speech, written expression, reading, grammar, and the creative arts. They learn to express their thoughts and feelings orally and in writing.


For more details about the Montessori preschool curriculum and activities, read our preschool guide, comparison of Montessori to other preschools, and our general guides to kindergarten and daycare. You can also check out our guides to Montessori curriculum and teaching approaches.

Benefits of Montessori preschool

Montessori preschool, at both the toddler and primary level, has a lot of benefits. It can foster independence, responsibility, and social skills. And, its focus on sensory exploration and cognitive learning can be very engaging for many kids. And, most Montessori preschools, like Waldorf and Reggio Emilia preschools have dedicated (and certified) teachers, who promote children's learning with a structured classroom, individualized lesson plans, and engaging materials.

Montessori preschools work especially well for kids who are strong listeners, have good attention spans, and are motivated to learn. On the other hand, kids with severe learning, developmental, behavioural disorders, or other special needs, may need extra support. 

For more details, see our Montessori benefits guide.

Paying for Montessori preschool

Tuition for Montessori schools and preschools across Canada continues to decline. You will find some accredited programs which cost $6,000 or less per year. There are also other ways to afford a Montessori school or preschool. They include: