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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, Vaughan (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.
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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.
Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)
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]
|$16,514 to $19,124|
Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)
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]
|$7,500 to $14,500|
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)
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]
Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
|Orthodox||$7,470 to $15,396|
Momentum Montessori (est. 2016)
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]
|$10,800 to $20,400|
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]
|$12,700 to $14,500|
Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)
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]
|$7,900 to $14,000|
Montessori For Children (est. 1995)
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]
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]
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]
Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)
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]
|$26,450 to $28,375|
Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [View profile]
Bannockburn (est. 1993)
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]
|$13,900 to $24,500|
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)
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]
Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [View profile]
Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)
Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. [View profile]
|Moderately orthodox||$6,400 to $20,400|
Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough (est. 1969)
Blaisdale Montessori School in Scarborough offers nursery to grade three, with 120 students enrolled. Tuition ranges from $4,550 to $8,650. [View profile]
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.
Bond Academy (est. 1978)
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]
|$12,500 to $24,500|
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. You can learn more in our preschool choosing guide.
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. Find a Montessori school near you.
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.
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.
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. You can also read our guide on preschool costs.
Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori schools in Toronto and the GTA:
|Tuition (day school)||Students receiving financial aid||Grade eligibility for financial aid||Avg. aid package size (annual)|
|Alive Montessori & Private School||$13,500 to $14,500||20%||JK - 8||$2,000|
|Ellington Montessori School||$7,900 to $14,000||5%||1 - 8||$3,000|
|Avalon Children's Montessori School||$13,100 to $20,400||5%||1 - 8||$10,000|
Average class size
Special needs support
|Forest Hill Montessori School||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||No support|
|Alive Montessori & Private School||Montessori||Accelerated||Rigorous||10 to 16||Indirect Support||Light integration|
|Central Montessori Schools - York Mills||Montessori||Standard-enriched||Supportive||15 to 24||No support|
|Toronto French Montessori||Montessori||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||15||No support||Medium integration|
|Bond Academy||Liberal Arts||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||15||Withdrawal Assistance||Medium integration|
|Momentum Montessori||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||No support||Medium integration|
|Pine Lake Montessori School||Montessori||Accelerated||Supportive||15 to 24||No support||Light integration|
|Westside Montessori School||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||10 to 24||No support|
|Ellington Montessori School||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||15 to 24||Indirect Support||Medium integration|
|Montessori For Children||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||16 to 24||No support|
|Downtown Montessori||Montessori||Supportive||10 to 16||Resource Assistance|
|Liberty Prep School||Montessori||Student-paced||Rigorous||10 to 26||No support|
|Odyssey Heights School for Girls||Progressive||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||8 to 18||Full-time Dedicated Class||Heavy integration|
|Prince Edward Montessori School||Montessori||Accelerated||Supportive||10 to 16||No support|
|Bannockburn||Montessori||Accelerated||Supportive||12 to 20||No support||Light integration|
|Cornerstone Montessori Prep School||Liberal Arts||Montessori||Accelerated||Rigorous||10 to 15||Resource Assistance|
|Odyssey Montessori School||Montessori||Student-paced||15 to 24||No support||Light integration|
|Humberside Montessori School||Montessori||No support|
|Avalon Children's Montessori School||Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||Partial Integration||Medium integration|
|Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough||Montessori||Rigorous||No support||Medium integration|
|Forest Hill Montessori School|
|Alive Montessori & Private School|
|Central Montessori Schools - York Mills|
|Toronto French Montessori|
|Pine Lake Montessori School|
|Westside Montessori School|
|Ellington Montessori School|
|Montessori For Children|
|Liberty Prep School|
|Odyssey Heights School for Girls|
|Prince Edward Montessori School|
|Cornerstone Montessori Prep School|
|Odyssey Montessori School|
|Humberside Montessori School|
|Avalon Children's Montessori School|
|Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough|
Toronto boasts lots of Montessori schools. This includes private schools in downtown Toronto, the Annex, North York, Forest Hill, Midtown, Rosedale, High Park, and Richmond Hill. There are also nearby schools in Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, and Vaughan.
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)
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 interdisciplinary 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.
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.
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 preschool programs to choose from, most of which are certified or accredited and have dedicated teachers with rigorous training.
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.
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: