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Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

3 Sunforest Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6Z 2Z2

Progressive,  Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$7,100 to 13,200/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 18
Day: 400 (Gr. PS - 8)

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 3, 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." — Visit school website



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Our Take: Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

our takeRMS was founded in 1969, placing it within the first cohort of Montessori schools in the country. As with those of its vintage, RMS has a long reputation for providing a quality program, one that has a high fidelity with the core aspects of the method. The school has grown to comprise four campuses, allowing for a nice range of resources while also maintaining a close-knit community environment at each location. RMS has also grown into its own identity, one based in adopting new methods and approaches, as appropriate and when sympathetic to the school’s mandate to educate with an eye to achievement and leadership. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging, active, and social learning environment.

Principal's Message


Mr. J. Harris, Director of Education and Academy Principal

Welcome to Rowntree, the largest and longest-running Montessori School in Brampton.

Our Montessori-based Kindergarten Montessori (JK-aged students) and Prep-ONE (SK-aged students) combine with our Elementary programme to provide an integrated and seamless Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight experience. Rowntree takes a holistic approach to learning and education, with the primary goal of helping children to develop their maximum potential, not only cognitively, but also physically, emotionally, and socially.

The goal of Rowntree’s Elementary curriculum is to meet and exceed the expectations set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the school is very proud of its recent initiatives in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Throughout the grades, Rowntree provides a more traditional classroom structure and the pursuit of academic excellence with the nurturing aspects of the Montessori approach. Small class sizes ensure that each child is provided with the attention that he or she needs in order to be successful.

Our commitment to “Nurturing Tomorrow’s Achievers” goes beyond our classroom walls. Co-curricular activities in the arts and athletics ensure a well-rounded school experience, and charitable fundraising connects our students with those in need within our community and around the world. Our LEGO® robotics club’s recent participation in the Provincial championships demonstrated how a strong academic foundation can lead to exceptional results in the co-curricular realm.

We appreciate that school choice can be a difficult one for today’s parent, and we encourage you to start planning for your child’s future now. We are accepting applications for our three Preparatory campuses for children entering Montessori Kindergarten (Junior Kindergarten age) to Grade Two and for Rowntree Academy (JK to Grade Eight). Our Academy campus is truly a first-rate private school environment, with the professional staff and facilities needed to provide an exceptional Elementary school experience.

Every day is an Open House at Rowntree, and we invite you to drop in for a tour any school day between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For those of you who may not be available on weekdays, we also offer several evening and weekend Open Houses throughout the year. For any questions about the school’s admission process, please feel free to contact Admissions at 905-790-3838 or [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at Rowntree soon!

Jonathan Harris


Curriculum Progressive, Montessori

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary 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 RMS says: Better described as "well-rounded". A progressive academic focus with an emphasis on character, values, and extra-curricular.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:

  • 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 RMS 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: This information is not currently available.

    • 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 RMS 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 RMS says: This information is not currently available.

    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 RMS 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: This information is not currently available.

    • 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 RMS says: This information is not currently available.

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

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

    What RMS 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 RMS says: This information is not currently available.

    Montessori ApproachNon-orthodox

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

      Primary Lower Elementary Upper Elementary Middle
    Age groupings 2.8 to 6 2.8 to 6 2.8 to 6 2.8 to 6
    Uninterrupted work periods 1 hours 1 hours 1 hours 1 hours
    Tests and assignments Never Never Never Never
    Graded work Regularly Regularly Regularly Regularly
    Arts and crafts 5%
    Whole-class lectures Non-orthodox
    • 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.

    What RMS says: Independent learning is encouraged through the use of hands-on materials. Teacher instruction is often provided in a group setting and one-on-one. Students are given time to learn using Montessori manipulatives, and there is a Practical Life section of learning aids to teach things like sorting, folding, and table settings etc.

    Special education Orthodox
    • 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.

    What RMS says: External special education is not offered in the classroomm. There is a lot of opportunity for one-on-one attention with the teacher or adult support students.

    Specialist classes Non-orthodox
    • 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.

    What RMS says: We offer specialist teachers for computers, robotics, French, music, physical education and art.

    Modern-day technology Non-orthodox
    • 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.

    What RMS says: Computers, Google Chromebooks, Dash & Dot robots, wireless tablets, interactive whiteboards and other forms of technology are used throughout the curriculum as learning aids.

    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.

    What RMS says: Teaching assistants are often used in the primary and lower elementary grades to support the teachers and students where necessary. They are able to support students one-on-one and in small groups.

    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.

    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 RMS says: Our curriculum is "Montessori inspired" yet teacher guided. Montessori manipulatives are leveraged in the Pre-Kindergarten to Prep-One (SK) programme as learning aids. We also leverage workbooks, teacher instruction one-one-one and in small groups, and use practical life materials to teach skills like sorting, folding and setting a table. The curriculum is progressive, academic in nature and well-rounded.

    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 RMS says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

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

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    RMS 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

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

    Nightly Homework
    RMS0 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average2 mins6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 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

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What RMS 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 (3 days/week) Day (2 days/week) Day
    Day (3 days/week)$9,800
    Day (2 days/week)$7,100
    What RMS 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

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 400
    Average enrollment per grade33
    Average class size8 to 18
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment10



    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What 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 TypePSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 5 (95%)1 - 24 (95%)1 - 10 (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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    • Our school offers a well-rounded, progressive education, with Robotics and French starting as early as Pre-Kindergarten Montessori. We are very family friendly, and promote ongoing communication with parents by way of our online system that offers parents the ability to communicate regularly with teachers, view highlights, homework, newsletters, calendars, news and more info about the school! Parents of RMS love our approach to teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in a multi-disciplinary approach, that allows students to learn through problem solving. We teaching coding/programming along with language from Pre-Kindergarten Montessori, and also offer a robust music and arts programme.

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