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Montessori For Children
Montessori For Children
25 Alvin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2A7
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Montessori For Children

25 Alvin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2A7

Approach :
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to K (Coed)
Tuition:
$8,750 to $14,500 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: 60 (Gr. PS - K)

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Tracey Fenster

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School Address
25 Alvin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2A7

About this school:

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Founded in 1995, our warm, nurturing home away from home is a place where children develop a love for learning in bright, airy, fully equipped classrooms. AMI trained teachers are dedicated to encouraging each child to reach their fullest potential—learning at their own pace in a safe, non competitive environment. Curriculum designed for kids aged 2.5 to 6 covers Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and French. Located near Yonge /St. Clair subway station. Please call or email to book a tour.


The Our Kids review of Montessori For Children

our takeMFC was founded in 1995, and uniquely has sister schools in Hong Kong and Singapore. Accreditation with AMI ensures a high fidelity to the core method, and the program offered builds out from there. All that said, the best Montessori schools reflect the context of the surrounding community, and MFC achieves that nicely, the building itself foregrounding a very family-oriented, personal approach. Proximity to the TTC is a plus, as are the interior appointments, which are as enchanting and comforting, a world away from the bustle of the city. There’s a nice attention to global awareness, which again reflects the context of the school. The introduction to other cultures and countries is used as a means of helping students understand their community in relation to the wider world. MFC offers a very solid program administered with a close attention and care.



Academics


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:

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 For Children says: We are a Private Montessori School registered with the Ministry of Education, adopting the Montessori method (as prescribed and administered by the Association Montessori International. We offer a Casa (pre-primary school) program for children aged 2 1/2 - 6.


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 For Children 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 Montessori For Children 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 Montessori For Children says: This information is not currently available.


Special Needs Support Limited

Limited

Montessori For Children 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 For Children 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.

Report Card Policy

How assessments are delivered across the grades:

Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to K

Class Sizes Not available

This information is not currently available.

Recess Policy

 GradesPSJKSKK
Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
Location Outside Outside Outside Outside
Amount 60 60 60 60
Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30

What Montessori For Children says: This information is not currently available.

Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


Extracurriculars

principal
What Montessori For Children 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

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

Application Deadlines:

Day students:
N/A


What Montessori For Children says: This information is not currently available.


Acceptance

Acceptance Rate:

100%

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



Student Entry Points

Student TypePSJKSKK
Day Acceptance
(Acceptance rate)
0000

Stories & Testimonials

News

Testimonials

When we looked for an early education experience for our eldest child, we were looking for a school that would provide an excellent learning environment and foster creativity, independence and social development.  What we found at MFC St. Clair was not only that, we also found a true school home for ourselves as well as our children.  We are so grateful for the time we were members of the MFC community.  The dedication of the director and teachers was beyond my expectations.  

 

We have 3 children, with 3 very different personalities who attended the school.  Each child thrived at MFC.  I especially appreciated how the teachers loved and tended to each child and appreciated each one's unique personalities and skill sets.  The child I worried would have trouble adapting to a new school, came home within the week chatting about his new friends and brimming with pride of his appointed duty as "snack assistant".  The child I worried would spend the majority of the time in a time-out had a teacher who would speak glowingly of his "energy and leadership potential" and how grateful she was to have him as a member of the classroom!  Our shy child blossomed under the teacher's love and guidance and learned to become more independent and now is commonly described as "feisty".  All 3 children filled our home with French words and songs from MFC.  In fact, our children left MFC speaking more French than some of their peers in French immersion programs! 

 

Our children continue to show respect and appreciation for the peers that I believe was built on the foundation set at MFC.  They continue to take on challenging work in their schools and have a love of learning that was instilled in them by the outstanding staff at MFC St. Clair.

I will be forever grateful for the gift of MFC St. Clair and what it brought to our family.   

Jennifer M

 

Our son did the 3 year Casa program at MFC and I cannot rave enough about it. Not only did he learn actual facts about the world and the A,B,C's but he learned how to learn and how to be an independent learner. It is a warm, nurturing and respectful environment, with lots of creative and fun special events throughout the year. As an added bonus, they have a fantastic French language program. Tracey has created a little gem of a school.  

 Connie W

 

 

"We could not imagine a better environment for our two children than the 4 years they each spent at the Montessori for Children on Alvin. Our son and our daughter both started between the ages of 2.5 and 3 years old.  Our children have very different personalities and the school was perfect for both children, allowing them to thrive on their own and in group settings.

The program was perfectly balanced to allow our children to learn and grow in the unique ways necessary for each of them.  The staff were enthusiastic and attentive to the needs of the children and a real bond was formed between the children and all of the teachers and staff.  Both children graduated from the program as 6 year olds brimming with confidence, knowledge, a love of learning, and good friends. The learning concepts acquired at Montessori helped them to enter grade 1 with very strong math and reading skills, as well as social skills.  We have no hesitation in recommending the school to any parent.  Thanks for the great years!"

Andre and Katherine

 

 

Our son Beckham spent three years at Montessori for Children from 2010-2013. We didn't know too much about the Montessori program before starting. Beckham was quite an active little boy and we worried that the school may be too rigid for his personality. As it turned out, MFC was exactly what he needed. MFC helped his motor skills, his patience, his independence and certainly his confidence. The best advice they gave us was "every time you do something for a child that they can do themselves, you are subconsciously telling them they can't do it". We learned how to hold back as parents and let our child make mistakes. It's how they learn. The lessons we learned, even as a family from our time there, we still apply today. MFC proved to be was the best investment we ever made. Beckham would not be who he is today without them. 

Amanda C

 

"I was fortunate enough to be able to send all three of my children to Montessori for Children, and our family spent a total of eight years at the school. Each of them thrived at the school under Tracey's direction and the excellent guidance of the staff.

 They all had individual learning styles and behaviours, but the school was easily able to bring out their strengths while helping them with any weaknesses.

The warmth of the staff meant that even from a young age my children felt very comfortable and happy to attend school. They received a strong grounding in basic academics, but even more important to me was the independence, resilience, focus and self-discipline that they learned both from the staff and through the exceptionally respectful class environment that the children themselves participate in creating and maintaining. Their social skills were far above many of their peers when they changed schools, and upon entrance at the local public school in grade one, each one of their teachers remarked upon their amazing self motivation and enthusiasm for tackling new challenges.

 

I have no doubt that it was their time at Montessori that instilled the love of learning, determination and self motivation that has helped them thrive individually but also contribute socially to the world around them, both in and out of the classroom.

 

 As a parent I too learned so much from the philosophies and instruction at the school. The tools this provided me in instilling positive values in my children were invaluable. I would unhesitatingly recommend Montessori for Children to any parent.

Sarah C

 

 

 “We are truly thankful for the experience our daughter had at Montessori For Children.  It provided her with a strong educational foundation, fostered a solid sense of independence, self esteem, confidence and leadership skills, all in a supportive and nurturing environment.   We were extremely pleased with the specialized and authentic Montessori curriculum and the ‘whole child’ approach.  The highly qualified teachers were truly committed and dedicated.  Our daughter continues to achieve outstanding academic success based on the wonderful foundation from Montessori For Children which placed her in the highest academic group in all core subjects upon moving on to a prestigious all girl independent school.”

 Carla and Gus

 

 

 

 

We love Montessori education because we believe that better than any other approach, it imbues young children with a true love of learning, which of course is the greatest educational gift one can give to a young child.  And we love Montessori for Children (MFC) because we believe it provides all the hallmarks of an authentic Montessori education - it draws on and encourages the natural inclination to learning in children, encourages the child to learn organically and holistically and socially.  At MFC, the teachers really get to know and understand the peculiar gifts and talents and temperament of each child, drawing on this knowledge to guide students most effectively in directions in which the child at a deep level already wishes to go.

At MFC, particularly in the teaching of practical life skills and directed play, children use all of their senses and thus learn holistically, which turns out to be the best basis for advancing in 'academics'. 

 Finally, at MFC, children of different ages guide and are guided by their peers, and thus learn the kinds of social skills that are so important for a happy and successful life.  All of this goes on in an incredibly nurturing and tranquil environment, led by a highly competent and committed staff. 

We could not have been happier with our whole experience at MFC, and wholeheartedly recommend it to all our friends and acquaintances with small children. 

John B                                                                           

My children's time at Montessori for Children was an engaging, intentional, and sophisticated experience that far surpassed my greatest hopes of what a preschool could offer. It addressed them as intelligent, capable little people and gave them a priceless foundation for their future learning. I would highly and unreservedly recommend it to any parent for their child.

Tania O

 

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