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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. This includes schools in Toronto, Ottawa, and Mississauga.

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.


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

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

The Element High School (est. 2003)

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
We nurture focused, engaged and internally motivated students who strive to do their best. The Element High School provides conditions that will put youth ‘in their element,’ in school and beyond. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately non-orthodox$17,448

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

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 (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

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

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

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

Momentum Montessori (est. 2016)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Kids from 0-7 absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum 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

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

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]
  • Montessori
$11,150 to $11,750

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

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately non-orthodox$7,900 to $14,000

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$8,720 to $19,748

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • 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$7,750 to $19,200

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

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

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 - 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

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

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 Christie and Sorauren locations provide programs for students 18 months to 6 years old. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering (est. 1984)

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

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABC Montessori (est. 1995)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 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$9,200 to $9,800

Emerson Academy (est. 2015)

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 4 (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

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

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

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

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
Orthodox

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

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]
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $10,900

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
Orthodox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaban Montessori School (est. 2002)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 6 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it! [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 $20,400

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

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 - 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

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

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




Our Montessori choosing 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
Ellington Montessori SchoolApril 25, 2017 2:00 pmEllington Montessori School
40 Cowdray Court Toronto Ontario M1S 1A1
Ellington Montessori SchoolApril 29, 2017 11:00 amEllington Montessori School
40 Cowdray Court Toronto Ontario M1S 1A1
Braemar House SchoolMay 16, 2017 4:00 pmBraemar House School
36 Baxter Street Brantford Ontario N3R 2V8
Toronto French MontessoriMay 26, 2017 9:30 amToronto French Montessori
53 Cummer Avenue North York Ontario M2M 2E5
Wishing Well SchoolsMay 27, 2017 10:00 amWishing Well Schools
455 Cochrane Drive, Unit 30 Markham Ontario L3R 9R4
Century Private SchoolMay 29, 2017 6:30 pmCentury Private School
11181 Yonge Street Richmond Hill Ontario L4S 1L2
Braemar House SchoolJune 06, 2017 4:00 pmBraemar House School
36 Baxter Street Brantford Ontario N3R 2V8
Town Centre Private SchoolsJune 10, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Town Centre Private SchoolsAugust 19, 2017 11:00 amTown Centre Montessori Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
Clanmore Montessori SchoolOctober 21, 2017 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
Clanmore Montessori SchoolJanuary 20, 2018 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7




The cost of Montessori 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 23%
$12,501 - $15,000 26%
$15,001 - $17,500 21%
$17,501 - $20,000 11%
$20,001 - $22,500 4%
$22,501 - $25,000 4%
$25,001 - $27,500 3%
$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%

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)
The Element High School$17,448
TMS$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
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$11,740 to $15,120Nursery/Toddler - 8
Yip’s Music & Montessori School$10,550 to $10,900
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Beyond Montessori School$8,50020%1 - 8$5,000
Bannockburn$23,700




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15High
The Element High SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficultiesHeavy integration
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15LimitedMedium integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
TMSMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousLimited
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveModerateLight integration
Royal Cachet Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive3 to 8Limited
Momentum MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 20Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
York Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Limited
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Enquiring Minds Montessori CasaMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 24HighLight integration
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18HighLight integration
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous12 to 20HighLight integration
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18LimitedHeavy integration
Guiding Light AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16Limited
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHigh
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24Limited
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.SProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15Limited
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20HighLight integration
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 26Mild difficulties
Town Centre Private SchoolsProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Rotherglen School - MississaugaMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18LimitedLight integration
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousModerate
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15LimitedLight integration
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24Limited
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedHeavy integration
Montessori School of WellingtonMontessori22 to 24Limited
Home Sweet Home Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficulties
Montessori For ChildrenMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Limited
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15Limited
Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12High
Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimitedLight integration
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighLight integration
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Moderate
Rotherglen School - OakvilleProgressiveMontessori18Limited
ABC MontessoriTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12LimitedLight integration
Emerson AcademyProgressiveMontessori5 to 16Limited
Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 30HighLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 16ModerateHeavy integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - BowmanvilleMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Country Garden Montessori AcademyMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15Limited
Yip’s Music & Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 12High
Blaisdale Montessori School - ScarboroughMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration
Montessori House of ChildrenMontessoriStandard-enriched8Limited
Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousHigh
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 24HighLight integration
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Star AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10HighHeavy integration
La Villa Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25HighHeavy integration
Kaban Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 20Limited
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 15HighMedium integration
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedLimited
The Montessori Country School - Milton CampusMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighLight 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
The Element High School
Toronto French Montessori
Westside Montessori School
TMS
Alive Montessori & Private School
Clanmore Montessori School
OMS Montessori
Royal Cachet Montessori School
Momentum Montessori
Forest Hill Montessori School
York Montessori School
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
Ellington Montessori School
Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa
Tall Pines School
Century Private School
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
Guiding Light Academy
Peel Montessori Private School
Aurora Montessori School
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S
Dearcroft Montessori School
Liberty Prep School
Town Centre Private Schools
Rotherglen School - Mississauga
Trillium School
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
J. Addison School
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
Odyssey Montessori School
Northstar Montessori Private School
Montessori School of Wellington
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
Montessori For Children
Prince Edward Montessori School
High Park Gardens Montessori School
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
Wishing Well Schools
Maria Montessori School
Taddle Creek Montessori School
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
Meadow Green Academy
Hatch House Montessori School
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
The Mildenhall School
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Wheatley School
Rotherglen School - Oakville
ABC Montessori
Emerson Academy
Dundas Valley Montessori School / Strata Montessori Adolescent School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
Braemar House School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
Country Garden Montessori Academy
Yip’s Music & Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
Montessori House of Children
Fairview Glen Montessori
Montessori Jewish Day School
Humberside Montessori School
Star Academy
La Villa Montessori School
Unionville Montessori Private Schools
Kaban Montessori School
Avalon Children's Montessori School
Beyond Montessori School
Bannockburn
Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus








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 daycares in Ontario. This includes schools in Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Mississauga, London, Kingston, St. Catherines, 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. It's also 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).