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.
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TMS was founded in 1961 Helma Trass, who learned the instructional approach from Maria Montessori herself. Trass was at the leading edge of Montessori education in Canada, and the school is, today, home to one of the longest running programs of its kind in the country. The elementary program that she began remains vital today, and it retains her dedication to the core ideals of the Montessori method. With the addition of middle and high-school programs, the school grew to become one of the largest Montessori programs in North America. The rebranding, from the initial Toronto Montessori Schools, to the acronym TMS, was adopted along with the growth of the school into the upper Grades. While the program is continuous, it is divided between two campuses, with preschool through Grade 6 taught at the Bayview campus, and Grades 7 through 12 at the Elgin Mills campus, which was opened in 2009. That campus is also home to the IB program, one that further extends an already impressive breadth of instruction.
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