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York Montessori School
York Montessori School
10533 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1P1
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York Montessori School

10533 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1P1

Approach :
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to SK (Coed)
Tuition:
$11,800 to 12,500/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: 145 (Gr. NS - SK)
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Contact Name:
Nadia Bayrami

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School Address
10533 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1P1

About this school:

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York Montessori School is a licensed school that is proudly accredited by the CCMA. We practice pure Montessori philosophy and employ highly educated teachers. Our loving educators provide a nurturing yet academic experience for each individual child. We are open year round and facilitate child directed programming in a caring, safe and wholesome environment. In our students we inspire a lifelong love of learning as they develop with confidence, the skills required to be prepared for a successful future.


The Our Kids review of York Montessori School

our takeParents look to York Montessori for a program that demonstrates a high fidelity to the Montessori method, and which is delivered by accredited, experienced staff. And, certainly, that’s precisely what they find. Families are actively involved within the life of the school through annual events as well as, uniquely, information sessions, workshops, and in-class observation held at key points throughout the academic year. The schools is larger than most Montessori environments, especially given those which, as here, limit their scope to the early years. That said, the efforts around involving parents lends a familiar, family-oriented cast to the culture of the school. Following on, the size of the student body has its benefits, especially around the breadth of the program offerings, the resources available, and allows for coverage before and after the school day.



Principal's Message

principal

Nadia Bayrami, York Montessori School Principal

York Montessori School opened its doors to six Richmond Hill families in 2007. Today, the school is a leading Montessori preschool in York region and licensed for 150 students.  York Montessori School imparts children with an excellent Montessori education while providing exceptional child care.

York Montessori School is, and has always been, a licensed establishment with the Ministry of Education as well as a school that is proudly accredited by the CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators). We practice pure Montessori philosophy and employ highly educated and accredited Montessori teachers who have had their training at a MACTE accredited or AMI teacher-training program.

York Montessori School has a very close group of families and together we are actively involved in the community. Parent teacher meetings, progress reports, and “Watch Me Work” workshops are conducted throughout the year. We also host regular school community building events such as curriculum nights, Montessori education evenings, parenting workshops, and an annual family BBQ.

YMS is dedicated to keeping a close relationship with our students and their families. Much of our success is attributed to valuable relationships between staff, students and parents. Collectively, we work towards one important goal, the enrichment of a pure Montessori education for your child.


Academics


Montessori ApproachOrthodox

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
    42% 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
    11% 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
    14% of schools

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


Teaching Assistants: This school uses teaching assistants.

Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

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

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

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

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

What York Montessori School says: Through the use of the five traditional Montessori Curriculums, we teach appreciation and responsibility for the environment, a sense of cooperation, and respect for others. Children are provided with a wide range of meaningful experiences that empower them to explore their world. We help children gradually expand their knowledge and skills as they grow into confident, self-directed individuals.


Curriculum Pace Student-paced

  • Standard-enriched
  • Accelerated
  • Student-paced

The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

Flexible pacing:

Flexible pacing style = offered
Subject-streaming (tracking)
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
Differentiated assessment

What York Montessori School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


Academic Culture Supportive

  • Rigorous
  • Supportive

A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

What York Montessori School says: York Montessori School seeks to become the one place where parents, with peace of mind, will leave their children in the hands of our educators. The primary focus of our school is to provide a high quality educational setting in which the child can experience developmental excellence while being cared for in a healthy and enjoyable environment. We will provide a carefully planned and stimulating atmosphere which will help children develop within themselves the foundation, attitude and skills which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning.


Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

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

What York Montessori School says: At York Montessori School we recognize that children learn and develop in their own way and at their own pace and encourage them to work toward independence and self-motivation. Through the use of the five traditional Montessori Curriculums, we teach appreciation and responsibility for the environment, a sense of cooperation, and respect for others. Children are provided with a wide range of meaningful experiences that empower them to explore their world. We help children gradually expand their knowledge and skills as they grow into confident, self-directed individuals.


Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

Mild difficulties

York Montessori School can provide support for mild disablities. York Montessori School does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

  • Academic Support:
    Support Type = offered
    Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
    Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
  • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
    Support Type = offered
    Accommodations
    Modifications
    Extra support

Gifted Learner Support No Support

No Support

York Montessori 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.

Homework Policy

In grade SK, York Montessori School students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

Nightly Homework
NSPSJKSK
York Montessori School0 mins0 mins0 mins0 mins
Site Average0 mins2 mins5 mins7 mins

Report Card Policy

How assessments are delivered across the grades:

Prose (narrative)-based feedbackNursery/Toddler to SK
Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to SK

Class Sizes Not available

This information is not currently available.

Recess Policy

 GradesNSPSJKSK
Non-lunch recessFrequency
Location
Amount
Lunch recessAmount

What York Montessori School says: This information is not currently available.



Extracurriculars

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What York Montessori School says:
  • Karate, Yoga, Art Class, Stretch and Grow, Monkeynastix, Dance Class (Ballet, Hip-Hop)

  • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Soccer
    Softball
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track & Field
    Volleyball
    Martial Arts
  • Clubs Offered
    Art Club
    Yoga

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition

 
NSPSJKSK
Day$12,500$11,800


Discounts

Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
2nd child (sibling)all students5%
3rd child (sibling)all students10%


Need-based financial aid

This information is not currently available.



Merit based Scholarships

This information is not currently available.


Enrollment

Total enrollment 145
Average enrollment per grade36
Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to SK (Coed)
Boarding offeredNo

Student distribution:

NSPSJKSK
Day Enrollment15432626

Admission

Application

Admissions Assessments:

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

Application Deadlines:

Day students:
Rolling


What York Montessori School says:

We want you to know that we understand how busy you are. Most of our procedures are set up to accommodate your schedule, including an easy way to begin enrolment.

The admissions process begins when you contact the school to schedule a tour or request an enrolment package through email.  Deciding on a tour of our facility will allow you the opportunity to meet the teachers and observe a class in progress.  Once you have reviewed the package, and a space has been allocated to your child, the enrolment form is submitted and the appropriate fees and deposits are collected. 

Please contact the school either by email or calling us.

York Montessori School admits and does not discriminate students of any sex, race, colour, creed, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

YMS looks for families who share our philosophy. We believe that each child is unique and should be recognized as someone special. We also understand that in order to learn, children must feel safe, accepted, and competent in an environment that is encouraging, nurturing, supportive, and challenging.

We look forward to meeting you and your child.



Acceptance

Acceptance Rate:

100%

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



Student Entry Points

Student TypeNSPSJKSK
Day Acceptance
(Acceptance rate)
5 (100%)5 (100%)5 (100%)5 (100%)

Stories & Testimonials

News

Testimonial

York Montessori has been part of our lives for 5 years now, with one child already graduated and another one left with just another year to go in the program. We are convinced that we could not have made a better choice for our children.

Not only has York Montessori given our children an excellent academic base, the teachers and Ms. Nadia have help shaped them into responsible, confident, and loving individuals.

For this we are ever grateful.

Masuma

...



Montessori classroom at York Montessori School in Richmond Hill

My child is three when she entered the CASA program. The principal and teachers are extremely helpful and responsive with our enquiries. My child loves being with her teachers and looked very much forward to going to school. In the beginning she cried, but soon she adapted well, and loved learning the phonics and practical life. My child also loves playing outdoor at school. The school has been instrumental in communicating the school philosophy, and explaining class materials to parents during information session and teacher-parent interview. We also get updates, newsletters and pictures from the school to learn about my girl’s life at school. I would recommend the school to friends who are interested in Montessori teaching.

Elizabeth Liu

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Thrilled we chose York Montessori School

York Montessori School (YMS) has been a second home for our kids for a number of years. Our son graduated from the YMS program in 2013 and our daughter is in the graduating class this year. It is with mixed emotions that we prepare to graduate from the school as a family. We are thrilled that we chose YMS for the early years of our children’s development but we are sad to be leaving the YMS family.

Without reservation, we would highly recommend YMS. We are confident that we made the right investment for the academic and social development of our children.

YMS has provided so much for our children. It has given them a strong academic foundation in their formative early years. As importantly, it has provided them with a nurturing environment that helped develop their confidence as well as their social and communication skills. There was a never a grumble to get there in the morning and always a smile at pick up in the afternoon. 

The teachers and staff at YMS are second to none. They are warm, caring and knowledgeable. They adapt their teaching styles to meet the unique needs of each child and ensure that every child is supported to meet their true potential. They show a genuine interest in the children and their growth.

The director is very open and receptive to feedback and is intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the school. She takes pride in her school and interest in the children that attend. She knows every child and every family and makes you feel that you are part of the YMS community.

We always felt that we knew what our children were learning and were confident that YMS offers an authentic Montessori education. Prior to enrolling our son at the age of 2, we looked at a variety of schools in the area. We chose YMS because it had all the elements we were looking for in a preschool and most importantly, it had a warm and personal feel. Without reservation, we would highly recommend YMS. We are confident that we made the right investment for the academic and social development of our children.

--Artemis

...



In the News

News

June 17, 2015 - Why I chose York Montessori School for my daughter

The York region have many Montessori school options for parents to choose from, making the decision very difficult for parents ...



Associations

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





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