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TMS

   
8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
500 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 5G1
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Curriculum:
Montessori,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$14,075 to 25,440/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 750 (Gr. PS - 12)

School Address
8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
500 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 5G1

Highlights:

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About this school:

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Founded in 1961, TMS is an internationally recognized leading independent school that combines the Montessori and International Baccalaureate frameworks to provide students the foundation for a life of goodness and excellence. TMS operates from two campuses in Richmond Hill with exceptional learning environments for students of all ages and stages. Our Lower School (at Bayview and Hwy 407) offers a Montessori start for students from 18 months to Grade 6. Parents and students comment on the small-school family feel of this campus and benefit from the dynamic energy in a community of over 530 students. This campus offers light and airy classrooms for optimal learning and large spaces for gym, art and play. Entering our buildings, visitors are embraced by the laughter and joy of our students along with the deep sense of trust and comfort parents feel when they drop off their children. Our Upper School (at Bayview and Elgin Mills) is the only independent school in York Region that offers the International Baccalaureate Programme. Over 220 students from Grades 7 to 12 attend this modern, bright and student-centred campus where every day offers new and exciting activities such as an exhibit of student art, an impromptu debate or a pop-up lab to facilitate group projects. — Visit school website





Principal's Message

principal

Mr. David Young, Head of School

Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is a not-for-profit independent university preparatory school located in Richmond Hill where students, faculty and staff regularly Go Beyond. With students ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years, TMS delivers a seamless, internationally-acclaimed educational experience designed to inspire and challenge students to discover the best of who they are, to achieve their full potential and to strive and excel in academics, arts, athletics and citizenship. TMS graduates are enabled to define and achieve success in university, career and life. As a member of CIS Ontario and accredited by CCMA, CAIS and IBO, TMS pursues ongoing improvement in all areas. To learn more visit us at www.tmsschool.ca


Academics


Curriculum Montessori, International Baccalaureate

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.

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What TMS School says: BAYVIEW CAMPUS - 18 months to Grade 6 Internationally Recognised Flagship Montessori Program ELGIN MILLS CAMPUS - Grade 7 to 10 International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) ELGIN MILLS CAMPUS - Grade 11 to 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) TMS delivers a seamless, internationally-acclaimed educational experienced designed to inspire and challenge students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

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


    Writing
    • What TMS 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

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


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


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What TMS School says: This information is not currently available.


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

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Italian • Spanish


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What TMS School says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What TMS School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
              Topics covered in sex and health education:
              Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
              Body parts Gr. 1 Gr. 1
              Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
              Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
              Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
              Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
              Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
              Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
              Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
              Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
              Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
              Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
              Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
              Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
              Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
              Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
              Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12 Gr. 12
              Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
              Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
              Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
              Social justice and diversity

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



              Montessori Approach

              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
                38% 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
                12% 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
                16% 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:

              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 TMS School says: This information is not currently available.


              Curriculum Pace Accelerated

              • Standard-enriched
              • Accelerated
              • Student-paced

              The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

              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 TMS School says about flexible pacing: Varies according to level.


              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 TMS School says: Rigorous/supportive and varies by level. A Montessori beginning with an IB finish. Each student is "known" and supported. We deliver an internationally-acclaimed educational experience designed to inspire and challenge students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.


              Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

              What TMS School says: At TMS every student is "Known". TMS provides an environment where students are cared for. TMS students are given a foundation to grow, to be ambitious and bold.


              Special Needs Support Limited

              Limited

              TMS 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 Accelerated curriculum

              Dedicated gifted programs:

              Program = offered
              Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
              Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

              Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

              In-class adaptations:
              Practice = offered
              Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
              Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
              Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
              Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
              Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
              Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
              Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
              Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
              Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

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

              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

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              Non-lunch recessFrequency
              Location
              Amount
              Lunch recessAmount

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



              Extracurriculars

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              What TMS School says:

              This information is not currently available.


              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Badminton
                Baseball
                Basketball
                Cross-country skiing
                Downhill skiing
                Field Hockey
                Football
                Golf
                Gymnastics
                Ice Hockey
                Ice Skating
                Lacrosse
                Martial Arts
                Rowing
                Rugby
                Running
                Soccer
                Softball
                Swimming
                Tennis
                Track & Field
                Volleyball
              • Clubs Offered
                Art Club
                Band
                Chess Club
                Choir
                Community Service
                Computer Club
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Foreign Language Club
                Habitat for Humanity
                Jazz Ensemble
                Math Club
                Photography
                Student Council
                Yearbook
                Yoga

              Tuition & Financial Aid

              Tuition

              Day Day (Half day)
               
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              Day$20,600$20,250$20,600$20,685$23,440$25,440
              Day (Half day)$14,075


              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered: K to 12
              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:
              Rolling deadline

              More information:

              Application Details:

              This school works with other. for processing financial applications



              Merit based Scholarships

              This information is not currently available.


              Enrollment

              Total enrollment 750
              Average enrollment per grade47
              Average class sizeVaries
              Gender (grades)Preschool to 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offeredNo

              Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


              Admission

              Application

              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              InterviewN/A
              SSATN/A
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)N/A
              Entrance Essay
              Application Fee 

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:
              Rolling


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


              Acceptance

              Acceptance Rate:

              100%

              Type of student TMS is looking for: This information is not currently available.



              Student Entry Points

              Student TypePSJKSKK123456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              0000000000000000

              University Placement

              highlights
              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Internships
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class sizeN/A
              *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
              **Ivy+ placementsN/A

              *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

              **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


              Stories & Testimonials

              News

              TMS School Wins Business Award!

              TMS was presented an award by Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce for its efforts. Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS continues to deliver a seamless, internationally acclaimed educational experience designed to inspire and challenge students from 18 months to 18 years, to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential. With two campuses conveniently located in Richmond Hill, TMS continues to be an important part of the Richmond Hill community.

              ...



              TMS Students: Lemon Aid for Nepal

              A group of grade 3 to 6 students in the Friends of the Community Club at TMS School in Richmond Hill organized a lemon 'aid' sale during lunchtime, raising $1,033, which will be donated to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

              ...



              TMS Student Wins Peace Medallion

               The YMCA of Greater Toronto awards a Peace Medallion to Muriam Fancy for building peace in the community and inspiring the lives of others.


              High school student Muriam Fancy is passionate about helping First Nations community members. She has undertaken an independent research project documenting the voices of adolescents in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI); she has attended the Lieutenant-Governor's First Nations Forum at Queens Park in 2014; she has spoken as a guest lecturer at Crescent Boys School, Upper Canada College, TMS School, Country Day School, and Richmond Hill Montessori School to grades 5 through 12; and she has created an educational website (www.onenationtwoworlds.com).

               Every year, the YMCA awards Peace Medallions to recipients across the GTA as part of YMCA Peace Week (November 15-22, 2014).  For additional information on the Peace Medallion recipient, please visit: www.ymcagta.org/peaceweek.

              For 160 years, the YMCA has been promoting positive values that build spirit, mind and body. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the YMCA Peace Medallion 

               

               

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              TMS School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

              Richmond Hill leads the Class:
              As Internationally Recognized TMS School Opens New Wing at its Elgin Mills Campus in Richmond Hill!

              RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, September 3, 2013 – TMS School (“TMS”) celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new wing at its Elgin Mills Campus (Grades 7 through 12) located at 500 Elgin Mills Road East.  TMS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and this initiative will further enhance its TMS IB program and accommodate the growing student population. TMS remains a leader in providing a seamless transition from its internationally recognized flagship Montessori program (Bayview Campus students from18 months to grade 6) to its welcoming IB program at the Elgin Mills Campus. 

              TMS delivers a seamless, internationally-acclaimed educational experience designed to inspire and challenge students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.

              Dr. Zederayko(TMS Head of School), Sheila Thomas (TMS Head of College)the Mayor of Richmond Hill Dave. Barrow, Richmond Hill Regional and Local Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the RHCC Janine Purves, MMP R. Moridi staff, faculty, staff, parents, friends and TMS students were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

              Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is a lab school for a teacher training facility (Toronto Montessori Institute), provides excellence in education for students age 18 months to 18 years, is  a member of  the Conference of Independent Schools (“CIS”)and fully accredited by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (“CAIS”), the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (“CCMA”), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (“IBO”).
              Contact:
              Ann Bianco - Harvey, Director, Marketing & Communication, (905) 889-6882 x 261


              ...



              Jillian Shoa Wins Big at DECA

              Jillian Shao, a grade 11 student and novice DECA (Developing Excellence Celebrating Achievement) competitor is off to Anahein, California to complete in the annual DECA international competition.  Her marketing proposal and presentation came in third place overall in the Provincial Competition held  in February 2013. 
              "I am incredibly excited to go to California to compete. It's a huge honour to make it this far out of so many people.  This is going to be an amazing experience that I wish I could share with the teachers that have helped me make if this far.
              We wish Jillian all the best as she competes on the world wide stage! ...



              One Nation Two Worlds - My IB Personal Project

               ONE NATION, TWO WORLDS  

              "My contact April (a First Nation’s teen living at the KI reserve in Northern Ontario) and I humbly thank the entire TMS community for its generous donation of winter clothing, school supplies and funds.   
              The TMS community donated about 500 pounds of winter cloths and school supplies.  Staples made a supplementary donation of three back packs filled with school supplies.   Additionally, TMS teachers, students, and others donated $510 dollars.  
              As planned, I purchased (with a part of the funds) a “Sony Bloggie Sport” Camcorder for April and shipped it to her to begin interviews with community members on her reserve regarding the social and economic conditions with which they live.  It is already clear that the community lacks significant resources required for the children at the reserve to receive basic education and health care.   The KI elders (see adjacent photo) have also expressed serious concerns about the lack of medical care for drug and alcohol abuse in their community.  These needs demonstrate the value of the generosity shown by the TMS community. "
              Muriam Fancy , Grade 10 Student

              Muriam’s Personal Project titled ONE NATION, TWO WORLDS will include her video diary demonstrating the substandard state of education and health of the First Nations community in Big Trout Lake. 

              ...



              Students from TMS School in Richmond Hill Head to Ecuador to Help Others

              Students from TMS School in Richmond Hill Head to Ecuador to Help  Others
              Ecuador, a country of preserved culture, stray dogs, breathtaking views, simple lifestyles, street venders and happy children, definitely a country with a lot to offer. On the second week of March Break, 14 students (grades 10 and 11) along with two teachers travelled to Ecuador for 6 days on a service trip. Considering that the capital city, Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its least altered historic centre in Latin America, it was hard not to do a bit of site-seeing. After the first day of a tour of the city, the group travelled south to the city of Riobamba, the capital of the Chimborazo Province which is at an altitude of 2754m in the Crambo River Valley of the Andes. The spectacular view up the mountains definitely made the bus ride seem a lot shorter than 6 hours; I can even remember driving through a cloud! The third day into the trip, we started to help build a new latrine system for a local school. Our tasks included mixing concrete, making adobe bricks and cutting/bending rebar. Our trip proved to be unique as we interacted with the local community while offering our service. Many men and woman assisted us while we created adobe bricks but I think a major highlight was the Canada versus Ecuador soccer game we played with a few local students which surprisingly ended as a tied match. After only a day and a half, our service was done and we managed to complete all 6 foundations of concrete for the latrine system. That afternoon, we visited a local women’s co-operative group where we learned about alternative income projects and we joined the women in some of their work. They walked us through the process of making clothing from the very first step of sheering the sheep to the actual knitting of the clothing. Our last night in Riobamba was filled with celebrations as the group ate strawberry cake and joined in on some dancing to live music from a local band. On our way back to the city, we were lucky enough to visit the local Artisans market where we were given the opportunity to buy souvenirs to take back home. It being the cultural norm, a few us enhanced this experience by haggling with local venders for a better price.  Our final night in Quito, as a group we did some action planning and decided that our work as global citizens doesn’t end here. We hope to continue our enthusiasm and help our local and global communities. This trip was definitely a life changing experience; I mean how many people get to say they drove through a cloud? We all learned something on this trip, about the country, about ourselves and about each other. Ecuador 2013 is a memory that will last forever.
              By Ayla Selvananthan
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              Roots for Shoots

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              New Brand

              TMS School is the new brand for the internationally recognized Toronto Montessori Schools (TMS). TMS School has the flagship Montessori program students age 18 months to grade 6 and has a welcoming International Baccalaureate (IB) program for for grade 6 through 12. TMS School has the Bayview Campus and Elgin Mills Campus coneniently located in Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada ...



              Students Help Build a School

              Three students in their senior year decided to make a difference in the global community. As a result, they raised funds and supplies by involving teachers, students and parents from two campuses that led to the creation of a new school in the Dominican Republic that is transforming the impoverished community of San Victor Arriba. ...



              TMS Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

              Founded in 1961, TMS celbrates its 50th anniversary this year (1961-2011). History: November 1961-1996 Mrs. Helma Trass, founder and principal of the Toronto Montessori Schools 1961 Toronto Montessori Schools is incorporated as a non-denominational, non-profit, educational organization. 1964 Mr. William Davis, the Minister of Education, officially opens the Richmond Hill Campus. 1970 Montessori Centennial Year-a large conference was organized at the Medical Science Building on April 4th. Mr. Mario Montessori, Dr. Mario Montesssori Jr., Dr. Koning, Betty Stephenson and Muriel Dwyer participated in the conference. 1971 The first home of the Toronto Montessori Institute (TMI) is in Victoria College at the University of Toronto. The Institute is officially opened by Mr. Mario Montessori and Mrs. Ada Montessori. The first staff members are Myriam Frebet, Audrey Sillick and Mavis Shaw. Mrs. Renilde Montessori is the registrar and Mario Montessori serves as Director of Studies. The first course enrols sixty students in that first year. 1980 Toronto Montessori Institute (TMI) moves to Bayview Avenue and Highway 7, Richmond Hill. 1982 The Toronto Montessori Institute (TMI) moves into its completely redesigned North Wing. The first Canadian Montessori Elementary course is inaugurated. 2001 Official opening of Caledon-King Campus Toronto Montessori Academy (TMA) 2007 International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (Grades 7-10) Accreditation 2009 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12) Accreditation 2009 New Elgin Mills Campus Opens for Grades 7-10 and IB Middle Years Programme and Grades 11-12 IB Diploma Programme ...



              Internationally Recognized Flagship Toronto Montessori Schools (TMS) Opens New International Baccalaureate High School in Richmond Hill

              Richmond Hill, ON Aug __/CNW/ - Toronto Montessori Schools (TMS) grand opening of their newly built Elgin Mills Campus took place on September 26, 2009 at noon. TMS, an IB World School, grades 7 through 12 is now located in this state-of- the-art facility. "The Elgin Mills Campus is a perfect extension to our existing Bayview Campus that boasts an internationally recognized Montessori (toddler to grade 7) program", Head of Schools Glenn Zederayko explained, "Our School creates lifelong success stories from 18 months to 18 years to wherever they want to go". The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the new Elgin Mills Campus location. Dignitaries included Richmond Hill MMP, Mayor of Richmond Hill, local and regional councilors, board and tms community members. The opening ceremony was followed by a fun-filled afternoon. TMS, an IB World School established in 1961, is the flagship Montessori school in Canada. Now, with more than 700 students, it is the largest Montessori school in North America and the only Montessori school in the GTA accredited by Canadian Association of Independents Schools (CAIS), Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA), Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI) and Council of Independent Schools (CIS).

              Press contact: Ann Bianco - Harvey, Toronto Montessori Schools (TMS) Director, Marketing & Communications (905) 889-6882 x 261 ...



              Toronto Montessori Schools Break new ground!

              Toronto Montessori Schools Board Members attend ground breaking ceremony for Elgin Mills Campus. Elgin Mills Campus will open it doors September 2009. ...



              Toronto Montessori Schools Break new ground!

              Regional Councillors attend groundbreaking ceremony for TMS. The first Montessori-IB school in Richmond Hill. ...



              Breaking new ground

              Once again, internationally recognized Toronto Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill Breaks new ground!

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              Richmond Hill leads the Class As Internationally Recognized TORONTO MONTESSORI SCHOOLS breaks ground for new IB/Montessori high school!

              RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, April 25, 2008 - Toronto Montessori Schools ("TMS") celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its high school campus (Grades 7 through 12) located at 500 Elgin Mills Road East. TMS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and this initiative is ground breaking. TMS is a leader and one of the first in North America to partner IB and Montessori in a middle years and high school format.

              Toronto Montessori Schools provides an ideal university preparatory learning environment based on Montessori and IB principles that guide and nurture the development of each student's potential to become a successful, informed, active, compassionate and lifelong learner who will make a positive contribution to our international community.

              Dr. Zederayko, the Head of Schools, Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Spatafora and Ward Councillors Cohen and Papa, Board Trustees, Baymills Ratepayers Association, TMS Founder Helma Trass, faculty and staff and friends of TMS were present at the groundbreaking ceremony.

              Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is the largest Montessori School in North America providing excellence in education for students age 18 months to 18 years, and the only Montessori school in the Greater Toronto Area accredited by the Canadian Association of Independent Schools ("CAIS"), the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators ("CCMA"), the Canadian Educational Standards Institute ("CESI") and the Conference of Independent Schools ("CIS"), and the International Baccalaureate Organization ("IBO").

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