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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 TorontoOttawa, Pickering, and ScarboroughOntario, 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.


 
  • TMS
  • Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Bond Academy
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Westside Montessori School
  • OMS Montessori
  • Westside Montessori Academy
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • Forest Hill Montessori School
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Tall Pines School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • Century Private School
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Beyond Montessori School
  • Rutherford Private School & Daycare
  • Somerset Academy
  • Académie Vaudrin Academy
  • Roots and Wings Montessori School
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
  • The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Bannockburn
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • J. Addison School
  • Trillium School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
  • Lakeview Montessori School
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Liberty Prep School
  • Wheatley School
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Odyssey Heights School for Girls
  • Kaban Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Braemar House School
  • Star Academy
  • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Trinity Montessori School
  • Hatch House Montessori School
  • Wishing Well Schools
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Parkdale Montessori School
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Sunrise Montessori School
  • Emerson Academy

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

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

Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School (est. 1986)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori


Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,500 to $14,500

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


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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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

Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.5 to Grade 7. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$5,050 to $10,750

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • 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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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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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

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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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

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

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
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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

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

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

Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)  

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

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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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


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

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


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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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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


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


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


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


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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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


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

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 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


Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
Odyssey Heights School: starts at 9:55am with dance, yoga, or outdoor fitness; 25-35 Overnight OE3 trips are included in tuition, there's a "No Homework Ever!" policy; Equestrian curriculum, small group French, 1:1 iPads [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$26,450 to $28,375

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

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


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


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

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

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

Star Academy (est. 1997)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
Star Academy offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade Eight in Mississauga. Small class sizes, daily physical education and French for all grades, and academic excellence set us apart. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$13,700 to $17,700

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

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


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


Wishing Well Schools (est. 1978)  

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

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

Parkdale Montessori School   

  • 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


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


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

Emerson Academy (est. 2015)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (95 students)
Emerson Academy is the Bilingual Montessori & French Imm. school where your child’s bright future is created by design today. Here, character is cultivated, leadership skills are instilled & achievement becomes innate. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$12,500


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

Somerset Academy (est. 1990)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Established in 1974, Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in Grades 1 to 8. Somerset Academy has an average class size of 10 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,200

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • K 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. K to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$8,925 to $10,750

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 assess private schools, check out our choosing a school guide. For advice on choosing Montessori schools (including elementary schools), see our Montessori choosing guide. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

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. Find a Montessori elementary school near you.

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
Rutherford Private School & DaycareAugust 16, 2018 5:00 pmRutherford Private School & Daycare
37 Jacob Keffer Pkwy Vaughan Ontario L4K 5N8
Town Centre Private SchoolsAugust 18, 2018 11:00 amTown Centre Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)August 28, 2018 6:00 pmRowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
3 Sunforest Drive Brampton Ontario L6Z 2Z2
Rutherford Private School & DaycareAugust 29, 2018 5:00 pmRutherford Private School & Daycare
37 Jacob Keffer Pkwy Vaughan Ontario L4K 5N8
Rutherford Private School & DaycareAugust 30, 2018 5:00 pmRutherford Private School & Daycare
37 Jacob Keffer Pkwy Vaughan Ontario L4K 5N8
TMSSeptember 20, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
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
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
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 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
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
Somerset Academy$13,2005%1 - 8
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$13,760 to $16,170Nursery/Toddler - 8
Aurora Montessori School5%Preschool - 8$3,000
Bannockburn$24,500
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
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
TMSMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousNo support
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous16 to 24No supportMedium integration
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24No support
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
Westside Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal Assistance
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18No supportHeavy integration
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18No supportLight integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
Guiding Light AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No support
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
Rutherford Private School & DaycareProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No supportHeavy integration
Somerset AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 18No support
Académie Vaudrin AcademyLiberal ArtsMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20Special needs schoolMedium integration
Roots and Wings Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 20Resource Assistance
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource AssistanceLight integration
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriReggio EmiliaAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 20No supportLight integration
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Rotherglen School - MississaugaProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight integration
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Lakeview Montessori SchoolProgressiveMontessoriSpecial needs school
Country Garden Montessori AcademyMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No support
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 26No support
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Indirect Support
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
Rotherglen School - OakvilleProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No support
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Summit West Independent SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive13 to 15Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
Odyssey Heights School for Girls ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Kaban Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedNo support
Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12Resource Assistance
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20No supportLight integration
Town Centre Private SchoolsTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
Star AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 14Partial IntegrationHeavy integration
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25No supportHeavy integration
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriNo support
Trinity Montessori SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
Parkdale Montessori SchoolMontessori15 to 24No support
Montessori School of CalgaryMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect Support
Sunrise Montessori SchoolMontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
Emerson AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 16No supportLight 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
 
 
TMS
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
Alive Montessori & Private School
Bond Academy
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
Westside Montessori School
OMS Montessori
Westside Montessori Academy
Toronto French Montessori
Clanmore Montessori School
Forest Hill Montessori School
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
Tall Pines School
Ellington Montessori School
Peel Montessori Private School
Century Private School
Guiding Light Academy
Beyond Montessori School
Rutherford Private School & Daycare
Somerset Academy
Académie Vaudrin Academy
Roots and Wings Montessori School
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
Aurora Montessori School
Northstar Montessori Private School
Bannockburn
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
Rotherglen School - Mississauga
J. Addison School
Trillium School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
Lakeview Montessori School
Country Garden Montessori Academy
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Liberty Prep School
Wheatley School
Avalon Children's Montessori School
Rotherglen School - Oakville
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
Summit West Independent School
Odyssey Heights School for Girls
Kaban Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
Fairview Glen Montessori
Meadow Green Academy
Dearcroft Montessori School
Town Centre Private Schools
Braemar House School
Star Academy
Unionville Montessori Private Schools
Humberside Montessori School
Trinity Montessori School
Hatch House Montessori School
Wishing Well Schools
Montessori Jewish Day School
Parkdale Montessori School
Montessori School of Calgary
Sunrise Montessori School
Emerson Academy








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.