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Downtown Montessori

   
335 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3V4
11 Coatsworth Crescent, Toronto, Ontario,
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Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
Tuition:
Varies /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 16
Enrolment:
Day: 57 (Gr. NS - 1)

School Address
335 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3V4
11 Coatsworth Crescent , Toronto, Ontario, M4C 5P8

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About this school:

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Serving Toronto for over 35 years, the care and education experts at the non-profit Downtown Montessori offer standard-setting programs for infants, toddlers and pre-school children. Our educators are specially trained to follow each child’s interest, progress and readiness to leap to the next level. Committed to enhancing the lives of children through exemplary care and education. A philosophy that encourages children to embrace knowledge, learning and mature into adults with the intelligence and tools to positively impact the world. A methodology blending Montessori principals of helping children achieve high developmental levels through experiential learning, as well as proven best practices of Early Childhood Education. Curricula that build on the high correlation between academic and personal excellence - skills like reading, math and creative arts, combined with the social graces of courtesy, compassion and respect for others. — Visit school website




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The Our Kids review of Downtown Montessori

our takeDowntown Montessori was founded in 1976 by Liz Ferguson, who remains director today. As such it’s one of the older Montessori schools in the city, and with a notably consistent leadership and fidelity to its founding principles. Over the course of four decades the school has built a reputation for offering a program that is solidly based in the core philosophy and techniques of the instructional method while also growing its unique character. It has also grown in size to include four locations throughout the city. At all, the environment is rich, welcoming, and ordered. Yoga, a rich arts program, and cultural awareness are draws for the families that enroll, as is the lunch program that sources locally while also providing students an introduction to international cuisine. There, as across the curriculum, students are introduced to countries and cultures as means of learning more about their communities and their place within them. And on it goes. Across the Downtown Montessori programs, there’s a lot to love.





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.


  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach: This information is not currently available.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading
    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • 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

    Social Studies
    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Russian


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Downtown Montessori 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 Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.



    Montessori Approach

    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:

    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 Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Curriculum Pace

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    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 Downtown Montessori 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 Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Downtown Montessori can provide support for mild disablities. Downtown Montessori does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • 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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Downtown Montessori does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesNSPSJKSKK1
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Downtown Montessori says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Downtown Montessori says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs offered: None


    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 57
    Average enrollment per grade10
    Average class size10 to 16
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    This information is not currently available.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Food

    Children are provided with a nutritious lunch and several snacks throughout the day. All food is prepared on site, by a cook. Organic and locally grown produce are used when possible. Menus are reviewed annually by a registered dietican. Meals and snack times are viewed as educational experiences and a peaceful, relaxed time for socializtion and conversation.

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    Admissions

    If you are interested in visiting one of our schools, please call to discuss the possibility of a tour. We are happy to provide prosepective parents with an opportunity to see the children and teachers in action and to ask questions about Downtown Montessori. 

    Tours are conducted on weekday mornings, by appointment only. Please contact the manager at any one of our locations to schedule a visit. 

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    Who we are

    Serving Toronto families for over 35 years our education experts offer standard-setting programs for infants, toddlers and pre-school children. We want children to be learners, to love to learn, to be part of a community of learners, and to grow into awesome adults who can make a difference in the world.

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    Enrichment

    In addition to our core Montessori education programs we also offer the following to our children.

    • Children’s Yoga
    • Music
    • French
    • Brain Gym

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    Preschool

    Through Montessori exercises that build in degree of challenge and proceed from concrete to abstract, the child develops skills for life-long embrace of education – concentration, independent thinking, problem solving and love of learning. We know that the art of good teaching is not just to prepare the environment. Rather, it is to know the child and know when the child is ready to take the leap into the next piece of material. Our Montessori teachers are trained to “Follow the child” and are actually aware of each child’s interests and accomplishments.

     

    At this stage, friends fulfill the child’s developmental need to feed valued, understood and accepted by peers. At Downtown Montessori we help children to make friends, to be friends and resolve the inevitable conflicts positively. 

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    Toddlers

    The toddler community has a stimulating and challenging which meets the development needs of the children and changes as the needs of the children also change. As we know that children also change. As we know that children of this age use their five senses to explore the world around them we are careful to offer a sensory rich development.

     

    Rapid speech development is one of the most exciting things about toddlerhood! Our teachers are particularly conscious of this process and activity encourage language acquisition throughout the day. True to Montessori principals, this learning also focuses on personal empowerment and self-esteem in correlation to compassion and respect for others. This strong sense of ‘other esteem’ is an important, often neglected teaching that fosters balance and harmony in society and oneself.

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    Infants

    Based on proven research in early development, as well as every child's individual potential as observed by our childcare staff and teachers, the Downtown Montessori infant curriculum is focused on trust, nurturing child-teacher relationship, stable routines, safe secure environments, as well as fun, engaging and challenging activities suited to the skill sets, energy levels, temperament and special interests of each child.

     

    We know that the sequence of skills mastered is fairly consistent for all children and yet we recognize that each baby is unique with his/her own activity level and interest in exploring the environment. At Downtown Montessori we take the time to learn about the special qualities of your child and use what we learn to nurture and encourage his/her development.

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    Associations

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




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