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Trinity Montessori School

   
9211 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0K1

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Curriculum:
Traditional,  Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to 6 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,000 to 11,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 120 (Gr. NS - 6)

School Address
9211 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0K1

About this school:

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Trinity Montessori School was established in 1999 and is a CCMA accredited school located in Markham. We have an excellent reputation and receive many of our students through direct referral from current and former parents. Our staff members are friendly and nurturing. We strive to instill in children self confidence and a passion for learning through our diverse and enriched educational environment. We offer stimulating intellectual and cultural experiences for children between the ages of 1.5 to 12 years old.

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The Our Kids review of Trinity Montessori School

our takeFounded in 1999, TMS has developed a reputation for offering a strong academic program that maintains a high fidelity to the core of the Montessori approach as demonstrated by CCMA accreditation. The program is regularly assessed through certification and EQAO testing, and families are drawn by the keen attention to the development of core numeracy, literacy, and early exposure to French. The size of the school hits a bit of a sweet spot, allowing for a full range of curricular and extracurricular programming, while also maintaining a close, personal, community-oriented feel. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a hands-on, social, challenging yet supportive academic environment.





Academics


Curriculum Traditional, Montessori

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary 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 Trinity Montessori says: Our elementary curriculum is based upon Montessori principles, which guide students to learn about the universe and their place in it. Our dedicated teaching staff follows an interdisciplinary approach to learning, highlighting the importance of the interconnectedness and interdependence of different subjects within the curriculum. We strive to enrich our curriculum with elements from the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring that our students are well prepared when they move on to other schools in grade 7. Through our school's participation in the Montessori Model United Nations held annually in New York, our elementary students gain valuable opportunities to engage in global citizenship and enhanced awareness of international social, economic and humanitarian issues and challenges.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Trinity Montessori 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 Trinity Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Trinity Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What Trinity Montessori 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 Trinity Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


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


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

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


    Computers and Technology
    • What Trinity Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Trinity Montessori says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Trinity Montessori 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 Trinity Montessori says: This information is not currently available.



    Montessori Approach

    CLASSROOM PRACTICES

    Orthodox     Moderate Orthodox     Moderately Non-Orthodox     Non-Orthodox

      Toddler Primary Lower Elementary Upper Elementary
    Age groupings 1.5 to 3 2.5 to 6 n/a n/a
    Uninterrupted work periods 1.5 hours 2.5 hours
    Tests and assignments Never
    Graded work Never Never
    Arts and crafts 10% 10% 10% 10%


    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 Trinity Montessori says: We have four fully-equipped, bright and spacious Montessori Casa classrooms for ages 2.5 – 6 years old. The curriculum follows the Montessori approach, which offers a broad range of materials to help the child grow independently, academically and socially. Through their work, the children develop concentration, motivation, persistence and discipline, which are qualities that will help the child in their future. All Casa students will receive daily French lessons and weekly music and art lessons from specialized teachers.


    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 Trinity Montessori says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    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 Trinity Montessori says: In our Casa program, children are encouraged to work to the best of their ability in order to reach their full potential. The Montessori materials foster a love for learning and aid a child to reach for a high level of academic excellence. Our Elementary program follows the Ontario Curriculum and is enriched with the Montessori philosophy. The blend of both curriculums challenge children to a higher level of academics as well as provides hands-on opportunities to learn through enriched field trips, interactive learning and competitive activities.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

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

    What Trinity Montessori says: A balance of both intellect and emotions are criticalin a child's development. Our aim is to foster academically strong and creative individuals, who are confident and capable leaders as well. Ultimately, developing students of character and integrity, who become respected and contributing memebers of society will help prepare our students for the future.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Trinity Montessori 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 Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

    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: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    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 Trinity Montessori 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 6, Trinity Montessori School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Trinity Montessori 30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins
    Site Average16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to 6
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 6
    Academic achievement reportingPreschool to 6
    Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 6
    Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to 6

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade NS PS K 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Size n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

    Recess Policy

     GradesNSPSK123456
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Trinity Montessori says: Recess serves as a necessary break from the concentration and the academic challenges in the classroom. Toddlers, Casa and Elementary students enjoy scheduled recess time outdoors in our fully-fenced off play area, which includes a play structure, a school bus, blocks, tricycles, a soccer net, balls, skipping ropes and a basket ball net. Recess offers a social time for students to interact with peers, practice role-play and engage in group play. Recess also provides opportunity for children to be active and to practice movement and motor skills. Safety is of utmost importance during recess time and staff supervision is very diligent. The play area is checked every day before and after play to ensure there are no hazards surrounding the playground.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What Trinity Montessori says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Trinity Montessori says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$11,000$10,000
    What Trinity Montessori says: Our tuition fees are set with the objective of making the Montessori Education affordable while serving the community to maximum value. The fee is payable with electronic funds transfer on a monthly basis upon registration. Extended Care programs are available at an additional cost each month.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 120
    Average enrollment per grade11
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to 6 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewPS - 6
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)1 - 6
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Trinity Montessori says:

    Toddlers (18 months) to Casa (6years):  Interested families are required to come in for a tour with their child.                                     

    Grade 1 to Grade 6:  An assessment is required to ensure the student can cope with the curriculum provided by the school.   

     

     



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Trinity Montessori School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSK123456
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    000000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    The Best Decision

     

    "As a parent, choosing the right environment to foster learning and development for your child is an incredibly challenging decision.  We have three children attending Trinity Montessori School over the past 8 years and attest with complete confidence that it has been the best decision we have made.  The school fosters a balanced environment of superior quality education with nurturing social development which we are confident has instilled a solid foundation for them to be passionate learners and self aware mature independent individuals.  We are often asked where our children go to school because they demonstrate such positive skills both academically and socially and proudly share our experience.  Our family is better because of the positive influence Trinity Montessori School has had on our journey in learning and we will forever be advocates of the school."

    Rishma Lalani

    ...



    Pathing the Way

    “Without a doubt, Trinity Montessori has to be one of the best learning institutes in Markham.  Our son was a student there from 2002 to 2008.  We were very impressed how quickly our son learned to read chapter books in his first casa year and eventually went on to participate in the prestigious MMUN ( Montessori Model United Nations program ) in New York City with his 5th grade fellow students.  Thanks to Trinity's excellent team of dedicated teachers, our child was able to grow and develop into a self-confident intelligent young man today."

    Yolanda Ngai

    ...



    With Sincere Gratitude

    “My children attended Trinity Montessori since they were 18 months till they graduated from casa.  Throughout the years at Trinity, they have grown and evolved from little toddlers to very independent little young ladies.  Not only have they become fluent in English and also manage to speak some simple French, they were doing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by the time they graduated from casa.  They were transformed from someone needing help to dress themselves to someone fully capable of taking care of themselves, and from someone knowing only about home to someone with knowledge and appreciation of many places around the world.  Most importantly, they have developed a positive attitude towards learning and a passion for reading, which we believe is essential for them to continue to learn and to expand their horizons.

    We also find the system of having children of different ages in the same classroom very effective, as it provides opportunities for the younger children to learn from and look up to the older children and for the older children to solidify their own understanding and to develop patience and empathy toward others when helping the younger children.

    With Trinity being a smaller school, we were able get to know all the teachers and staff, who were almost like extended family members working with us and helping us to nurture our twin daughters as they grow and develop.   The loving and caring teachers at the school took the time to understand their differences and to help foster their strengths as well as help them overcome their weaknesses.  These are close-knit relationships that have been built and that we continue to maintain and cherish even after leaving Trinity.”

    Wilma Przyklenk

    ...



    The Right Fit

    "I believe Trinity Montessori School is the right school for my three children.  It has a very strong academic program, it is nurturing and supports the child's emotional and social development. The school also provides the parents the opportunity to be active in their child's education and offers advice on parenting issues and student concerns. When I drop my children off at school every day, I have the peace of mind they will be well taken care of and they are learning the necessary skills to be successful in the future."

    Katherine Daunt

    ...



    The Best Investment

    “ My children spent most of their childhood at Trinity Montessori School.  The school is small in size, but they have lots of resources including all the latest gadgets and technologies.  It’s a perfect environment for my children.   The teachers are very professional and passionate on what they do.  They have brought out the best potential of my children.  They recognize every child is different and are willing to focus on each as an individual.  They work very well with parents like me to help set up my children for success.  Trinity Montessori has played a major role in the overall achievement of my children and it’s the best investment.  Thank you Trinity! “

    Winnie Chan

     

    ...



    Happy Mom of Four

    "Trinity Montessori School is a great school.  All four of my children have attended Trinity from 2.5 years of age.  The school provides an excellent environment for my children to strive at their own pace.  My children enjoy attending school every day because of the amazing and wonderful teachers.  They have nurtured and guided my children to who they are today.  Thank you Trinity Montessori!"

    Mrs. Chana

    ...



    Preparation for Life

    “My oldest son attended and completed the Casa program at Trinity Montessori, and he still has fond memories of his time at Trinity, including being introduced to yoga lessons at a very young age.  Trinity Montessori had helped him to establish a firm foundation in schooling and character development, which served him well after he entered Grade 1 in the public school system, as he seemed more mature and confident than many of his peers.  His receipt of the Leadership Award from the principal when he graduated from Grade 6 further affirmed that the early childhood education he received at Trinity Montessori has prepared him for success.

    With my son now in Grade 10, I notice that he has broad interests, including music, computer, math, physical education and cooking.  During his time at Trinity Montessori, he was exposed to a wide variety of knowledge and experiences through the innovative and creating teaching methods, field trips and other educational activities.  I can see my son’s personality and creativity being impacted in a positive way.  As parents, we are so happy to see this and to see our children grow up to be independent, responsible, happy and healthy.  We also appreciate that the wonderful qualities that we wish for our children do not just happen by chance or overnight and acknowledge the important contributions by good teachers like those at Trinity Montessori.  Much thanks to Trinity Montessori and its teachers and staff for everything you have done for my son.”

    Sunny Pai

    ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations
    • The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) Associations


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