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

 
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
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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

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
$20,000 to $21,000

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


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
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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

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

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
$17,173 to $19,888

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

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

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

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
$8,250 to $17,500
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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


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

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

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

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
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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


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 Toddler to Grade 6 Montessori education with class sizes of 8 to 20 students. Extended Care. New facility and acreage. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,750

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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
$10,200 to $11,600

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

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


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

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

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

MontessoriWorks   

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school
MontessoriWorks provides half/full-day experiential learning programs, based in the Montessori method, conducted in a nurturing, cooperative, supportive environment, for children in preschool through senior kindergarten. [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

Parkdale Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 ()
The School offers authentic Montessori education, individualized learning, accommodations to meet each child’s needs, hands-on learning, enriched curriculum, and outdoor exploration. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,500 to $18,260

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


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

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


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
$9,315 to $16,170
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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


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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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

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

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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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
$8,280 to $13,500

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

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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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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

Rutherford Private School & Daycare   

  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • Preschool 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

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

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

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



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
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
Stirling Montessori AcademyOctober 27, 2018 10:00 amStirling Montessori Academy
123 Main Street East Milton Ontario L9T 1N4
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
Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
OMS Montessori$13,776 to $20,38810%Nursery/Toddler - 6$2,500
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
Beyond Montessori School$9,75020%1 - 4$3,000
Bannockburn$24,500
Aurora Montessori School5%Preschool - 8$3,000
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$13,760 to $16,170Nursery/Toddler - 8
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000
Yip’s Music & Montessori School$10,850 to $11,200




 
 
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
Pine Lake Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No supportLight integration
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous16 to 24No supportMedium integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
Royal Cachet Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive3 to 8No support
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
York Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Withdrawal Assistance
TMSMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousNo support
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal Assistance
Westside Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Momentum MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18No supportLight integration
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18No supportHeavy integration
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 26No support
Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 20No supportLight integration
Town Centre Private SchoolsTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
Sunrise Montessori SchoolMontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
Trinity Montessori SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Kaban Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
Académie Vaudrin AcademyLiberal ArtsMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20Special needs schoolMedium integration
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Indirect Support
Shining Light Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedNo support
Stirling Montessori AcademyMontessoriSupportiveNo support
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource AssistanceLight integration
MontessoriWorksMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo support
Silver Maple Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Parkdale Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24Indirect Support
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriNo support
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25No supportHeavy integration
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriReggio EmiliaAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
Home Sweet Home Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Rotherglen School - MississaugaProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight integration
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12Resource Assistance
Monkey See Monkey Do MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive20No supportLight integration
Montessori School of CalgaryMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportLight integration
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20No supportLight integration
La Villa Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 21Resource Assistance
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
The Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive18 to 20No support
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
ABC MontessoriTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12No supportLight integration
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
Montessori House of ChildrenMontessoriStandard-enriched8No support
Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced10 to 24No supportLight integration
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15No support
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
Yip’s Music & Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 13No support
Rutherford Private School & DaycareProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No supportHeavy integration
Blooming Lives Montessori MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 23No support
The Montessori Country School - Milton CampusMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive9 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16No support





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








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: