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Kaban Montessori School
Kaban Montessori School
2449 Dunwin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 1T1
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Kaban Montessori School
 

Kaban Montessori School

2449 Dunwin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 1T1

Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (6 months) to 3 (Coed)
Tuition:
$11,850 to $15,850 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 20
Enrolment:
Day: 90 (Gr. NS - 3)

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Blanca Sanchez or Karla Escobedo

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2449 Dunwin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 1T1

About this school:

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Kaban Montessori School, located in west Mississauga, is a caring school committed to the personalized development of the entire child. We take great pride in the work we do everyday to advance the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional growth of each child. We run an Infant, Toddler, Casa and Elementary programs for children 9 months to 9 years old.


The Our Kids review of Kaban Montessori School

our takeDespite what many might perhaps naturally assume, not all Montessori schools are created equally, even within the class of schools that hue very closely to the core of the model. As Maria Montessori would herself have approved, each school takes on a unique character through the passions and personalities of those that work and learn within it, and Kaban is a good example of that. The name, Kaban, is a Mayan word meaning “earth,” and was chosen to represent the unique cast of the program, one that seeks to highlight stewardship to the environment both within the school and outside in the natural world. It’s a nice touch, and one that brings forward some of the core elements of the method that perhaps get short shrift. Yes, manipulatives are a part of it, though they are tools toward achieving the goal of mastery of the concepts and, in working with peers, a confidence in who we are and how we relate to others. Kaban nicely focuses its efforts very clearly around those concepts, both within its physical space as well as in the delivery of the curriculum. The size of the school is big enough to allow for diversity in programming while also allowing all of the students to feel that they are known and have a role and responsibilities in the life of the school. Instruction is student-centered and individualized, something that is an important draw for the families that enroll within the school. In all of that, and more, 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.


What KMS says: To provide a true Montessori experience through an environment that responds to each child’s individual strengths and needs, as well as inspires them to develop inner discipline, self-assurance and love of learning. We respect the uniqueness of each student by helping each child develop skills during their periods of greatest growth and sensitivity, providing a strong foundation for their intellectual, physical and social development.\n\nFollowing Maria Montessori’s philosophy, Kaban is dedicated to nurturing the child as a whole, beginning with a friendly and warm environment that acts as an extension of their home.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic French immersion, Spanish immersion


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    What KMS 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 KMS says: This information is not currently available.



    Montessori ApproachModerately Orthodox

    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 KMS says: Kaban Montessori holds the view that all children are competent, capable, curious and rich in potential. Therefore, introducing the child to the natural, social and practical world is the fundamental intention of Kaban\'s educational programs. Our purpose is to guide and stimulate the child\'s mind so that they may not only thrive in life, but observe, question, analyse and improve the world we live in.\n


    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 KMS 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 KMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Emotional

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

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

    What KMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    KMS 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

    KMS 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

     GradesNSPSJKSK123
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lunch recessAmount 120 120 120 120 120 120 120

    What KMS says: The outdoor activities are an integral part of our daily life. They are like an extension of the classroom. The learning experiences that the children are exposed and endless. We have a vegetable garden that the children take care of and when the time comes, the organize a Market and sell some of the produce they harvest. The other part of it they eat and enjoy in the classrooms.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What KMS says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What KMS says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Outdoor Education

    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 90
    Average enrollment per grade11
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (6 months) to 3 (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 KMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

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



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSK123
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Kassia's Testimonial

    ...We thank you both, and the staff at Kaban, for the wonderful memories and for making us part of the Kaban family. We will treasure you all in our hearts and wish Kaban the best of luck as it continues to grow successfully. You should both be so proud of yourselves to see how much your school has grown over the years. With hard work, dedication, nurturing and love, you have left a spot in the hearts of many parents as you both enriched the lives of our children. We hate goodbyes, so as we have said, this is not the end of the road for us. We will continue to keep in touch and can truly say that both of you are in our list of friends we treasure. Again, thank you for all you have done for us as a family - Kassia has grown so much with the help of both of you. Thank you for building such a strong foundation as she embarks in the journey of life. All the best, Sandy & Dennis ...



    Zubkavich Testimonial

    My two children have greatly benefited by the care and attention to learning they have received at Kaban. I continue to enjoy seeing my children excel and realize a real zest for education that is nurtured and presented at their individual pace. Watching your child hug a directress on walking through the door tells you the parent that your child feels comfortable with the directress and is in a great environment. I couldn't ask for a better or more understanding preschool for my children. They already have the best! H. Zubkavich ...



    Lulka Testimonial

    Dear Blanca and Karla, I am writing to express my deepest appreciation for everything you have done for my son. As a Montessori alumnus and a Montessori teacher, it was very important to me for my son to get a good start, and I could not have found a better environment to support his development than Kaban. I am impressed not only by the genuine Montessori program you offer, but by the community that you are building and the support that you give me as a parent. My son has truly flourished in all areas; for his age, he is independent, has great concentration, speaks wonderfully, takes instruction well, is responsible for his things and actions, is curious, active and resilient. Kaban has aided and supported him in every way I could have hoped for. When I pick him up at the end of the day, and he would rather stay and continue working, I know that he is happy and at home with you. Warm Regards, Andrea Lulka ...



    Franzoi Testimonial

    We decided to enroll our two year old son into this school after doing some research on the Montessori methods of teaching. My son was ready for greater learning outside of the home. This choice was on of the best things we could have done for him. The teachers were there for him every step of the way to transition him into his new environment and teach him a variety of practical life skills which he has carried into our home everyday. Two years later and he is learning so many new things, he is constantly surprising us. He is a happy, well adjusted child who loves going to school everyday! Valerie Franzoi ...



    Conor Doran Testimonial

    To All Staff at Kaban Montessori: As this school year draws to a close, my husband and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you do. It was after much investigation and pondering that we chose Kaban Montessori for our son Conor, largely due to the warm feelings we both experienced when we visit the premises. It is now apparent that our parental instincts were correct, as Kaban has turned out to be the right choice for our son and family. We thank you for educating Conor and setting the foundations for a lifelong love of learning. We thank you for loving Conor and giving him heartfelt hugs and genuine smiles. We thank you for communicating with us on a regular basis about his development. You all demonstrate a genuine love of children and respect for a child's developing mind and body. We look forward to many more years at Kaban Montessori. Sincerely, Sarah Sturino and Matt Doran ...



    Tokey Family Testimonial

    June 16, 2011 Dear Karla & Blanca, We wanted to extend our gratitude to you for the last three years that our daughter Lauryn has spent at Kaban. We have enjoyed all of the moments we've shared with the Kaban family, and we know that Lauryn is a better person because of her experience with you! Our daughter was just a toddler when she began at Kaban, and has since blossomed into a happy, well-rounded young girl who is confident and excited for what each day will bring. We attribute this to the warm and caring environment that Karla, Blanca and the wonderful staff have provided on a consistent basis. We were first drawn to the school because we found the staff to be very warm and loving, which we felt would help our 2-year-old as she learned to spend her days away from us. We also found the school facility to be very clean and safe, and were impressed with how it was fully equipped with materials inside the class and had a secure and diverse playspace outdoors. Lauryn has been guided through the Montessori teaching methods by skillful and patient teachers, and we feel they have not only taught her very well but educated us as parents, too. We love that Kaban is not just a school, but an extension of our own family. We've always felt comfortable approaching any staff member with our thoughts, questions or concerns and have felt that we were treated with the utmost respect in every situation. We appreciate the helpful & educational Parent Nights that were hosted throughout the years, as well as the other social events that helped us to meet other parents and get to know the teachers better. Communication has always been open and encouraged at all points of contact, which made us feel valued as members in the Kaban community. Lauryn is graduating this year, and we feel confident that she will continue to grow and thrive throughout her childhood years because of the strong foundation she received at Kaban. We hope you are able to share this testimonial with any current and future Kaban families, so they can appreciate the beautiful community you have created. We feel blessed to have been part of your school, and while we will miss seeing all of you on a daily basis, we will always cherish the positive influence Kaban has had on our lives and hope to always stay in touch. Warmest regards, Lianne, Ron, Lauryn and Darren Tokey ...



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