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Bishop Hamilton Montessori School

   
2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2

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Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (3 months) to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$9,045 to 15,855/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 185 (Gr. NS - 8)

School Address
2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2

About this school:

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Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, a not-for-profit school, provides a Christian Montessori approach since 1983 with programs for children 3 months to 14 years. Our success is built around our commitment to the academic, spiritual, physical and social growth of each student, which is the foundation of our educational approach. The breadth of our programs include enriched French, Science, Music and an extensive After School Enrichment Program. BHMS prepares students to live in the real world. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of Bishop Hamilton Montessori School

our takeEvery school is unique, and BHMS is a particularly good example of that. It’s a Montessori program, and a faith-based school, though in both of those areas it charts its own unique approach. The school rightly prizes the relationship it has with the families that enroll, bringing them into the life of the school. Parents are drawn by the values that inform the delivery of the curriculum, as well as a focus on empathy and an appreciation of diversity within the school and beyond. While a smaller school, BHMS nevertheless offers a good breadth of extracurricular activities, which is also a principal draw.  





Upcoming Events Next event: November 28, 2017

upcoming events
  • November 28, 2017Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, November 28 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • December 05, 2017Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, December 05 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • December 12, 2017Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, December 12 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • January 16, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, January 16 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • January 23, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, January 23 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • January 30, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, January 30 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • February 06, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, February 06 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • February 20, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, February 20 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • February 27, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, February 27 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • March 06, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, March 06 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • March 08, 2018Peter Pan
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, March 08 from 06:00 pm

    BHMS students present the musical Peter Pan!


  • March 27, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, March 27 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • April 03, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, April 03 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • April 10, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, April 10 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • April 17, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, April 17 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • April 24, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, April 24 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • May 01, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, May 01 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • May 08, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, May 08 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • May 15, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, May 15 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • May 22, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, May 22 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • May 29, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, May 29 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • June 05, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, June 05 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.


  • June 12, 2018Information Session every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, June 12 from 09:30 am

    You are invited to join us for an Information Session and guided tour of our facilities and classrooms. Our goal is to provide parents with all the facts about BHMS as well as the Montessori method to help them make an informed decision in selecting a school. Please call 613.596.4013 to Book a Tour and Information Session.



Principal's Message

principal

Renette Sasouni, School Director

Since opening our doors in 1983, the National Capital Region has come to recognize Bishop Hamilton Montessori School as a leader in education beginning at 3 months of age and continuing through to grade eight.

As School Director, I am proud of our student-body and the BHMS community at large. The school community has created an environment that strives for excellence not only within the classroom but also when looking outwards to the world around them. BHMS students and graduates come to appreciate the vast and diverse world around them through studying different cultures and through participating in charities both locally and internationally.

The value of learning Christian principles and charity in the context of a multicultural and religiously diverse student body prepares students to partake fully in the Canadian cultural mosaic. By stressing the importance and interconnectedness of people around the world, students also learn about the interconnectedness of the subjects that they study, thus fortifying BHMS’s academic excellence. Through this model, students aspire to become well-rounded citizens from an early age; this aspiration serves to motivate students to develop a passion and hunger for knowledge that they will carry with them through life.

Selecting a school that focuses on your child’s academic, social and spiritual growth is one of the most important decisions that you will make. Bishop Hamilton Montessori School looks forward to partnering with you every step of the way.

Together we can unlock your child’s potential.


Academics


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.

If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


What BHMS says: BHMS offers a Christian based Montessori education in a safe community where infants to young adolescents are encouraged to reach their full developmental potential.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • 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 BHMS says: The math materials, like all other classroom materials, focus first on the concrete and then move toward abstraction. Students first focus on the numbers one to ten, mastering quantity, then the symbol and finally associating the two. A complete comprehension of this first stage is essential as it lays a solid foundation for future work in the decimal system. Students are exposed to the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before they leave the Casa program. There are five strands in the Ontario Grade 7 & 8 Curriculum. Our program meets and exceeds the requirements for both levels, not only by incorporating material from grade 9, but also by requiring students to conduct higher order thinking in math seminar and math projects.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    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 BHMS says: In the language portion of the curriculum Casa students begin by identifying sounds and later associating them with letters. Later, students apply this knowledge to phonics and reading. In the Montessori system students first learn to write and then to read.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What BHMS says: This information is not currently available.


    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 BHMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: Science is an integral part of the Montessori classroom curriculum from Casa through Junior High. As students join the Senior Elementary classroom they are introduced to an enriched science program conducted by the science specialist in a carefully designed student-friendly laboratory. In this environment students conduct a variety of experiments, learning about such topics as biology, physics, optics, anatomy, astronomy, genetics, and aerodynamics. This hands-on approach to learning what is often only taught through textbooks instills in students a passion for exploration and discovery. Since research at BHMS is not limited by age, only by imagination, students are able to conduct independent research on topics of personal interest. They then present their conclusions in local and regional science fairs where BHMS consistently rates among the top schools in the region.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What BHMS says: This information is not currently available.


    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 BHMS says: Throughout the elementary program students are exposed with increasing detail to the Great Stories: Creation of the Universe, Timeline of Life, Timeline of Humans, The Story of Numbers and The Story of Language. Montessori lessons address reading, writing, mathematics, geometry, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, history, art, geology and geography. The Montessori concepts and skills development are an enriched program with a lot of scope.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Pragmatism

      Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What BHMS says: BHMS offers an adolescent program within the context of the regular Montessori school, providing a supportive learning environment specially tailored to meet the needs of adolescents. Happy and healthy teenage experiences are essential for developing the coping skills and knowledge for successful adulthood. To this end, the integrated program of study for the BHMS Junior High follows Dr. Montessori’s Educational Syllabus for the adolescent: Self Expression: Music, Writing Workshops & Language Arts, Art, Physical Education Psychic Development: Moral Education, Mathematics, Languages (French) Preparation for Adult Life: Study of the Earth & Living Things (Physical Geography, Biology, Anatomy, Astronomy) Study of Human Progress & the Development of Civilization (Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Genetics, History of Science & Technology) Study of History of Humanity (History of Exploration & Settlement, Political Geography, Environmental Studies, Religion, Peace & Conflict Studies, Law & Government, Literature/ Novel Study, National history & Current Events).


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What BHMS says: The study of French is of utmost importance at Bishop Hamilton Montessori School where students begin their daily language study while still in the Casa program. As students progress through the levels their mastery of the language intensifies as does their understanding of Francophone culture and literature. Harnessing Ottawa’s geographic location and bilingual nature the French program conducts field-trips, culminating in annual trips to visit nearby Francophone cities of Montreal and Quebec in grades six through eight. Students graduating from grade eight of the Junior High program have successfully completed the French immersion language curriculum that is introduced at grade 10 in the public immersion system. By moulding students’ linguistic capabilities from such a tender age, and in small-group settings, they are able to become fully assimilated into the bilingual mosaic of Canada’s National Capital Region.

    • Languages Offered: • 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
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What BHMS says: Beginning in the Casa level and beyond, students meet with the Music Specialist where they are introduced gradually to music theory and expression. In grade 4 students begin exploring different musical instruments and, later, are integrated into the school band. Additionally, vocal skills are honed and refined through learning and performing choral music. The BHMS passion for music and performance is evidenced through annual concerts that bring together students of all ages, as well as the staging of some popular musicals, complete with set design, costuming, and theatrics, all developed by the students. Creative expression is an important outlet for students. The Art curriculum aims to inspire students to express feelings, ideas, and issues using a varity of medians such as: two and three dimensional forms and Multimedia Art. Students learn to apply the critical analysis process to communicate feelings, ideas and understanding of Socio-cultural and Historical Contexts.


    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 BHMS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What BHMS says: Students at BHMS learn from a young age that a healthy mind thrives in a healthy body. Once students reach the third year of Casa they progress to classes lead by the physical education specialist in our gym or outside. These classes, taught three times weekly, teach the importance of exercise as part of a routine, the rules of certain sports and good sportsmanship. Students participate in city-wide sporting events as well as in athletic competitions with other schools. The Junior High Physical and Health Education program, taught in French and English, introduces a variety of sports, games, and outdoor pursuits. We participate in cross-country running, soccer, floor hockey, track and field, as well as, an extensive cycling program. The health curriculum uses the Ontario curriculum documents as a guide.


    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What BHMS says: Students, beginning in the Casa level, participate in regular Atrium classes. The Atrium is a peaceful environment of spiritual meditation and Christian education where students actively participate in developing their own spirituality through work, prayer and reflection. Sofia Cavalletti, developer of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, stressed that all children have spiritual needs and religious potential. In order to engage this aspect of a child’s mind, Cavalletti developed a catechesis program that teaches in-line with the Montessori Method of Education. The Atrium catechists employ this program to instruct students in Christian concepts and themes. Students of all ages receive the lessons and explorations appropriate to their particular stage of psychological, intellectual and spiritual development.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts SK Gr. 1
    Nutrition JK Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 4 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 7 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 7 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 7 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 7 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 7 Gr. 9
    Body image issues SK Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 4 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity SK

    What BHMS says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What BHMS says: This information is not currently available.



    Montessori ApproachOrthodox

    CLASSROOM PRACTICES
    SCHOOL POLICIES: This information is not currently available.

    Whole-class lectures
    • Orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    • Moderately orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should only be given occasionally (e.g., at the beginning of a term or unit). Students usually learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should be given semi-regularly (e.g., at the beginning of a lesson or a week). While students often learn best through group and independent work, it's sometimes important for teachers to set the stage for and contextualize learning.

    • Non-orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should be given often (e.g., every day). While group and independent learning is important, teachers need to provide lectures on a regular basis to provide the foundation for learning.



    Special education
    • Orthodox

      External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.

    • Moderately orthodox

      External special education support is only rarely necessary. For instance, a psychologist might be brought in to help out a student with a severe developmental disorder.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      External special education support is quite important. Outside specialists are needed for a fairly wide range of special needs, such as developmental and learning disabilities.

    • Non-orthodox

      External special education support is very important. Outside specialists are regularly brought in to support students with many different types of special needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, language and speech issues, behavioural issues, and advanced learning abilities.



    Specialist classes
    • Orthodox

      We don't have any specialist teachers or classes. Core teachers are well-equipped to teach all subjects.

    • Moderately orthodox

      We only use specialist teachers and classes in rare cases (for instance, to teach a second language). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach almost all subjects.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      We have a fairly wide range of specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, and art). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach most subjects.

    • Non-orthodox

      We have many specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, art, gym, science, and math). It's important that students receive specialized instruction in many subjects.



    Modern-day technology
    • Orthodox

      Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.

    • Moderately orthodox

      Modern-day technology is very rarely used in class, since it can be a distraction and interfere with development. Students at the upper levels, though, might be permitted to use a computer or a tablet to do research for a specific project.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      Modern-day technology is used in moderation since it can be a distraction. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, and multimedia projects.

    • Non-orthodox

      Modern technology is used fairly regularly. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, multimedia projects, and to learn keyboarding skills. Teachers may sometimes also use digital media, such as interactive whiteboards, to teach lessons or introduce topics.



    Overall approach : Whick option best describes your overall curricular approach?
    • Orthodox
      38% of schools

      Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.

    • Moderately Orthodox
      34% of schools

      Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

    • Moderately Non-Orthodox
      12% of schools

      Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

    • Non-orthodox
      16% of schools

      Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.


    Teaching Assistants: This school uses teaching assistants.

    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.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What BHMS says: Students progress and learn at their own pace. For this reason fast learners are not held back and slower learners are not frustrated by their inability to keep up. Classrooms consist of mixed ages 3 to 6 and provide a family life setting where learning takes place naturally. This approach recognizes learning as a social process and provides opportunities for older students to mentor the younger ones. The curriculum develops spoken and written language, reading, mathematics, the natural sciences and the arts.


    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    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 BHMS says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    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 BHMS says: The School works collaboratively with parents teachers and students to foster the development of each child. The outcome of this partnership is our Portrait of a Graduate which consists of following skills and attributes: academically prepared, leader, independent thinker, intrinsically motivated, socially responsible, respecter of all persons, competent learner, confident, creative thinker, collaborative worker, protector the environment, engaged community citizen, secure with their relationship with God. Portrait of a Graduate illustrates the skills and attributes BHMS students can develop when parents and teachers work collaboratively to foster the development of their child’s academic, social, emotional, and spiritual development.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Spiritual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What BHMS says: The academic, spiritual, physical and social growth of each student is achieved through two methods: the Christian message of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the Montessori approach as outlined by the Association Montessori Internationale and the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA).


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    BHMS provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What BHMS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • What BHMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What BHMS says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesNursery/Toddler to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackNursery/Toddler to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesNSPSJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day No recess No recess No recess No recess No recess No recess No recess No recess
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What BHMS says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What BHMS says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Canoeing/Kayaking
      Cross-country skiing
      Cycling
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Mountain biking
      Rowing
      Running
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Choir
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
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    Day$15,855$11,975$13,160$14,110
    Day (Half day)$9,045


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students20%
    3rd child (sibling)all students25%


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: NS to 8
    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:
    N/A Repeats annually

    More information:
    www.applefinancial.ca

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    As a registered Christian non-profit Canadian charity, Bishop Hamilton Montessori School has a subsidy program which serves to offer financial aid to families with financial need. The program allows BHMS to maintain a diversity of students and families in its community by providing financial assistance to those who would not, otherwise, be able to attend BHMS. No more than 50% of the tuition of our core program will be covered by the subsidy. Financial Need will be determined by Apple Financial Services, an external company that will assess the family’s finances and recommend the amount of money the family can afford to pay for tuition. Apple Financial Services has been providing bursary and financial assistance analysis to private schools across Canada since 1993. This organization provides an unbiased evaluation of the applicant’s financial resources and ability to fund their children’s private education.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 185
    Average enrollment per grade14
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (3 months) to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewNS - 8
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What BHMS says:

    The admission process at BHMS consists of the following: School Tour / Open House After initial inquiry, both parents attend an open house or schedule a tour of the school. This is an opportunity for parents to visit our school, see our facility, and meet with our staff. Parent Information Portfolio After a school tour our Director of Admissions will provide prospective parents with a Parent Information Package and review its contents. The Information Package contains information about our school and includes: BHMS Program Guide, Parent Handbook, Parent/School Partnership Agreement, Financial Handbook, Application for Enrolment and information about School Uniforms. Classroom Observation An essential part of the admissions process, the classroom observation affords parents the opportunity to see our classroom and teachers in action. Meeting with School Director Classroom Observations are followed by a meeting with the School Director who will address additional parent inquires. The decision for acceptance of enrolment to BHMS is made by the School Director. Enrolment Parents inform BHMS Director of Admissions their intent to enrol and complete the Application for Enrolment. Director of Admissions forwards Enrolment Contract for parent review and coordinates a meeting with parents to finalize enrolment.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    99%

    Type of student Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 40 (100%)01 - 26 (99%)1 - 26 (99%)1 - 16 (99%)1 - 16 (99%)1 - 16 (99%)1 - 10 (99%)1 - 10 (99%)1 - 10 (99%)1 - 15 (99%)1 - 15 (99%)

    Notable Alumni

    highlights
    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Peter Hayman 2005 I've been awarded an Internship to work on a Physics experiment. I'll be helping to write code for a detector for the yet-to-be-constructed International Linear Collider.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    BHMS Junior High Student Wins National Science Award

    Congratulations to Junior High student Danilla Xing for her award at the CWSF 2013!

    Canada-Wide Science Fair 2013 in Lethbridge, AB

    Danilla Xing [13 years old] – BIshop Hamilton Montessori School, Ottawa ON

    • Project: Lace It Up
    • Excellence Award – Junior
    • Bronze Medal
    • Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
    • Medal, $100 cash & certificate

    Canada's top young scientists converged upon Lethbridge, AB to showcase their exceptional scientific and technological achievements. 
    For complete footage of the CWSF 2013 awards ceremony, please visit:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hELf2IvmUQ. Danilla's award is between the 57:00-58:00 time slot.

    ...



    High Honors for BHMS Select Choir

    The BHMS Select Choir competed at the Kiwanis competition this year and won second place! Students learned about vocal performances and technique approaches from Adjudicator, Dr Gerard Yin.

    Dr Yin has recommended the Bishop Hamilton Montessori Select Choir for the Ontario Music Festivals Association’s Provincial Recorded Competition. What an honour! Congratulations to all! ...



    BHMS Science Students SHINE!

    Congratulations to our Junior High students and winners at the 2013 Ottawa Regional Science Fair held at Carleton University. We presented 8 projects and received 11 awards! Once again two of our students (see ‘Grand Award Winners’) will be presenting their awards at the National level at an all-inclusive trip to Calgary.


    2013 Divisional Award Winners

    Junior - Engineering & Computing Sciences
    Bronze (3rd place)    - Tesla coil
       
    Student: Shivam Mehta 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

    Junior - Health Sciences
    Gold (1st place)             -  Lace It Up
       
    Student: Danilla Xing 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

    Junior - Life Sciences
    Honourable Mention
    -  MOULD MADNESS
       
    Student: Amit Nayak 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

    Silver (2nd place)          - SPICY FEET!
       
    Student: Rob Tremayne 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

    Gold (1st place)             - Age of the Phage 2.0
       
    Student: Ishaan Dhillon 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

    Junior - Physical & Mathematical Sciences
    Honourable Mention
    -  Chessercise
       
    Students: Simon Kuttner, Gabriel Casey 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

    2013 Special Award Winners

    JR Hall Memorial Award

    - Lace It Up
       
    Student: Danilla Xing 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

    2013 Youth MBA Scholarship Awards

    - MOULD MADNESS
       
    Student: Amit Nayak 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

    - SPICY FEET!
       
    Student: Rob Tremayne 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori


    2013 Grand Award Winners

    Canada-Wide Science Fair
    All expenses paid trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair


    - Lace It Up
       
    Student: Danilla Xing 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori

   

    - Age of the Phage 2.0
       
    Student: Ishaan Dhillon 
       
    School: Bishop Hamilton Montessori ...



    In the Community

    Aashna Uppal, 15, a volunteer at Perley Rideau hospital,  gets a few pointers about painting from Second World War veteran Welsford Daniels.€œ

    Our daughter- Aashna Uppal was a Student at your school who has recently been covered by CTV, Radio and The Citizen for her achievements. She has been recognized as the Best Volunteer for her work with Seniors by Perley Rideau Veterans Heath Centre and the Prosperity Long-Term Care Fund- a Federal government funded Programme. Her achievements are highlighted in an article that was published in The Citizen.

    We, as Parents, are very honoured and are proud of her achievements and would like to take this opportunity to Thank You, her teachers and the School for being the Guiding light for her. We wish her great success in all her life’s endeavours.

    Jack and Gayatri Uppal

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    Junior High Community Organizes Terry Fox Event

    Congratulations to our Junior High Community for a job well done! Students ages 12 to 14 years organized a fun filled day for students, staff and parents to enjoy on September 30th. The event began with a walk surrounding our beautiful, extensive grounds followed by games, face painting, music and food! After lunch the staff were challenged by the older students in a friendly game of dodgeball. Mr Drouin shaved his beard as a challenge to raise funds. BHMS is in it's 5th year raising funds for the Terry Fox campaign.

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    ...



    Peter's Testimonial

    "I have just completed my first year of University with excellent results. On top of my scholarship, I've been awarded an Internship in the summer to work with a professor on a Physics experiment he's been working on. I'll be helping to write code for a detector for the yet-to-be-constructed International Linear Collider. BHMS helped set me on the path necessary to get where I am today, and I am proud to be an alumnus and Valedictorian of that class. That's me in the photo next to the largest CCD chip I've ever met. It's designed for professional grade astronomical research!" Former Student, BHMS

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    Testimonial from Kelsey's Family

    "Kelsey attended Bishop Hamilton Montessori School from Toddler to graduation from Junior High. She developed a passion for science, music and physical education under the guidance of wonderful teachers. She is planning to study health sciences and french at University next year, and hopes to travel to third world countries to use the gifts and abilities birthed at Bishop Hamilton and developed through further study. Kelsey often credits her academic and individual foundation, laid at Bishop Hamilton, with the many successes she has obtained through teenage years." Former Parent, BHMS

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    The Big Picture

    "Silvie and Bryan are very different individuals and students. Because of that, my husband and I had the opportunity to discover the various advantages of being with BHMS. First of all, both of my kids love the family atmosphere of the school, and it has become their second home over the past 15 years, and they know almost all teachers and staff by first name and have lots of friends they grew up with and still grow up with.

    For Silvie, who was a very serious student, and very self-motivated person, she received the benefit of being in a multi-age classroom where she was encouraged to progress in various areas at her own pace. When the teachers felt she was ready, she was encouraged to join an older group for math lessons or for reading clubs. Later on, when she became one of the oldest of the class, she was given the chance to teach the younger ones, help them take care of the classroom pets and help the teacher organize the classroom, which gave her lots of pleasure and great pride. This also changed her from being a shy girl to becoming a very confident and outgoing person.

    Bryan, on the other hand, was a born extrovert. He was a fun-loving guy and had lots of energy during the Casa years. He loved to move around and talk to people, and loved to do hands-on work. He truly benefited from the Montessori approach of starting concrete and then going abstract. He has a strong curiosity towards things he is interested in, and the Montessori classrooms allowed him to choose what he wants to do, as long as he delivers his work with good quality. Over the years, as he matured, and his interests expanded, he now takes pride in excelling in all areas and his fun-loving personality remains. We love the happy person he is. He enjoys all areas of BHMS, including religious studies in the Atrium, which taught great values not only to Bryan but also his peers. This allowed him to grow up in a positive environment.

    Over the years, we as parents have also been continuously learning. By watching our kids grow up at BHMS, we have become less nervous as parents, and we learnt to look at the big picture. We learnt to trust our kids. We have had the joy of watching them grow into happy individuals who enjoy learning, have good judgment, have great confidence, and who are passionate about what they do and care about social and global issues and humanitarian causes in general.

    Former Parent, BHMS

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    In the News

    News

    April 7, 2016 - BHMS SchoolHouse Production Rocks with Benefits

    Students develop organizational skills, confidence in public speaking and the ability to collaborate with others. ...


    April 21, 2015 - NEW! Infant Program Launching September 2015

    Discover what a Montessori beginning can be for your child. ...


    December 4, 2014 - BHMS Junior High Students Take the Lead - Terry Fox Event 2014

    Since 2005 BHMS has been part of the Terry Fox movement to raise funds for cancer research. ...



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    Associations
    • The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) Associations


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