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Roots and Wings Montessori School
Roots and Wings Montessori School
20315 16 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W5
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Roots and Wings Montessori School
 

Roots and Wings Montessori School

20315 16 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W5
15250 54A Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3S 6T4

Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (3 months) to 9 (Coed)
Tuition:
$4,830 to 12,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 20
Enrolment:
Day: 120 (Gr. NS - 9)

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Contact Name:
Kristin Cassie

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School Address
20315 16 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W5
15250 54A Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3S 6T4

About this school:

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Roots & Wings Montessori serves children from 4 months to 15 yrs, including infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and junior high. We provide an optimum school environment based on Montessori's philosophy of individualized education of the whole child, ethically, socially, academically, physically, spiritually and artistically, thus enabling each to become a self-reliant, satisfied, confident, productive global citizen and steward of the earth. We have been blessing families for 30 yrs.


The Our Kids review of Roots and Wings Montessori School

our takeIt’s wrong to think that all Montessori programs are the same, and Roots and Wings is a great reminder of that. The program starts with the foundational aspects of the Montessori method but then builds out from there, specifically with a very modern take on environmental awareness. Nature is important of course, and for all sorts of reasons, but so is a student’s understanding of their relationship to it, their place within in it, and their responsibility for it. Too often students see it as something they travel to, rather than live in, and Roots and Wings works hard to soften that interface. Yes, there are trips, but students also experience the outdoors—as play space, classroom—on a daily basis; nature plays a primary role in developing a sense of resiliency and the contours of an active lifestyle. The program nicely extends through the middle school grades, which perhaps is atypical of Montessori schools, despite the obvious benefit of keeping students in place, without disruption, through their elementary years.



Principal's Message

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Kristin Cassie, Principal

Our large agricultural property offers a safe, natural playground for our students. They are encouraged to play and work outside whenever possible. We teach that “there is no such thing as bad weather; just improper clothing”. The children need complete raingear, including waterproof mud pants, high rubber boots and hats, so that they may enjoy our more than occasional rainy days outside!

In her book, Nurturing Spirituality, Aline Wolff points out the vital importance of children being in close contact with the natural environment. (You are welcome to borrow this book from our parent library, or to purchase it.) Children have a hard time appreciating the earth if they don’t know it! We watch for every opportunity to offer the natural world to our children, through:

  • free play in a natural playground of trees, hay and a creek;
  • interaction with farm animals;
  • nature walks;
  • visits to camp (elementary and secondary levels) from one day up to one week;
  • visits to parks, forests, the beach, sometimes spontaneous, in our school van;
  • hikes, on foot or bike;
  • ecology studies, such as Burns Bog;
  • study of David Suzuki’s works on ecology;
  • ecology-related service projects.

Botany and zoology are studied in detail by all students, from the youngest to the oldest, from learning names and parts of creatures or plants observed, to understanding their relationships in the ecosystem and their needs for survival. David Suzuki is a model for the detailed information discussed by the elementary children, who write letters and participate actively in attempts to nurture the earth and its creatures. Elementary students do frequent reports relating to the environment, including making videos and 3-D props for their reports.

 


Academics


Curriculum Montessori

Primary Curriculum: Montessori

Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Lessons are highly decentralized: children typically work individually (though sometimes with others) on specialized "Montessori materials" -- without interference from the teacher. The materials are self-correcting and teach the student something about the subject at hand. The method's goal is to develop children's innate desire to learn, while freeing up time for teachers to help children individually, as needed.

If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


What school says: Maria Montessori discovered an educational system that started with a child’s natural love of learning and then provided materials and lessons that compelled them to manipulate, investigate, imagine and discover – education, not aimed at filling empty vessels, but at lighting fires! This is the inspiration on which Roots & Wings was founded, in 1985. Our Roots & Wings family of children, staff and parents work together to see each child’s innate goodness and unique individual abilities, and guide their use to bless the world. “It’s not how smart you are, but how you are smart!” We value high academic standards and self-discipline, along with values and ethics coming from strong self-esteem. We also focus on stewardship of the earth, helping children nurture their inner selves through connection with the natural world.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus
    Nature-based


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


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

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

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


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


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow British Columbia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in British Columbia
    Body parts K K
    Nutrition K K
    Human development Gr. 1 K
    Puberty Gr. 7 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 9
    Reproduction Gr. 6
    Pregnancy Gr. 9
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 9 Gr. 6
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 9 Gr. 8
    Contraception Gr. 6
    Consent Gr. 8
    Sexual orientation Gr. 6
    Gender identity Gr. 6
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 8
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 5
    Bias and stereotyping about sex
    Sexual harassment K
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 4
    Mental illness Gr. 9 Gr. 7
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 7

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

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


    What school says: This information is not currently available.



    Montessori ApproachModerately Orthodox

    CLASSROOM PRACTICES
    SCHOOL POLICIES: This information is not currently available.

    Whole-class lectures
    • Orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    • Moderately orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should only be given occasionally (e.g., at the beginning of a term or unit). Students usually learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should be given semi-regularly (e.g., at the beginning of a lesson or a week). While students often learn best through group and independent work, it's sometimes important for teachers to set the stage for and contextualize learning.

    • Non-orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should be given often (e.g., every day). While group and independent learning is important, teachers need to provide lectures on a regular basis to provide the foundation for learning.



    Special education
    • Orthodox

      External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.

    • Moderately orthodox

      External special education support is only rarely necessary. For instance, a psychologist might be brought in to help out a student with a severe developmental disorder.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      External special education support is quite important. Outside specialists are needed for a fairly wide range of special needs, such as developmental and learning disabilities.

    • Non-orthodox

      External special education support is very important. Outside specialists are regularly brought in to support students with many different types of special needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, language and speech issues, behavioural issues, and advanced learning abilities.



    Specialist classes
    • Orthodox

      We don't have any specialist teachers or classes. Core teachers are well-equipped to teach all subjects.

    • Moderately orthodox

      We only use specialist teachers and classes in rare cases (for instance, to teach a second language). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach almost all subjects.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      We have a fairly wide range of specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, and art). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach most subjects.

    • Non-orthodox

      We have many specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, art, gym, science, and math). It's important that students receive specialized instruction in many subjects.



    Modern-day technology
    • Orthodox

      Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.

    • Moderately orthodox

      Modern-day technology is very rarely used in class, since it can be a distraction and interfere with development. Students at the upper levels, though, might be permitted to use a computer or a tablet to do research for a specific project.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      Modern-day technology is used in moderation since it can be a distraction. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, and multimedia projects.

    • Non-orthodox

      Modern technology is used fairly regularly. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, multimedia projects, and to learn keyboarding skills. Teachers may sometimes also use digital media, such as interactive whiteboards, to teach lessons or introduce topics.



    Overall approach : Whick option best describes your overall curricular approach?
    • Orthodox
      42% of schools

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

    • Moderately Orthodox
      34% of schools

      Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

    • Moderately Non-Orthodox
      11% of schools

      Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

    • Non-orthodox
      14% of schools

      Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.


    Teaching Assistants: 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 school says: Maria Montessori discovered an educational system that started with a child’s natural love of learning and then provided materials and lessons that compelled them to manipulate, investigate, imagine and discover – education, not aimed at filling empty vessels, but at lighting fires! This is the inspiration on which Roots & Wings was founded, in 1985. Our Roots & Wings family of children, staff and parents work together to see each child’s innate goodness and unique individual abilities. We also focus on stewardship of the earth, helping children nurture their inner selves through connection with the natural world.


    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 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 school says: This information is not currently available.


    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 school says: Roots and Wings Montessori School's mission is to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    school provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      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
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesNSPSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 1/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

    What school says: The elementary and secondary students start the day by 20 minutes of unstructured time in the forest. They take time outside during the morning or the afternoon work cycle as needed.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What school says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Band
      Choir
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Education

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
    NSPSK12345678910
    Day$12,000$9,000$7,245$7,770$8,820
    Day (Half day)$4,830


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day5%
    3rd child (sibling)Day25%
    4th child (sibling)Day50%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 120
    Average enrollment per grade9
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (3 months) to 9 (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 Roots and Wings Montessori School says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Roots and Wings Montessori School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSK123456789
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    000000000000

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