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High Park Gardens Montessori School
High Park Gardens Montessori School
35 High Park Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 1S8
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High Park Gardens Montessori School
 

High Park Gardens Montessori School

35 High Park Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 1S8

Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (12 months) to 6 (Coed)
Tuition:
$11,800 to 17,300/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: 120 (Gr. NS - 6)

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Contact Name:
Kaitlyn Lubniewski

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School Address
35 High Park Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 1S8

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About this school:

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High Park Gardens Montessori School stands out from typical private schools. It is an accredited, authentic, and high quality Montessori school for children aged 12 months to 12 years. Our beautiful and welcoming school provides a caring learning environment that emphasizes independence, responsibility, and curiosity. The program incorporates exceptional speciality instruction in French, art, music, and sports. Please contact us to learn more about why our Montessori education is a great choice for your child.


The Our Kids review of High Park Gardens Montessori School

our takeThere are perhaps many impulses to maintain a school, though High Park Gardens is a demonstration of two of the best: need and appreciation. It began in 1978 when founders Brent Lisowski and Brenda Hebert's daughter, Anne, began attending High Park Gardens and they were inspired to build on the program, bringing it to a wider community of learners. Today there are three Mildenhall Schools: High Park Gardens, Taddle Creek, and The Mildenhall School. The latter is headed by Anne, adding a nice continuity to the Mildenhall story. Both locations have a high fidelity to the core Montessori approach, while also housed within bright, homey, friendly settings, another keystone to the approach. Both schools serve the needs of parents looking for a strong academic program and a strong sense of community within the school. The earned reputation of the schools is, rightly, also a principal draw.



Principal's Message

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Lee Gair, Principal

Welcome to High Park Gardens!

A Montessori education is a unique and particular approach specifically designed to match children's stages of development.  In doing so, it provides an environment that allows for learning and growth to unfold naturally, at the child's pace.  Children's creativity, curiousity, independence, concentration, and self discipline are promoted and supported in all activities and interactions.

Located in the High Park neighbourhood of Toronto,  our beautiful sunny classrooms are inviting and engaging to students and adults alike.  Surrounded by the beautiful green of the largest park in the city, our outdoor gardens, amphitheatre, and playgrounds are enjoyed by all the children.

We invite you to visit and observe in our classrooms, speak to our teachers, and learn more about Montessori and High Park Gardens. 


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 High Park Gardens says: The Montessori Curriculum is vast and includes Language, Math, Science, Social and Cultural Studies. There is also an intentional approach to moral character development and practical life skills. The curriculum is presented in a variety of ways within an intentionally prepared environment with specific and unique classrooms materials. Individual and small group lessons specific to particular tasks and skills are shared by Montessori trained teachers in mixed age classes.

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


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What High Park Gardens 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 High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What High Park Gardens 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 High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


    Computers and Technology
    • What High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What High Park Gardens 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 High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What High Park Gardens 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 High Park Gardens 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
      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: 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 High Park Gardens says: As an accredited Montessori school, we have an intentional approach to children's development that is based on respect and independence. All interactions with the children deliberately emphasize children's abilities and strengths and build self-initiative, moral reasoning, and confidence. Academic subjects are presented through the use of specially designed materials that promote self-correction, problem solving, and in-depth understanding of the subject matter.


    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 High Park Gardens 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 High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    High Park Gardens can provide support for mild disablities. High Park Gardens 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
    • What High Park Gardens says: Children of all abilities are welcome and are supported naturally through the design of the classroom, curriculum, and pedagogy. Additional support is provided by dedicated resource teachers who provide additional lessons, guidance, and support.


    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    High Park Gardens offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    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 High Park Gardens says: The nature of the Montessori classroom is that each individual child works and progresses at his or her own rate. Individual lessons and project based learning insures that children of all abilities reach their (and work at their) potential. Individualized paced curricula is designed to respond to the needs of the individual child.

    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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 6, High Park Gardens Montessori School students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackNursery/Toddler to 6
    Academic achievement reporting1 to 6
    Habits and behaviour reporting1 to 6
    Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to 6

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What High Park Gardens says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What High Park Gardens says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
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    Day$17,250$16,300$17,300
    Day (Half day)$12,250$11,800


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students1%
    Early paymentall students3%
    2nd 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 120
    Average enrollment per grade11
    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
    InterviewNS - 6
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What High Park Gardens says:

    Parents are invited and encouraged to spend time in the school prior to submitting an application for admission.  Tours and observation times are scheduled by contacting the office. 



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    98%

    Type of student High Park Gardens Montessori School is looking for: Children thrive in a Montessori setting. It supports and stimulates curiousity, creativity, responsibility and independence.



    Student Entry Points

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    (Acceptance rate)
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    Associations

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


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