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Ontario Montessori schools

Find the top Montessori schools and programs in Ontario.


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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



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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.


 
  • Royal Cachet Montessori School
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • OMS Montessori
  • Bond Academy
  • TMS
  • Westside Montessori School
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
  • York Montessori School
  • Momentum Montessori
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Pine Lake Montessori School
  • The Element High School
  • The Thinnox Academy
  • Forest Hill Montessori School
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Century Private School
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Tall Pines School
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Cedar Ridge High School
  • ABC Montessori
  • Montessori For Children
  • J. Addison School
  • Downtown Montessori
  • Montessori School of Wellington
  • Star Academy
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Odyssey Heights School for Girls
  • Trinity Montessori School
  • Trillium School
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Wheatley School
  • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Montessori House of Children
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Hatch House Montessori School
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Fun to Learn Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
  • Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
  • Lakeview Montessori School
  • The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Beyond Montessori School
  • Emerson Academy
  • Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Shining Light Montessori School
  • Braemar House School
  • Blooming Lives Montessori
  • Kaban Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
  • Silver Maple Montessori Private School
  • Sunrise Montessori School
  • Wishing Well Schools
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Bannockburn
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Somerset Academy
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Liberty Prep School
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
  • The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
  • Odyssey Montessori School

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

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


Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum, co-ed Montessori program from Toddler to Middle School. Tuition starts at $8,250. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,750 to $16,500

OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (245 students)
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,776 to $20,388

TMS (est. 1961)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (750 students)
Internationally recognized since 1961,TMS is the leading university preparatory school in Richmond Hill with Montessori & IB frameworks that provide students with the foundation for a life of goodness & excellence. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,075 to $25,440

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$18,700 to $20,700

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • Stouffville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,470 to $15,396
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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


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

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


York Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (145 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
$11,800 to $12,500

Momentum Montessori (est. 2016)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Children absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 6 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$10,800 to $20,400

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

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

Pine Lake Montessori School   

  • Toronto , Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
Pine Lake Montessori School pursues teaching with a one on one method that respects and nurtures children and allows them to achieve their fullest potential. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,700 to $14,500

The Element High School (est. 2003)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
The Element nurtures 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]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$17,448

The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
The Thinnox Academy is a Mississauga private high school with a focus on technology, engineering and design. Graduates stand out from their peers when applying into University or College. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$10,017 to $12,320

Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (190 students)
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best Montessori education for their children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$16,514 to $19,124

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) (est. 1969)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) is an award-winning progressive private school, a GOLD member of OFIS (Ontario Federation of Independent Schools) and voted the BEST private school by the residents of Brampton. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$7,100 to $13,200

Century Private School (est. 1994)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$8,400 to $26,800

Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$9,500
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Tall Pines School (est. 1987)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (480 students)
Tall Pines School in Brampton provides enhanced Montessori and traditional classes from Infant to Grade Eight, is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, and is a leader in 21st Century education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,720 to $19,748

Peel Montessori Private School (est. 1992)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Peel Montessori School offers an enriched, personalized program. Emphasis is on strong academics, and the development of personal excellence (leadership skills, creativity) in a supportive, family-like environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$7,500 to $15,000

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

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

Cedar Ridge High School   

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
Cedar Ridge High School is an independent high school, grades 9 to 10, in Kanata, Ontario. Our school offers an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a focus on leadership, innovation, student engagement and academics. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$13,995

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
$9,200 to $9,800

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


Downtown Montessori   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (57 students)
Downtown Montessori is a non-profit private day school for infants, toddlers and pre-school children in Toronto.Learning is focused on academic skills like reading, math and creative arts and combined with the social skills of compassion, courtesy and respect for others. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Montessori School of Wellington (est. 1996)  

  • Guelph, Ontario
  • JK to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (47 students)
Montessori School of Wellington in Guelph is the only CCMA accredited school in Guelph and the number one choice for children's education and life skill [View profile]
  • Montessori


Star Academy (est. 1997)  

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

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$14,990

Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)  

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

Trinity Montessori School (est. 1999)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Trinity Montessori School offers programs from toddler to grade six in Markham, Ontario. Its average class size is nine students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$10,000 to $11,000

Trillium School (est. 1991)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school
Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,400 to $33,000

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


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


Wheatley School (est. 1986)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (160 students)
Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate


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

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,900 to $17,900

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


Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,400 to $20,400

Fairview Glen Montessori (est. 2007)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (135 students)
Fairview Glen offers authentic Montessori education for children 18 mo.-12 yrs. The academically driven, collaborative and supportive community, also specializes in French, Music, Visual Arts and Phys-Ed programs. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Hatch House Montessori School (est. 2005)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program. [View profile]
  • Montessori


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


Fun to Learn Montessori School (est. 2004)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Fun To Learn Montessori School offers genuine Montessori curriculum for toddlers and Casa. Serving Mississauga and surrounding areas for more than 12 years. [View profile]
  • Montessori


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

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Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus (est. 1995)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Lakeview Montessori School (est. 1978)  

  • Tecumseh, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (205 students)
Lakeview Montessori offers small class sizes starting with 1:5 teacher to student ratios. Programs from toddlers (18 months) to grade 8. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori


The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus (est. 1988)  

  • Nobleton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$16,550 to $17,465

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,045 to $15,855

Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax (est. 1969)  

  • Ajax, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Blaisdale Montessori School in Ajax runs from toddlers to grade eight. Tuition starts at $4,550. It features two rubberized play areas for younger children. [View profile]
  • Montessori

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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


Beyond Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
Conveniently located near downtown St. Catharines, BMS offers core-French Montessori. Toddler to Grade 6 with class sizes of 8 to 20 students. Extended Care. New facility and acreage. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500

Emerson Academy (est. 2015)  

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

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
$6,750 to $11,200

Shining Light Montessori School (est. 2011)  

  • Maple, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Shining Light Montessori is the community you've searched for -- where children feel comfortable, with teachers who care. Our children learn, build their confidence, reach their potential, & let their lights shine! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,900 to $10,950

Braemar House School (est. 1996)  

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (117 students)
Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment that offers personalized attention. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$12,654

Blooming Lives Montessori (est. 2017)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
Blooming Lives Montessori celebrates and nurtures the sense of curiosity of each child, supports them in exploring their expanding capabilities and guides them into their thriving potentials. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,390 to $17,928

Kaban Montessori School (est. 2002)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (127 students)
Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$14,100 to $14,600

Blaisdale Montessori School - 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


Silver Maple Montessori Private School   

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (63 students)
Housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. Offering low teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on personal and social development of each child. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Sunrise Montessori School (est. 1988)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Montessori
$11,500 to $19,800

Wishing Well Schools (est. 1978)  

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

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Northstar Montessori offers authentic Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Mississauga. We pride ourselves on strong character development and supporting life long learners! Now, Swim program is now included. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $13,300

Bannockburn (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (145 students)
Bannockburn, a Montessori school in Toronto, Ontario offers grades nursery to six, average class sizes of 22 students and tuition from $10,350 to $20,700. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,900 to $24,500

Dearcroft Montessori School (est. 1968)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $20,500

La Villa Montessori School (est. 2012)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school
La Villa Montessori School is dedicated to following the Montessori philosophy and to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that fulfills a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,365 to $14,725
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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


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
$6,500 to $11,000

Aurora Montessori School (est. 1989)  

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
Aurora Montessori School offers a comprehensive, nurturing and enriched program for Toddler to Grade 8. Our enrolment of 375 day students has an average class size of 15 to 24. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia


Liberty Prep School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. 6 in downtown Toronto. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers. Reach out to discover what we do differently. [View profile]
  • Montessori

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Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. (est. 1984)  

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • Boarding school
Our schools offer a maximum class size of 16 students for ages 4 & up. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$970 to $1,100

Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy (est. 2010)  

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students a supportive environment, which allows them to discover their passions, all while reaching each individuals full potential! [View profile]
  • Montessori


Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (328 students)
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering (est. 1969)  

  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Blaisdale Montessori School in Pickering offers nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $4,550. Curriculum includes a strong arts focus. [View profile]
  • Montessori


Rotherglen School - Mississauga (est. 1979)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

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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


The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus (est. 2007)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,230

Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (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



Some schools aren't Montessori schools, but use a Montessori approach for their preschool or daycare program. This approach gives young learners plenty of freedom to choose tasks and activities that interest them, which promotes their independence and confidence. It also strongly emphasizes concrete learning, where children work with lots of hands-on materials, and do practical life activities. Children usually work independently or in small groups in these programs.

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

Bond Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$12,500 to $24,500

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 $39,550

Town Centre Private Schools (est. 1986)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1400 students)
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate


Somerset Academy (est. 1990)  

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






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. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great starting point for finding a school. 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. Find a Montessori school near you.

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
Town Centre Private SchoolsAugust 18, 2018 11:00 amTown Centre Private Schools
155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
TMSSeptember 20, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSSeptember 27, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSOctober 04, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSOctober 11, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
Clanmore Montessori SchoolOctober 20, 2018 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
BannockburnOctober 20, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
TMSOctober 27, 2018 10:00 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSNovember 03, 2018 11:00 amTMS - Upper School
500 Elgin Mills Road East Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 5G1
TMSNovember 08, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolNovember 17, 2018 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
TMSNovember 22, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSNovember 29, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSDecember 06, 2018 9:15 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSJanuary 16, 2019 9:30 amTMS - Upper School
500 Elgin Mills Road East Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 5G1
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolJanuary 19, 2019 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
BannockburnJanuary 19, 2019 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolFebruary 02, 2019 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
Clanmore Montessori SchoolFebruary 02, 2019 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
TMSFebruary 02, 2019 10:00 amTMS - Lower School
8569 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill Ontario L4B 3M7
TMSFebruary 13, 2019 9:30 amTMS - Upper School
500 Elgin Mills Road East Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 5G1
BannockburnApril 20, 2019 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8




The cost of Montessori 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%10%20%30%40%Day tuitionPercentage of schools
Day Tuition Percentage of schools
$1 - $2,500 1%
$2,501 - $5,000 0%
$5,001 - $7,500 0%
$7,501 - $10,000 10%
$10,001 - $12,500 26%
$12,501 - $15,000 36%
$15,001 - $17,500 23%
$17,501 - $20,000 17%
$20,001 - $22,500 10%
$22,501 - $25,000 5%
$25,001 - $27,500 4%
$27,501 - $30,000 1%
$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. You can learn more about preschool costs, 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)
OMS Montessori$13,776 to $20,38810%Nursery/Toddler - 6$2,500
TMS$20,250 to $25,440K - 12
Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
The Element High School$17,448
The Thinnox Academy$10,017 to $11,44825%9 - 12$5,000
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
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
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School$11,975 to $15,855Nursery/Toddler - 8
Beyond Montessori School$8,50020%1 - 8$5,000
Yip’s Music & Montessori School$10,850 to $11,200
Bannockburn$24,500
Somerset Academy$13,2005%1 - 8
Aurora Montessori School5%Preschool - 8$3,000




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Royal Cachet Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive3 to 8No support
Clanmore Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
OMS MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
TMSMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousNo support
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24No support
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous16 to 24No supportMedium integration
York Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Withdrawal Assistance
Momentum MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
Pine Lake Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No supportLight integration
The Element High SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportHeavy integration
The Thinnox AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 12Special needs schoolHeavy integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18No supportHeavy integration
Century Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
Guiding Light AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No support
Tall Pines SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18No supportLight integration
Peel Montessori Private SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
Cedar Ridge High SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 10Resource Assistance
ABC MontessoriTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12No supportLight integration
Montessori For ChildrenMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24No support
J. Addison SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
Downtown MontessoriMontessoriSupportive10 to 16Resource Assistance
Montessori School of WellingtonMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive22 to 24No support
Star AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 14Partial IntegrationHeavy integration
Meadow Green AcademyTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12Resource Assistance
Odyssey Heights School for Girls ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 18Full-time Dedicated ClassHeavy integration
Trinity Montessori SchoolTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Trillium SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16No support
Rotherglen School - OakvilleProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No support
Wheatley SchoolMontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18No support
Unionville Montessori Private SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 25No supportHeavy integration
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
Montessori House of ChildrenMontessoriStandard-enriched8No support
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
Fairview Glen MontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
Hatch House Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
Country Garden Montessori AcademyMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No support
Fun to Learn Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
Blaisdale Montessori School - BowmanvilleMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
Lakeview Montessori SchoolProgressiveMontessoriSpecial needs school
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton CampusMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource AssistanceLight integration
Bishop Hamilton Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
Town Centre Private SchoolsTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
Blaisdale Montessori School - AjaxMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
Beyond Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
Emerson AcademyProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 16No supportLight integration
Yip’s Music & Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 13No support
Shining Light Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedNo support
Braemar House SchoolTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
Blooming Lives Montessori MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 23No support
Kaban Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
Blaisdale Montessori School - OshawaMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Silver Maple Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Sunrise Montessori SchoolMontessoriMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
Wishing Well SchoolsTraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Northstar Montessori Private SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 20No supportLight integration
Dearcroft Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20No supportLight integration
La Villa Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 21Resource Assistance
Montessori Learning Centre of PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic SchoolMontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15No support
Somerset AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 18No support
Aurora Montessori SchoolMontessoriReggio EmiliaAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 26No support
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
Home Sweet Home Montessori AcademyMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriNo support
Blaisdale Montessori School - PickeringMontessoriStudent-pacedNo support
Rotherglen School - MississaugaProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight integration
Blaisdale Montessori School - ScarboroughMontessoriRigorousNo supportMedium integration
The Montessori Country School - Milton CampusMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveIndirect SupportLight integration
Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced10 to 24No supportLight integration





 Legend:

 ADHD

Learning disorders:
 Dyslexia
 Auditory processing disorder
 Dyscalculia
 Dysgraphia
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:
 Autism
 Asperger's

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical
 
 
Royal Cachet Montessori School
Clanmore Montessori School
OMS Montessori
Bond Academy
TMS
Westside Montessori School
Toronto French Montessori
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School
York Montessori School
Momentum Montessori
Alive Montessori & Private School
Pine Lake Montessori School
The Element High School
The Thinnox Academy
Forest Hill Montessori School
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
Century Private School
Guiding Light Academy
Tall Pines School
Peel Montessori Private School
Ellington Montessori School
Cedar Ridge High School
ABC Montessori
Montessori For Children
J. Addison School
Downtown Montessori
Montessori School of Wellington
Star Academy
Meadow Green Academy
Odyssey Heights School for Girls
Trinity Montessori School
Trillium School
Prince Edward Montessori School
Rotherglen School - Oakville
Wheatley School
Unionville Montessori Private Schools
Montessori Jewish Day School
Montessori House of Children
Avalon Children's Montessori School
Fairview Glen Montessori
Hatch House Montessori School
Country Garden Montessori Academy
Fun to Learn Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
Lakeview Montessori School
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
Town Centre Private Schools
Blaisdale Montessori School - Ajax
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Beyond Montessori School
Emerson Academy
Yip’s Music & Montessori School
Shining Light Montessori School
Braemar House School
Blooming Lives Montessori
Kaban Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Oshawa
Silver Maple Montessori Private School
Sunrise Montessori School
Wishing Well Schools
Northstar Montessori Private School
Bannockburn
Dearcroft Montessori School
La Villa Montessori School
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Somerset Academy
Aurora Montessori School
Liberty Prep School
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
Humberside Montessori School
Blaisdale Montessori School - Pickering
Rotherglen School - Mississauga
Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
Odyssey 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, 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. Catharines, Oakville, MiltonPickeringScarborough, and Vaughan. 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 or preschool, 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).