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12 Bannockburn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2M8
Contact name:
Meg Kahnert

Phone number:
(416) 789-7855×


12 Bannockburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2M8

Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
$12,350 to 23,700/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 20
Day: 120 (Gr. PS - 6)

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Contact Name:
Meg Kahnert

Phone Number:

School Address
12 Bannockburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2M8

About this school:

Established for over 20 years as a leading Independant school, Bannockburn offers an outstanding, authentic Montessori learning environment, carefully implemented to meet the specific needs of children during the most crucial periods of their formative years: Toddler (18 months-3 years old), Primary (3-6 years old), Elementary (6-12 years old). Children grow and thrive in a nurturing and stimulating family community, unified by the love of learning. Each fully equiped classroom is directed by dedicated, qualified teachers complemented by specialist instruction in French, music, visual arts and physical education. In the heart of north Toronto, Bannockburn is situated on 5 acres of green space surrounded by mature trees. We invite you to discover how Bannockburn can make a brilliant difference in your child's life.... from the very beginning.

Upcoming Events Next event: January 23, 2016

upcoming events
  • January 23, 2016Open House
    Bannockburn, 12 Bannockburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, January 23 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Please join us for an Open House Information Session on October 24th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This session will include a guided tour of the classrooms, an overview of Bannockburn’s Montessori programs and a question-and-answer forum with staff and parents. Please reserve your spot by contacting Meg Kahnert at m.kahnert@bannockburn.ca or at 416.789.7855

  • April 16, 2016Open House
    Bannockburn, 12 Bannockburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Please join us for an Open House Information Session on October 24th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This session will include a guided tour of the classrooms, an overview of Bannockburn’s Montessori programs and a question-and-answer forum with staff and parents. Please reserve your spot by contacting Meg Kahnert at m.kahnert@bannockburn.ca or at 416.789.7855.

  • May 28, 2016Family Fun Fair
    Bannockburn, 12 Bannockburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, May 28 from 11:00 am - 02:00 am

    The annual Bannockburn Family Fun Fair is a popular event for the whole community.  Enjoy activities and food for all ages!  We offer bouncy castles, face painting, pony rides, and much more.  Our BBQ is always a hit, as is the ice cream truck! This is an event you will want to mark on your calendar to attend. 

Principal's Message


Meg Kahnert, Head of School

Thank you taking the time to read about Bannockburn. I encourage you to pay us a visit and see what makes Bannockburn such a special place. It starts with our Toodlers who show us that these young individuals are capable of so much more than we would normally expect, and culminates with our Upper Elementary graduates who trully exhibit that they are responsible, nurturing, peaceful young people with self-esteem and respect for others. Bannockburn graduates are self-motivated, intellectually curious, love learning and achieve academic success.



Curriculum Montessori

Primary Curriculum: Montessori
Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Lessons are highly decentralized: children typically work individually (though sometimes with others) on specialized "Montessori materials" -- without interference from the teacher. The materials are self-correcting and teach the student something about the subject at hand. The method's goal is to develop children's innate desire to learn, while freeing up time for teachers to help children individually, as needed.

  • Montessori offered:

    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Middle School
    High School

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    • Bannockburn's approach to sex-ed: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
    • What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Curriculum Pace

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Bannockburn says about flexible pacing: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Bannockburn says: [Bannockburn has not provided this information]

    Special Needs Support Limited


    Bannockburn offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Bannockburn does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.


    What Bannockburn says:
    • Full-day students at Bannockburn can also choose from a rich variety of extra-curricular clubs. These after-school programs are facilitated by passionate and skilled instructors. Programs cover a comprehensive range of interests, including sport and team games, music and visual arts, science and technology, languages such as Spanish and French, and mathematics. All programs take place on school grounds, and meet Bannockburn’s high standards for engaging and exciting learning.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Day Day (Half day)
    Day (Half day)$12,350
    What Bannockburn says: New applicants are required to submit a non-refundable initial registration fee of $4,500 ($2,250 for siblings of existing students) upon acceptance. Various payment schedules for tuition fees can be arranged; additional administrative charges may apply. Bannockburn School is a registered non-profit independent school. The tuition and registration fees account for over 90% of the school revenue.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:

    More information:

    Application Details:

    Merit based Scholarships

    Amount: 100%
    Deadline: 01/31/2013
    Eligibility Details: —Merit-based on school criteria.
    Application Details: Every year, Bannockburn assists a number of its families with tax-free financial assistance so that they may continue with the school. While there is a limit to the funds Bannockburn makes available for assistance, every family that has been recommended for assistance thus far has received it.
    For more details, visit: www.bannockburn.ca/scholarships-and-bursaries-s12976


    Total enrollment 120
    Average enrollment per grade12
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: We do not have this data for Bannockburn




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewNursery/Toddler - 6
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Bannockburn says: Bannockburn has not provided this information


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Bannockburn is looking for: Bannockburn has not provided this information

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSKK123456
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni


    Alumni Highlights

    • A Bannockburn education prepares the child for a meaningful and successful life beyond the school. Our graduates are characterized by a love of learning, a solid sense of self, and the confidence and character to share their gifts with the world. They are consistently recognized for their self-motivation, intellectual curiosity, connective thinking, social responsibility and respect for others. Bannockburn alumni consistently thrive in their schools of choice, which include Bishop Strachan School, Crescent School, Havergal College, Royal St. George’s College, St. Clement’s School, St. Michael’s College School, Upper Canada College and The York School. It is with pride that Bannockburn receives consistent acknowledgement from many of these schools for our graduates’ community leadership, self-motivated academic achievement and independent initiative. Many of our “pioneering” graduates return regularly to the Bannockburn community to share the tremendous impact Bannockburn had on their formative years. They have gone on to pursue their interests at universities like Northwestern University, Ryerson University, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo, regularly return to the Bannockburn community to share the tremendous impact Bannockburn had on their formative years, and to simply visit a treasured part of their childhood.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Thank You Bannockburn!

    Silvia and I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with Bannockburn and the wonderful experience your school has provided Bianca over the past seven years. As you know, Bianca started attending Bannockburn in junior Kindergarten and finished Grade 6 in June. Attending the school was the best decision we could possible have, made for our daughter as Bannockburn is a truly special place. 

    We are strong supports of the Montessori teaching principles and practices. In our opinion, there is no doubt that Bannockburn delivers the best Montessori education in the city. Evidence of your school's excellent teachers, support staff and superior learning environment were confirmed when Bianca got accepted to all four schools which she applied for grade 7. As Bannockburn only goes up to grade 6, over the last year we undertook the task of trying to figure out the best school for Bianca to attend. We applied to several prominent private schools, all of which had a substantial number of applicants and rigorous admission criteria. Some of our friends were concerned that Bianca might have difficulty in being accepted to those schools due to her Montessori school, however, I am pleased to inform you that Bianca was accepted to all four of the schools to which she applied and will be attending Branksome Hall this September.

    In addition, the feedback we received from the four schools was that Bianca displayed a high level of confidence and maturity as well as exemplary communications skills. Without question, your school played an invaluable role in helping Bianca realize her academic potential and in teaching her a desire for learning. We could not be happier with the results achieved by Bianca during her time at Bannockburn nor with the results achieved by Bianca during her time at Bannockburn nor with the excellent teachers, staff and remarkable learning environment your school has provided. We highly recommend Banncockburn as a premier school, be it Montessori or otherwise, and cannot thank you enough for the kindness and support everyone at Bannockburn has shown our daughter over the years. 


    Looking Back: Bannockburn From the Very Beginning

    I am writing this letter to let you know that Ryan has just graduated from The York School and will be off to Queen's University next year, taking Life Sciences. His goal is to study medicine as soon as he is eligible to write his MCAT in a couple of years. As I reflect back on his childhood and his more recent adolescent years, I cannot help but think about the true gift that Montessori gave him. Interestingly, Ryan does not recognize how special the Montessori learning methodology is, because to him it was normal, as he did not have a traditional school experience to compare it to. I wish it was the norm for all children, because it teaches them so much academically, socially and spiritually. Ryan’s strong foundation for learning and his love of school was fostered during his nine years at Bannockburn. I recall so clearly his work with the golden beads, the stamp game and the exercise to understand pi. Math has been his favourite subject ever since, and his fascination with science has been all encompassing . Ryan has excelled in school because he goes beyond expectations and sees the world in a very interrelated way. When your child is in the Montessori program it is often difficult to see what they are learning and how it will impact their future. I want to share with you that Ryan received an IB Diploma from The York School with a 95% average, and accepted at his university of choice. This past year he was also Captain of the Senior Boys Volleyball Team, Captain of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, competed on the Ontario Freestyle Mogul Team and continued to lead fundraising events to support kids with cancer at Camp Oochigeas. Bannockburn gave him the foundation for learning and the skills in time management and leadership, to help him reach his full potential. Looking back, we absolutely made the right choice to send Ryan to Bannockburn School (or as you may recall, he chose Bannockburn himself). ...

    What I Learned at Bannockburn - A Student's View

    The most valuable thing I learned at Bannockburn is organization. Bannockburn gives students the opportunity to create their own schedule for the day, and a list of work is set for them to fulfill by the end of the week. In this way,the students are trained to balance their time to work, to play and for family. Although there is a lot of pressure now - mostly from myself - to maintain a 90 average, I still have time to relax and spend time with my friends. Montessori has found an interesting way to build independence. The work students complete in Montessori shape future work ethics, judgment and character. There are no desks in the classes that seclude, but rather round tables that encourage conversation and social interaction among peers. Journal entries are made each week to develop good writing skills, while providing students a chance to reflect and express their own thoughts. This method of teaching helped me prepare for applications and interviews for high school and university. I have always dreamed of becoming a musician, and I have always loved math and being able to solve problems. To me, math itself is a language and an art that can be used to form logical solutions. I take piano and violin lessons as music makes up such a great part of my life; I want to keep improving. I am also in a community orchestra, which has been an outstanding learning experience for me. It has taught me that each member is significant to the overall success of the organization and the ability to connect with the group is the most important aspect of a good orchestra. I believe my greatest strength is my ability to follow through in anything I set my mind on. My ambitions can become reality if I work hard spend time on it. I could never have accomplished what I have without the support of my family and my group of friends. Bannockburn is the memory of my childhood that I cherish deeply. ...

    Was Bannockburn Worth It?

    We were determined to enrol Tristan in a Montessori school. We looked at all the Montessori schools within a 15-mile radius of our home and found Bannockburn School to be the best from our visits. The Montessori method gives the child the opportunity to be an individual and be responsible for choosing materials; such independence empowers the child to have a love for learning. The Bannockburn family is very close and the children feel secure and cared for in the school. This makes the children happy and confident, which then enables them to reach their full potential. Even though the financial aspect is one big item to consider, it is a matter of priority. In our opinion, it is of absolute importance to give the child a solid foundation during the early years of development. Putting our child in a private school provided him with an amazing quality of life as a young student. While it was true that he seemed more protected than if he had been immersed in the public school system, that protection and security were what we feel enabled him to be who he truly is and be confident and proud of his being. We felt that Tristan needed the right environment to fully achieve his potential. In grade 1-3, he was not interested in Math, but he did his work and he did not feel much pressure to do otherwise. Then during grades 4-6 he excelled in Math as he just found his passion for it. The fact that the Montessori environment allows a child to grow in their own pace gave Tristan more confidence. After graduating from grade 6 at Bannockburn, Tristan has constantly been on the honour roll of his school and his teachers have praised him for his love of learning. He adjusted to the new school immediately without any problems. We are very happy that Tristan stayed on at Bannockburn. We felt that Grade 7 was the perfect time for him to face the main stream. He is not only equipped educationally but he is also full of confidence and security in who he truly is. We can happily say that Tristan's life at Bannockburn from 18 months to 12 years old was worthwhile each and every day. He always wanted to be at school and never was there a day he did not want to go to School. Bannockburn prepared our son to be a confident and independent individual, and was most definitely and without a doubt, worth it. ...


    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations
    • The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) Associations

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