For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a thorough discussion of the Montessori method and philosophy, check out our introductory guide.
Montessori high schools include students aged 14 to 18, the equivalent of grades 9 to 12 in most schools. In Montessori high schools, students do lots of independent and group work. They also begin note-taking, assignments, and tests, to prepare for university. Below, we list Montessori high schools. These schools can be filtered for several different features.
TMS (est. 1961)
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]
|$14,075 to $25,440|
OMS Montessori (est. 1966)
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [View profile]
|Orthodox||$12,864 to $19,260|
The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)
The Thinnox Academy is a Mississauga private high school with a focus on technology, engineering and design. Graduates stand out from their peers when applying into University or College. [View profile]
|$10,017 to $12,320|
The Element High School (est. 2003)
We nurture focused, engaged and internally motivated students who strive to do their best. The Element High School provides conditions that will put youth ‘in their element,’ in school and beyond. [View profile]
Century Private School (est. 1994)
Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students. [View profile]
|Non-orthodox||$8,400 to $26,800|
Trillium School (est. 1991)
Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
|Orthodox||$9,400 to $33,000|
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S (est. 1984)
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]
Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)
Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students. [View profile]
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
OHS has three programs: Core Comprehensive, Pre-Professional Dance, and Equine Science & Equestrian Studies. Tuition inc. overnight OEE trips & riding lessons. School starts at 10am with 1hr of yoga, dance, or fitness. [View profile]
|Non-orthodox||$3,100 to $37,995|
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.
Bond Academy (est. 1978)
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]
|$12,500 to $24,500|
J. Addison School (est. 2002)
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]
|$9,444 to $39,550|
Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)
An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
|Non-orthodox||$8,925 to $10,750|
Town Centre Private Schools (est. 1986)
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham. [View profile]
For general advice on how to choose private schools, check out our choosing a school guide. For advice specific to choosing Montessori schools (including high schools), see our Montessori choosing guide.
Private school expos are a great way to find a school, Montessori or otherwise. We have annual private school expos in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halton-peel. These expos allow you to speak with tonnes of private schools in Canada. Many of these are Montessori schools (some of which are high schools). All of our school expos are held in the fall.
Another important tool in your school search is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is a great place to discuss options and debate topics related to Montessori education and private schools. Take advantage of our community of parents, education experts, and school officials. They can help answer your most pressing questions.
Open houses are another effective way to learn about private schools. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits.
|Town Centre Private Schools||August 19, 2017 11:00 am||Town Centre Montessori Private Schools|
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
|TMS||October 28, 2017 10:00 am||TMS|
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
|TMS||November 04, 2017 11:00 am||TMS|
500 Elgin Mills Road East Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 5G1
The cost of Montessori high schools tends to be lower than the cost of other private high schools. In fact, Montessori schools are usually on the lower side of private school tuition in general. Private school tuition can range from $5,000 to over $30,000 per year for day students.
Some Montessori high schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Some offer scholarships (a form of merit-based financial aid). Check out our financial aid guide for more on these options.
Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori high schools:
|Tuition (day school)||Students receiving financial aid||Grade eligibility for financial aid||Avg. aid package size (annual)|
|TMS||$20,250 to $25,440||K - 12|
|OMS Montessori||$12,864 to $19,260|
|The Thinnox Academy||$10,017 to $11,448||25%||9 - 12||$5,000|
|The Element High School||$17,448|
|Summit West Independent School||$8,925 to $10,750||20%||SK - 12||$3,000|
Average class size
Special needs support
|OMS Montessori||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||Moderate||Light integration|
|The Thinnox Academy||Progressive||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||6 to 12||Very High||Heavy integration|
|Bond Academy||Liberal Arts||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||15||High||Medium integration|
|The Element High School||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||Mild difficulties||Heavy integration|
|Century Private School||Progressive||Montessori||Student-paced||Rigorous||8 to 16||High||Light integration|
|Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S||Progressive||Montessori||Standard-enriched||Supportive||8 to 15||Limited|
|Country Garden Montessori Academy||Montessori||Standard-enriched||Supportive||10 to 15||Limited|
|J. Addison School||Traditional||Standard-enriched||Supportive||8 to 15||Limited||Light integration|
|Cornerstone Montessori Prep School||Liberal Arts||Montessori||Accelerated||Rigorous||10 to 15||High|
|Odyssey Heights School for Girls||Progressive||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||8 to 18||High||Heavy integration|
|Summit West Independent School||Progressive||Standard-enriched||Supportive||13 to 15||High||Heavy integration|
|Town Centre Private Schools||Progressive||International Baccalaureate||Standard-enriched||Supportive||15 to 24||Mild difficulties|
|The Thinnox Academy|
|The Element High School|
|Century Private School|
|Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S|
|Country Garden Montessori Academy|
|J. Addison School|
|Cornerstone Montessori Prep School|
|Odyssey Heights School for Girls|
|Summit West Independent School|
|Town Centre Private Schools|
In some Montessori high schools, students have long uninterrupted work periods, of two to three hours. During these periods, students can often work on their own chosen tasks.
On the other hand, Montessori students need to work through a challenging curriculum. They must master material in compulsory subjects such as math, science, history, and English. And, they’ll have the option of taking other subjects, such as geography, economics, and psychology.
Montessori high schools prepare students for university or college. Unlike preschool and elementary schools, they give students tests and assignments. They also grade many of these (though less than in mainstream schools).
Students are also given credits and grades for courses. Like mainstream high schools, for students to graduate with a diploma, their curriculum must meet the standards of the Ministry of Education.
For more details, see our guide to Montessori curriculum.
Montessori high schools have an interesting teaching approach. Some lectures are given, though less than in mainstream high schools. Teachers must ensure students master the basics, especially in required subjects. Usually, though, the teacher doesn’t stand in the front of the classroom, and students don’t sit at desks.
Teachers use textbooks in some courses. Often, though, each student will have their own textbook, tailored to their special learning level. Rarely will there be one textbook for the entire class.
Students have the option to work alone or in groups to complete some projects, with some guidance from the teacher. Moreover, teachers give them quite a bit of freedom to choose their tasks and work at their own pace.