Montessori Schools & Pre-Schools in Canada

What is Montessori?

What are private Montessori schools? Maria Montessori, MD, devoted her life to the advancement of education for children of all ages. She believed that the typical lecture-based teaching method was not conducive to learning and from this dissatisfaction Montessori schools were born. read more

 
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The Montessori Philosophy

Since the early 1900s, Montessori schools have provided a unique learning environment tailored to students of all capabilities from infancy to 18 years old. Teachers are not considered the centre of learning; rather, it is the student that is the master of their learning, and it is the teacher’s role to assist them in exposing their true potential with challenging experiences to be completed uninterrupted in a nurturing environment.

Canada is one of few countries in the world where Montessori schools are incorporated into the public system. The first Montessori school in Canada was founded in Toronto in the 1960's and became the base for the spread of the Montessori method in North America. It can be argued that it remains so today.

Montessori schools have a hands-on approach to education, which develops all aspects of a student's intellectual, spiritual and emotional psyche so that they may become a well-rounded individual.

Understandably, Montessori schools have become popular throughout the world. However, it is important to note that each school may differ in their interpretation of the Montessori teaching method. Read more.

Benefits of Montessori Schools

Benefits of Montessori

Montessori education takes into account the differences in learning styles from each individual child. The student-centered approach is built to offer a whole-child learning experience. Because of Montessori’s dedicated approach to each child, this education is a perfect education for many different students. Graduates are successful across all industries, demonstrate high academic performance and higher than average emotional maturity.

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  casa Montessori Schools

Montessori Casa
(Pre-School)

The term Casa comes from the phrase "the children’s house," or the "casa dei bambini." Montessori Casa is a program for 2.5 to 6 year old children and fosters their ability to concentrate, work at their own pace and complete challenging tasks. These young Montessori students work together in a social and cooperative setting that will help them develop their curiosity in the world around them.

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  Elementary Montessori Schools

Montessori Elementary

Montessori elementary programs are designed for children 6 to 9 years old and continues to foster the skills developed in the Casa program, including curiosity, concentration, social and co-operative skills. A typical Montessori elementary program involves three hours of uninterrupted Montessori activities in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.

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List of Montessori Schools and Pre-Schools in Canada

Forest Hill Montessori School

2 Wembley Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6C 2E9
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Forest Hill and North Toronto campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best education for their children.

The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus

6185 15th Sideroad, Nobleton, Ontario, L0G 1N0
The 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.

The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus

8560 Tremaine Road, Milton, Ontario, L9T 2Y3
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.

Kawartha Montessori School

580 Cameron Street, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 3Z5
Kawartha Montessori School is the only CCMA-accredited school in the region, offering an authentic Montessori education to children ages 2.5 to 14.

Central Montessori Schools - Willowdale/Maplehurst

181 Maplehurst Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 3C1
State of the art facilities at our new French campus. Through an academically rigorous immersion program, students can enjoy the benefits of the Montessori method while achieving true fluency in French.

Peel Montessori School

964 Meadow Wood Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5J 2S6
Peel Montessori School offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade six in Mississauga. Its average class size is 15 to 18 students.

ABC Montessori

305 Matheson Boulevard East, Mississauga, Ontario, L4Z 1X8
ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's best private schools. The school offers both montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5.

Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard/Florence

200 Sheppard Avenue East, North York, Ontario, M2N 3A9
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.

Central Montessori Schools - Thornhill

72 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 1A1
We encourage social development, academic collaboration and role modeling. We motivate young minds & facilitate the development of confidence, independence and leadership skills.

Toronto French Montessori

432 Sheppard Avenue East, North York, Ontario, M2N 3B7
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students.

Central Montessori Schools - York Mills

18 Coldwater Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1Y7
Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900.

The Element High School

335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
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.

White Oaks Montessori School

1200 Vanier Drive / 1338 Clarkson Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 4C7
White Oaks Montessori School offers programs from nursery to grade six in Mississauga. Its average class size is 20 to 24 students.

TMS School

Bayview Campus 8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
TMS School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 in Richmond Hill. Its average class size is eight to 20 students.

OMS Montessori

335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School.

OMS Montessori

335, rue Lindsay, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
l'École Montessori d'Ottawa is a montessori private school in Ottawa, Ontario. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight.

Tall Pines School

8525 Torbram Road, Brampton, Ontario, L6T 5K4
Tall Pines School in Brampton provides enhanced Montessori and traditional classes from Toddler to Grade Eight, is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, and is a leader in 21st Century education.

Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa

24 Progress Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1P 2Y4
At Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa we have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a caring and challenging environment.

Ellington Montessori School

40 Cowdray Court, Toronto, Ontario, M1S 1A1
Ellington Montessori School in Toronto offers nursery to grade six, with tuition starting at $6,200. This accredited school was founded in 1991.

Royal Cachet Montessori School

9921 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L6C 1H7
Royal Cachet Montessori School is a montessori schol that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students.

Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa/Whitby

(Oshawa Campus) 1037 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 4W3
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.

Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough

231 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 5E3
Blaisdale Montessori School in Scarborough offers nursery to grade three, with 120 students enrolled. Tuition ranges from $4,550 to $8,650.

Rotherglen School - Oakville Elementary

2050 Neyagawa Boulevard, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 6R2
Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students.

Montessori For Children

25 Alvin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2A7
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.

Roots and Wings Montessori School

982 200th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W2
We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth.

River Valley School

3127 Bowwood Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2E7
River Valley School is a montessori school that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade six in Calgary. Its average class size is 14 to 18 students.

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School

177 Beverley Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1Y7
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500.

Wishing Well Schools

455 Cochrane Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9R4
Wishing Well Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. Its average class size is 15 students.

Phoenix Montessori School

19 Glen Agar Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9B 5L5
Phoenix Montessori School offers programs from nursery to grade six in Etobicoke. Its average class size is 20 students.

Rotherglen School - Oakville Primary

2045 Sixth Line, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 1X9
Rotherglen's Oakville Primary Campus provides a bright, welcoming Montessori environment for students in their formative years from Casa (age 3) to Grade 1.

École Montessori International Blainville

325, Chemin du Bas-de-Ste-Thérèse, Blainville, Quebec, J7A 0A3
École Montessori International in Montreal, Quebec offers nursery to grade six with enrolment of 250 day students and tuition of $8,700 to $16,000.

Ellesmere Montessori School

37 Marchington Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M1R 3M6
Ellesmere Montessori School prepares children for a lifetime of creative and purposeful learning based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Bannockburn

12 Bannockburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2M8
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.

La Maison Montessori House

14 Stone Road, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 6X9
Our Montessori school environment allows for constant conversation, LMMH offers French immersion for students aged 3 years to 13 years.

Humberside Montessori School

121 Kennedy Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 2X8
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight.

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

3 Sunforest Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6Z 2Z2
Rowntree Montessori Schools is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade eight in Brampton.

Prince Edward Montessori School

2850 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1B2
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students.

Clanmore Montessori School

2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1M7
Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum program from toddler through middle school.Tuition starts at $6,600.

Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville

80 Rhonda Boulevard, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3Y9
Blaisdale Montessori School in Bowmanville is a Montessori school in Bowmanville, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades nursery to 3. Blaisdale Montessori School in Bowmanville has a tuition cost of $4,550 to $8,650. This private school requires students to wear a uniform and the language of instruction is English.

Guildwood Village Montessori School
O/A Montessori Village and Education Centre

297 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 1B4
Guildwood Village Montessori SchoolO/A Montessori Village and Education Centre is a montessori school in Scarborough. It offers programs for pre-kintergraten to grade eight.

Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax

Westney Campus - 20 O'Brien Court, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 7J8
Blaisdale Montessori School in Ajax runs from nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $4,550. It features two rubberized play areas for younger children.

Maria Montessori School

125 Brentcliffe Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3Y7
Maria Montessori School is an AMI accredited Montessori school in Toronto that offers programs for children 18 months to twelve years.

Brooklin Mill Montessori School

25 Cassels Road East, Brooklin, Ontario, L1M 1A4
We focus on building skills for life-long learning, including independence, concentration, self-confidence and a strong academic foundation in language, math, science, and the arts.

Abacus Montessori & Private School

1300 Don Mills Rd. Suite 101, North York, Ontario, M3B 2W6
We provide a caring, stimulating environment in which children grow without fear of competition while simultaneously preparing them for the real world.

Boardwalk Montessori School

1975 B Queen St. East, Toronto, Ontario, M4L 1J1
Creative problem solving is inherent in all that we do. Teacher-child ratios are low to support individualized instruction in the Montessori method and philosophy.

North Star Montessori Elementary School

1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 1J3
North Star Montessori Elementary School offers programs from nursery to grade seven in Vancouver.

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School

2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $7,890.

Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School

189 Weldrick Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0A6
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students.

Wheatley School

497 Scott Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2M 3X3
Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students.

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering

401 Kingston Road, Pickering, Ontario, L1V 1A3
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a faith-based school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 25 students.

Rotherglen School - Meadowvale Elementary

929 Old Derry Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5W 1A1
Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students.

Unionville Montessori Private Schools

4486 - 16th Avenue, Unionville, Ontario, L3R 0M1
Unionville Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 15 to 20 students.

Dearcroft Montessori School

1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1L3
Offering Montessori programs from Preschool to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by great teachers. Tuition starts at $5,900.

Childventures Early Learning Academy

10775 Lesley Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S0B2
At Childventures, our focus is on adventures in learning – in helping children see the exciting possibilities in the world around them as they grow and experience life.

Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering

(Toynevale Campus) 415 Toynevale Road, Pickering, Ontario, L1W 2G9
Blaisdale Montessori School in Pickering offers nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $4,550. Curriculum includes a strong arts focus.

VINCI School

149 King George St, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 1V2
The new VINCI School offers a truly unique and advanced education to gifted children aged 3-8.

Trillium School

4277 14th Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0J2
Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham.

Aurora Montessori School

330 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 4C3
Aurora Montessori School offers nursery to grade 8 with enrolment of 400 day students. Average class size is 18 to 24 with tuition from $6,474 to $13,670.

Glebe Montessori School

650 Lyon Street South, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3Z7
GMS embraces the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori and the belief that her method of education not only aids the child during early development, but also throughout life.

Rotherglen School - Erin Mills

3553 South Common Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 2B3
Centrally located in Mississauga at Burnhamthorpe and Erin Mills Parkway, this campus opened in 1979 and is the founding Rotherglen School.

Northstar Montessori Private School

4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 1J8
Northstar Montessori Private School offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 15 to 25 students.

J. Addison School

2 Valleywood Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 8H3
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in beautiful Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility.

Hatch House Montessori School

301 Byron Street South, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 4P9
The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly.

Montessori Academy of London

711 Waterloo Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3W1
Montessori House of Children is a montessori private school in London, Ontario. It offers programs from pre-school to grade eight.

Century Montessori Private School

11181 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L2
Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade eight, with class sizes as low as 12 students and tuition from $6,600.

Bright Scholars Academy Inc.

24 Falconer Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1B1
We have created a prepared environment for the success of children ages 18 months to 5 1/2 years old with Full-Day, Half-Day, & Part-Time programs to meet the needs of families in Mississauga.

Fairview Glen Montessori

3508 Commerce Court, Burlington, Ontario, L7N 3L7
Fairview Glen Montessori in Burlington offers grades PS to six and includes specialized French, Music, Visual Arts and Phys-Ed programs.

Town Centre Montessori Private Schools

155 Clayton Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 7P3
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school grades 12/up in Markham. Its average class is 18 to 24 students.

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School

2246 Camilla Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 2J6
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School offers programs for various grades in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten to 15 students.

Choosing a Montessori

Parents should research the school they are considering to ensure it meets their expectations. Montessori is not a trademarked term and there is no single organization to govern use of the word "Montessori schools."

A proper Montessori school will have:

  • Teachers trained by and institute like the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Accreditation for Montessori training is specific to each age group
  • Designated teaching areas for: practical life activities, sensorial, language, mathematics
  • Classes with a three year age mix, including Montessori Casa (2.5 to 6 years of age) and Elementary Montessori Schools (6 to 9 years of age)

Many people like to send their children to a Montessori school for preschool (early childhood education). This is a way to 'taste-test' both Montessori and private education. Read more about preschool at Montessori schools.

Evaluation of the Montessori method

Montessori schools are not without critics but the method has been shown to be successful. For example, in a 2006 study published in the journal "Science," authors concluded that Montessori students showed better performance in traditional learning areas like mathematics and language as well as social skills. The study used two control groups studied over the course of several years.

Other studies show that Montessori children score well on standardized tests and rank well above average on "soft skills" such as following direction, promptness, listening and adapting to new situations. Montessori provide a number of benefits to children, many of whom show improved performance in academic and social skills.

Among the many Montessori schools grads who have become creative leaders in our culture, you will find people like professional violinist, Conrad Chow, Google co-founder Larry Page and many others.