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On this page, we cover Montessori schools in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This includes Montessori schools in downtown Toronto (including the Annex), North York, Scarborough, Vaughan (including East York), Etobicoke, Markham, and Aurora. Many of these schools are accredited by the CCMA or the AMI. 

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a detailed discussion of the Montessori philosophy, approach, and curriculum, start with our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Toronto

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Toronto Montessori schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori education
  6. Further resources


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There are lots of Montessori schools in Toronto. These schools vary in terms of their philosophy, approach, program offerings, and special needs support. The schools listed below reflect this diversity. They can be filtered for a wide range of features.


 
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • Momentum Montessori
  • Bond Academy
  • Westside Montessori School
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Forest Hill Montessori School
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Odyssey Montessori School
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Bannockburn
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Liberty Prep School
  • Montessori For Children
  • Odyssey Heights School for Girls
  • Downtown Montessori
  • Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$7,470 to $15,396

Momentum Montessori (est. 2016)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Children absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 6 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$10,800 to $20,400

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (5 students)
50% off the first three months for new elementary students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,500 to $14,500

Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (190 students)
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best Montessori education for their children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$16,514 to $19,124

Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,900 to $14,000

Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school
Odyssey Montessori School is a private Montessori day school with two campuses. The Christie and Sorauren locations provide programs for students 18 months to 6 years old. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (328 students)
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$6,400 to $20,400

Bannockburn (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (145 students)
Bannockburn, a Montessori school in Toronto, Ontario offers grades nursery to six, average class sizes of 22 students and tuition from $10,350 to $20,700. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,250 to $24,150

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori

Liberty Prep School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. 6 in downtown Toronto. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers. Reach out to discover what we do differently. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Montessori For Children (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Curriculum designed for kids aged 2 1/2 to 6 covers Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and French. Located near Yonge /St Clair subway station. Please call or email to book a tour. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
OHS has three programs: Core Comprehensive, Pre-Professional Dance, and Equine Science & Equestrian Studies. Tuition inc. overnight OEE trips & riding lessons. School starts at 10am with 1hr of yoga, dance, or fitness. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$7,995 to $31,775

Downtown Montessori   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (57 students)
Downtown Montessori is a non-profit private day school for infants, toddlers and pre-school children in Toronto.Learning is focused on academic skills like reading, math and creative arts and combined with the social skills of compassion, courtesy and respect for others. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Blaisdale Montessori School - Scarborough (est. 1969)  

  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Blaisdale Montessori School in Scarborough offers nursery to grade three, with 120 students enrolled. Tuition ranges from $4,550 to $8,650. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Some schools aren't Montessori schools, but use a Montessori approach for their preschool or daycare program. This approach gives young learners plenty of freedom to choose tasks and activities that interest them, which promotes their independence and confidence. It also strongly emphasizes concrete learning, where children work with lots of hands-on materials, and do practical life activities. Children usually work independently or in small groups in these programs.

 
School NameTypeApproachCost

Bond Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$12,500 to $24,500




Our Montessori school guide has specific advice for choosing Montessori schools. For general advice on how to choose and assess private schools, check out our choosing a school guide. You can learn more in our preschool choosing guide.

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great starting point for finding a school. The Toronto private school expo is our biggest one: it allows you to speak with more than 70 private schools—all in one place. If you live in the west end of Toronto, visit our Halton-Peel expo. At this expo, you'll find Montessori schools and preschools from Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and across the GTA. Find a Montessori school near you.

Parent discussion forum

Another important resource in your school search is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is an ideal place to discuss options and debate topics related to Montessori education and private schools, in Toronto, Ontario, and elsewhere. Our community of parents, educational experts, school officials, and alumni can help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Open house events

Attending open houses is a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits and our choosing guide. For specific questions to ask Montessori schools, see our Montessori choosing guide.

School nameDateLocation
Toronto French MontessoriJanuary 12, 2018 9:30 amToronto French Montessori
53 Cummer Avenue Toronto Ontario M2M 2E5
BannockburnJanuary 20, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
BannockburnApril 21, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
Toronto French MontessoriMay 11, 2018 9:30 amToronto French Montessori
53 Cummer Avenue Toronto Ontario M2M 2E5




The cost of Montessori schools in Toronto tends to be lower than the cost of other private schools in Toronto. In fact, Montessori schools are usually on the lower side of private school tuition in general.

Private school tuition can range from $5,000 to over $30,000 per year. There are no public Montessori schools in Toronto. That said, some public schools use certain Montessori principles and materials.

Many Toronto Montessori schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Others, though not as many, offer scholarships, which are given based on merit—for instance, in academics or athletics. You can learn more about need- and merit-based financial aid in our dedicated guide. You can also read our guide on preschool costs.

Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori schools in Toronto and the GTA:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Bannockburn$24,150
Odyssey Heights School for Girls $7,995 to $31,7752%6 - 8$4,000




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Toronto French MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous15LimitedMedium integration
Momentum MontessoriMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficultiesMedium integration
Bond AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15HighMedium integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Forest Hill Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveLimited
Central Montessori Schools - York MillsMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24Limited
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24HighMedium integration
Odyssey Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24LimitedLight integration
Humberside Montessori SchoolMontessoriLimited
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
Liberty Prep SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 26Mild difficulties
Montessori For ChildrenMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Limited
Odyssey Heights School for Girls ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 18HighHeavy integration
Downtown MontessoriMontessoriSupportive10 to 16Mild difficulties
Blaisdale Montessori School - ScarboroughMontessoriRigorousMild difficultiesMedium integration





 Legend:

 ADHD

Learning disorders:
 Dyslexia
 Auditory processing disorder
 Dyscalculia
 Dysgraphia
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:
 Autism
 Asperger's

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical
 








Toronto boasts lots of Montessori schools. This includes private schools in downtown Toronto, the Annex, North York, Forest Hill, Midtown, Rosedale, High Park, and Richmond Hill. There are also nearby schools in Mississauga, OakvilleBrampton, and Vaughan.
 
Toronto has Montessori preschools (and daycares), elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Most of these schools are certified or accredited by a world recognized institute, such as the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) or the Association Montessori International (AMI). They also typically have dedicated teachers, trained by the AMI or the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher education (MACTE) 

Montessori school philosophy

The Montessori philosophy is unique and progressive. Montessori schools have mixed-age classrooms, with lots of student-to-student teaching. Students often work independently and in groups. And, the Montessori curriculum is tailored to the learning needs of each student.

Toronto Montessori schools are no exception to this rule. Although there's some variation between these schools in terms of approach, they tend to have the same basic philosophy of education. They implement this philosophy using several classroom policies and practices, which are discussed below (for more detailed discussion, read our comprehensive Montessori education guide).

Minimal direct instruction: Montessori teachers rarely lecture to the whole class or large groups of kids. When they do give lectures, they tend to be engaging and interactive. Typically, though, teachers merely guide kids, and connect them with meaningful work, even at the preschool or casa level.

Self-directed learning: Students have lots of freedom in their studies. With the guidance of the teacher, they often choose their own tasks and determine the pace of their studies.  

Concrete learning: Students work with lots of concrete materials, and do lots of practical life activities, to learn different skills and concepts (especially at the lower levels). At the upper levels, though, there’s more focus on abstract learning.

Integrated curriculum: Subjects are usually taught in an interdisciplinary way, rather than in isolation. For instance, students may be given what's called a great lesson on the beginning of life. In this lesson, they'll learn about science, history, religion, and other subjects.  

Uninterrupted work periods: Montessori students are given plenty of time to work on specific tasks in the classroom, free of interruptions. In elementary schools, they’re often given at least one 3-hour, uninterrupted work period. 

Montessori activities: Almost all class time is spent on structured activities and tasks. Students aren’t typically given free-play time in class, except sometimes at the lower levels (such as in preschool or nursery school). Some time is scheduled for outdoor recess in Montessori schools, though this may be less than in traditional or mainstream schools.

Minimal tests, assignments, and grades: Tests, assignments, and grades are almost never given at the primary or elementary level (or in preschool). Montessori high schools, on the other hand, are required to have graded work (and to give course credits) to meet provincial curricular requirements and prepare students for university or college.

Minimal homework: Homework is almost never assigned, though students may be allowed to bring some work home. This gives students more independence and preserves precious family time.

Montessori school curriculum

In Montessori schools, in Toronto and the GTA (including North York, Scarborough, and Etobicoke), learning is very hands-on. Students work with lots of concrete materials, and they’re encouraged to solve problems on their own—without the teacher’s help. For most subjects, textbooks aren’t used (at least at the lower levels), and teachers don’t try to impart information to students. 

This approach is similar to the inquiry or discovery model of instruction. It’s very different, on the other hand, from more traditional models—models that focus more on direct instruction and memorization. The inquiry model of instruction is more common in progressive schools, and the traditional model is more common in mainstream schools.

To learn how the Montessori method evolves from preschool to high school, read our guide to the Montessori teaching approach.

Benefits of a Montessori education

A Montessori education has numerous benefits. Its individualized curriculum can be very challenging and stimulating. And, it’s teaching and curricular approach promotes independence, concentration, discipline, and good work habits.

Moreover, there’s some evidence that concrete learning—which is one of its big focuses —benefits many students. Research has shown that the Montessori focus on practical life and sensory activities can lead to faster learning, as well as improved focus and engagement.

Montessori schools work especially well for children who are highly motivated and have good work habits. They also can be a good fit for children with special needs, including children who are gifted and have learning disabilities. (To learn more, read our guide to Montessori and special needs.) On the other hand, they’re sometimes not a great fit for children who prefer a traditional classroom structure and a standard curriculum.

If you’re looking at Montessori for your child, be sure to look for a school that’s the right fit. Luckily, in Toronto, there are lots of top schools and preschool programs to choose from, most of which are certified or accredited and have dedicated teachers with rigorous training.

Maria Montessori and the Montessori method

Maria Montessori introduced the Montessori method for child education in 1907. She believed that education during a child's formative years is crucial to their development and future success. Maria Montessori observed that children absorb knowledge like a sponge, and that every child has an innate desire to learn.

Similar to Waldorf and Reggio Emilia schools, Montessori schools enable children to acquire the skills necessary for a practical and valuable life. They also develop the motor and social skills of even the youngest students.

Choosing a Montessori school in Toronto

Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions of each of the Toronto Montessori schools you're interested in, until you find the right fit. You want what’s best for your child. So, before choosing a Montessori school in the GTA, take these questions into consideration: