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On this page, we cover Montessori schools in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This includes Montessori schools in downtown Toronto (including the Annex), North York, Scarborough, Vaughn (including East York), Etobicoke, Markham, and Aurora. Many of these schools are accredited by the CCMA or the AMI. 

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

Table of contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Toronto

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Toronto Montessori schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori education
  6. Further resources


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


 
  • Momentum Montessori
  • Westside Montessori School
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Bond Academy
  • Forest Hill Montessori School
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Liberty Prep School
  • Bannockburn
  • High Park Gardens Montessori School
  • Maria Montessori School
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Odyssey Montessori School
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Taddle Creek Montessori School
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Montessori For Children
  • Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa
  • The Mildenhall School
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great starting point for finding a school. The Toronto private school expo is our biggest one: it allows you to speak with more than 70 private schools—all in one place. If you live in the west end of Toronto, visit our Halton-Peel expo. At this expo, you'll find Montessori schools and preschools from Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and across the GTA.

Parent discussion forum

Another important 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 and private schools, in Toronto, Ontario, and elsewhere. Our community of parents, educational experts, school officials, and alumni can help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Open house events

Attending open houses is a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits and our choosing guide. For specific questions to ask Montessori schools, see our Montessori choosing guide.

School nameDateLocation
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolApril 08, 2017 10:00 amAvalon Children's Montessori School
2181 Queen Street East Toronto Ontario M4E 1E5




The cost of Montessori schools in Toronto tends to be lower than the cost of other private schools in Toronto. 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 Toronto. That said, some public schools use certain Montessori principles and materials.

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

Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori schools in Toronto and the GTA:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
Bannockburn$23,700
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Momentum MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 20Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Limited
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15High
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 26Mild difficulties
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24Limited
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 15HighMedium integration
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 24HighLight integration
Montessori For ChildrenMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Limited
Enquiring Minds Montessori CasaMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 24HighLight integration
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Blaisdale Montessori School - ScarboroughMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium 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
 








Toronto boasts lots of Montessori schools. This includes private schools in downtown Toronto, the Annex, North York, Forest Hill, Mid Town, Rosedale, High Park, and Richmond Hill. There are also nearby schools in Mississauga, Oakville, and Brampton.
 
Toronto has Montessori preschools (and daycares), elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Most of these schools are certified or accredited by a world recognized institute, such as the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) or the Association Montessori International (AMI). They also typically have dedicated teachers, trained by the AMI or the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher education (MACTE) 

Montessori school philosophy

The Montessori philosophy is unique and progressive. Montessori schools have mixed-age classrooms, with lots of student-to-student teaching. Students often work independently and in groups. And, the Montessori curriculum is tailored to the learning needs of each student.

Toronto Montessori schools are no exception to this rule. Although there's some variation between these schools in terms of approach, they tend to have the same basic philosophy of education. They implement this philosophy using several classroom policies and practices, which are discussed below (for more detailed discussion, read our comprehensive Montessori education guide).

Minimal direct instruction: Montessori teachers rarely lecture to the whole class or large groups of kids. When they do give lectures, they tend to be engaging and interactive. Typically, though, teachers merely guide kids, and connect them with meaningful work, even at the preschool or casa level.

Self-directed learning: Students have lots of freedom in their studies. With the guidance of the teacher, they often choose their own tasks and determine the pace of their studies.  

Concrete learning: Students work with lots of concrete materials, and do lots of practical life activities, to learn different skills and concepts (especially at the lower levels). At the upper levels, though, there’s more focus on abstract learning.

Integrated curriculum: Subjects are usually taught in an inter-disciplinary way, rather than in isolation. For instance, students may be given what's called a great lesson on the beginning of life. In this lesson, they'll learn about science, history, religion, and other subjects.  

Uninterrupted work periods: Montessori students are given plenty of time to work on specific tasks in the classroom, free of interruptions. In elementary schools, they’re often given at least one 3-hour, uninterrupted work period. 

Montessori activities: Almost all class time is spent on structured activities and tasks. Students aren’t typically given free-play time in class, except sometimes at the lower levels (such as in preschool or nursery school). Some time is scheduled for outdoor recess in Montessori schools, though this may be less than in traditional or mainstream schools.

Minimal tests, assignments, and grades: Tests, assignments, and grades are almost never given at the primary or elementary level (or in preschool). Montessori high schools, on the other hand, are required to have graded work (and to give course credits) to meet provincial curricular requirements and prepare students for university or college.

Minimal homework: Homework is almost never assigned, though students may be allowed to bring some work home. This gives students more independence and preserves precious family time.

Montessori school curriculum

In Montessori schools, in Toronto and the GTA (including North York, Scarborough, and Etobicoke), learning is very hands-on. Students work with lots of concrete materials, and they’re encouraged to solve problems on their own—without the teacher’s help. For most subjects, textbooks aren’t used (at least at the lower levels), and teachers don’t try to impart information to students. 

This approach is similar to the inquiry or discovery model of instruction. It’s very different, on the other hand, from more traditional models—models that focus more on direct instruction and memorization. The inquiry model of instruction is more common in progressive schools, and the traditional model is more common in mainstream schools.

To learn how the Montessori method evolves from preschool to high school, read our guide to the Montessori teaching approach.

Benefits of a Montessori education

A Montessori education has numerous benefits. Its individualized curriculum can be very challenging and stimulating. And, it’s teaching and curricular approach promotes independence, concentration, discipline, and good work habits.

Moreover, there’s some evidence that concrete learning—which is one of its big focuses —benefits many students. Research has shown that the Montessori focus on practical life and sensory activities can lead to faster learning, as well as improved focus and engagement.

Montessori schools work especially well for children who are highly motivated and have good work habits. They also can be a good fit for children with special needs, including children who are gifted and have learning disabilities. (To learn more, read our guide to Montessori and special needs.) On the other hand, they’re sometimes not a great fit for children who prefer a traditional classroom structure and a standard curriculum.

If you’re looking at Montessori for your child, be sure to look for a school that’s the right fit. Luckily, in Toronto, there are lots of top schools and preschools to choose from, most of which are certified or accredited and have dedicated teachers with rigorous training.

Maria Montessori and the Montessori method

Maria Montessori introduced the Montessori method for child education in 1907. She believed that education during a child's formative years is crucial to their development and future success. Maria Montessori observed that children absorb knowledge like a sponge, and that every child has an innate desire to learn.

Similar to Waldorf and Reggio Emilia schools, Montessori schools enable children to acquire the skills necessary for a practical and valuable life. They also develop the motor and social skills of even the youngest students.

Choosing a Montessori school in Toronto

Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions of each of the Toronto Montessori schools you're interested in, until you find the right fit. You want what’s best for your child. So, before choosing a Montessori school in the GTA, take these questions into consideration: