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Northstar Montessori Private School

4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 1J8

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$8,500 to 13,300/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 300 (Gr. PS - 8)

School Address
4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 1J8



About this school:


Northstar Montessori is committed to providing students an experience where they are limitless in their academic and personal growth. The learning of life virtues and positive characterization is fundamental! We provide programs for Toddlers, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School aged children. We also encourage interaction between all ages to strengthen the understanding of community. Additional specialty rooms, play area and large indoor training pool, make our school complete! Call us for a tour!

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Our Take: Northstar Montessori Private School

our takeNorthstar isn’t your average Montessori school, in part because of its size—with an annual student population of 300, it’s a fair bit larger than the average—as well as its resources. The school was founded in 1996, though has grown its programs considerably in the intervening decades. There are some things that understandably stand out, such as the training pool that is a recent addition (!), though they only underscore a more general awareness of the broad range of programming and facilities throughout the school. There are lots of bells and whistles, all of them welcome, though the core program is here too, with a fidelity to the Montessori method as demonstrated through CCMA accreditation. The program is offered from preschool through Grade 8, allowing families a consistency of approach and experience through the primary and elementary years.

School busing:

Northstar Montessori offers bus transferring. Service options offered are door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Mississauga.
Additional notes: We offer an optional shuttle service in the morning and afternoon.

Upcoming Events Next event: September 21, 2018

upcoming events
  • September 21, 2018GRANDPARENTS DAY
    Northstar Montessori Private School, 4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Friday, September 21 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Grandparents of Northstar are all welcome at school to enjoy a Pancake breakfast, courtesy of our Junior High students! Hope to see you there!

  • November 17, 2018OPEN HOUSE
    Northstar Montessori Private School, 4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Please visit our school and enjoy a guided tour with our staff.

  • January 19, 2019OPEN HOUSE
    Northstar Montessori Private School, 4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Please visit our school to tour the facility and speak with the staff about any questions you have about a Montessori education.

  • February 02, 2019OPEN HOUSE
    Northstar Montessori Private School, 4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, February 02 from 10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Join us for a tour of the facilty. Meet our friendly staff and ask any questions you may have about a Montessori educaton.

  • February 18, 2019OPEN REGISTRATION
    Northstar Montessori Private School, 4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    Register by Monday, February 18 from 08:00 am

    The school will be accepting new registrants for the 2019-2020 school year. Please call to confirm details.

  • February 25, 2019MONTESSORI WEEK
    Northstar Montessori Private School, 4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Monday, February 25 from 09:00 am - 03:00 pm

    The whole week, Northstar will be celebrating Maria Montessori. Parents are encouraged to drop by to see firsthand, their child working on materials to give them an idea of what they are capable of doing.They may also observe other students in different grade levels to see what materials to expect for their child.

  • September 26, 2019TERRY FOX WALK
    Northstar Montessori Private School, 4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, September 26 from 09:30 am - 10:45 am

    The students of Northstar will have their annual walk for the Terry Fox Foundation. It's a great experience for all our students! Parents are welcomed to join!

  • December 13, 2019WINTER CONCERT
    Northstar Montessori Private School, 4900 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Friday, December 13 from 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

    This year's WInter Concert, the students will be performing to the hits 20 years ago! (1996 hit songs)

Principal's Message


Virginia Ramirez, Principal

We, at Northstar Montessori, take very seriously our responsibility to guide each child through a world of discovery on the path to constructing a secure, balanced personality with an active, competent mind. The happy balance of freedom to explore and work within a prepared, orderly environment, filled with specially designed mind-engaging sensorial materials and activities, is the hallmark of our school.  The teacher’s role is to respect the freedom of each child to forge his or her own unique path of learning and personal growth, energized by his or her natural curiosity. We are committed to inspire and encourage each child to take in hand a wealth of activities and experiences to ensure successful development.

At Northstar Montessori we are committed to promoting the individuality of all our students and we aim to be an inclusive school. We endeavor to teach our students to appreciate, respect and value the differences they see in one another. We offer equal opportunities for participation and learning for all our students and will ensure that they feel secure in knowing that their contributions to the school are valued. Northstar Montessori is committed to the teachings of Maria Montessori and the Montessori curriculum.  However we do not limit our approach and we encourage all members of the teaching team and administration to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their abilities and understanding of the students and their developmental needs.  Workshops and conferences are promoted within the school that we believe will benefit our staff in their practice. We ensure an environment that allows for a range of different learning styles and where all children have challenging targets that enable them to succeed.


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 Northstar Montessori says: We, at Northstar Montessori, take very seriously our responsibility to guide each child through a world of discovery on the path to constructing a secure, balanced personality with an active, competent mind. The happy balance of freedom to explore and work within a prepared, orderly environment, filled with specially designed, mind-engaging sensorial materials and activities, is the hallmark of our school. The classroom allows for the freedom of movement and for the development of a positive work cycle by allowing the students to choose their activities and to participate with them without interruption. Teachers prepare lesson plans as a guide to ensure that the students are participating in all areas of the class, however they remain flexible and respectful of the child’s need to make choices and decisions in their daily activities. The function of our school is to augment the development of each child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically so that the child may eventually emerge as a well-rounded independent adult.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Middle School
    High School
  • 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 Northstar Montessori says: The Montessori approach to Math involves providing the students with a physical and concrete experience of mathematical concepts and then moving toward the abstract understanding of concepts and the memorization of Math facts. Students will be initially be introduced to counting and number recognition and then move toward the understanding of the place value of numbers and the formation of 4 digit numbers. Once the students have mastered these concepts they will be introduced to the operations of Math. Areas of study in the Elementary Math curriculum include, the further understanding and memorization of Math facts, Geometry, Fractions and Algebra (program dependent). Our goal is to have students truly understand the process involved in completing their Math work.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Nelson Mathematics\nMath Makes Sense

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Northstar Montessori says: The Montessori Language program is phonetically based. Students are introduced to the phonetic sounds of letters through tracing the Sandpaper Letters; where in addition to hearing the sound they are experiencing the letter formation (early writing). Once a student has masters 10 to 12 sounds they will be introduced to a variety of early reading materials including word building, phonetic reading lists and eventually readers. Student will progress at their own pace and with guidance from their teachers. Through repetition and daily reading students will gain total reading, which involves reading with comprehension.

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

    • What Northstar Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Northstar Montessori says: Students are introduced to penmanship initially with the formation of cursive letters on a chalk board then on a lined paper. Students are encouraged to write words and then sentences. Phonetic word writing is encouraged initially and then a move toward correct spelling and sentence structure is made through various lessons.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: The Science/Culture curriculum includes the study of animals, their habitats, fundamental needs, external and internal construction, classification and characteristics. The students will learn to appreciate the unique traits of living things and their value and purpose on earth in helping to create a harmonized eco-system and life cycle. The students are also introduced to the characteristics and importance of plants through science experiments and plant study. They are also made aware of their role in ensuring that the environment is sustained for generations to come. Elementary students also participate in science experiments and an annual Science Fair.

    • 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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Northstar Montessori says: Students are exposed to a variety of literature throughout their time in the Elementary program. They read through classic novels and participate in novel studies where the story lines and characters are examined closely, Current literature and articles are also examined and analysed as students are encouraged to gain an understanding of current events.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Northstar Montessori says: Our Social Studies/Culture curriculum includes History, Geography and world events study. We also include lessons designed for students to gain an understanding of themselves, their families and their communities. Cultural universals are also explored and may include topics such as Government and Schooling.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Northstar Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Northstar Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Northstar Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Northstar Montessori says: Students have computers as part of their academic year and begin in grade 1. By introducing them to various programs, it allows them to get familiar with the computer and eventually become comfortable as they move into their middle years. PC\'s are mainly used as it reflects the majority of users in the working world. Programs include Microsoft Office, web-based programs, MovieMaker and graphic programs. Aside from understanding the computer and using the programs, they are also shown basic design principles (font selection, margin allowance, white space, balance, flow). Middle school students begin to learn about photography and lighting and learn computer programming using Lego Robotics and 3D printing.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Northstar Montessori says: The Montessori philosophy is still applied in the physical education program. Since students in each classroom have a 3yr mixed age range it is expected to see various degrees in their physical and social skills. By allowing the older students the opportunity to demonstrate for the younger ones, it increases their desire to participate even if their abilities are still developing. The younger ones are enthused with the effort and will apply the same effort. In addition, those that are not understanding clearly or have communication barriers, will use their observation skills to determine what needs to be done. Emphasis is on participation and working together.

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

    What Northstar Montessori 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 Northstar Montessori says: Not discussed at all.

    Montessori ApproachOrthodox

    Orthodox Montessori     Moderate Orthodox Montessori    Moderately Non-Orthodox Montessori     Non-Orthodox Montessori

    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
      36% of schools

      Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.

    • Moderately Orthodox
      42% 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
      13% 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
      9% 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 Northstar Montessori says: Northstar Montessori delivers an authentic Montessori Curriculum, while meeting all requirements of the Ministry of Education. Included in the program are Music, Gym, French, Computer, Swimming and Skating classes (program dependent). As the students progress through the program new experiences are added including camping and community involvement. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including Chess Club, Yoga, Private Swimming Lessons and Tennis.

    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 Northstar Montessori says about flexible pacing: Students are not limited by age as to the materials they are exposed too. The student\'s skills and abilities are assessed to determine if they are ready to move forward in the curriculum area.

    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 Northstar Montessori says: Northstar is supportive in many ways but does not push for a rigorous academic culture to diminish their love of learning. Realistically, students vary in academic development in all subject areas. They can't be expected to excel in every subject area. In general though, the students have performed well during testing and most of the time, exceed the standard curriculum. Our virtue program is also a part of our school community that introduces your child to virtues that they may not be aware of.and help them to practice it in their daily lives.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Social

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

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

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Northstar Montessori offers no/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
    • 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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Northstar Montessori 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 8, Northstar Montessori Private School students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Northstar Montessori 0 mins0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins
    Site Average0 mins2 mins6 mins16 mins17 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 8
    Academic achievement reportingNursery/Toddler to 6
    Habits and behaviour reportingNursery/Toddler to K
    Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Northstar Montessori says:
    • Sports and Hobbies are meant to engage students to try new things or be part of a school team or club. Competition is minimal as it is an experience that normally a child would not try out for.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Day (Half day)
    Day (Half day)$8,500
    What Northstar Montessori says: Toddler and PreSchool fees include all snacks and meals. JK, SK, K fees include daily snacks. Elementary fees do not include any meal plans, however, there is an optional lunch provided by our in-house cook, My MunchBox. They serve fresh foods only and no frying. Guaranteeing freshness, healthy and nutritious.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment Day$200
    Early paymentall students$200
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%
    4th child (sibling)all students15%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    None Available
    Amount: $0
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to


    Total enrollment 300
    Average enrollment per grade25
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment154824242415121278



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview1 - 8
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    February 10, 2017

    What Northstar Montessori says:

    Generally when we assess a child, we mainly focus on their language and math skills.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Northstar Montessori Private School is looking for: A child coming from another Montessori school would be able to transition in our school easier as they are familiar with how the class is set up, the materials and how to work with it.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    15 - 20 (100%)05 - 10 (50%)5 - 10 (50%)5 - 10 (50%)5 - 10 (50%)5 - 10 (50%)5 - 10 (50%)5 - 8 (50%)5 - 8 (50%)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Aleeyah Samuels 2007 Honour Roll student. Accepted to all four universities applied to (all with entrance scholarships). Now attending the University of Guelph to a program called, "Criminal Justice and Public Policy".
    Jasmeer Sangha 2002 Received Math awards in HS, placed 90th percentile in Waterloo Math competition. Graduated from UofT with a major in Astrophysics. Currently pursuing a Master's Degree and working at York University.
    Ritu Shah 2007 IB graduate from St. Francis Xavier; Board of Directors at Mississauga Youth Advisory Committee; attending UniversityofWaterloo for Systems Design Engineering; co-op terms with Synaptive Medical and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Grade 8 graduates move into the secondary education well prepared. Many of our alumni have graduated university and are pursuing post grad studies. Northstar builds strong characters and life long learners.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Thank you and your teachers!

    Dear Mrs Gosal,

    Hope all is well.
    I am writing to thank you, and the wonderful teachers of Casa 1, Mrs
    Korzeb and Mrs Beltran.
    Saif started Northstar Montessori three years ago and it has become a
    second home for him, a place he loves and learns so much. His
    teachers, Mrs Korzeb and Mrs Beltran are an incredible team- they
    comforted him in the early days and helped him mature when he was
    ready. They pushed him when he needed it and let him be when that was
    best for him. It is because of them that he is doing well
    academically, and is a confident and happy kid.
    I can't thank you and the teachers enough for being so involved, so

    Thanks and regards,
    Aisha Garib


    Parent Testimonial

    We have had the pleasure of having three of our sons attend the Northstar Montessori Private School program over the past 6 years.  In that time, we have seen a consistent approach in treating each of our children as their own person, with a focus on their individualized strengths, a strong dedication to improving the areas they find challenging, and a caring pedagogical focus. The Directresses and Assistants are skilled at recognizing individual areas of interest, and fostering that interest to translate into personal and academic growth and development, while maintaining the importance of group activities and social interaction. 
    We have experienced the education system outside the Montessori Method and can safely say that Northstar provides our children with a stellar academic advantage. However, the most impressive part is how they provide this academic excellence with a focus on the individual strengths of the students.  Our sons have vast differences in their learning speed and styles; Northstar’s staff has done a well –above-average job at recognizing the learning needs of each child and fostering their particular academic and social development. 
    Montessori education has helped to form our sons into the caring, attuned, respectful and motivated students they are today and we are excited to embark on the Montessori journey with our last child in September.

    Dawn and Jason Pratt ...

    Family Gala

    The Northstar Parent Committee is a pivotal part in making the Northstar School Community what it is. They help to facilitate special events like magic shows, plays, book fairs and of course a family gala. Families from Northstar enjoy a great dinner and dance. Don't forget the prizes! Always a fun time for all. ...

    Former Northstar student reflects...

    Dear all,

    We would like to thank you all for all the effort and contribution that
    you made in Stephanie's life. As the saying goes, "It takes a village to
    raise a child." Northstar was the village that helped us as parents to
    raise up Stephanie to be the fine young lady that she has turned out to
    be. We are proud of Stephanie's achievements in Northstar through all your
    collaborated effort.

    We extend our greatest gratitude to all of you.

    Mrs. Ramirez
    For being the pillar and anchor that the team relies on and take
    direction, thank you.

    Mrs. Gosal
    Thank you for keeping Stephanie in check and reminding her of who she is
    supposed to be i.e. a leader (she has never forgotten that). We will never
    forget that day during a winter storm that you had to wait to the late
    hours of the night for us to pick up Stephanie.

    Mrs. Shkodra
    Thank you for stretching Stephanie beyond her limits. You identified her
    style of learning and kept her engaged even in activities that she showed
    no interest. She is surely going to miss you.

    Mrs. Ramputty
    Thank you for being a great teacher to Stephanie.

    Mr. Cummings
    Your kindness and patience made a lot of a difference in Stephanie's life.
    Thank you for igniting her artistic side. She has a great passion for art
    and will truly miss you.

    Miss Korre
    Your passion for music made Stephanie enjoy every activity in your class.
    Thank you.

    Madame Yamina
    Stephanie enjoyed and loved her French lessons, thanks to all your hard
    work in making the lesson interesting and challenging.

    Mr. Ramirez
    Thank you for all your efforts in encouraging Stephanie to do more sports.
    She now loves basketball and enjoys soccer. She will miss the drills.

    Mrs. Mervart
    Stephanie enjoyed gym classes and always gave an account of what took
    place in each lesson. Thank you for everything.

    Mrs. Scott
    Thank you for introducing Stephanie to the craft of knitting. She loved
    every moment that you spared and took time to teach her. She has a few
    unfinished projects which she intends to finish this summer.

    Mrs. Imran & Mrs.Beltran
    Your contribution in Stephanie's Casa years are greatly appreciated. You
    have watched her grow through the years. Thank you.

    Mrs. Ostrowski, Mrs. Wong, & Madame Schahrazede
    Thank you for taking care of Stephanie before school.

    Words cannot express our gratitude in all that you have done for

    Wishing you all the best. We hope that our paths will cross someday.
    Stephanie will come visiting once in a while.

    Best regards

    Mr. And Mrs. Abrokwa



    Class Valedictorian 2008

    I have really great memories of Northstar Montessori. I first began at Northstar at only two and a half years old when the school was at the old location on Whittle Rd. I started in the Toddler program. Then I went to Casa 3 for three years. I really enjoyed my teachers in Casa 3. After I finished Casa, I went to Elementary 2. Again I really enjoyed my teachers. My first teacher was Mrs. Wright, then I had Miss Alonso, then I had Mrs. Wright again. It was really fun to be in Elementary and Casa. I would always bring pictures or a toy for Show and Tell. Finally, I went to Elementary 4. I was really scared to go at first, but then I got use to it. After we moved to the new location, all of the classroom names changed. Elementary 4 was now known as Upper Elementary 1. I still remember the wonderful Music and French teachers I had. My music teachers were Mrs. Kreiver and Miss Korre. The French teachers that I had were Mme. Amida and Mme. Yamina. It was fun being the oldest child in the whole entire school at Northstar Montessori. I would never forget how much fun I had on the field trips, at Camp Cedar Glen, and Camp Tawingo. Those are my memories of Northstar Montessori. I learned a lot and made a lot of friends at Northstar Montessori. I was sad to leave when I graduated from Grade 6 and had to move to another school. ...

    Montessori Week

    Within the Montessori community, a week mid-February has been designated as Montessori Week. At this time, Northstar celebrates the life and accomplishments of Maria Montessori and encourages both students and parents to learn more about the Montessori philosophy and to recognize that the Montessori approach is not just a style of teaching but rather a way of life. Parents are invited into their child's classroom to watch and experience lessons and materials first hand. Northstar is committed to educating parents and the community in regards to Maria Montessori, her revolutionary approach to teaching and the proper delivery of her specifically designed materials. Each month a Curriculum Night is held where parents and friends are invited to join our staff as an area of our curriculum is explored and materials are presented in detail. ...

    Annual Winter Concert

    Northstar prides itself in organizing a great concert for our Northstar families. Each year, the staff come up with a new theme and begin the process of coming up with a song. Always a great way to end the year before the Winter Break! ...

    Annual Family Picnic

    The end of each school year is celebrated with our Annual Family Picnic. This event allows all staff and students, families to come together for a day of fun and games. Our wonderful Parent Committee, who organize a barbeque, and also our staff, who prepare various games, crafts, and events for the students to participate in, have helped to make Northstar's Family Picnic a yearly success. ...

    International Day

    Northstar prides itself on the effort made toward creating awareness, appreciation and acceptance of multiculturalism. Our staff and student body are of diverse cultural backgrounds and all are encouraged to share in the school events and celebrations that are occurring within their communities. In addition, Northstar students participate in an Annual International Day where each class adopts a country and explores its landscapes, food, people and culture. Classes then present their findings to parents and students as they tour the school. ...

    Being at Northstar

    I have been at Northstar for 8 years now. I am presently in grade 6. I really enjoy the school because I have made a lot of great friends. The teachers are wonderful because they help me when I ask them for help. Northstar offers awesome after school clubs. I also enjoy the school's fun activities such as Spirit Week, International Day, and the overnight trips. Northstar is a great school that is giving me a fantastic education! ...

    Class Valedictorian 2006

    I was at Northstar Montessori from the age of 3 to 11. During this time, I quickly learned many of my schoolmates names and faces. Since the school was small and compact everyone was acquainted with each other. This made communication all around easier and more comfortable. With the environment came the independent learning. The small classes made sure that each student would gain the proper skills and attention. Thanks to this, I found out what I was capable of. The things I was taught in Northstar have helped me in great ways, so much that my current studies (3 years later after graduation) haven’t caught up yet. Clearly, the education from Northstar exceeds the standards of other schools today. ~ Jasmeer Sangha ...

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