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Shining Light Montessori School

11399 Keele Street, Maple, Ontario, L6A 4E1

Approach :
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to SK (Coed)
$9,900 to 10,950/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: Varies (Gr. NS - K)

School Address
11399 Keele Street, Maple, Ontario, L6A 4E1

About this school:


Shining Light Montessori is a close knit community where we give our children the opportunity to build their confidence through comfortable social interactions & appropriate developmental activities for every stage. Montessori education "follows the child"; all of our students receive what they need to become their very best selves. From foundational academic skills, independence & leadership traits, everything prepares them for their futures. Our students find their lights & let them shine brightly! — Visit school website



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Our Take: Shining Light Montessori School

our takeMaria Montessori placed a lot of trust in the power of place and how it informs our sense of ourselves. Certainly, one of the primary strengths of the Shining Light program is exactly that: the school is an expression of the surrounding community, though is also a community unto itself. It is small, and the benefits of its size is a principal draw, allowing learners to participate in an environment that is close, familiar, and in which they can grow an authentic sense of belonging, and a responsibility to others. A fidelity to the methods and techniques of the Montessori method is also a primarly draw.

Upcoming Events Next event: June 22, 2018

upcoming events
  • June 22, 2018Annual Summer Concert & Party
    Shining Light Montessori School, 11399 Keele Street, Maple, Ontario
    Join us Friday, June 22 from 05:15 pm - 07:00 pm

    Our annual summer concert is coming up soon -- I hope our families have it marked on their calendars!  The children just love performing for you!

Principal's Message


Gabriella Adiwinata, Ms

What makes Shining Light Montessori School special is not our facilities; what makes us unique is our goals, philosophy and priorities.

Our school is not just another business.  Rather than a focus on expanding the business and increasing the profits, our priority remains focused where it belongs -- on our young students.  Educating young children is so much more important than selling any “product”.  Our parents have felt this difference, and feel that they are part of our Shining Light family.  Our teachers have noticed the difference as well.

We keep smaller groups in order that children are able to receive plenty of adult attention.  Our students are not numbers in a large institution - they are valued  members of our Shining Light community.  My goal has always been to create a close-knit Montessori school that is inclusive, provides high-quality early education that is just right for each child, and most importantly, where each decision is based on what is right for the students.  I’m proud to say that after more than seven years, that remains our way of doing things.  Our families matter.  Our students matter.  And they can feel that they matter!

In a proper Montessori program, the learning is mostly student-led.  Activities are available that help students to master academic and non-academic skills (from fine motor skills, concentration and independence, to learning numbers and letter sounds, to learning large number arithmetic, multiplication and division, reading, spelling and writing).  The classroom is an open buffet where children will be invited to try a variety of activities as they are ready. 

Because the activities are hands-on, the children truly understand rather than learning by rote.  Each activity builds on a previous one, so that the child is always well prepared for the next small challenge; confidence and self esteem soar as children reach their own potential.  It’s not all about sticker rewards — it’s about the children recognizing their own accomplishments and feeling good about them, which in turn encourages them to want to learn more.  

Children reaching their own potential and creating within themselves an eagerness to learn is its own reward.  Also, we have seen that it prepares the children extremely well for grade 1 and beyond. 

It's all in our name -- Shining Light Montessori students are here to Let Their Lights Shine!


Montessori ApproachModerately Orthodox

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

  Toddler Primary
Age groupings 18mths to 2 1/2 yrs 2 1/2 yrs to 6 yrs
Uninterrupted work periods 1.5 hours 1.5 hours
Tests and assignments Never Never
Graded work Never Never
Arts and crafts 5% 5%
Whole-class lectures Moderately 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.

Special education Moderately 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.

Specialist classes Moderately 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.

Modern-day technology Moderately 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.

Overall approach : Whick option best describes your overall curricular approach?
  • Orthodox
    36% of schools

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

  • Moderately Orthodox
    42% of schools

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

  • Moderately Non-Orthodox
    13% of schools

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

  • Non-orthodox
    9% of schools

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

Teaching Assistants: This school uses teaching assistants.

Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

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

Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

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

If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

What SLM says: Kindergarten students work at their own pace with hands on Montessori materials to gain an excellent understanding, especially in the language & math areas. This prepares them to be more independent learners who will thrive in any elementary school environment.

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 SLM says about flexible pacing: Teachers work with children individually to ensure they are receiving the best understanding of the Montessori materials & curriculum.

Academic Culture

  • Rigorous
  • Supportive

What SLM says: Montessori children enjoy a variety of hands on activities to improve fine motor skills and concentration, observation skills and independence. Math and language, geography and science are a natural part of our enriched environment throughout the program from toddlers to kindergarten.

Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

What SLM says: Montessori activities address the development of the whole child. In addition, we offer music and yoga classes, as well as extra-curricular piano lessons. Our approach is to help the children to become well rounded individuals who will function well in all areas of their lives.

Special Needs Support No support

No support

SLM 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

SLM 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 SK, Shining Light Montessori School students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

Nightly Homework
SLM 0 mins0 mins0 mins0 mins
Site Average0 mins2 mins6 mins7 mins

Class Sizes Not available

This information is not currently available.


What SLM says:
  • We have weekly children's yoga class for our Casa students, & music classes for all students. Students may enroll for extra-curricular piano lessons from age 3 1/2+.

  • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
    Ice Hockey
    Track & Field
  • Clubs offered: None

Tuition & Financial Aid


What SLM says: All tuitions reflect the September to June school year. If there is space, part-time options may also be available. These would include 3 or 4 full days, or 5 mornings. Summer camp programs are also available. Please call for information.


Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
Full payment all students5%
2nd 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 Varies
Average enrollment per gradeVaries
Average class sizeVaries
Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to SK (Coed)
Boarding offeredNo

Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



Admissions Assessments:

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

Application Deadlines:

Day students:

What SLM says:

There is a one-time registration fee of $85.  If enrolling two or more children together, the registration fee for second & subsequent children is only $35.  A last-month deposit (one month's tuition) is due at time of enrollment to save the child's place.  It will be applied for the child's final month before graduation. 

We accept mid-year enrollments if we have space in the class, as we realize that children are unique, & will be ready to begin the Montessori journey at their own right time.


Acceptance Rate:


Type of student Shining Light Montessori School is looking for: We highly recommend a good Montessori program for every child to ensure a solid foundation, not only academically, but for independence, positive social interaction & building self esteem.

Student Entry Points

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