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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    The Mabin School

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1974

     

    1980


     

    Enrolment

     

    880

     

    150


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12

     

    JK to 6


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori, Montessori

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
     
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    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”.
     
    Rigorous
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 15

     

    20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Montessori
    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.
     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $16,750 to $18,500

     

    $28,450


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    5%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    JK to 6


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $5,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    52

     

    17


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    The Mabin School

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    KANATA MONTESSORI

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    THE MABIN SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    KANATA MONTESSORI

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    THE MABIN SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Kanata Montessori has been around since 1974 and offers a community for students that begins at 18 months and extends to students graduating from grade twelve. The program has been designed to support learners seeking university acceptance, and to ensure they can successfully graduate from the university program of their choice. With a total student population of 500 students, the environment is small and close-knit, though very much a part of the global Montessori community. The school is highly respected for it's intentional development of student's; independence, confidence, critical thinking skills, ability to communicate and work effectively with others, and leadership skills. Kanata Montessori, in some sense, still flies a bit below the radar in the public consciousness, though given the recent success and growth of its high school, that won’t last long. The ideal student is one able to thrive within an active, academically oriented engaged learning environment. 
     

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    When Geraldine Mabin founded the Mabin School in 1980 it was considered strikingly experimental. Children were taught in open environments, followed their curiosity, and learned more through guided experience than direct instruction. A teacher at the school once commented that "Our pattern is to have no pattern." Today, despite the changing educational landscape in Canada during the intervening decades, the school remains at the vanguard of alternative education. While Mabin left the school in the 1998, it still reflects the ideals on which it was based, and she remains involved with the school today. "Time in the classroom for actual learning as opposed to teaching is shrinking," Mabin said in 2011. "There's a very high expectation on academics and testing. A lot of time is spent on drumming in lessons and worrying about kids who haven't made it. Children should be given time to learn things, to not be pushed." The instruction is strong, and supported through extensive cross-curricular programming. Parental involvement in the life of the school is encouraged. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a rich, vibrant, and varied learning environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    The Mabin School

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    • Focus on personalized learning, freedom with responsibility, independence and respectful behaviour.
    • High academic standards delivered by a creative and supportive community of educators.
    • Strong sense of community celebrating all faiths, with numerous school wide peak events.
    • A global perspective is fostered with opportunities for international travel and programs.
    • Technology and STEM are woven into all subject areas with access to labs, technology and tools.
    • Environmental stewardship and sustainability is woven into all grade levels
    • Outdoor Education as core subject in G1 through G9 and credit course in G10 to G12
    • Art, Drama and Music are core curriculum subjects in G1 through G9 and credit course in G10 to G12
    • Extracurricular activities from after school programs to team sports to lunch hour intramurals.

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    • 40 years of progressive education
    • Co-Curriculars, Leadership Opportunities, Outreach Initiatives
    • French, Music, Art, Science, Technology and Physical Education
    • Small class sizes
    • After-school care and Co-Curricular activities offered
    • Non-denominational

    Description

    Description

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    At Kanata Montessori, we aren’t just preparing students for university; we are preparing them for life. We believe students should be engaged in their learning, and we also understand the importance of a strong academic record. From 18 months to 18 years students are engaged by amazing educators, a strong sense of community, and personalized education where students immerse themselves in projects and transformational learning with a focus on communication, collaboration and creativity.

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    The school you’re looking for does exist. An established school where children, teachers and parents work together to create something unique. The Mabin School is a home away from home, where children love to learn because they feel known, respected and capable. Mabin is an educational leader that develops confident and independent learners, who thrive upon graduation, through a rich, hands-on program centred around our belief in Integration, Inquiry & Reflection. Learn about our progressive approach at mabin.com.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    The Mabin School

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    Message

    At Kanata Montessori, we recognize that the successful adults of tomorrow will require a much broader and deeper high school program than the previous generation and we are committed to providing engaging programs so that our students can find their place in a very different world. Kanata Montessori is committed to providing the skills, knowledge, and experiences to our students to ensure they graduate as confident, compassionate, and contributing adults.  At Kanata Montessori we know the world is changing, that's why we are changing education.

    Kanata Montessori is a school with 40 years of experience in private education and offers a program from preschool to grade 12. At Kanata Montessori, we know we can't teach tomorrow's leaders in yesterday's classrooms. Our high school offers students the opportunity to learn in a one of a kind modern learning commons. Resembling a modern start-up space, our school environment is designed to facilitate communication, collaboration, and creativity. Our space allows students to easily work in large groups, small groups, and independently. Our 21st Century learning space fuels innovation, teamwork, and critical thinking.

    On a personal note, I'm amazed by our students. I've watched students calmly and professionally develop school policies. I’ve seen shy students present in front of over 200 people. At Kanata Montessori students believe in themselves. They are challenged by their educators and their peers.  Our innovative learning environment helps them become independent thinkers and learners.

    At Kanata Montessori we know the world is changing, that's why we're changing education. Come and see for yourself how we educate today's students in tomorrow's classroom. 

     

    I fell in love with Mabin over 20 years ago when I first came to visit as a young teacher; the school’s magic was evident, and the emphasis on student-centred learning along with the strong commitment to integrating the arts immediately appealed to me. The Mabin School seemed like an incubator of creativity, a warm community where the joy of learning and curiosity were actively nurtured. To me, it has always represented an educational oasis where children are permitted, even encouraged, to learn through play and experience the joy of exploring, imagining, and wondering. I have always hoped for an opportunity to join the Mabin community, and can see endless possibilities in terms of its potential as a centre of excellence for inquiry-based learning and holistic education. Mabin has much to contribute in a world that requires schools that teach children “how to think, not what to think.”

    I have been a school leader for 18 years, both in the public and independent systems. For the past 10 years, I have been a principal in inner-city schools in the Toronto District School Board, and have just completed a two year secondment to the Ministry of Education where I worked with principals and teachers across the province to improve student achievement.

    Previous to that, I spent 12 years in independent schools, first as a teacher at Branksome Hall, then as Academic Coordinator/Junior School Head at Royal St. George’s College, and finally as Assistant Principal (Academics) at Montcrest School. As a school leader, my focus has been on working collaboratively to provide rigorous and responsive programs for students, while at the same time establishing systems within the schools to support high quality learning for students, staff, and community members.

    As you can see, I have worked in a variety of settings – public, private, all girls, all boys, co-educational, K-5, K-8, K-12 – with a plethora of excellent educators who have taught me so much. I must admit, though, that coming to The Mabin School feels like coming home. I knew from the beginning of my career that Mabin was a place I wanted to be, and I am glad to have finally arrived.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      The Mabin School

      THE MABIN SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Montessori

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Montessori

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      KANATA 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. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      KANATA 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. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      At Kanata Montessori, we never stop learning. We are committed to preparing students for the post-secondary program of their choice. Our high school program is 100% aligned with the Ontario curriculum and awards students an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. By providing students choice and voice, students at Kanata Montessori immerse themselves in projects and topics that are interesting and authentic. From mock elections to engineering tasks, students at Kanata Montessori are engaged and challenged. Students develop strong academic skills as well as transferable skills like teamwork, problem solving, and time management.

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      The Mabin School is an educational leader that develops confident and independent learners through a rich, hands-on program centred around Inquiry, Integration and Reflection. Mabin is an innovative and established school where children, teachers and parents work together to create something special and different. It is a home away from home, where children love to learn because they feel known, respected and capable. Children's interests and imaginations are at the centre of our academically enriched curriculum, which challenges each student appropriately and cultivates a passion for learning. All of this happens in a structured environment that feels just right- intimate and informal, full of colour and the spark of activity.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Balanced Literacy

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal balance

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Physiology

      • Literature

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal Balance

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Thematic


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal Balance

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Heavy integration

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        The Mabin School

        THE MABIN SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Physical Education and Outdoor Education are a core part of the weekly curriculum till the end of Grade Nine. From grade 10-12 students are provided the option in each grade to choose from traditional Physical Education credit or the Outdoor Education credit. In addition students can participate in a variety of intramural and team sports to support their physical and emotional health and well being.

        THE MABIN SCHOOL

        Physical Education is taught to all students JK-Grade 6. Classes focus on skill building and competitive experiences are introduced gradually and deliberately. All students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 are invited to join Mabin School teams throughout the year. Practices occur twice a week during lunch recess . All students can participate and those who choose to join a team must commit to attending all practices. Teams have the opportunity to compete against other schools. Intramural Games, which are organized by a Committee of Grade 5 and 6 students and overseen by our Physical Education teacher, occur two times a week during morning recess for Grades 4, 5, and 6. Grades 1, 2 and 3 are also encouraged to participate in Intramural Games in the final term.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      The Mabin School

      THE MABIN SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Montessori

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      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.

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Information not available

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Mabin is an innovative and established school where children, teachers and parents work together every day to create something special and different.It is a home away from home, where children love to learn because they feel known, respected and capable. Children’s interests and imaginations are at the centre of our Kindergarten program, which challenges each student appropriately and cultivates a passion for learning. All of this happens in a structured environment that feels just right – intimate and informal, full of joy and the spark of activity.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      The Mabin School

      THE MABIN SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Standard-enriched

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Information not available

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      The Mabin School

      THE MABIN SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      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”.

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Students at Kanata Montessori Senior School are regularly challenged to meet the high expectations of the Ontario Curriculum. Our students are well supported in small classes and our graduates are well prepared for their next level of learning.

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Information not available

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      The Mabin School

      THE MABIN SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      At Kanata Montessori we place a strong emphasis on engagement, academics, technology, adventure and community.

      THE MABIN SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Kanata Montessori

    The Mabin School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    The Mabin School

    THE MABIN SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Information not available

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    Ours is a fully integrated program. We provide accommodations and learning supports to any students who may need them.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    We welcome all students and personalize learning to individual students working towards an OSSD.

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    Our Learning Strategies Teachers, trained in Special Education, support all of our learners. Ours is a fully integrated model.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Kanata Montessori

    The Mabin School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    The Mabin School

    THE MABIN SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    KANATA MONTESSORI

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    We have a wide range of students at The Mabin School. Connect with our Admissions Team to learn more about us!

    What the school says

    What the school says

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Families interested in learning more about our different programs should call or email the school to set up an appointment.

    When we meet, we take you on a personal tour, explain our program, and discuss your child’s unique interests and needs. Students are then invited to come and spend a day or two with us so they can chat with other students, meet our educators and experience the Kanata Montessori difference for themselves. Please consult our parent handbook located on our website www.kanatamontessori.com

     

    THE MABIN SCHOOL

    1. Get to know us! Submit an online inquiry form here or call us at 647-342-6246 x247.

    2. Learn more about Mabin through a virtual tour or Open House event this fall.

    3. Submit an online application form

    4. Attend a virtual interview. For the upcoming school year (2021-2022), interviews will begin in December 2020/January 2021.

    5. When an offer of acceptance is made, the family has 1 week to complete an enrollment form and submit a non-refundable deposit of $5000 to hold the spot.




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