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Montessori middle schools

Find the top Montessori middle schools in Canada.




On this page, we cover Montessori middle schools in Canada. 

For a more detailed guide to Montessori education, including a discussion of Montessori philosophy, theory, and curricular approaches, check out our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of Montessori middle schools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Montessori middle schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori middle schools
  6. Further resources


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Montessori middle schools include kids aged 12 to 14, the equivalent of grades 7 and 8 in most schools. There are quite a few Montessori middle schools in Canada (though not as many as there are elementary or preschools). These schools vary in terms of their approach, philosophy, learning environment, and program offerings. The schools listed below reflect this diversity. They can be filtered for a wide range of features.


 
  • The Element High School
  • Bond Academy
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • TMS
  • OMS Montessori
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Century Private School
  • Tall Pines School
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
  • Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Trillium School
  • Roots and Wings Montessori School
  • J. Addison School
  • Beyond Montessori School
  • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Wheatley School
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
  • The Mildenhall School
  • Braemar House School
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S
  • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
  • Star Academy
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Wishing Well Schools

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

The Element High School (est. 2003)

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
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]
  • Montessori
Moderately non-orthodox$17,448

Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)

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

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

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

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (5 students)
50% off the first three months for new elementary students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$7,500 to $14,500

Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$9,500

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) (est. 1969)

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

Peel Montessori Private School (est. 1992)

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

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately non-orthodox$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
Non-orthodox$8,400 to $26,800

Tall Pines School (est. 1987)

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (480 students)
Tall Pines School in Brampton provides enhanced Montessori and traditional classes from Infant to Grade Eight, is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, and is a leader in 21st Century education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$8,720 to $19,748

Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)

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

Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa (est. 1969)

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

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

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

Rotherglen School - Mississauga (est. 1979)

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

Rotherglen School - Oakville (est. 1979)

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)

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

Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)

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

Dearcroft Montessori School (est. 1968)

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

Trillium School (est. 1991)

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

Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)

  • Langley, British Columbia
  • Nursery/Toddler to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$4,830 to $12,000

Beyond Montessori School (est. 2008)

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

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering (est. 1984)

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

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)

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

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)

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

Aurora Montessori School (est. 1989)

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

Wheatley School (est. 1986)

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

Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering (est. 1969)

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

The Mildenhall School (est. 1967)

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

Braemar House School (est. 1996)

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

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

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

Unionville Montessori Private Schools (est. 1987)

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
Unionville Montessori School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 to 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$7,450 to $13,550

Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax (est. 1969)

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

Star Academy (est. 1997)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
Star Academy offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Moderately non-orthodox$12,500 to $16,200

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Northstar Montessori Private School offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 15 to 26 students. NEW!!! Northstar Aquatics Program now open for private lessons. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$8,500 to $13,300

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)

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

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

Wishing Well Schools (est. 1978)

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

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

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

Bond Academy (est. 1978)

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

J. Addison School (est. 2002)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (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 $40,800

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (54 students)
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]
  • Progressive
Non-orthodox$8,500 to $10,500

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




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

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great starting point if you're looking for a school. We have annual private school expos in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halton-peel. These expos allow you to speak with lots of private schools in Canada, many of which are (or have) middle schools. All of our school expos are all held in the fall.

Parent discussion forum

Another great resource is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is an ideal place to discuss options and debate topics related to private schools, Montessori schools, and Montessori middle schools. Our community of parents, education experts, school officials, and alumni can help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Open house events

Open houses can be a great way to learn more about schools. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits.

School nameDateLocation
Ellington Montessori SchoolApril 29, 2017 11:00 amEllington Montessori School
40 Cowdray Court Toronto Ontario M1S 1A1
Summit West Independent SchoolMay 02, 2017 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
Braemar House SchoolMay 16, 2017 4:00 pmBraemar House School
36 Baxter Street Brantford Ontario N3R 2V8
Toronto French MontessoriMay 26, 2017 9:30 amToronto French Montessori
53 Cummer Avenue North York Ontario M2M 2E5
Wishing Well SchoolsMay 27, 2017 10:00 amWishing Well Schools
455 Cochrane Drive, Unit 30 Markham Ontario L3R 9R4
Century Private SchoolMay 29, 2017 6:30 pmCentury Private School
11181 Yonge Street Richmond Hill Ontario L4S 1L2
Braemar House SchoolJune 06, 2017 4:00 pmBraemar House School
36 Baxter Street Brantford Ontario N3R 2V8
Town Centre Private SchoolsJune 10, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Town Centre Private SchoolsAugust 19, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Clanmore Montessori SchoolOctober 21, 2017 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
Clanmore Montessori SchoolJanuary 20, 2018 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7




The cost of Montessori middle schools tends to be lower than the cost of other private middle 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.

Some Montessori middle schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Some offer merit-based financial aid, namely, scholarships. Check out our financial aid guide for more on these options.

Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori middle schools:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
The Element High School$17,448
TMS$20,250 to $25,440K - 12
OMS Montessori$12,864 to $19,260
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
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000
Beyond Montessori School$8,50020%1 - 8$5,000
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$11,740 to $15,120Nursery/Toddler - 8
Summit West Independent School$8,500 to $10,50020%JK - 12$3,000
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
The Element High SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficultiesHeavy integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15High
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15LimitedMedium integration
TMSMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousLimited
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveModerateLight integration
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Guiding Light AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16Limited
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18LimitedHeavy integration
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHigh
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 16HighLight integration
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18HighLight integration
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 30HighLight integration
Rotherglen School - MississaugaMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18LimitedLight integration
Rotherglen School - OakvilleProgressiveMontessori18Limited
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 24HighLight integration
Country Garden Montessori AcademyMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15Limited
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20HighLight integration
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousModerate
Roots and Wings Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20High
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15LimitedLight integration
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12High
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24Limited
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Moderate
Summit West Independent SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive15HighHeavy integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedLimited
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 16ModerateHeavy integration
Town Centre Private SchoolsProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.SProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15Limited
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25HighHeavy integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Star AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10HighHeavy integration
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedHeavy integration
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 15HighMedium integration
Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Mild difficultiesMedium integration





 Legend:

 ADHD

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

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical
 








Montessori middle schools have a unique approach and philosophy based on the insights of Maria Montessori. They have a lot of self-directed learning, interaction, and group projects. For more coverage of Montessori middle schools (not to mention preschools and elementary schools), see our main Montessori school guide.

Montessori school curriculum

In Montessori middle schools, students do lots of independent and group work. They also often have some uninterrupted work time. During this time, they can work on tasks or projects, by themselves or with others. This is a hallmark of the Montessori method.

Montessori middle schools focus a lot on core academics, though. Montessori kids take math, science, languages, creative writing, and history, among other subjects. They may also work with modern-day technology. For instance, they may use computers, though usually only for research.

Middle schools start to prepare kids for high school, where they likely won’t be in a Montessori. Kids are given worksheets and start to practice note-taking. They may also be given some assignments and tests. They may not be graded on these, though.

Montessori middle schools are often a blend of standard Montessori education (including self-directed learning, group work, and student-to-student teaching) and traditional middle school education (including note-taking, assignments, and tests).

Montessori teaching approach

Some lectures are given, especially for difficult subjects such as math and science. More often, though, teachers give short lessons to small groups of students. Teachers also offer special guidance and support. They encourage students to take notes, and sometimes start to grade some of their assignments and tests.

Montessori students often work in groups to complete challenging projects. Older children help younger children with their work. This is a great way for both to reinforce their knowledge.