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Montcrest School

4 Montcrest Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1J7

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$19,975 to $39,300 /year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
7 to 18
Day: 310 (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
4 Montcrest Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1J7



About this school:


Montcrest is a JK – 8, co-educational school community focused on providing student-centred learning in a caring and nurturing environment. We combine our nearly 60 years of experience with leading-edge teaching and learning practices. Now more than ever, we know that our approach to academic and social-emotional development is what elementary school children need to grow and thrive. Located in the Broadview and Danforth area of Toronto, Montcrest offers a challenging core curriculum through critical inquiry in a dynamic and nurturing environment. A dedicated faculty provides excellent instruction and individual attention in small classes. Our many co-curricular and outreach programs reflect the values of our Standing for Character Program: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Compassion, and Courage. Smaller classes for children with learning disabilities are offered from Grades 3 to 8. Our broad aspiration is to be recognized as the leading elementary school community in Canada in realizing the unique potential of each child. Discover how your child could develop and thrive at Montcrest. Please visit our website for information about personal tours and open houses. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Montcrest School

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For most families who consider private schooling, it’s the values piece that really tips the balance, and Montcrest is a great example of that. Yes, it’s got a strong, demonstrated history of academic excellence and innovation, including close attention to individual learning styles. In addition, though, it has demonstrated a keen and ongoing attention to the development of values, character, and community. The Peacemakers program is one example, and indeed a particularly good one. Students within it are trained in peer mediation and conflict resolution, which they then very visibly promote throughout the school environment. That kind of attention contributes to the development of leadership skills based in collaboration. The community garden, quite delightfully, is where all of those values are poignantly expressed. The location of the school on the edge of one of the city’s storied ravines is also a plus, something that the school rightly makes much use of.

Principal's Message


David Thompson, Head of School

When you arrive at Montcrest you will instantly find a sense of family and community. Whether it is in the houses where we deliver our academic program, our natural play space, or the small classes, our focus is on knowing, supporting, and challenging each child. 

We provide balanced opportunities in the arts, athletics, and leadership so that the uniqueness of each child is supported and they can, with confidence, find their own voices. The relationship between faculty and students is at the heart of the Montcrest experience. Our focus is to nurture intellectually curious and critical thinking students who are also responsible citizens. Our exceptional teaching faculty knows each child and asks as much of themselves as they ask of our students. Their commitment to the special gifts of each child allows our students to discover, develop, and thrive.

I hope that you enjoy learning about our school. As useful as online information may be, the best way to experience one of the only JK to 8 independent schools in Toronto is to come for a visit and spend time with us. You will discover the joy and laughter that fills the halls and see how your child could thrive at Montcrest.


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What Montcrest School says: Montcrest is committed to providing an exceptional elementary school experience for a wide range of students in a supportive environment. It is our belief that a child’s earliest school years are the most important; it is a time when the foundation of social and academic success is laid. Our aim is to nurture and challenge our students so that they might discover their individual passions, develop with confidence, and thrive in their high school experience and beyond. Montcrest’s philosophy is that success is best achieved in the friendly atmosphere of a small class with multiple opportunities beyond the classroom. In this dynamic setting, the child’s opportunity for learning is maximized and the student’s strengths are challenged and weaknesses addressed. Children with special learning needs are supported in individualized programs with the aim of eventual integration. Developing the whole child is an essential element of the Montcrest experience. Our Standing for Character values (respect, responsibility, integrity, compassion, and courage) are prominently displayed through the school and are a consistent speaking point for teachers and administrators.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Montcrest School says: Constructivist mathematics program (JK to Grade 8 - Math in Focus) as primary math resource allowing students to achieve conceptual understanding before skill and practice

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading
    • What Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

    • What Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    • What Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

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

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

    What Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

    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.


    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.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    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 Montcrest School says: Children have an innate ability to learn and to imagine. The balanced, play-based programs of Montcrest kindergarten provide a warm, nurturing environment where children are offered a unique and positive experience of school. Children are stimulated to learn by using their imagination and creativity, expressing themselves, and interacting positively with others. Their curiosity, sense of exploration, and openness to possibility is valued and encouraged. Children learn about how the world works by playing, exploring, inventing, imagining, experimenting and discovering. Teachers watch closely and are involved and engaged during this process.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    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 Montcrest 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 Montcrest 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 Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Partial Integration

    Partial Integration

    Students are placed in a separate special education class, but are strategically integrated into a regular classroom for certain periods.

    • 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
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: Montcrest uses a variety of strategies and structures to support the needs of our students. The following can be used as required: * Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom from a qualified special education teacher. * Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher. * Students are placed in a separate special education class, but are strategically integrated into a regular classroom for certain periods.

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    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: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 Montcrest School says: This information is not currently available.

    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.


    What Montcrest School says:
    • The diverse co-curricular program is driven by our mission statement, which not only stresses academic development, but also balanced opportunities in leadership, the arts, and athletics. This allows for our students to develop skills for personal growth and citizenship. In addition to enriching school life and building a spirit of fun and community, it enables students to explore their passions, discover their own voices, as well as learn and practice their executive functions.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    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.


    Total enrollment 310
    Average enrollment per grade28
    Average class size7 to 18
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment9142430323344444431



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 8
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Montcrest School says:

    How to Apply
    *Complete and submit an application form. 

    * Applications are available in the admissions section of our website at www.montcrest.on.ca. The application and all required documents should be submitted with the non-refundable application fee of $150.00.

    * We request copies of the previous two years' final school reports and any reports from the current year, as well as copies of any psycho-eductional reports.

    * Please include a recent small photograph of your child.

    Admissions Visits
    Once we have received the complete application you will be contacted to arrange a school visit for your child. Most prospective student visits are scheduled between January and the March Break. 


    Acceptance Rate:


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

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Testimonials for Montcrest

    Montcrest Parent:
    We wanted to express our deepest gratitude to all of the dedicated, brilliant and inspiring staff at Montcrest for welcoming our family with open arms into your amazing community. Montcrest has been everything we hoped it would be and so very much more.  

    Montcrest is truly a special and unique school. We truly feel that our child has received the most comprehensive education in these last few months; from the engaging and challenging academics, to the inclusive and exciting sports teams and the meaningful and enriching co-curriculars. Every aspect and detail of school life has been rich with substance and experience.

    Montcrest Parent:
    My son is a new student this year, and I wanted to let you know he feels loved and safe in his new environment. When getting ready for school, he said, "I'm sooooooo excited."  We asked what he was excited for, and he smiled and said, "I get to go to school today!" This brought tears to our eyes knowing that he was truly in the right place.

    Montcrest Parent:
    Your unique ability to honour each child's individuality and challenging them to realize their full potential is amazing.

    Taken from a Grade 8’s application to high school:
    I enjoy many things about Montcrest. Primarily, I love the fact that it is smaller compared to most independent schools. For me, it creates a greater sense of community which is important because it allows me to create a stronger bond between my teachers and peers. The teachers at Montcrest are spectacular. I feel that they genuinely want me to thrive, which encourages me to try my best because I know someone believes in me and supports me.

    Montcrest Parent:
    As a mother all you want is for your child to feel confident, secure, and happy in their environment. The teachers are amazing! He's thinking differently. He's challenged, and he's enjoying school for the first time. Many thanks to you and all your efforts in making Montcrest such an amazing school! 

    Montcrest Parent:
    We have really enjoyed our first year at Montcrest. The feeling of community that we saw on our initial tour of the school is steady throughout the year.

    A Visiting Educational Consultant:
    So fantastic to tour Montcrest, I was truly "blown" away. Montcrest is very impressive on many fronts, and I left wishing I was either back at school or wishing my children went to school there! 

    Montcrest Parent:
    As our kids grow up, we parents are less and less involved, and consequently, the teachers see less and less of us.  I have not had an adequate opportunity to express my gratitude for all that you do with the kids.  Please know that the profound effect of your work is evident, and I’m truly, truly grateful.

    Montcrest Parent:
    I am not a religious person, but I feel something, dare I say, spiritual about Montcrest. Something bigger than myself that makes me want to give back as much as I can for all the goodness my kids receive from the school. I think this is very rare, and my eyes and heart are open to it all. My family is so lucky to be a part of this place and everything and everyone that makes it that 'one-in-a-million Montcrest'.



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