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Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
3 Sunforest Drive
Brampton, Ontario, L6Z 2Z2
Contact name:
Registrar: Mrs. Peel

Phone number:
(905) 790-3838×
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

3 Sunforest Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6Z 2Z2
502 Central Park Dr.,4 Elizabeth St N., 11613 Bramalea Rd N., - all located in Brampton, Ontario,

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 8 (Coed)
$4,300 to 11,700/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 18
Day: 400 (Gr. PS - 8)

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Contact Name:
Registrar: Mrs. Peel

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School Address
3 Sunforest Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6Z 2Z2
502 Central Park Dr.,4 Elizabeth St N., 11613 Bramalea Rd N., - all located in Brampton, Ontario,

About this school:

Founded in 1969, RMS is a Gold Member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS). Our Preparatory campuses nurture children in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2, and our Academy Campus is for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8. RMS students consistently score among the highest in the nation in the Canadian Test of Basic Skills for Grades 3 - 8 thereby affirming Rowntree's leadership and reputation for surpassing the Ministry curriculum requirements and our motto of "Nurturing Tomorrow's Achievers."

Upcoming Events Next event: June 07, 2016

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  • June 07, 2016EVENING Open House at RMS campuses
    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) campuses, (see below for campus addresses), Brampton, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, June 07 from 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

    EVENING OPEN HOUSE at RMS campuses

    Tuesday June 7, 2016 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

    Rowntree Montessori Schools encourages you to attend our school OPEN HOUSE at any of our welcoming, friendly and family oriented campuses.

    We will gladly take the time with you and your family to:

    • Tour the facilities (typically takes 15-20 minutes)
    • Provide you the opportunity to meet teachers and administrators
    • Outline our enriched educational programmes
    • Discuss registration options

    …and of course, children are most welcome.

    Academy Campus - 3 Sunforest Drive, Brampton, ON L6Z 2Z2 - 905-790-3838

    Central Park Campus - 502 Central Park, Brampton, ON L6S 2C8 - 905-793-6231

    Downtown Campus - 4 Elizabeth Street North, Brampton, ON L6X 1S2 - 905-457-7439

    Mayfield Campus - 11613 Bramalea Road, Brampton, L6R 0C2 - 905-499-2595

    We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the private school community of which we are so proud!

    To learn more about Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS), continue browsing our website and ideally drop by any of our 5 welcoming, friendly and family oriented campuses for a personal tour anytime Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. If you prefer, call to book an appointment for a personal tour anytime Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm.

  • June 24, 2016Open House ANY SCHOOL DAY 9:00am-3:00pm
    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS), 3 Sunforest Drive, Brampton, Ontario
    Join us Friday, June 24 from 09:00 am - 03:00 pm

    Rowntree Montessori Schools cordially invites your family to take advantage on 'OPEN HOUSE ANYTIME' policy by dropping in ANYTIME at any of our welcoming, friendly and family oriented campuses. You will see the full spirit and excitment of the school duing the daytime.

    We will gladly take the time with you and your family to:

    • Tour the facilities (typically takes 15-20 minutes)
    • Provide you the opportunity to meet teachers and administrators
    • Outline our enriched educational programmes
    • Discuss registration options

    ...and of course, children are most welcome.

    More details about Rowntree Montessori Schools' approach to education can be seen by clicking here.

    We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the private school community of which we are so proud!

    To learn more about Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS), continue browsing our website and ideally drop by any of our welcoming, friendly and family oriented campuses for a personal tour anytime Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. If you prefer, call to book an appointment for a personal tour anytime Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm.


Principal's Message


Mr. John H. Bailey, Director of Education and Academy Principal

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Rowntree Montessori Schools!

As the largest and longest-running Montessori School in Brampton, Rowntree taps into children’s natural curiosity and love for learning, allowing the freedom to learn at their own pace.  Montessori is a holistic approach to learning and education, with the primary goal of helping children to develop their potential to the fullest extent, not only in the cognitive area, but also physically, emotionally, and socially.  Combining the Montessori-based principals with the structure and philosophy of a traditional education, RMS provides the best of both worlds. 

With small classes and enrichment infused into every program, it comes as no surprise that RMS students have a strong record of success, and consistently perform well on both internal and external academic competitions.  A wide variety of extra-curricular activities also helps to further broaden the rich RMS school experience.

It’s never too soon to start planning for your child’s academic future, and RMS welcomes children from Pre-Kindergarten (2.8 yrs) to Grade 1 at our 4 Preparatory campuses.  Students from Pre-Kindergarten (2.8 yrs) to Grade 8 attend our Academy campus, which is equipped with the professional staff, equipment, technology, and facilities (including gym) to provide a fulfilling school life.  With extended care offerings beginning as early as 7 am, and ending as late as 6 pm, parents/guardians can go about their days, knowing that their children are in good hands.

Please accept our invitation to visit Rowntree Montessori Schools and take advantage of our Open House ANYTIME by droping in for a tour any weekday between 9:00am-3:00pm, or attending one of our many evening/weekend Open Houses throughout the year, or by contacting our Registrar Christine Peel at   905-790-3838 or email admin@rowntreemontessori.com.  We look forward to seeing you here!




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.

What school says: Better described as "well-rounded". An academic focus with an emphasis on character, values, and extra-curricular.

  • Montessori offered:

    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Middle School
    High School

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What school says: Our Mathematics teaching team focuses on developing skills in solving word problems, enhancing performance on test such as GAUSS, CNML (Canadian National Mathematics League), CTBS (Canadian Test of Basic Skills) and Mathematica.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [school has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [school has not provided this information]

    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 school says: Our program approach would be best described as phonics-intensive up to and including Grade 3. From Grade 3 onward, our approach is one more of balanced Literacy.

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

    • What school says: [school has not provided this information]

    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What school says: Letter formation and associated sounds taught through direct instruction, then application ans practice

    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: [school has not provided this information]

    • 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 school says: [school has not provided this information]

    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 school says: Themes explored include life in earlier times, family traditions, communities and mapping - enhanced by frequent outings and field trips.

    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 school says: Presentation and exploration of information, supported by topical presentations, speeches, debates, and field trips.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What school says: [school has not provided this information]

    • 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
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What school says: Regularly scheduled classes for music and visual arts, supported by frequent and high profile performances in class, festivals and concerts.

    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 school says: Classrooms are equipped with state-of-art interactive white boards and Chromebooks (i.e. laptops) are available for all classrooms via mobile carts.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: Our approach to teaching physical education provides a specific blend of Activities/Sports, Healthy Living and Movement Competence for each age level.

    • school's approach to sex-ed: [school has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
    • What school says: [school has not provided this information]

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

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

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    What school says: Our curriculum is "Montessori inspired" with an intentional balance of play-based and direct instruction learning.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

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

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What school says about flexible pacing: [school has not provided this information]

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What school says: Our academic culture encourages and nurtures all of our students to achieve at their highest potential, with enrichment or remediation as required.

    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 school says: Our aim is to shape students to be self-driven, hard-working, ambitious, independent and respectful.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    school 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

    school does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 8, Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    school0 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average2 mins5 mins8 mins10 mins17 mins18 mins26 mins32 mins36 mins42 mins55 mins60 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 8
    Academic achievement reportingPreschool to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 8


    What school says:
    • Rowntree Montessori private school in Brampton prides itself on offering various activities throughout the year that enhance your child’s learning experience. Mini-Olympics – All students are given the opportunity to compete in this annual event. School Book Fairs – The proceeds from this popular event help to support our library. Christmas/Spring Concerts – Students display their talents and perform in front of a large audience of family and friends. Science Fair – This annual event offers a podium for all students to display their knowledge and creativity. International Kid’s Day – a day set aside to celebrate what it means to be a kid. Teacher for a Day – The students get a kick out of this event that gives them a taste of what it’s like to walk in a teacher’s shoes. Charitable Events – Rowntree Montessori School wishes to encourage compassion and a sense of pride in helping others. Participating in Jump Rope for Heart, the MS Read-A-Thon and our Charity Dress Down Days are also important ways for us to do that. Multicultural Potluck Lunch/Dinner – These delicious events promote understanding and help parents in our school to get acquainted. Parents are an integral part of school life. Their involvement in activities is welcome and appreciated by teachers and students alike.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Day$4,300 / program$11,300$11,500$11,700
    What school says: Payment Options: 1) Monthly (10 monthly payments) . . 2) Annual (Single payment with discount offered for Annual) -Commitment Fee required upon acceptance -Automatic withdrawal /Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) -Maximum # of monthly installments available – 12


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%
    4th child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    School has not provided this information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    School has not provided this information.


    Total enrollment 400
    Average enrollment per grade33
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: We do not have this data for Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)




    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) says:

    Please visit: rowntreemontessori.com/admissions


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) is looking for: Students who derive the most benefit from the programs at Rowntree are those who are prepared to fully engage in school life. Positive attitude, varied interests, respect for themselves and others, and academic capability are amongst the most important attributes for students and their families to bring to RMS. While the school has a strong focus on “STEM” (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) oriented classes and activities, Rowntree is also well known for its vibrant arts and athletics programs, and community involvement.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSKK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 5 (95%)1 - 24 (95%)1 - 10 (95%)1 - 34 (95%)1 - 18 (95%)1 - 10 (95%)1 - 5 (95%)1 - 5 (95%)1 - 5 (95%)1 - 3 (95%)1 - 3 (95%)1 - 3 (95%)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Model United Nations (MUN) Conference

    Model United Nations Conference at Appleby College

    On Saturday April 18th, Rowntree Montessori Schools Academy students participated in the 10th Annual Model United Nations (MUN) Conference at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. Together with 230 middle and high school students from all over Southern Ontario, our MUN group of student delegates from Grades 6, 7 and 8 participated and came out with flying colours!

    The 10 students from RMS who participated in the conference were assigned to 7 different committees, such as NATO, World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Program. Each student represented the interests of a different country, and negotiated with high school students from all over the GTA to resolve global issues. To make things more interesting, there was also a committee based on the Ministry of Magic from Harry Potter, and another based on the popular TV series “Under the Dome”!

    Our students rigorously trained and prepared for several weeks prior to the conference. They debated various complex global issues, such as environmental issues, relieving famine in developing nations, limiting nuclear weapons throughout the world, and putting a stop to child labour, to name a few. The students skilfully navigated through question and answer periods and were often introduced to crisis scenarios in which any resolutions they had been working towards would be shut down. These scenarios included the collapse of a factory that resulted in fatal injuries, and an oil spill off the coast of Mexico that had to immediately be managed. Students adapted very well to these situations, and were able to steer through the obstacles and challenges that arose.

    Throughout the conference, each committee was presented with a sudden crisis, for which they could not prepare. In one such situation, Jessica S, who was representing Myanmar, was faced with finding countries to accept millions of refugees fleeing her country. She successfully negotiated with representatives from Vietnam and China, who agreed to help support Myanmar during this crisis.

    Many of our students were also directly involved in writing and presenting resolutions. Great work, team!

    While for many of our veteran Grade 8 students who had in past years participated in MUN conferences, this experience was a breeze, they additionally had the opportunity to implement their leadership skills as they assisted the Grade 6s and Grade 7s throughout the research, composition and conferencing processes. RMS participation has included MUN events at Trent University, Cedar Brae Collegiate, King’s Christian Collegiate, L’Amoreaux Collegiate, and most recently, Appleby College.

    In keeping with the celebrated RMS values of Responsibility, Ambition, and Teamwork, Rowntree’s MUN delegates continue to experience character-building activities that will strengthen their positions as fully contributing citizens of the future.  We are very proud toknow that past RMS students, including Hector, Safeeya, and Christopher, have taken their skills and interests in MUN from their experience at Rowntree through to their University years and beyond!

    Our MUN coordinators are very proud of the hard work of our delegates, and for spending 10 hours of their Saturday to help make the world a better place! On behalf of RMS teachers, administrative staff, parents, and MUN Coaches, we would like to congratulate all members of this year’s Model United Nations team for their many successes!




    Mrs. Laureen Harper's Visit to Rowntree Montessori Schools

    Mrs. Laureen Harper enjoys student performances at Rowntree Montessori Schools

    Rowntree Montessori Schools’ staff and students were very excited and honoured to welcome two very special guests to the Rowntree Montessori Schools’ Academy Campus today. Mrs. Laureen Harper (@LaureenHarper), the spouse of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, together with Mr. Parm Gill (@ParmGill), the current Member of Parliament for the Brampton-Springdale riding, visited our school and attended a special assembly hosted by our students.

    Rowntree staff and students planned an entertaining assembly to showcase our belief in promoting individual talents, embracing multiculturalism, and encouraging social acceptance through anti-bullying ideals. In keeping, Mrs. Harper is a well-known advocate for acceptance and tolerance, and noted just how topical the Grade 8 Class presentation was on this sensitive current events issue.

    Kindness. That was the message that Mrs. Harper delivered to the students of Rowntree Montessori Schools when she addressed them during the assembly. Her words to our students were quite profound.  “Be kind…it may sound easy, but sometimes it’s not…Being kind makes you feel good, and makes the people around you feel good”. Mrs. Harper took the opportunity to remind students that kindness can have a very positive impact, and we should all endeavour to bring a little bit more kindness into our lives.

    Since arriving in Ottawa in 2006, Mrs. Harper has been a strong advocate for anti-bullying initiatives, and she works closely with several organizations to educate youth and their parents about bullying. We at Rowntree are very proud of our anti-bullying programs, and we were privileged to show the Rowntree standard of inclusiveness to Mrs. Harper and Mr. Gill.

    The Junior choir, the grade 4 class, the grade 8 class, Richard R. and Aaryan K. were very excited at the opportunity to display their talents for Mrs. Harper and Mr. Gill.  We would like to extend a very special thank you to these students for their wonderful performances, and to the staff members who helped arrange them.

    At Rowntree Montessori Schools, we strive to develop social awareness in our students.  We believe in Mrs. Harper’s message of kindness, and truly thank her for promoting this message to our students.




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