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Forest Hill Montessori School
Forest Hill Montessori School
3180 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2A9
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Forest Hill Montessori School

3180 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2A9

Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (12 months) to 6 (Coed)
Tuition:
$16,514 to 19,124/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 175 (Gr. NS - 6)

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3180 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2A9
585 Cranbrooke Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2X9

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Established in 1996, Forest Hill Montessori School is a C.C.M.A. accredited school offering an authentic and progressive Montessori education in a warm and vibrant learning environment. Our students explore, discover and develop as intelligent, confident and compassionate individuals in a positive and friendly environment that truly feels like an extended family. Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best education for their children. Forest Hill Montessori School embodies the very essence of what a school should be - a vibrant community of students who are excited to learn. Our school is a place where open communication, engaged and dedicated teachers, bright classrooms and a stimulating and challenging curriculum encourage students to thrive. Our programs inspire and promote intellectual curiosity, creativity and individual growth through the integration of academics, arts, athletics, outdoor education, community service and leadership. It is a joy to watch our students blossom into the creative, confident and compassionate leaders of tomorrow. We truly look forward to welcoming you and your child into our school community!


The Our Kids review of Forest Hill Montessori School

our takeOne of the Montessori ideals is to provide a stimulating learning environment, though it's the learning tasks and the mentorship that are meant to be stimulating, not the washrooms. The school environment, on the whole, should be comforting, familiar, friendly, and supportive environment, and Forest Hill Montessori, frankly, provides a study in all of those things. The continuity of the school is also impressive. Isabelle Kunicki-Carter and Sandra Bosnar-Dale founded the school in 1996, and they've provided consistent leadership ever since.



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Sandra Bosnar-Dale & Isabelle Kunicki, Co-founders and Directors

Welcome!

Established in 1996, Forest Hill Montessori School is a C.C.M.A. accredited school, which offers an authentic and progressive Montessori education.  Our warm and vibrant learning environment is a special place where children can explore, discover and develop as intelligent, confident and comapssionate  individuals.  FHMS' positive and friendly atmosphere truly feels like an extended family.

Forest Hill Montessori School embodies the very essence of what a school should be: a vibrant community of students who are excited to learn, a place where open communication, engaged and dedicated teachers, bright classrooms and a stimulating and challenging curriculum encourage students to thrive. Our programs inspire and promote intellectual curiosity, creativity and individual growth through the integration of academics, arts, athletics, community service and leadership. It is a joy to watch our students blossom into the creative, confident and compassionate leaders of tomorrow.

We invite you to tour our website to learn all about our special school and the programs that it offers. However, we believe that the best way to really get a feel for what Forest Hill Montessori School is all about, is when our classes are in session. This will give you the opportunity to see our school when it is brimming with the energy of our students. Whether you are looking for exceptional childcare for your young toddler, a stimulating and educational program for your little preschooler, or the perfect learning environment for your bright, young school-aged child, we invite you to come visit us. We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our Forest Hill Montessori School community!

Kindest Regards,

Sandra  Bosnar-Dale & Isabelle Kunicki


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 school says: Established in 1996, Forest Hill Montessori School is a C.C.M.A. accredited school which offers an authentic and progressive Montessori education in a warm and vibrant learning environment where children can explore, discover and develop as intelligent, confident and compassionate individuals. Our positive and friendly environment truly feels like an extended family.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

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


    Writing
    • What school 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

    Literature
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Religious Education
    • 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 school says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity

    What school 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 school 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
      42% 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
      11% 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
      14% 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 school says: Established in 1996, Forest Hill Montessori School is a C.C.M.A. accredited school which offers an authentic and progressive Montessori education in a warm and vibrant learning environment where children can explore, discover and develop as intelligent, confident and compassionate individuals. Our positive and friendly environment truly feels like an extended family.


    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 school 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 school says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

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

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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    School 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

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60
    Lunch recessAmount 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60

    What school says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What school says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Education
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$19,124$16,514$19,079
    What school says: All of our Program Tuition Fees indicated above are for the 2017-2018 Academic Year (September 2017 to June 2018). Toddler and Pre-Primary Program Fees include catered lunch. Please see our website for Summer Camp information and fees.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%
    4th child (sibling)all students10%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 175
    Average enrollment per grade16
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (12 months) to 6 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


    What Forest Hill Montessori School says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    N/A

    Type of student Forest Hill Montessori School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimonials

    I have been a FHMS parent for the last three years and it has been a pleasure to see my son transform from a shy and tearful 2.5 year old to an independent 5 year old under the nurturing environment of the school. The teachers at the school are phenomenal. They are patient with just the right amount of encouragement. I have had a very positive experience so far and I am a huge advocate of the montessori method because of FHMS! 

    -Letty  



    After visiting several Montessori schools in downtown Toronto, Forest Hill Montessori was hands down our first choice.  Our son, Jack has flourished under the careful guidance of Ms. Duncan and her ability to facilitate an environment with just the right combination of independent learning and professional instruction.  We are constantly amazed at Jack's new abilities. From handwriting to multiplication to science and life skills, the teachers adeptly foster a love of exploration, learning and independent thought.  We would whole heartedly recommended Forest Hill Montessori to any parent looking for a superior educational experience for their child.

    -Elizabeth 


    ...



    Coming to School

    I wanted to share a cute story ... so while we were getting ready for school
    this morning, I over heard my son, while making his bed (yes...he likes to

    copy his sister) talking to himself and saying "yeah...I get to see Ms.
    Duncan today!!!" Such a great feeling, being a mom, and hearing how he
    looks forward to spending the day with his teacher.

    Thanks once again for providing such a wonderful environment for my son.

     Deb

      ...



    Testimonials

    As with most parents, trusting your child’s emotional and intellectual wellbeing is a very difficult thing to do. At the outset, Forest Hill Montessori puts your mind at ease by creating a nurturing and challenging learning environment with a dedicated teaching staff. We have been so impressed with how the Montessori teaching methods have enhanced our child’s interests while exposing him to a variety of fundamental life skills. We feel extremely comfortable that the knowledge acquired during his time at Montessori will more than prepare our child for the transition to any school thereafter. It is with sincere gratitude to the Forest Hill Montessori School, that we write this Testimonial.

    -Robin and Marc  


    My daughter has been at Forest Hill Montessori for the past 4 years and my
    son is in his second year.  Forest Hill Montessori has taught them to be
    mature, self-motivated and independent.  It is a wonderfully warm and caring
    environment where the children are considerate to their class mates and love
    to help and be helped by each other. The teachers are amazing and my
    children love going to school.

    -Carol

     

    We would like to express our gratitude to the staff of Forest Hill Montessori School for the incredible job they do each and every day. They have equipped our sons with the tools for success in life. During the course of their years at FHMS, we have seen their self-esteem and confidence grow in leaps and bounds. We couldn’t be happier with the Teachers, Assistants and  Directors; they are all extraordinarily caring, wonderful, nurturing people who always put the children first. 

    -Kate and Matthew 



    We never had doubts about sending our daughter to Montessori.  Initially in half days we added afternoons when we saw how much she was thriving.   She loves going to Forest Hill Montessori School, has a strong internal sense of reference and recognizes the importance of mutual respect. Having a consistent French presence in the classroom has also provided her with interest and ability - the solid foundation to help her transition comfortably into Immersion this fall.  And, beyond academics, her teachers provide a lot of love and gentle guidance to keep her focused and happy each day.  We can't say enough good things about the positive community of FHMS!

    -Kristina





    We have watched our daughter flourish since she joined as the youngest child in her full-day class. Anya adores her teachers and loves school so much we have difficulty bringing her home in the evenings. FHMS has done a marvelous job of furthering Anya's development while fostering her independence. 

    -Indra 



    As foreigners, when we arrived in Toronto in 2010, we were looking after a Montessori school for our two oldest children.We were seduced by the "family size" of the school and the kindness of the staff. Today, we realize how lucky we are to have found the Forest Hill Montessori school for our children. First of all, Matteo and Victoria are so happy to go to school every morning. They have learned so much and they are developing in such a harmonious environment that makes us as parents so secure in our choice. They also received the best attention when they needed it, and we received the best support and advice parent could expect. We also love the fact that plenty of activities are also organized, it is a great way to meet the other parents and be part of the FHMS daily life. Our third child is about to start next October, and we would be ready to cross the entire city for her not miss this opportunity to attend FHMS. It says it all!

    -Marie and Gregory



    Our family has been very pleased with the Forest Hill Montessori experience.  Both of our sons attended the school and clearly enjoyed and benefitted from the program.  There is little question that the foundation provided by Forest Hill Montessori has given them a significant head start as well as a positive attitude towards learning as they proceed to grade school.

    -Steve and Yoko 



    My children (7 & 5) are graduates of the Casa Program at Forest Hill Montessori School.  The school is very well organized, the teachers are terrific and my children have loved their whole experience there.    After reading several books about "The Montessori Method", I was convinced that it was the best approach to education for our family.    Forest Hill Montessori School is one of the best in the area because they are accredited by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) and are therefore, authentically following the methods created by Maria Montessori herself.    Both of my children, with very different learning styles have benefited from the Montessori environment at FHMS - it is stimulating and challenging.   They were instilled with the love of learning and it gave them independence from a very young age.  I can honestly say, I couldn't imagine sending them to any other school environment.  

    -Tracy


     

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