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Montessori preschools and daycares

Find the top Montessori preschools and daycares in Canada.




On this page, we list Montessori preschools, nursery schools, kindergartens, and daycares in Canada. We also cover Montessori preschool costs, tuition, philosophy, and curriculum.

For a far more comprehensive guide to Montessori education, including a detailed discussion of the Montessori education method, 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.


 
  • Westside Montessori School
  • Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
  • TMS
  • Bond Academy
  • OMS Montessori
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Royal Cachet Montessori School
  • Momentum Montessori
  • Forest Hill Montessori School
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Westside Montessori Academy
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • York Montessori School
  • Pine Lake Montessori School
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • Tall Pines School
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Century Private School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Lakeview Montessori School
  • ABC Montessori
  • Kaban Montessori School
  • The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
  • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Shining Light Montessori School
  • Braemar House School
  • The Maria Montessori School
  • Star Academy
  • Académie Vaudrin Academy
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
  • Trinity Montessori School
  • Bannockburn
  • Fun to Learn Montessori School
  • Hatch House Montessori School
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Blooming Lives Montessori
  • Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
  • Stirling Montessori Academy
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Sunrise Montessori School
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
  • J. Addison School
  • Montessori For Children
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
  • Odyssey Montessori School
  • Wheatley School
  • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Wishing Well Schools
  • Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Rutherford Private School & Daycare
  • Beyond Montessori School
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Liberty Prep School
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Trillium School
  • Montessori House of Children
  • Emerson Academy
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
  • École la Nouvelle Vague
  • Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
  • Silver Maple Montessori Private School
  • Roots and Wings Montessori School
  • Downtown Montessori
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

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
$18,700 to $20,700

Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School (est. 1986)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori


TMS (est. 1961)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (750 students)
Internationally recognized since 1961,TMS is the leading university preparatory school in Richmond Hill with Montessori & IB frameworks that provide students with the foundation for a life of goodness & excellence. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,075 to $25,440

OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (245 students)
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,776 to $20,388

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


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


Momentum Montessori (est. 2016)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Children absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 6 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$10,800 to $20,400

Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (190 students)
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best Montessori education for their children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$16,514 to $19,124

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,500 to $14,500

Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 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
$5,050 to $10,750

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • Stouffville, 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
$7,470 to $15,396
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York Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (145 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
$11,800 to $12,500

Pine Lake Montessori School   

  • Toronto , Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
Pine Lake Montessori School pursues teaching with a one on one method that respects and nurtures children and allows them to achieve their fullest potential. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,700 to $14,500

Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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 $8,250. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,750 to $16,500

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
$7,500 to $15,000

Tall Pines School (est. 1987)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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
$8,720 to $19,748

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) (est. 1969)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) is an award-winning progressive private school, a GOLD member of OFIS (Ontario Federation of Independent Schools) and voted the BEST private school by the residents of Brampton. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$7,100 to $13,200

Century Private School (est. 1994)  

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

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
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
$7,900 to $14,000

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]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

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Lakeview Montessori School (est. 1978)  

  • Tecumseh, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (205 students)
Lakeview Montessori offers small class sizes starting with 1:5 teacher to student ratios. Programs from toddlers (18 months) to grade 8. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori


ABC Montessori (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 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
$9,200 to $9,800

Kaban Montessori School (est. 2002)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (127 students)
Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$14,100 to $14,600

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
$16,550 to $17,465

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
$7,450 to $13,550

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Northstar Montessori offers authentic Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Mississauga. We pride ourselves on strong character development and supporting life long learners! Now, Swim program is now included. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $13,300

Shining Light Montessori School (est. 2011)  

  • Maple, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Shining Light Montessori is the community you've searched for -- where children feel comfortable, with teachers who care. Our children learn, build their confidence, reach their potential, & let their lights shine! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,900 to $10,950

Braemar House School (est. 1996)  

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (117 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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$12,654

The Maria Montessori School (est. 1991)  

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$3,500 to $3,900

Star Academy (est. 1997)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
Star Academy offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade Eight in Mississauga. Small class sizes, daily physical education and French for all grades, and academic excellence set us apart. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$13,700 to $17,700

Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)  

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
Vaudrin Academy offers innovative and trilingual education based on neuroscience which is unique in the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$5,568 to $11,832

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


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


Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (328 students)
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori


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

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Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering (est. 1969)  

  • Pickering, 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


Trinity Montessori School (est. 1999)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Trinity Montessori School offers programs from toddler to grade six in Markham, Ontario. Its average class size is nine students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$10,000 to $11,000

Bannockburn (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (145 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
$13,900 to $24,500

Fun to Learn Montessori School (est. 2004)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Fun To Learn Montessori School offers genuine Montessori curriculum for toddlers and Casa. Serving Mississauga and surrounding areas for more than 12 years. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Hatch House Montessori School (est. 2005)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (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


Aurora Montessori School (est. 1989)  

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
Aurora Montessori School offers a comprehensive, nurturing and enriched program for Toddler to Grade 8. Our enrolment of 375 day students has an average class size of 15 to 24. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia


Blooming Lives Montessori (est. 2017)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
Blooming Lives Montessori celebrates and nurtures the sense of curiosity of each child, supports them in exploring their expanding capabilities and guides them into their thriving potentials. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,390 to $17,928

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
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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

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Stirling Montessori Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
Our highly qualified staff use the Montessori Method to provide students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and social skills and to enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $11,995

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
$14,990

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
$6,400 to $20,400

Sunrise Montessori School (est. 1988)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Montessori
$11,500 to $19,800

Montessori School of Calgary   

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success. [View profile]
  • Montessori


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


Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus (est. 1995)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 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


J. Addison School (est. 2002)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (200 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
  • Montessori
$16,400 to $40,800

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


La Villa Montessori School (est. 2012)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school
La Villa Montessori School is dedicated to following the Montessori philosophy and to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that fulfills a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,365 to $14,725
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The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus (est. 2007)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (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
$13,230

Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Odyssey Montessori School is a private Montessori day school with two campuses. The Christie and Sorauren locations provide programs for students 18 months to 6 years old. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Wheatley School (est. 1986)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (160 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


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


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
$12,370 to $12,620

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
$6,750 to $11,200

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 Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,045 to $15,855

Rutherford Private School & Daycare   

  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Rutherford Private School creates an atmosphere of academic excellence, and develops students with a love of learning that provides sound preparation for higher education. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$650 to $29,000

Beyond Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
Conveniently located near downtown St. Catharines, BMS offers core-French Montessori. Toddler to Grade 6 with class sizes of 8 to 20 students. Extended Care. New facility and acreage. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,750

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
$6,500 to $11,000

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

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Fairview Glen Montessori (est. 2007)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (135 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


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
$9,400 to $33,000

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


Emerson Academy (est. 2015)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (95 students)
Emerson Academy is the Bilingual Montessori & French Imm. school where your child’s bright future is created by design today. Here, character is cultivated, leadership skills are instilled & achievement becomes innate. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$12,500

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,900 to $17,900

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


École la Nouvelle Vague   

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
The bilingual French and English curriculum of Ecole la Nouvelle Vague is based on the Ministry of Education accredited program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$10,820 to $11,535

Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy (est. 2010)  

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students a supportive environment, which allows them to discover their passions, all while reaching each individuals full potential! [View profile]
  • Montessori


Silver Maple Montessori Private School   

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (63 students)
Housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. Offering low teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on personal and social development of each child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,000 to $12,500

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
$4,830 to $12,000

Downtown Montessori   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (57 students)
Downtown Montessori is a non-profit private day school for infants, toddlers and pre-school children in Toronto.Learning is focused on academic skills like reading, math and creative arts and combined with the social skills of compassion, courtesy and respect for others. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Dearcroft Montessori School (est. 1968)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $20,500

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. (est. 1984)  

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • Boarding school
Our schools offer a maximum class size of 16 students for ages 4 & up. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,700 to $11,500


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
$12,500 to $24,500

Town Centre 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]
  • Traditional
  • 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, read our main Montessori school guide and our Montessori choosing guide. For advice on find the right preschool, read our preschool 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. Find a Montessori preschool near you.

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
Rutherford Private School & DaycareAugust 15, 2018 5:00 pmRutherford Private School & Daycare
37 Jacob Keffer Pkwy Vaughan Ontario L4K 5N8
Rutherford Private School & DaycareAugust 16, 2018 5:00 pmRutherford Private School & Daycare
37 Jacob Keffer Pkwy Vaughan Ontario L4K 5N8
Town Centre Private SchoolsAugust 18, 2018 11:00 amTown Centre Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Rutherford Private School & DaycareAugust 29, 2018 5:00 pmRutherford Private School & Daycare
37 Jacob Keffer Pkwy Vaughan Ontario L4K 5N8
Rutherford Private School & DaycareAugust 30, 2018 5:00 pmRutherford Private School & Daycare
37 Jacob Keffer Pkwy Vaughan Ontario L4K 5N8
TMSSeptember 20, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSSeptember 27, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSOctober 04, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSOctober 11, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
Clanmore Montessori SchoolOctober 20, 2018 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
BannockburnOctober 20, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
TMSOctober 27, 2018 10:00 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSNovember 03, 2018 11:00 amTMS - Upper School
500 Elgin Mills Road East Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 5G1
TMSNovember 08, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolNovember 17, 2018 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
Monkey See Monkey Do MontessoriNovember 19, 2018 3:00 pmMonkey See Monkey Do Montessori
3525 W. 24th Ave. Vancouver British Columbia V6S 1L5
TMSNovember 22, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
Westside Montessori AcademyNovember 22, 2018 7:00 pmWestside Montessori Academy
3075 Slocan Street Vancouver British Columbia V5M 3E4
TMSNovember 29, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSDecember 06, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSJanuary 16, 2019 9:30 amTMS - Upper School
500 Elgin Mills Road East Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 5G1
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolJanuary 19, 2019 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
BannockburnJanuary 19, 2019 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolFebruary 02, 2019 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
Clanmore Montessori SchoolFebruary 02, 2019 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
TMSFebruary 02, 2019 10:00 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSFebruary 13, 2019 9:30 amTMS - Upper School
500 Elgin Mills Road East Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 5G1
BannockburnApril 20, 2019 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8




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. Preschool (Montessori) tends to be closer to the lower end of this scale. You can learn more in our preschool costs guide.

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. This includes Montessori preschools in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Victoria, Mississauga, and Brampton. 

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
TMS$20,250 to $25,440K - 12
OMS Montessori$13,776 to $20,38810%Nursery/Toddler - 6$2,500
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
Bannockburn$24,500
Aurora Montessori School5%Preschool - 8$3,000
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Yip’s Music & Montessori School$10,850 to $11,200
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$11,975 to $15,855Nursery/Toddler - 8
Beyond Montessori School$9,75020%1 - 4$3,000
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24No support
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous16 to 24No supportMedium integration
TMSMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousNo support
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
Royal Cachet Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive3 to 8No support
Momentum MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
Westside Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
York Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Withdrawal Assistance
Pine Lake Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No supportLight integration
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18No supportLight integration
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18No supportHeavy integration
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
Rotherglen School - MississaugaProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight integration
Lakeview Montessori SchoolProgressiveMontessoriSpecial needs school
ABC MontessoriTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12No supportLight integration
Kaban Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource AssistanceLight integration
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25No supportHeavy integration
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
Shining Light Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedNo support
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
The Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive18 to 20No support
Star AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 14Partial IntegrationHeavy integration
Académie Vaudrin AcademyLiberal ArtsMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20Special needs schoolMedium integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - ScarboroughMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16No support
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriNo support
Blaisdale Montessori School - BowmanvilleMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedNo support
Trinity Montessori SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 20No supportLight integration
Fun to Learn Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriReggio EmiliaAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
Blooming Lives Montessori MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 23No support
Monkey See Monkey Do MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive20No supportLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Stirling Montessori AcademyMontessoriSupportiveNo support
Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12Resource Assistance
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
Sunrise Montessori SchoolMontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
Montessori School of CalgaryMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect Support
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
Montessori For ChildrenMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24No support
La Villa Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 21Resource Assistance
The Montessori Country School - Milton CampusMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive9 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced10 to 24No supportLight integration
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Indirect Support
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Yip’s Music & Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 13No support
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
Rutherford Private School & DaycareProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No support
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15No support
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 26No support
Town Centre Private SchoolsTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Montessori House of ChildrenMontessoriStandard-enriched8No support
Emerson AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 16No supportLight integration
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
École la Nouvelle VagueTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveWithdrawal Assistance
Home Sweet Home Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Silver Maple Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Roots and Wings Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20Resource Assistance
Downtown MontessoriMontessoriSupportive10 to 16Resource Assistance
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20No supportLight integration
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration





 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
 
 
Westside Montessori School
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
TMS
Bond Academy
OMS Montessori
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
Royal Cachet Montessori School
Momentum Montessori
Forest Hill Montessori School
Alive Montessori & Private School
Westside Montessori Academy
Toronto French Montessori
York Montessori School
Pine Lake Montessori School
Clanmore Montessori School
Peel Montessori Private School
Tall Pines School
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
Century Private School
Ellington Montessori School
Rotherglen School - Mississauga
Lakeview Montessori School
ABC Montessori
Kaban Montessori School
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
Unionville Montessori Private Schools
Northstar Montessori Private School
Shining Light Montessori School
Braemar House School
The Maria Montessori School
Star Academy
Académie Vaudrin Academy
Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
Prince Edward Montessori School
Humberside Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
Trinity Montessori School
Bannockburn
Fun to Learn Montessori School
Hatch House Montessori School
Aurora Montessori School
Blooming Lives Montessori
Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori
Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
Stirling Montessori Academy
Meadow Green Academy
Avalon Children's Montessori School
Sunrise Montessori School
Montessori School of Calgary
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
J. Addison School
Montessori For Children
La Villa Montessori School
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
Odyssey Montessori School
Wheatley School
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
Wishing Well Schools
Yip’s Music & Montessori School
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
Rutherford Private School & Daycare
Beyond Montessori School
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Liberty Prep School
Town Centre Private Schools
Fairview Glen Montessori
Trillium School
Montessori House of Children
Emerson Academy
Montessori Jewish Day School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
École la Nouvelle Vague
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
Silver Maple Montessori Private School
Roots and Wings Montessori School
Downtown Montessori
Dearcroft Montessori School
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.








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

Other countries also offer this Montessori preschool, including Poland. If you're interested in a Polish Montessori preschool, read our guide: przedszkola Montessori w Polsce (or in English, Montessori preschools).

What is Montessori preschool?

But, what is the Montessori preschool approach? And how is this approach different from other preschool and daycare programs?

Montessori preschool, like elementary, middle, and high school, is 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.

Preschool (Montessori) is for infants, toddlers, and older children. It's usually divided up into two programs: toddler rooms (Montessori daycare) 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 Montessori daycare or nursery programs, have children from birth (or 18 months) to age 3. These programs are often “play based”: they have lots of social activity. Similar to Waldorf and Reggio Emilia schools, 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 referred to as "toddler preschool") 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 the Montessori teaching methods (preschool), read our preschool curriculum guidecomparison of Montessori to other preschools, and our 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 article on Montessori benefits. To learn about the pros and cons of preschool in general, read our 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: