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Ontario Montessori schools

Find the top Montessori schools and programs in Ontario.




On this page, we cover private Montessori schools in Ontario. 

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a detailed discussion of philosophy and classroom practices, start with our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Ontario

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Ontario Montessori schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori education
  6. Further resources


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Montessori schools






There are lots of Montessori schools in Ontario, including in Toronto, Ottawa, and Mississauga. These schools vary in terms of their philosophy, program offerings, and special needs support. The schools listed below reflect this diversity. They can be filtered for a wide range of features.


 
  • Westside Montessori School
  • TMS School
  • Royal Cachet Montessori School
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Forest Hill Montessori School
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • OMS Montessori
  • Bond Academy
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • Performance Montessori
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • The Element High School
  • Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa
  • Tall Pines School
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Century Private School
  • ABC Montessori
  • Montessori School of Wellington
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • The Mildenhall School
  • The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
  • Odyssey Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
  • The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
  • Bannockburn
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
  • Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
  • Hatch House Montessori School
  • Beyond Montessori School
  • York Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Star Academy
  • Montessori For Children
  • Wishing Well Schools
  • Maria Montessori School
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • High Park Gardens Montessori School
  • Braemar House School
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Montessori House of Children
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Wheatley School
  • Trillium School
  • Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Town Centre Montessori Private Schools
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School
  • Taddle Creek Montessori School
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • Liberty Prep School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
  • J. Addison School
  • Dearcroft Montessori School

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

TMS School (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

Royal Cachet Montessori School (est. 2006)

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (36 students)
50% off the first three months for new elementary students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$7,500 to $14,500

Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 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

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

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

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

Performance Montessori (est. 2015)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 4 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Kids from 0-7 absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Performance Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 9 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$10,800 to $18,000

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)

  • North York, 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$7,320 to $15,090

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

Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa (est. 2012)

  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Preschool to Preschool (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
At Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa we have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a caring and challenging environment. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$4,500 to $11,750

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$7,813 to $17,637

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, in Toronto, offers pre-school to eight grade individualized education since 1990. Small class sizes, lead by dedicated staff ensure that your child's needs are met. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,900 to $14,000

Century Private School (est. 1994)

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
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

ABC Montessori (est. 1995)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. The school offers both montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Moderately non-orthodox$9,100

Montessori School of Wellington (est. 1996)

  • Guelph, Ontario
  • JK to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (47 students)
Montessori School of Wellington is a faith-based school in Guelph. It offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade one. [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
Moderately 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

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

Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school
Odyssey Montessori School is a private Montessori day school with two campuses. The Toronto campus provides programming for students 2.5 - 6 years old and programs for students 18 months to 6 years old is provided at the Christie Campus. [View profile]
  • Montessori
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 Montessori Country School - Milton Campus (est. 2007)

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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

Bannockburn (est. 1993)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 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$12,350 to $23,700

Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough (est. 1969)

  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Blaisdale Montessori School in Scarborough offers nursery to grade three, with 120 students enrolled. Tuition ranges from $4,550 to $8,650. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students an environment with an array of programming which supports them in discovering their passion within! [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Hatch House Montessori School (est. 2005)

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (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

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

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

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (275 students)
Northstar Montessori Private School offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 15 to 25 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$8,500 to $13,300

Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus (est. 1995)

  • North York, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 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

Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville (est. 1969)

  • Bowmanville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school
Blaisdale Montessori School in Bowmanville, Ontario is an English speaking school offering nursery to grade 3 programs. Tuition costs $4,550 to $8,650 and students are required to wear uniforms. [View profile]
  • Montessori

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]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,500

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

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

Montessori For Children (est. 1995)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Curriculum designed for kids aged 2 1/2 to 6 covers Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and French. Located near Yonge /St Clair subway station. Please call or email to book a tour. [View profile]
  • Montessori
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

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

Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori

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
$7,250 to $13,150

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

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

Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • Preschool 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

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

Montessori House of Children (est. 1974)

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox

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

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

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

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

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

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (est. 2000)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School offers programs for various grades in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Non-orthodox$6,500 to $11,000

Fairview Glen Montessori (est. 2007)

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 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

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

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

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

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

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 $14,750

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

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

La Villa Montessori School

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school
La Villa Montessori School is a private day school in Mississauga, Ontario dedicated to following the Montessori philosophy. The school's mission is to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that fulfills a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox

Liberty Prep School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Montessori
Orthodox

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

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

These schools have a Montessori preschool program, along with more conventional programming starting at grade 1. Montessori preschools give young learners plenty of freedom to choose tasks and activities that interest them. They also strongly emphasize concrete learning, where children work with lots of hands-on material, and do practical life activities.

 
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

York Montessori School (est. 2007)

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
York Montessori School in Richmond Hill offers children from 16 months to 6 years old a wholesome Montessori education. Teacher to student ratios of 1:5 - 1:8. [View profile]
    $11,150 to $11,750

    Yip’s Music & Montessori School (est. 1990)

    • Unionville, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school
    Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    $6,600 to $10,900

    Town Centre Montessori 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 (200 students)
    • Boarding school (100 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
    $8,888 to $36,300




    Our Montessori school guide has specific advice for choosing Montessori schools. For advice on how to choose and assess private schools in general, check out our choosing a school guide.

    Private school expos

    Private school expos are a great starting point for finding a school. In Ontario, we have private school expos in Toronto, Ottawa, and Oakvile. These expos allow you to speak with lots of private schools, including some Montessori schools—all in one place. The expos are held in the fall.

    Parent discussion forum

    Another useful resource in your school search is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is an ideal place to discuss options and debate topics related to Montessori education. Our community of parents, educational experts, school officials, and alumni can help answer your questions and lay out your options.

    Open house events

    Open houses are another great way to learn more about schools. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits. For specific questions to ask Montessori schools, see our Montessori education guide.

    School nameDateLocation
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolDecember 06, 2016 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
    2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
    Alive Montessori & Private SchoolDecember 09, 2016 9:00 amAlive Montessori & Private School
    2 Wembley Road Toronto Ontario M6C 2E9
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolDecember 13, 2016 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
    2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
    Toronto French MontessoriJanuary 13, 2017 9:30 amToronto French Montessori
    53 Cummer Avenue North York Ontario M2M 2E5
    Century Private SchoolJanuary 16, 2017 6:30 pmCentury Private School
    11181 Yonge Street Richmond Hill Ontario L4S 1L2
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolJanuary 17, 2017 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
    2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
    Wishing Well SchoolsJanuary 21, 2017 10:00 amWishing Well Schools
    455 Cochrane Drive, Unit 30 Markham Ontario L3R 9R4
    TMS SchoolJanuary 21, 2017 10:00 amTMS School
    8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
    Clanmore Montessori SchoolJanuary 21, 2017 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
    2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
    Town Centre Montessori Private SchoolsJanuary 21, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
    155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolJanuary 24, 2017 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
    2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolJanuary 31, 2017 9:30 amBishop Hamilton Montessori School
    2199 Regency Terrace Ottawa Ontario K2C 1H2
    J. Addison SchoolFebruary 24, 2017 6:00 pmJ. Addison School
    2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
    Wishing Well SchoolsFebruary 25, 2017 10:00 amWishing Well Schools
    455 Cochrane Drive, Unit 30 Markham Ontario L3R 9R4
    J. Addison SchoolFebruary 25, 2017 10:00 amJ. Addison School
    2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
    J. Addison SchoolMarch 14, 2017 9:00 amJ. Addison School
    2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
    Century Private SchoolMarch 27, 2017 6:30 pmCentury Private School
    11181 Yonge Street Richmond Hill Ontario L4S 1L2
    J. Addison SchoolApril 08, 2017 10:00 amJ. Addison School
    2 Valleywood Drive Markham Ontario L3R 8H3
    Wishing Well SchoolsApril 22, 2017 10:00 amWishing Well Schools
    455 Cochrane Drive, Unit 30 Markham Ontario L3R 9R4
    Town Centre Montessori Private SchoolsApril 22, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
    155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
    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
    Town Centre Montessori Private SchoolsJune 10, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
    155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
    Town Centre Montessori 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 schools in Ontario tends to be lower than the cost of other private schools in Ontario. 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. There are no public Montessori schools in Ontario, though some public schools use certain Montessori principles.

    Tuition at Ontario schools with Montessori programs$1 - $2,500$5,001 - $7,500$10,001 - $12,500$15,001 - $17,500$20,001 - $22,500$25,001 - $27,500$30,001 - $32,500$35,001 - $37,5000%8%15%22%30%Day tuitionPercentage of schools
    Day Tuition Percentage of schools
    $1 - $2,500 0%
    $2,501 - $5,000 1%
    $5,001 - $7,500 1%
    $7,501 - $10,000 10%
    $10,001 - $12,500 22%
    $12,501 - $15,000 25%
    $15,001 - $17,500 18%
    $17,501 - $20,000 9%
    $20,001 - $22,500 3%
    $22,501 - $25,000 3%
    $25,001 - $27,500 1%
    $27,501 - $30,000 0%
    $30,001 - $32,500 0%
    $32,501 - $35,000 0%
    $35,001 - $37,500 0%
    $37,501 - $40,000 0%
    25%

    Many schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Other schools, though not as many, offer scholarships, which are given based on merit. You can learn more about need- and merit-based financial aid in our dedicated guide.

    Below, you’ll find the range of costs for private Montessori schools in Ontario:

     
    Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    TMS School$20,250 to $25,440K - 12
    Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
    OMS Montessori$12,864 to $19,260
    The Element High School$17,448
    Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
    Bannockburn$23,700
    Beyond Montessori School$8,50020%1 - 8$5,000
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$11,740 to $15,120Nursery/Toddler - 8
    Yip’s Music & Montessori School$10,550 to $10,900
    Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $14,7505%1 - 8$10,000




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
    TMS SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousLimited
    Royal Cachet Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive3 to 8Limited
    Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
    Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
    Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Limited
    OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveModerateLight integration
    Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15High
    Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
    Performance MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 30Mild difficultiesLight integration
    Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15LimitedMedium integration
    The Element High SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficultiesHeavy integration
    Enquiring Minds Montessori CasaMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 24HighLight integration
    Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18HighLight integration
    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18LimitedHeavy integration
    Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHigh
    Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
    Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous12 to 20HighLight integration
    ABC MontessoriTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12LimitedLight integration
    Montessori School of WellingtonMontessori22 to 24Limited
    Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
    The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
    The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
    Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24Limited
    Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedLimited
    The Montessori Country School - Milton CampusMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighLight integration
    BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
    Blaisdale Montessori School - ScarboroughMontessoriLimited
    Home Sweet Home Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficulties
    Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedLight integration
    Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
    York Montessori SchoolStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
    Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
    Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedHeavy integration
    Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
    Blaisdale Montessori School - BowmanvilleMontessoriLimited
    Guiding Light AcademyProgressiveMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16Limited
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
    Star AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10HighHeavy integration
    Montessori For ChildrenMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Limited
    Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Mild difficultiesMedium integration
    Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
    Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
    Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25HighHeavy integration
    High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
    Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 16ModerateHeavy integration
    Country Garden Montessori AcademyMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15High
    Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12High
    Montessori House of ChildrenMontessoriStandard-enriched8Limited
    Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
    Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Moderate
    Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousModerate
    Yip’s Music & Montessori SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 12High
    Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
    Town Centre Montessori Private SchoolsProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
    Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24Limited
    Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15Limited
    Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousHigh
    Rotherglen School - OakvilleProgressiveMontessori18Limited
    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.SProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15Limited
    Rotherglen School - MississaugaMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18LimitedLight integration
    Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 15HighMedium integration
    Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 30HighLight integration
    Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
    La Villa Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
    Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 26Limited
    Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriLimited
    J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 16LimitedLight integration
    Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20HighLight 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
     
     
    Westside Montessori School
    TMS School
    Royal Cachet Montessori School
    Alive Montessori & Private School
    Forest Hill Montessori School
    Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
    OMS Montessori
    Bond Academy
    Clanmore Montessori School
    Performance Montessori
    Toronto French Montessori
    The Element High School
    Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa
    Tall Pines School
    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
    Peel Montessori Private School
    Ellington Montessori School
    Century Private School
    ABC Montessori
    Montessori School of Wellington
    Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
    The Mildenhall School
    The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
    Odyssey Montessori School
    Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
    The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
    Bannockburn
    Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
    Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
    Hatch House Montessori School
    Beyond Montessori School
    York Montessori School
    Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
    Northstar Montessori Private School
    Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
    Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
    Guiding Light Academy
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
    Star Academy
    Montessori For Children
    Wishing Well Schools
    Maria Montessori School
    Prince Edward Montessori School
    Unionville Montessori Private Schools
    High Park Gardens Montessori School
    Braemar House School
    Country Garden Montessori Academy
    Meadow Green Academy
    Montessori House of Children
    Humberside Montessori School
    Wheatley School
    Trillium School
    Yip’s Music & Montessori School
    Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
    Town Centre Montessori Private Schools
    Aurora Montessori School
    Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
    Fairview Glen Montessori
    Rotherglen School - Oakville
    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S
    Rotherglen School - Mississauga
    Avalon Children's Montessori School
    Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School
    Taddle Creek Montessori School
    La Villa Montessori School
    Liberty Prep School
    Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
    J. Addison School
    Dearcroft Montessori School








    The Montessori philosophy and approach, based on the research and insights of Maria Montessori, is unique. And Montessori schools (including preschools), in Ontario and other provinces, have several progressive classroom practices. Some of the main ones are discussed below.

    For more comprehensive coverage of the Montessori method, see our main Montessori school guide.

    Montessori classroom practices

    Self-directed work: Montessori students do lots of independent work. While the learning environment provides some structure, students often choose their own tasks and learning materials. With some guidance from the teacher, they also determine the pace of their studies. This allows them to do work they find challenging and stimulating, and that they’re likely to complete. It can also lead to a love of learning, thoughout the school years and beyond.

    Concrete learning: The main focus is on concrete learning, rather than abstract learning. Especially at the preschool and elementary level, kids work with lots of different concrete materials to learn important practical life skills.

    Concrete learning engages many of the senses. And research has shown that it has several benefits. For instance, it leads to faster and more efficient learning, and it can also improve a child's focus and engagement.

    Minimal tests and grades: Similar to Waldorf and Reggio Emilia schools, Montessori schools almost never test students or give them assignments. Moreover, student work is rarely graded, except in high school (and sometimes middle school). 

    Instead, student progress is informally assessed through observation and developmental rubrics. The belief is that kids should be intrinsically motivated—by doing meaningful work they enjoy and find fulfilling—rather than externally motivated (through grades, report cards, and the like).

    Individualized curriculum: Montessori schools focus heavily on academics, even sometimes at the preschool level (3-6). Kids must master the basics in math, science, the language arts, and other subjects. They can then move on to more advanced work.

    The curricular focus and pace, though, will differ between children. Each child will move at a different pace and study subjects in different ways, depending on their specific learning needs and interests. Each child will also have their own individualized learning plan, one that’s arrived at by both the child and the teacher. This is a hallmark of the Montessori method

    Montessori curricular and teaching approach

    In Montessori schools in Ontario and other provinces, subjects are almost never taught in isolation. Typically, several subjects are taught together, as part of what's called an integrated curriculum.

    For instance, biology or chemistry aren’t taught as single subjects, except possibly in high school (and maybe middle school). Rather, they’ll be taught as part of an integrated unit.

    To this end, a teacher might deliver what Montessori educators refer to as a great lesson. For instance, in some schools, teachers give a great lesson on the beginning of life, where students learn about biology, chemistry, history, religion, and other subjects.

    An integrated curriculum can be very rewarding for Montessori students. It encourages them to make connections between ideas and concepts from a variety of disciplines. It also can lead to positive learning outcomes, such as a broadening of knowledge and a wider range of interests.

    Unlike mainstream schools, though, Montessori schools don’t deliver this curriculum through direct instruction. Teachers rarely, if ever, give long lectures or lessons. When lessons are given, they tend to be shorter and more interactive and engaging than lectures given in mainstream schools.

    Instead of lecturing, teachers tend to work with individuals or small groups of students. Their main role is to be a facilitator: they provide the necessary support and guidance for students to complete their work. They also help connect students with meaningful work.

    Sometimes, though, teachers will just sit back and observe kids work. Often, this will be group work, where small groups of kids come together (of their own accord) to work on different tasks and projects.

    The belief is that classmates often do a better job of teaching than the main teacher. In particular, older kids can excel at teaching and mentoring their younger peers, and modelling appropriate behaviour to them. The teacher, in these situations, will intervene or provide guidance only when absolutely necessary.

    To learn about how Montessori education evolves through the years, read our Montessori curriculum guide. To learn how it might be suitable for kids with special needs such as gifted children, read our Montessori and special needs guide.  


    Montessori schools in Ontario

    There are plenty of Montessori schools, preschools, and day cares in Ontario. This includes schools in Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville. Parents will thus have a lot of options when selecting a school.

    Some schools are more traditional, and follow the Montessori philosophy to the letter. Other schools are more supplemented, and combine the Montessori philosophy with more modern curricular approaches and materials. Remember, each Montessori school has a unique approach. In choosing a school, it’s best to look for one that’s the right fit for your child in terms of philosophy, culture, values, and the like.

    Ontario has plenty of great public and private schools. Many of these exist in big cities like Toronto. There are also a lot of great public and private school options in smaller cities, such as Ottawa, Kingston, and London.

    Ontario is home to some first-rate post-secondary institutions. These include the University of Toronto, Queen’s University (in Kingston), Western University (in London), McMaster University (in Hamilton), and the University of Waterloo (in Kitchener-Waterloo).