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Montessori Alberta
Montessori Alberta
1407 7th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 0Z3
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Celine Dhanda

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Montessori Alberta
 

Montessori Alberta

1407 7th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 0Z3

Approach :
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to K (Coed)
Tuition:
$3,950 to 6,250/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 25
Enrolment:
Day: 60 (Gr. PS - K)

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Contact Name:
Celine Dhanda

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School Address
1407 7th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 0Z3

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About this school:

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Montessori Alberta is a Montessori pre-school/kindergarten for 3 to 6 year old children located in a bright and spacious facility with easy access to downtown Calgary. Our goal is to cultivate a child's natural desire to learn by providing the academic, emotional and physical environment necessary to create a solid foundation to inspire a child's curiosity. We offer half day sessions led by Montessori trained and certified teachers.


The Our Kids review of Montessori Alberta

our takeMontessori Alberta is a program hews closely to the method and techniques as outlined by Maria Montessori, something that is a significant draw for the families that enroll at the school. The school is centrally located, and the program is flexible, offering half-day sessions throughout the school year. The curriculum is structured to allow students to explore their interests, naturally, with authentic opportunities to learn through doing and working closely with others. The intention is to deliver the core curriculum while fostering creativity and critical thinking. The offering of Spanish is also a unique and welcome aspect of program.  



Principal's Message

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Celine Dhanda, Director

At Montessori Alberta we strive to set a solid foundation for children to begin their academic journey.. We aim to instill in all our students a love for learning.  We challenge them to think outside the box at a young age, helping each child to gain independece showing them how to follow Maria Montessori's mantra to  "help me, help myself".  We not only cheer their success but also encourage them to learn from their mistakes and show them that they can use them as a teaching tool.  Our children move on as independent, happy, thoughtful and funny creative thinkers excelling in what they set their minds to while laughing and loving the world along the way.


Academics


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 Montessori Alberta says: In the tradition of Dr. Maria Montessori, our school is committed to providing the finest in early childhood education. Our goal is that each child attending our school will develop the following assets: Independence Self direction Self acceptance Feelings of membership and responsibility in a social group Interest and joy in learning and living


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 Montessori Alberta says about flexible pacing: Children learn from one another by observing and interacting. Young children learn higher level cognitive and social skills not only through mental development, but also by observing others as models. The older children take on leadership roles which helps solidify their knowledge of concepts learned.


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 Montessori Alberta says: We believe the most efficient and effective strategy for advancing academic achievement is to also nurture children’s social, emotional, and physical needs.


Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

What Montessori Alberta says: Our students are encoraged to build a sense of themselves and a sense of confidence that provides a foundation for them which will help them move through life with the belief that they can try new things, and not be afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone


Special Needs Support Limited

Limited

Montessori Alberta 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

Montessori Alberta 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.

Homework Policy

In grade K, Montessori Alberta students perform an average of 15 mins of homework per night.

Nightly Homework
K
Montessori Alberta 15 mins
Site Average6 mins

Report Card Policy

How assessments are delivered across the grades:

Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to K
Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to K

Class Sizes Not available

This information is not currently available.

Recess Policy

 GradesPSK
Non-lunch recessFrequency
Location
Amount
Lunch recessAmount

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



Extracurriculars

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What Montessori Alberta says:

This information is not currently available.


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


Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition

Day Day (Half day)
 
PSK
Day$6,250
Day (Half day)$4,950
What Montessori Alberta says: Half day sessions are 8:30 am to 11:30 am or 12:30 am to 3:30 pm. Full day Kindergarten is from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm. There is no Friday afternoon class. .

Need-based financial aid

This information is not currently available.



Merit based Scholarships

This information is not currently available.


Enrollment

Total enrollment 60
Average enrollment per grade15
Gender (grades)Preschool to K (Coed)
Boarding offeredNo

Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


Admission

Application

Admissions Assessments:

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

Application Deadlines:

Day students:
Rolling


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


Acceptance

Acceptance Rate:

90%

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



Student Entry Points

Student TypePSK
Day Acceptance
(Acceptance rate)
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