Clanmore Montessori School
Clanmore Montessori School
2463 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1M7
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Clanmore Montessori School

Clanmore Montessori School

2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1M7

School Type:
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 8 (Coed)
$7,425 to $17,850 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 145 (Gr. PS-8)

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Contact Name:
Elaine Delsnyder

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School Address
2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1M7

About this school:

Located in southeast Oakville, bordering the city of Mississauga and a local conservation area, Clanmore Montessori School is housed in a beautifully restored historic building with a modern, innovative addition. Providing a top-quality authentic Montessori program, our highly qualified, caring staff support each child by fostering individual potential and encouraging academic and social growth. We offer Montessori Programming from Toddler to Middle School. CCMA accredited. Day Nursery Licensed.

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Clanmore Montessori School is a Montessori, day school in Oakville, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades Preschool to 8 with enrolment of 145 students. Clanmore Montessori School has varied class sizes and has a tuition of $7,425 to $17,850 per year. Founded in 1997, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

Upcoming Events

upcoming events
  • October 18, 2015: Visit this school at the Oakville Private School Expo: booth #28
    Oakville Conference Centre - Holiday Inn, 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6L 6P8
    Join us Tuesday, October 18 from 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Chat with school representatives, parents, students and experts face-to-face and learn about many different schools in one day, at one location.

  • October 02, 2015Silent Journey and Discovery of Materials
    Clanmore Montessori School, 2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Join us Friday, October 02 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    A 2 day parent education event (Friday night, Saturday day) giving parents an inside view into the Montessori curriculum. 

  • October 03, 2015Silent Journey and Discovery of Materials
    Clanmore Montessori School, 2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, October 03 from 08:45 am - 01:45 pm

    A 2 day parent education event (Friday night, Saturday day) giving parents an inside view into the Montessori curriculum. 

  • October 24, 2015Open House
    Clanmore Montessori School, 2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Come for a tour of Clanmore Montessori School. See the classrooms, meet our staff, and have your questions answered.

  • January 23, 2016Open House
    Clanmore Montessori School, 2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, January 23 from 10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Come for a tour of Clanmore Montessori School. See our classrooms, meet our staff, and have your questions answered.

  • February 26, 2016Application Packages Due: Current Families
    Clanmore Montessori School, 2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Register by Friday, February 26 from 04:00 pm

    Dealine for return of application packages for currently registered families in order to secure a spot for the next academic year.

Principal's Message


Grace Kidney, Principal and Co-Owner

Clanmore Montessori School sprang from a dream, a vision, a desire for a wonderful learning environment for children. In 1997 we opened our doors, and have since grown to a full spectrum Montessori school meeting the needs of children from toddler through to the middle school years. I am tremendously proud of our knowledgeable and wonderfully gifted teachers and the work that all the staff does to maintain Clanmore's highly personal and welcoming atmosphere. Over the years we have found that this unique atmosphere unites our families resulting in our whole community supporting the children as they grow to realize their potential. A potential which is astounding when it is left to freely develop.

Clanmore, which means big family in Gaelic, is a truly unique place. I welcome you to visit any time to see for yourself.



Application Deadlines:

Type Date
Day Rolling

Application Requirement:

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School Entry Points:

  • Entry Points (Day): Students Admitted
    Preschool Limited
    JK Limited
    SK Limited
    K Limited
    1 Limited
    2 Limited
    3 Limited
    4 Limited
    5 Limited
    6 Limited
    7 Limited
    8 Limited

Tuition & Financial Aid



Type Tuition
Day Students $7,425 to 17,850 CDN

Stories & Testimonials


A Parent's Perspective 2

A typical day for our children includes walks in the woods to explore and be inspired by nature, a social curriculum that takes into consideration the interconnected needs of everyone, and uninterrupted cycles of time to engage in in-depth study of areas of interest...Every time our children have their curiosity sparked by something they saw in the newspaper or noticed outside in nature, before you know it their teachers have pulled out a piece of Montessori material to support their investigation of it.  Montessori lessons come as one-on-one experiences, and as the children grow older, their need for social connection and intellectual stimulation comes together in small group lessons, carefully chosen in their timing and difficulty by the teacher.  Once concepts are set into motion, the children have long periods of time that stretch into days or even weeks, whatever is needed, to explore and achieve mastery of a concept.  The materials used in the lessons are endlessly appealing….One particular example was demonstration by our daughter of the algebraic equation a2+2ab+b2=(a+b)2.  This was done with something call a “hundred square”, a flat square of one hundred connected beads, and two elastic bands that divided the square in such a way that it visually demonstrated the equation. One of my epiphanies was seeing the area of a triangle being calculated by; using two triangles put together to make a rectangle, multiplying two sides of the rectangle, and dividing it by two.  Remember “area = base x height  2” ?  For the first time in my life I understood why it was done that way.

A Parent's Perspective

Fostering A Love of Learning at Clanmore Montessori School

by: Michael Goldstein

Like all good sceptics, my mother taught me that you can’t have your cake, and eat it too. So you can imagine how surprised I was to discover a school that understands not only the need to master the “academics” and the “advanced learning”, but also the vital importance of creating self confident, joyful, creative young learners with a love of learning that surpasses all expectations. And you can’t help notice that all their grade six graduates have gone to their first choice of middle school.

The school operates from a beautifully renovated historic Lakeshore building adjoining Joshua’s Creek Conservation Area in Oakville. The main entrance leads into the heart of the school, where despite the constant activity of both the teachers and children, you can’t help but notice how calm everything is. The children seem self-propelled. When you peek into the classrooms you won’t find a teacher standing before their students dictating the work of the day. It’s clear that the children know what they need to do and move independently throughout the space. The teachers are seen, quietly sitting with small groups of children, doing their work to motivate the young minds through a sophisticated and purposeful methodology that encourages children to search for their own solutions – a process which the child innately craves. They want to learn, they yearn to be capable. Clanmore believes it is their duty to create the environment that fosters this drive.

Like anything that runs this seamlessly, there is a tendency to underestimate the importance of Clanmore’s recipe for success: the vision, dedication, hard work and years of training that creates this type of environment. To start, the brilliant teachings of Maria Montessori a visionary in the field of child development and a champion of children. Montessori understood the awesome potential of the young mind and developed teaching tools to support and nurture that growth.   The other ingredient, which makes Clanmore unique is the calibre of the teachers led by Grace Kidney, a thought leader and visionary in the field of elementary education. Ms. Kidney and her staff share the belief that before a child can learn they must feel safe from ridicule and safe from judgment.  They believe, as Montessori did, that it is the duty of the teacher to be the advocate for the child and to provide the children with a fertile landscape which allows for the discovery and nurturing of self. With their keen comprehension of child development the teachers know that children learn at different rates and by various methods. Ms. Kidney believes that the teacher’s traditional role as the judge or scorekeeper of a child often leaves the child with feelings of low self-esteem and inadequacy.  A clear failure, not of the child, but of the teacher.

Clanmore understands the vital importance of balance in the developing mind of a child. A sanctuary of free time allows a child to immerse him or her self in a rich imaginary world; a world which allows for crucial mind development that is intricately linked with the creative process, problem solving and higher thought. So many of the stresses of school life don’t exist at Clanmore. All this leads to a joyful sort of learning that surpasses all expectations as seen in the self possessed, capable and intelligent young adults that graduate from the school. There is the realization that the feeling of calm which immediately strikes you when you enter the school is created by something that is right and working and in the end, represents learning at its best. ...


Quotes from our students, teachers and parents as to why Clanmore should be your school of choice.

Said by a parent after reading the staff bios:  “… I was bowled over by the qualifications of the Clanmore teachers.  Such a richness, a wealth of expertise for my children.”

“Families of like-minded people have found a place to come together in which their children’s childhood is cherished and nurtured.”

“Hands down the best private school in Oakville!”

“It is right what they say: Clanmore is the best little school in town.”

“We are here to prepare for life.”         

“There is great communication between staff and parents.”

“The teachers plan great curriculum meetings.”

“Results show that not only does Clanmore’s system work, but that 100% of the children graduating from Clanmore have gone on to Grade 7 at the school of their first choice.”

“Clanmore attracts high calibre teachers who demonstrate extraordinary commitment… it seems impossible that there could be another group of teachers anywhere who are all so consistently wonderful.”

“The solid learning and day-to-day evaluation by Clanmore teachers ensures that students are 100% ready for Grade 7.”

“…Clanmore’s excellent time management skills which lead to a great life skill….”

“The “do your best” rather than “be the best” attitude at Clanmore … is an essential life skill …”

“I see so much beautiful high quality work from the children – totally unmotivated by grades.  It’s amazing!”

“My children have blossomed at Clanmore.”

“There are only two things I needed, one was roots, one was wings, now I have both – thank you.”

“Clanmore taught me to never give up and do the best you can at all your work.”

“Clanmore has given me self-confidence.”

“Proper manners and sensitivity towards others are modelled, expected and achieved.

“Clanmore has given me a joy of learning.  Clanmore has been more than just a school to me, it’s been a second home.”

“Class meetings are nice because they make people feel included.  They also make us feel happy because we’re fixing our problems.”

“Here at Clanmore we are not only taught academic lessons, we are taught to love and respect ourselves.”

“At Clanmore we give it a try and we finish what we start.”

“Clanmore rocks!”

“At Clanmore my children are cherished.  Teachers are genuinely interested in them and treat them with respect and trust.”

“Clanmore prepared me to be an independent leader.  I know how to take the initiative.”

“Clanmore has met so many different needs for each of my children.”

“Clanmore is a beautiful school with wonderful teachers.”

“I have learned many things at Clanmore … you can only respect yourself once you respect others, and you have to be a friend to have a friend.”

“Clanmore is not just a school – it’s a community.”

“Clanmore is definitely the best Montessori School in Oakville.” ...

A Graduate's Perspective

I come back to visit Clanmore often. Every time I come back I have the feeling that I’m coming home. There is no sense of intrusion or outgrowth, which I have felt palpably on the three times I have returned to my high school campus since June. I don’t have to wear a “visitor” sticker or sign in at the front desk. All I have to do is walk in the front door, remove my outdoor shoes, and walk into the classroom. Immediately, I feel the Clanmore magic welcome me back. You see, that magic I just mentioned--it’s still there. The colours are still bright, the hugs are still warm and plentiful, and the energy is rich and vibrant. The magic is there, in the past, the present, in the future, transcending time. Occasionally, when I mention I’ve recently visited, someone asks me if everything feels very small. I know what they mean. The sense that your teachers really are only regular size fully human beings—or even small! The sense that the classroom is less bright, the chairs less inviting, the enormous tomes you thought you could never finish are shockingly thin. Yes. I know what they mean; but I have never experienced that at Clanmore, and I know the magic is responsible. This is not to say there haven’t been changes. Now, a feature of rainy-day recesses includes a disco dance party in the basement. I can indignantly say that I never got to do that! I never did Girls on the Run, had the chance to arrange flowers weekly, or do the AIM French program. The French program, actually, is a great example of how Clanmore has got it right. I live in Montreal. I took grade 12 and AP French in grade 11 at Appleby. It galls me to say it, but—those children speak with more fluency and confidence than I do. I, who spent 12 years in school learning French, who wrote essays and practiced tenses and memorized exceptions, am paralyzed when it comes to speaking French, because I’m afraid to get it wrong. Because I was tested and marked on my ability to speak. Because my fear of failure—a failure defined by some teacher who I didn’t even like—that fear inhibited my learning. And so now this AIM program which I never did, which exemplifies the Montessori ideals, has made Clanmore even better than it was when I attended. Please don’t misunderstand me, Clanmore was still way ahead of the game when it came to education, even without AIM. I have brought the restitution theory to all my places of work and learning. Everyone treats it as an inspired idea. My residence rules at McGill were based on mutual respect, which someone argued is not a word understood by 18 year olds. I replied that I had learned that concept when I was seven. I struggled through grade 10 algebra until my teacher took some extra time with me, and used a Montessori material from the casa classroom called the trinomial cube. I never got a question wrong, after that. I flew through grade 11 biology, studying plant and animal anatomy, as well as the five kingdoms. I barely had to study. I knew it already. I had learned at Clanmore. There is so much that I learned from Clanmore. It’s a magic place, with a community which you can’t find anywhere else. I’ve attended other highly thought-of academic institutions. It might impress those that care about names. Let me tell you—they’re not special. They’re just that—institutions. They aren’t the same. I’ll tell you why. The magic. The magic, is the love. The love of learning, the love of teaching, the love for each other. The commitment and passion which is drawn from that love. The dedication to the development of the whole child, Clanmore means “big family,” and who could ask for anything more? Mary Morris ...

Curriculum & Programs

Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • Community service
  • Montessori Casa
  • Montessori Elementary
  • Montessori Junior High
  • Montessori Toddler
  • Summer camps/program

    School Support

  • After-school program
  • Before-school program
  • Full-day kindergarten
  • Lunch program
  • Private/Individual lessons
  • Tutoring

    Special Needs

  • Special needs support


  • Acting
  • Choral Music
  • Choreography
  • Composition
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Film & video
  • Music history
  • Music theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Song writing
  • Voice/Vocal/Singing

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Canadian history
  • Classical history
  • Classics
  • Creative writing
  • Debate
  • Ethics
  • European history
  • Independent study
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Medival history
  • Philosophy
  • Public speaking
  • World religions


  • English
  • French

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Algebra
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Geology
  • Geometry
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Chess Club
  • Community Service


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Camping/Canoeing
  • Football
  • Ice Skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Education
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

    Moral Development

  • Character education
  • Leadership
  • Self-esteem development
  • Social justice
  • Whole Child

    Admissions & Finances

  • Interview required

    Religious Affiliation

  • Non-denominational


  • The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) Associations
  • Oakville Independent Schools (OIS) Associations

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