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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.


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

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

TMS (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

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
Orthodox$13,776 to $20,388

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

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)  

  • Toronto, 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$7,470 to $15,396

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

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 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

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
$7,750 to $16,500

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
$8,720 to $19,748

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)  

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 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]
  • Liberal Arts
  • 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

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

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

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool 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
$13,230

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

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

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 Christie and Sorauren locations provide programs for students 18 months to 6 years old. [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

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

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

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

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

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
$8,500 to $20,500

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

Kaban Montessori School (est. 2002)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 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

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
Orthodox$3,500 to $3,900

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $13,300

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

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

River Valley School (est. 1983)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 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
$7,400 to $13,100

Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus (est. 1995)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyond Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
Conveniently located near downtown St. Catharines, BMS offers core-French Montessori. Toddler to Grade 8 with class sizes of 5 to 20 students. Tuition from $4,000 to $9,500. Extended Care. New facility and acreage. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunrise Montessori School (est. 1988)  

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

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

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
Moderately orthodox$12,167

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

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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate

Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS) (est. 2008)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (55 students)
Mississauga Christian French School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 15 students. Offering an Olympic-sized Gym. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$9,000

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
$9,444 to $39,550




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
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolFebruary 20, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
La Villa Montessori SchoolFebruary 24, 2018 9:00 amLa Villa Montessori School
1261 Southdown Road Mississauga Ontario L5J 2Y9
J. Addison SchoolFebruary 24, 2018 10:00 amJ. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
York Montessori SchoolFebruary 24, 2018 10:00 amYork Montessori School
10533 Leslie Street Richmond Hill Ontario L4S 1P1
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolFebruary 27, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Blooming Lives Montessori March 04, 2018 10:00 amBlooming Lives Montessori
9201 Woodbine Ave Markham Ontario L3R 0K1
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMarch 06, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Pine Lake Montessori SchoolMarch 10, 2018 10:00 amPine Lake Montessori School
255 Sheppard Avenue West Toronto Ontario M2N 1N2
J. Addison SchoolMarch 24, 2018 10:00 amJ. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMarch 27, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolApril 03, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolApril 10, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolApril 17, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
BannockburnApril 21, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolApril 24, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMay 01, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMay 08, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Toronto French MontessoriMay 11, 2018 9:30 amToronto French Montessori
53 Cummer Avenue Toronto Ontario M2M 2E5
OMS MontessoriMay 12, 2018 11:00 amOMS Montessori
335 Lindsay Street Ottawa Ontario K1G 0L6
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMay 15, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMay 22, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMay 29, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolJune 05, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolJune 12, 2018 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2




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
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Beyond Montessori School$8,50020%1 - 8$5,000
Yip’s Music & Montessori School$10,850 to $11,200
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$11,975 to $15,855Nursery/Toddler - 8




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
TMSMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousLimited
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveModerateLight integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Westside Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedLight integration
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15LimitedMedium integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15HighMedium integration
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous16 to 20LimitedMedium integration
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveModerateLight integration
Pine Lake Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24LimitedLight integration
Royal Cachet Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive3 to 8Mild difficulties
York Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Moderate
Momentum MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficultiesMedium integration
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Limited
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHigh
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18LimitedHeavy integration
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18HighLight integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24HighMedium integration
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 16HighLight integration
Emerson AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 16LimitedLight integration
Downtown MontessoriMontessoriSupportive10 to 16Mild difficulties
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Blaisdale Montessori School - BowmanvilleMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 26Mild difficulties
Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedLight integration
Académie Vaudrin AcademyLiberal ArtsMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 18Very HighHeavy integration
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Montessori For ChildrenMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Limited
The Montessori Country School - Milton CampusMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighLight integration
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15Limited
Blooming Lives Montessori MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 23High
Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24LimitedLight integration
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Town Centre Private SchoolsProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Shining Light Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced5 to 16Limited
Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedLimited
Roots and Wings Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20High
École la Nouvelle VagueTraditionalMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficulties
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20LimitedLight integration
Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousHigh
Kaban Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 20Limited
The Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive18 to 20Limited
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedHeavy integration
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15Limited
Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24Limited
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
Rotherglen School - MississaugaProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18LimitedLight integration
Fun to Learn Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Limited
River Valley SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 18HighMedium integration
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
ABC MontessoriTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12LimitedLight integration
Montessori House of ChildrenMontessoriStandard-enriched8Limited
Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS)ProgressiveAcceleratedSupportive10 to 15Limited
La Villa Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousModerate
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
Blaisdale Montessori School - ScarboroughMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Yip’s Music & Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 13High
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15LimitedLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25HighHeavy integration
Lakeview Montessori SchoolProgressiveMontessoriVery High
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Moderate
Trinity Montessori SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousLimited
Sunrise Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 24HighMedium integration
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveModerateHeavy 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
 
 
TMS
OMS Montessori
Forest Hill Montessori School
Westside Montessori Academy
Toronto French Montessori
Bond Academy
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
Alive Montessori & Private School
Westside Montessori School
Clanmore Montessori School
Pine Lake Montessori School
Royal Cachet Montessori School
York Montessori School
Momentum Montessori
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
Peel Montessori Private School
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
Tall Pines School
Ellington Montessori School
Century Private School
Emerson Academy
Downtown Montessori
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
Bannockburn
Liberty Prep School
Hatch House Montessori School
Académie Vaudrin Academy
Avalon Children's Montessori School
Montessori For Children
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Blooming Lives Montessori
Odyssey Montessori School
Humberside Montessori School
Town Centre Private Schools
Shining Light Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
Roots and Wings Montessori School
École la Nouvelle Vague
Dearcroft Montessori School
Fairview Glen Montessori
Kaban Montessori School
The Maria Montessori School
Northstar Montessori Private School
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
Aurora Montessori School
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
Prince Edward Montessori School
Rotherglen School - Mississauga
Fun to Learn Montessori School
River Valley School
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
ABC Montessori
Montessori House of Children
Wishing Well Schools
Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS)
La Villa Montessori School
Trillium School
Beyond Montessori School
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
Yip’s Music & Montessori School
J. Addison School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
Unionville Montessori Private Schools
Lakeview Montessori School
Wheatley School
Trinity Montessori School
Sunrise Montessori School
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
Braemar House School
Meadow Green Academy








In Ontario, there are Montessori preschools 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. 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: