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Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
2246 Camilla Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 2J6
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Connie DiMichele

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Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
 

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School

2246 Camilla Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 2J6

Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
Tuition:
$6,500 to 11,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 15
Enrolment:
Day: 24 (Gr. NS - 1)

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Contact Name:
Connie DiMichele

Phone Number:


School Address
2246 Camilla Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 2J6

About this school:

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The only Catholic based Montessori School in the GTA (curriculum encouraged and supported by the Archbishop of Toronto). We provide an intimate environment for students aged 2.5 - 5 yrs that stimulates independent thinking and enriches moral development. Faculty and parents work together to foster, within each child, the early habits, attitudes and skills necessary to establish a lifelong joy in learning. Our responsibility is to guide the whole child - spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.


The Our Kids review of Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School

our takeWhen Edgerton Ryerson established a national, public education system, he highlighted the need for consistency: every school should be the same, offer the same things, from coast to coast. Sadly, that conception of what schools should be, and what they should provide, remains doggedly with us today. Thankfully, schools like Shepherd Montessori step away from that model, choosing rather to offer something as unique as the community they are formed to serve. Shepherd is a school using the Montessori method to deliver a program that is also based in the values of the Catholic church. In that, it’s happily one of a kind. Further, the student population is small, allowing a heightened level of individual attention, something that is also a primary draw. The community of the school is diverse, and while not all families are active within the Catholic church, all nevertheless appreciate the school’s attention to developing the students’ understanding of their spiritual selves. The approach in the classroom is child-centered, child-directed, and project oriented. The ideal student is one able to thrive with a close-knit learning environment.



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: Our school builds on a foundation to help balance both the academic and spiritual growth needed during the early stages of learning! Our atrium program also is run using the same pholoophy as Montessori.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Roman Catholic)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Catholic education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • 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

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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French


    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 Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    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 ApproachNon-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: Our school has a strong focus on the spiritual aspect although it is a catholic school we do accept all different religions creeds and beliefs.


    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: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Spiritual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    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.

    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

     GradesNSPSJKSKK1
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

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


    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What school says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Outdoor Education

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
    PSJKSK
    Day$11,000
    Day (Half day)$6,500


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 24
    Average enrollment per grade4
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    NSPSJKSK
    Day Enrollment21188

    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 Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSKK1
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimony from parent

    Shepherd Montessori is a very special school, and our decision to send our children to there is the best parenting decision we have made thus far.  

     

    Our son had attended morning nursery school elsewhere a few days per week, but when it was time to send him to Junior Kindergarten, we felt he did not have the motor skills, the attention span, the self-control or social skills to be in a large, full-day kindergarten classroom.  He did not want to put on his own shoes, nor zip up his coat, and while he was pretty good with his academic development milestones, we worried that he was not socially ready to be in a large, all-day class.  We did our research, decided upon Shepherd Montessori, and we have never looked back.  

     

    Under the warm, consistent care of their amazing team, our son completely blossomed.  He became a “zipper expert” in no time, became better at sharing, caring, reading, writing, and grew spiritually as well.  Mrs. Fariba Naujoks is an amazing educator and put our son on a path to success.  Once he left Shepherd and went into the Catholic school system, his teachers regularly remarked about what great habits our son exhibits.  We know, without a doubt, that the individualized attention and support he received while at Shepherd set him up for success in the school system.  Sending our son to Shepherd for his JK and SK years was the absolute right choice for our child.  In fact, although we did not have the same concerns with our daughter, we subsequently sent her to Shepherd Montessori for her JK and SK years too.  We wanted to ensure she received the same, strong, full foundation for school success as her brother.  Warmest thank you to the DiMichele Family and staff.  We would unequivocally recommend this amazing little school to other parents.    

     

    Paul & Sandra

    ...



    Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School featured on TV Program

    Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (SMPCS) has been asked to take part in "Touched by God," a Catholic Focus program on Salt + Light television that aired on February 12 and 15, 2009. Highlighting Catholic education at a young age, students and teachers at SMPCAS were interviewed for the program. Julia Di Michele, Director of SMPCS says she was "very happy about sharing the student’s stories and showing families the importance of a Catholic education". "My daughter Morgan is 2 ½ and always says Grace before meals, prayers before going to bed, prayers for the sick, openly sings religious hymns wherever she is, knows the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and participates during weekly Sunday Masses. This is all because of what was started and reinforced by the unique program at the school. I consider Morgan very privileged to have been introduced to the Roman Catholic faith at her age." SMPCS teaches The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (also known as the Good Shepherd Atrium), based on core Catholic theology and the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. This in partnership with the CCMA montessori program makes the Catholic Montessori School very unique and one of only a handful across the country that provide this education philosophy. ...






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