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The Priory School

3120 The Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H3Y 1R9

Grades (Gender):
K to 6 (Coed)
$15,865 to 17,270/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 24
Day: 165 (Gr. K - 6)

School Address
3120 The Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H3Y 1R9

About this school:


“Happy Children Learn Best!” The Priory is a co-educational elementary school providing an enriched curriculum in a positive learning environment. Founded on Catholic traditions The Priory welcomes children of all religious and cultural backgrounds while maintaining its spiritual integrity. The shared Priory philosophy believes that if every child feels valued then in turn they will achieve great things. No Certificate of Eligibility required. Open House: Weds, Jan 17, 9:30- 11:30am. 

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The Our Kids review of The Priory School

our takeThe Priory was founded in 1947 with 25 students, though it grew quite quickly in the early years. When the school moved to its current location in 1961, it was officially opened by Governor General Georges Vanier, giving an indication of the profile the school had grown to achieve. The founders, Frances E. Ballantyne and Alphonsine Howlett, believed that children “learn by doing,” something that was revolutionary for the time. Howlett said of The Priory that “it is a school for the children. We are opposed to the idea of ‘children for the school.’ We had seen evidence around us that children had too little interest in their studies and we wanted a school where pupils would want to learn and would enjoy learning.” While the school has grown over the years, it has remained true to those initial ambitions. The school’s most robust capital campaign, begun in 2010, added to the instructional spaces, including provisions for 21st century literacies. A strong sense of community within the school is also a notable draw.

Upcoming Events Next event: January 17, 2018

upcoming events
  • January 17, 2018Open House
    Priory School, 3120 The Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec
    Join us Wednesday, January 17 from 09:30 am - 11:30 am

    Join us for our Open House to experience our warm learning community. Meet our students. Visit with our teachers. Speak with our parents. Tour our school.


Principal's Message


Tim Peters, Principal

Dear Parents, Imagine a school where children can be children and achieve academic excellence; where teachers go above and beyond to personalize learning and encourage students to reach their full potential. I am proud to say that I am the principal of just such a school - The Priory School. Founded in 1947 based on Catholic traditions, The Priory is an independent, co-educational elementary school from Kindergarten to Grade 6 providing a strong, challenging curriculum, in a nurturing and caring learning environment. At The Priory, your child will benefit from the School’s mission to nurture each child’s inherent curiosity, develop an enthusiasm for learning and encourage intellectual and creative initiative. Our small class sizes ensure that each student’s individual needs are met and we are committed to providing a rewarding educational experience that fosters academic and personal growth in partnership with parents. The Priory has become “a home away from home” for many and has provided a nurturing learning environment that is supportive, inspiring and aware of individual needs. We are proud of our sterling reputation within the educational community, and invite you to come and see for yourself what The Priory is all about at our Open House on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018  9:30-11:30 AM



Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

If you want to learn more about Quebec education, check out our comprehensive guide.

What Priory School says: The shared Priory philosophy believes that if every child feels secure, respected, and valued, then in turn they will achieve great things. In short, “happy children learn best”.

  • Approach:

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

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Priory School says: Diverse mathematical materials and resources are used to enrich the program. Problem solving is the major focus of the mathematics curriculum. At the cycle 3 level, students learn to decode the elements of more complex situational problems. They further expand their repertoire of problem solving strategies. Students are encouraged to use manipulative materials as they model problems, to use appropriate mathematical language as they share ideas, and to validate their own solutions. Significant attention is also given to the development and practice of basic skills.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: http://pearsonerpi.com/en/primaire

    • 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 Priory School says: The school's Learning Specialist works collaboratively with the classroom teachers to tailor instruction and curriculum to help each Priory student flourish academically. The Learning Specialist runs the Priory Enrichment Program (PEP) which provides both in-class and small-group support for students experiencing academic difficulties, and also provides enrichment opportunities for students who would benefit from the additional challenge. The Learning Specialist is also responsible for implementing the Cycle One (Grades 1 & 2) individualized reading program which provides weekly one-on-one differentiated reading instruction to Cycle One students with reading material that matches their reading ability.

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

    • What Priory School 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 Priory School says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      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 Priory School 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 Priory School says: À la fin du troisième cycle, votre enfant pourra établir les contextes géographique et historique des sociétés du passé. Il reconnaîtra l'influence des personnages et l'incidence d'événements sur les organisations territoriale et sociale, ou sur des changements qu'elles ont connus. Il pourra aussi repérer des traces du passé dans des réalités patrimoniales actuelles. Votre enfant pourra aussi vous parler de ses forces et de ce qu'il peut améliorer.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Priory School says: À la fin du troisième cycle, votre enfant devrait exprimer plus couramment en français ses besoins personnels et sociaux et communiquer plus spontanément et efficacement, tant à l'oral qu'à l'écrit, avec ses pairs. Il devrait se sentir à l'aise avec la littérature française et capable de choisir des livres par rapport à ses intérêts personnels. Il pourra diversifier ses lectures, établir des liens entre différents textes et les communiquer à différents interlocuteurs. Votre enfant approfondira ses connaissances par rapport à la langue française et à la culture québécoise. Il pourra participer à de nombreux échanges en français avec ses pairs et la communauté francophone.

    • 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 Priory School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Priory School says: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at The Priory enhances learning. Students use ICT in a variety of ways: creating, composing, exploring, analyzing, communicating and collaborating. Technology is used as a tool and is integrated into the curriculum at all grade levels. Students have access to a Mac Lab, which includes a robotics lab, a mobile iPad cart, Smartboards and computers running Windows in the classrooms. The goal of the ICT Program is to provide students with the skills to thrive in a continuously changing world.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

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

    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Priory School 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 Priory School says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Priory School says: The Priory Kindergarten is designed to provide an intensive start to French learning experiences. Learning through play, exploration and experimentation are important components of the program. Through these mediums, children learn to express themselves confidently, interact harmoniously with others and gain a better understanding of the world around them. Learning through play allows each child to build a strong foundation from which to begin elementary school.

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

    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    What Priory School says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Emotional, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

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

    What Priory School says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    Priory 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

    Priory 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

    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Priory School says: This information is not currently available.


    What Priory School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Priory School says: The Tuition includes all other Fees including: Meals, Didactic Materials, (computer technology, book rental, school supplies), as well as Student Life Fees (Sports, Games, Special Events and Field Trips). There is no extra billing throughout the year for activities.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    The Priory School has financial assistance programs available. The Priory uses the services of Apple Financial and their Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) program as a third party organization to assess the needs of families. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please follow this link http://www.applefinancialservices.ca. For further information, and the procedures on how to apply, please contact our Business Manager, Jim Goill, [email protected] 514-935-5966 Ext. 244.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 165
    Average enrollment per grade24
    Average class size12 to 24
    Gender (grades)K to 6 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewK - 6
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Priory School says:

    Submit an Application

    • Submit a completed Application to the Admissions Office by completing an Application for Admission form.
    • Include a certified copy of your child's birth certificate or bring the original with you when you come for your personal interview.
    • Submit your child's most recent report card, or school transcript, if applying for grades 1-6 and any form of evaluation you have received from a daycare or nursery school if you are applying for Kindergarten. If this is not available at the time of application, please make arrangements to have it forwarded to The Priory.
    • Submit a recent photo of your child (passport size).
    • Include a non-refundable application fee of $50. Please make cheques payable to The Priory School.
    • Have your child's present teacher or daycare worker fill out the appropriate Confidential School Report and have it sent to The Priory School. Download the appropriate Confidential School Report form and give it to child's teacher. This form should be mailed directly back to The Priory School.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student The Priory School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeK123456
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    24 (75%)000000

    Stories & Testimonials


    The Priory Peace Project

    The Priory has become the first private school in Montreal to become a member of Peaceful Schools International. With the words from the traditional hymn "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me" in mind, Priory teachers and students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 began their own "peaceful journey", concentrating on developing individual inner peace through activities that emphasized expressing feelings and emotions as well as finding positive solutions to problems. Lessons in cooperation , respecting differences, communicating effectively in a positive manner and resolving conflict creatively and non-violently all figured into "The Priory Peace Project". The culmination of this undertaking took place on June 4th, with a special Assembly. Mrs. Heuff read the students the age-old story of "Stone Soup", about how a community becomes stronger by sharing with each other and working together. At the end of the story, each member of The Priory Family was given a stone that they placed in a freshly cemented mandala circle waiting for them outside. This Peace Circle opened onto a Friendship Garden recently planted by the Grade 3 class. After reciting "The Priory Peace Pledge", the students looked on proudly as the Peaceful Schools International flag was slowly raised over their school.

    Calling ourselves a "Peaceful School" is not a "fait accompli" just because we met the criteria established by Peaceful Schools International, rather, it is an ongoing process where peace must be taught, modeled and worked at. The Priory Peace Circle and Friendship Garden are only the beginning and serve as reminders of what we have accomplished and what we need to strive for. ...

    Another First for The Priory

    Throughout The Priory's sixty year history in Quebec, the school has been at the forefront of innovative ideas and novel practices. The first began in 1947 with the creation of a "co-educational" English private school founded on Catholic traditions. Co-education was not "de rigueur" at that time and the two founders of The Priory, Mrs. Ballantyne and Mrs. Howlett , were deemed "crazy maverick females, whose time had definitely not come!" Time certainly proved these critics wrong. In 2000, under principal John Marinelli's direction, The Priory once again took the initiative and organized the first Montreal Regional Heritage Fair which has continued to this very day. This year, with Mrs. Deborah Heuff at the helm, The Priory once again has taken on a new venture - that of becoming the first private school in Montreal to become a member of Peaceful Schools International. To become a peaceful school, a number of criteria must be met. The school must have a safe inviting climate where parents, students and staff work together as a team. In such an environment, students are encouraged to make choices and to be responsible for their actions, to be open-minded and accepting of others who may be different, and to learn ways to deal with conflict in a non-violent manner. All of this embodies The Priory. ...


    • The Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations

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