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Montessori elementary schools

Find the top Montessori elementary schools in Canada.




On this page, we cover private Montessori elementary schools. This includes accredited and certified schools in Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario, and across Canada.

For a more comprehensive guide to Montessori education, including an extensive discussion of the Montessori philosophy, method, and teaching and curricular approaches, read our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of Montessori elementary schools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Montessori elementary schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

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


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Montessori schools





Montessori elementary schools include kids aged 6 to 12, the equivalent of grade 1 to 6 in most schools. There are a lot of Montessori elementary schools in Canada. Almost all of these are private. These schools vary in terms of their philosophy, learning environment, curricular approach, and program offerings. The schools listed below reflect this diversity. This list can be filtered for several features, including location and special needs support.


 
  • Bond Academy
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • Forest Hill Montessori School
  • TMS
  • Westside Montessori Academy
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • OMS Montessori
  • Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
  • Westside Montessori School
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Tall Pines School
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Century Private School
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • The Mildenhall School
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Braemar House School
  • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Hatch House Montessori School
  • Maria Montessori School
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Lakeview Montessori School
  • Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School
  • Liberty Prep School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
  • Bannockburn
  • High Park Gardens Montessori School
  • Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
  • Wishing Well Schools
  • Roots and Wings Montessori School
  • Beyond Montessori School
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Académie Vaudrin Academy
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Wheatley School
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Trillium School
  • The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
  • Emerson Academy
  • J. Addison School
  • Star Academy
  • Taddle Creek Montessori School
  • The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
  • Trinity Montessori School
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
  • École Montessori International de Montréal
  • Summit West Independent School
  • River Valley School
  • Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS)
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

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
Moderately orthodox

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

Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (175 students)
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best education for their children. [View profile]
  • Montessori

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

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
Moderately orthodox$5,050 to $10,750

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

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

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
Moderately non-orthodox

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
Orthodox

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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$9,045 to $15,855

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

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

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

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

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

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
Non-orthodox

Maria Montessori School (est. 1975)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Maria Montessori School is an AMI accredited Montessori school in Toronto that offers programs for children 18 months to twelve years. [View profile]
  • Montessori

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
Moderately 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$8,500 to $20,500

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
Non-orthodox

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

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

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

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
Orthodox

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

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
Orthodox$13,250 to $24,150

High Park Gardens Montessori School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
High Park Gardens Montessori School is an authentic quality Montessori program for children ages 12 months to 12 years. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$11,800 to $17,300

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
Moderately orthodox

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

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)
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
Non-orthodox$8,500

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
Orthodox$8,500 to $13,300

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
Moderately orthodox

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
Moderately orthodox

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
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

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

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
Non-orthodox$13,230

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
Moderately non-orthodox$12,500

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$13,500 to $17,500

Taddle Creek Montessori School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
Taddle Creek Montessori provides an authentic Montessori education for children ages 2.5 to 12 years old in the Annex. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$11,800 to $17,300

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
Non-orthodox$16,550 to $17,465

Trinity Montessori School

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Traditional
  • Montessori

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)

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

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 - 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

École Montessori International de Montréal

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
Anchored in the community for over 20 years, É.M.i.M`s mission is to awaken each child`s potential. É.M.i.M is a trilingual Montessori environment and we encourage a child's eagerness to discover. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,400

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
Moderately orthodox$7,400 to $13,100

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
Moderately orthodox

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

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
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (55 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$8,925 to $10,750

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

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 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
  • Reggio Emilia




For general advice on how to choose and assess private schools, check out our choosing a school guide. For advice on choosing Montessori schools (including elementary schools), see our Montessori 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, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halton-peel. These expos allow you to speak with lots of private schools in Canada, many of which are elementary schools and some of which are Montessori schools. Our expos are all held in the fall.

Parent discussion forum

Another great resource in your search for the right school is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is an ideal place to discuss options and debate topics related to Montessori schools and elementary schools. Our community of parents, education experts, and school officials can help answer your questions.

Open house events

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

School nameDateLocation
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
Rotherglen School - OakvilleOctober 21, 2017 10:00 amRotherglen School - OAKVILLE
Elementary Campus: 2050 Neyagawa Boulevard Oakville Ontario L6H 6R2
BannockburnOctober 21, 2017 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
TMSOctober 28, 2017 10:00 amTMS
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSNovember 04, 2017 11:00 amTMS
500 Elgin Mills Road East Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 5G1
Clanmore Montessori SchoolJanuary 20, 2018 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
BannockburnJanuary 20, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
BannockburnApril 21, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8




The cost of Montessori elementary schools tends to be lower than the cost of other private elementary 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 elementary schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Others offer merit-based aid, that is, scholarships. You can learn more about financial aid in our dedicated guide.

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

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
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
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$11,975 to $15,855Nursery/Toddler - 8
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000
Bannockburn$24,150
Beyond Montessori School$8,50020%1 - 8$5,000
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Summit West Independent School$8,925 to $10,75020%SK - 12$3,000




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15HighMedium integration
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Limited
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15LimitedMedium integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
TMSMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousLimited
Westside Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedLight integration
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveModerateLight integration
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous16 to 20LimitedMedium integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18HighLight integration
Guiding Light AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16Limited
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18LimitedHeavy integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24HighMedium integration
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 16HighLight integration
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHigh
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Rotherglen School - OakvilleProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18Limited
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Country Garden Montessori AcademyMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15Limited
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24Limited
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 16ModerateHeavy integration
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedLight integration
Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.SProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15Limited
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20LimitedLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedLimited
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 24HighLight integration
Lakeview Montessori SchoolProgressiveMontessoriVery High
Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 30HighLight integration
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 26Mild difficulties
Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Roots and Wings Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20High
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedHeavy integration
Académie Vaudrin AcademyLiberal ArtsMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 18Very HighHeavy integration
Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousHigh
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Moderate
Town Centre Private SchoolsProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12High
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousModerate
The Montessori Country School - Milton CampusMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighLight integration
Emerson AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 16LimitedLight integration
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15LimitedLight integration
Star AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20HighHeavy integration
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
Trinity Montessori SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousLimited
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25HighHeavy integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
École Montessori International de MontréalMontessoriStandard-enriched9 to 15Limited
Summit West Independent SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 15HighHeavy integration
River Valley SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 18HighMedium integration
Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS)ProgressiveReggio EmiliaAcceleratedSupportive10 to 15Limited
Rotherglen School - MississaugaProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18LimitedLight 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
 
 
Bond Academy
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
Toronto French Montessori
Forest Hill Montessori School
TMS
Westside Montessori Academy
Clanmore Montessori School
OMS Montessori
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
Westside Montessori School
Alive Montessori & Private School
Tall Pines School
Guiding Light Academy
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
Ellington Montessori School
Century Private School
Peel Montessori Private School
The Mildenhall School
Rotherglen School - Oakville
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
Country Garden Montessori Academy
Aurora Montessori School
Braemar House School
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
Humberside Montessori School
Hatch House Montessori School
Maria Montessori School
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S
Dearcroft Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
Montessori Jewish Day School
Lakeview Montessori School
Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School
Liberty Prep School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
Bannockburn
High Park Gardens Montessori School
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
Wishing Well Schools
Roots and Wings Montessori School
Beyond Montessori School
Northstar Montessori Private School
Académie Vaudrin Academy
Fairview Glen Montessori
Wheatley School
Town Centre Private Schools
Meadow Green Academy
Trillium School
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
Emerson Academy
J. Addison School
Star Academy
Taddle Creek Montessori School
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
Trinity Montessori School
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Avalon Children's Montessori School
Unionville Montessori Private Schools
Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
École Montessori International de Montréal
Summit West Independent School
River Valley School
Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS)
Rotherglen School - Mississauga








Montessori schools, which are based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori, are meant to accommodate the growing child. Elementary schools are no exception to this rule.

Montessori elementary schools have mixed-age classrooms with lots of self-directed learning, student-to-student teaching, interaction, and concrete learning. This allows students to become focused and engaged in their studies. It also allows them to develop their cognitive and social skills.

Montessori elementary schools are for kids aged 6 to 12. Often, there are two classes: a lower elementary class with kids aged 6-9, and a higher elementary class with kids aged 9-12. Sometimes, though, there is only one class, with kids aged 6 to 12 (for instance, in smaller schools).

For more discussion of Montessori elementary schools, see our main Montessori school guide.

Montessori school curriculum

Elementary schools, like preschools, focus a great deal on concrete learning. Kids work with lots of concrete materials to learn skills and concepts. They also do many practical life activities. In the upper years, though, there tends to be more abstract learning. Kids start to refine their reasoning and problem-solving skills through these years.

Montessori students have lots of freedom to choose their curriculum and work at their own pace. Most elementary classes have a three-hour, uninterrupted work period. During this period, students can work on chosen tasks, free from distractions. This is a hallmark of the Montessori method.

That said, elementary schools do focus on core academic subjects and skills. These include reading, writing, math, and science. Time is also sometimes allotted for creating writing and art projects.

Elementary schools also focus on character education—on educating the whole child. Kids learn key practical skills, and crucial traits like independence, responsibility, and honesty.

Montessori teaching approach

Elementary schools, unlike preschools, offer some direct instruction. Especially in the upper levels, teachers sometimes give fairly long lectures or lessons. Usually, though, lectures tend to be given to smaller groups of students, rather than the whole class.

For instance, teachers sometimes give what are called great lessons on important moments in history, such as the the origin of life. These lessons tend to be more engaging and interactive than traditional lectures. And most of the time, teachers work with Montessori students on a one-on-one basis, or with very small groups of students. This ensures students receive special guidance and attention.

Much of the time, kids work alone or in small groups on different projects. These projects can be on a variety of subjects, and often are interdisciplinary. When working in groups, older kids can teach, mentor, and model appropriate behaviour to younger kids. This can be an effective way for kids to learn and reinforce their knowledge (both the older and younger kids).

Benefits of Montessori elementary school

Montessori schools offer a first-rate education. Elementary schools, in particular, have plenty of benefits. They include the following:

Montessori elementary schools work particularly well for kids who are motivated and have a good work ethic. On the other hand, they may not be a great fit for some kids who enjoy a traditional classroom and standard curriculum.

It should be no suprise that these schools have become so popular throughout the world. It's important to note, though, that schools differ in their interpretation of the Montessori philosophy and teaching method.

For more details, see our Montessori benefits guide.