Following Dr. Montessori’s dictum to “give the child the best,” Blaisdale strives to develop each child’s potential with exceptionally qualified staff and superior facilities. Founded in 1969, the school has grown to include 8 campuses to the east of the GTA. To ensure harmony and self-esteem in the classroom, Blaisdale uses the Adlerian approach, to encourage self- discipline, self-respect, consideration for others, and care for the environment. Before and after school care, each school open from 7am to 6pm daily. — Visit school website
While the Montessori Method of instruction has been around for over a century, the earliest schools in Canada were founded in the 1960s, with TMS in Richmond Hill being perhaps the first in 1961. Blaisdale was founded in 1969, so it’s within that first cohort, and like them, has a high level of fidelity with the approach that Maria Montessori described in her writing and her work with children. It has grown considerably over the decades, though has chosen to establish sister schools—there are now 8 locations—rather than grow a single location. There are lots of benefits to that, and Blaisdale is party to all of them, including a breadth of resources also maintaining a small, close-knit family feel in all of its environments. Families are drawn by the reputation that the school has rightly gained through the decades of its life. They are looking for a program that is values based, on that reflects the surrounding community, and which remains true to the core of the Montessori approach. And that’s, very happily, exactly what they find.