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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1996

     

    1908


     

    Enrolment

     

    300

     

    384


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Girls


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    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.
     
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    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.
     
    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

     

    Varies

     

    10 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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.
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $9,800 to $15,400

     

    $12,830 to $29,240


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $55,375 to $65,125


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    23

     

    26


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    31%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    99%

     

    65%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    "an exceptionally welcoming environment"
    Anthony Lanni - Parent   (Jan 23, 2018)
    The school has been an exceptionally welcoming environment for our family. Perhaps most importantly...
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    "proud to be a part of the SMS community!"
    Stephanie Neilson - Parent   (Jan 23, 2018)
    All 3 of our daughters very much enjoy St. Margaret's School (SMS) and are very proud to be a part o...
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    "more of a home than simply a school"
    Victoria Lee - Student   (Jan 23, 2018)
    St. Margaret’s School is more of a home than simply a school. With small class sizes teachers are ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Northstar isn’t your average Montessori school, in part because of its size—with an annual student population of 300, it’s a fair bit larger than the average—as well as its resources. The school was founded in 1996, though has grown its programs considerably in the intervening decades. There are some things that understandably stand out, such as the training pool, which is a recent addition, though they only underscore a more general awareness of the broad range of programming and facilities throughout the school. There are lots of bells and whistles, all of them welcome, though the core program is here too, with a fidelity to the Montessori method as demonstrated through CCMA accreditation. The program is offered from preschool through Grade 8, allowing families a consistency of approach and experience through the primary and elementary years.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's isn't for the faint of heart. The focus of the school is on traditional academics paired with outdoor adventure in order to encourage teamwork, confidence, and grit. The ideal student is a girl who is self-motivated, active, and who has already developed a clear set of goals. Athletics and wellness, service, connection to nature, the arts, public speaking and self-directed study are intended to build character and strength. It's a great mix for girls who thrive on independence and challenge, including the kind of competitiveness that can, at times, be a product of it.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • Terry Fox Walk
    • Grandparent's Day Breakfast
    • Costume Ball
    • Winter Concert
    • Badminton Tournament
    • Basketball Tournament
    • Soccer Tournament
    • Science Fair
    • Montessori Week
    • International Day

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    information not available

    Description

    Description

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Northstar Montessori is committed to providing students an experience where they are limitless in their academic and personal growth. The learning of life virtues and positive characterization is fundamental! We provide programs for Toddlers, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School aged children. We encourage interaction between all ages to strengthen the understanding of community. Additional specialty rooms, play area and indoor gym and swimming pool, make our school complete! Call us for a tour!

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's School (est.1908) is an all-girls, day and boarding school located in the city of Victoria, BC. Our unique environment offers rich resources and challenges to nurture each student's development as an individual, and a global-minded citizen. Rigorous STEM-focused academics are paired with leadership and experiential programs designed to build confidence and life skills. Our programs equip girls with the knowledge, attitudes, and courage to thrive - in their studies, their careers and in life.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Message

    We, at Northstar Montessori, take very seriously our responsibility to guide each child through a world of discovery on the path to constructing a secure, balanced personality with an active, competent mind. The happy balance of freedom to explore and work within a prepared, orderly environment, filled with specially designed mind-engaging sensorial materials and activities, is the hallmark of our school.  The teacher’s role is to respect the freedom of each child to forge his or her own unique path of learning and personal growth, energized by his or her natural curiosity. We are committed to inspire and encourage each child to take in hand a wealth of activities and experiences to ensure successful development.

    At Northstar Montessori we are committed to promoting the individuality of all our students and we aim to be an inclusive school. We endeavor to teach our students to appreciate, respect and value the differences they see in one another. We offer equal opportunities for participation and learning for all our students and will ensure that they feel secure in knowing that their contributions to the school are valued. Northstar Montessori is committed to the teachings of Maria Montessori and the Montessori curriculum.  However we do not limit our approach and we encourage all members of the teaching team and administration to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their abilities and understanding of the students and their developmental needs.  Workshops and conferences are promoted within the school that we believe will benefit our staff in their practice. We ensure an environment that allows for a range of different learning styles and where all children have challenging targets that enable them to succeed.

    Welcome to St. Margaret’s School! This is a community that cares deeply about girls; we have been dedicated to their education, development and well-being for over a century. Together, we help girls become powerful learners with the knowledge, attitudes and courage to thrive – in their studies and careers, and in life.

    Our small-scale learning environment provides teachers with the flexibility to personalize learning for each student – building upon individual passions, and challenging each girl to improve her own performance, exceed her own expectations and realize her own potential.

    Our academic program is supported by experiential programs that provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge, take on positions of responsibility and leadership, and develop a desire and a passion for making a difference. Each girl will discover a lot about herself, her peers and the world in which she lives through the experiences she has here.

    We believe in the all girl environment, because we see the results every day. Here, girls have the freedom to be daring, explore, try new things and try on new roles. We continually raise girls’ expectations of themselves, and have found that they are more than up for the challenge. They excel academically because they participate fully and enthusiastically in the classroom; they make challenging career choices because they are confident in their ability to succeed in any subject; and they believe in their futures because they are certain of their worth and their potential.

    I am continuously impressed by our girls; by their enthusiasm for learning, by their support and encouragement of each other, and by their willingness to challenge themselves. I encourage you to come and visit our school anytime – we would be thrilled to share our stories and our passions with you.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      St. Margaret's School

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      We, at Northstar Montessori, take very seriously our responsibility to guide each child through a world of discovery on the path to constructing a secure, balanced personality with an active, competent mind. The happy balance of freedom to explore and work within a prepared, orderly environment, filled with specially designed, mind-engaging sensorial materials and activities, is the hallmark of our school. The classroom allows for the freedom of movement and for the development of a positive work cycle by allowing the students to choose their activities and to participate with them without interruption. Teachers prepare lesson plans as a guide to ensure that the students are participating in all areas of the class, however they remain flexible and respectful of the child’s need to make choices and decisions in their daily activities. The function of our school is to augment the development of each child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically so that the child may emerge as a well-rounded independent adult.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      At St. Margaret’s School, we seek to empower each girl to set her own course and shape her own dreams. We offer a rigorous STEM-focused curriculum: the acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math but actually represents an inquiry-based method of teaching and learning where traditional separations between subject areas are bridged to forge deeper exploration and understanding of broad topics. In this inquiry-based model, creativity and critical thinking are emphasized. As an international centre for girls’ learning and leadership, we offer rich resources and challenges to support each student's development as an individual, and a global-minded citizen. Academics at SMS are amplified by extensive experiential learning offerings spanning leadership, service, and wellness/athletics to build up confidence, perspective, and life skills. A spirit of life-long learning is shared between students, families, and faculty: our yearly professional development and family workshop series shares the latest scholarship in brain development, teaching methods, and educational trends. Through this innovative approach that our curriculum remains relevant and we engage our entire community in issues affecting girls today.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Montessori approach to Math involves providing the students with a physical and concrete experience of mathematical concepts and then moving toward the abstract understanding of concepts and the memorization of Math facts. Students will be initially be introduced to counting and number recognition and then move toward the understanding of the place value of numbers and the formation of 4 digit numbers. Once the students have mastered these concepts they will be introduced to the operations of Math. Areas of study in the Elementary Math curriculum include, the further understanding and memorization of Math facts, Geometry, Fractions and Algebra (program dependent). Our goal is to have students truly understand the process involved in completing their Math work.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        SMS strives to infuse students with confidence, enthusiasm, and a passion for mathematics. Through a rigorous program, students are provided a spectrum of opportunities to reach their full potential regardless of whether or not their career goals require high-level math for entry to university.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Nelson Mathematics\nMath Makes Sense

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.

        ST. MARGARET'S 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

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Montessori Language program is phonetically based. Students are introduced to the phonetic sounds of letters through tracing the Sandpaper Letters; where in addition to hearing the sound they are experiencing the letter formation (early writing). Once a student has masters 10 to 12 sounds they will be introduced to a variety of early reading materials including word building, phonetic reading lists and eventually readers. Student will progress at their own pace and with guidance from their teachers. Through repetition and daily reading students will gain total reading, which involves reading with comprehension.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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.

        ST. MARGARET'S 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

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students are introduced to penmanship initially with the formation of cursive letters on a chalk board then on a lined paper. Students are encouraged to write words and then sentences. Phonetic word writing is encouraged initially and then a move toward correct spelling and sentence structure is made through various lessons.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Science/Culture curriculum includes the study of animals, their habitats, fundamental needs, external and internal construction, classification and characteristics. The students will learn to appreciate the unique traits of living things and their value and purpose on earth in helping to create a harmonized eco-system and life cycle. The students are also introduced to the characteristics and importance of plants through science experiments and plant study. They are also made aware of their role in ensuring that the environment is sustained for generations to come. Elementary students also participate in science experiments and an annual Science Fair.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        ST. MARGARET'S 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)

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        ST. MARGARET'S 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

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students are exposed to a variety of literature throughout their time in the Elementary program. They read through classic novels and participate in novel studies where the story lines and characters are examined closely, Current literature and articles are also examined and analysed as students are encouraged to gain an understanding of current events.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our Social Studies/Culture curriculum includes History, Geography and world events study. We also include lessons designed for students to gain an understanding of themselves, their families and their communities. Cultural universals are also explored and may include topics such as Government and Schooling.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        We believe in developing the whole student / whole girl and therefore offer an equal balance of perennialism and pragmatism in our humanities and social science program. We focus on teaching big ideas through critical thinking, and logic to support the inquiry-based learning approach here at SMS. We also provide hands-on, real-world learning opportunities through simulations, field trips, and expert guest speakers. In this way students can apply, create true meaning from, and connect more deeply to the content, with the goal of creating informed, curious, and active citizens.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Our International English Language (IEL) program prepares students to graduate confident in the English language and to achieve success at universities and colleges in Canada, the US, and other parts of the world. Depending on their English ability, international students may begin the program in dedicated IEL classes or enter regular classes with additional support. Progress through the IEL Program is flexible and dependent on student achievement. Each student is provided with a level of support matching her individual needs and abilities, and each student advances through the program at her own pace. Classes are taught by experienced English Language teachers who teach every subject from an IEL perspective. This means the challenge of learning English does not impede success in other subjects. IEL classes are designed to help students adapt to a Canadian classroom and develop learning strategies that prepare them to succeed in the regular classroom.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        ST. MARGARET'S 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)

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        ST. MARGARET'S 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

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Starting from our youngest girls in Early Learning, arts education is a priority at all levels of the school, developing appreciation, skill, and creativity. The Arts Program at SMS offers outlets for self-expression and the development of creative interests. It also encourages appreciation for art and builds awareness of art in everyday life. There is an intimacy of knowledge that comes through the study of art; students learn how to observe, listen, and become more thoughtful and reflective. There are a variety of opportunities for performance throughout the year, both within the school and in the community including adjudicated festivals. Each year in the month of May, we celebrate the arts with Fine Arts Week, which involves days of back-to-back events including dramatic productions, an art show, and performances by the choir and band.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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.

        ST. MARGARET'S 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

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students have computers as part of their academic year and begin in grade 1. By introducing them to various programs, it allows them to get familiar with the computer and eventually become comfortable as they move into their middle years. PC\'s are mainly used as it reflects the majority of users in the working world. Programs include Microsoft Office, web-based programs, MovieMaker and graphic programs. Aside from understanding the computer and using the programs, they are also shown basic design principles (font selection, margin allowance, white space, balance, flow). Middle school students begin to learn about photography and lighting and learn computer programming using Lego Robotics and 3D printing.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        St. Margaret's School

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Montessori philosophy is still applied in the physical education program. Since students in each classroom have a 3yr mixed age range it is expected to see various degrees in their physical and social skills. By allowing the older students the opportunity to demonstrate for the younger ones, it increases their desire to participate even if their abilities are still developing. The younger ones are enthused with the effort and will apply the same effort. In addition, those that are not understanding clearly or have communication barriers, will use their observation skills to determine what needs to be done. Emphasis is on participation and working together.

        ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

        The benefits of an active and balanced lifestyle are well documented: students who are active on a daily basis are healthier and perform better academically than their inactive peers. Physical activity is essential to the overall health and wellness of our students and an integral part of each student’s learning experience. There is truly something for everyone and every level of ability: opportunities to compete, play on a team for fun or participate in recreational activities. SMS provides opportunities for daily physical activity through physical education, athletics teams, club sports, intramurals, house challenges and outdoor recreation.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      St. Margaret's School

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Approach


      Our Take

      Our Take

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Northstar Montessori delivers an authentic Montessori Curriculum, while meeting all requirements of the Ministry of Education. Included in the program are Music, Gym, French, Computer, Swimming and Skating classes (program dependent). As the students progress through the program, new experiences are added including camping and community involvement. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including Chess Club, Yoga, Private Swimming Lessons and Tennis.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      A recognized leader in early childhood education (ECE), our unique curriculum focuses on STEM learning through outdoor exploration, play, and the leading methods from a variety of ECE philosophies (including Reggio and Waldorf). In ECE and Kindergarten, we focus on nurturing a love of learning through positive experiences, developing social skills, and building up each girl’s self-confidence. All these experiences come to together to provide a solid foundation for elementary school. Developed by a winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, our program is led by experts holding advanced degrees in education and ECE.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      St. Margaret's School

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Pace

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Students are not limited by age as to the materials they are exposed too. The student\'s skills and abilities are assessed to determine if they are ready to move forward in the curriculum area.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Multi-age classrooms in our International Language program allow students to advance at their own pace to ensure student success in both English language and subject courses. Independent study is promoted through our Program of Distinction and dedicated time the weekly timetable to pursue inquiry-based projects and areas of passion.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      St. Margaret's School

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MARGARET'S 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

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Northstar provides a supportive environment where students are involved in their leaning and assessments. Teachers consider the learning styles of their students as they deliver instruction. Students’ individual learning strengths and areas of concerns are discussed with students and we then set learning goals together. We communicate expectations and best practices with the students to ensure they are feeling supported and understand their assignments and how to achieve success. Remaining in the same classroom for 3 years, typically with the same teacher, encourages a bond of trust between teacher and student. In addition, Northstar celebrates students’ successes beyond the classroom, making students aware of their talents and abilities which will build a strong sense of self.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      For over 100 years, SMS has built an international reputation of high academic achievement, but that is only part of our story. Our extensive learning support program, guidance, experiential programs, and ability to tailor to individual learning needs helps each girl reaches her potential. Successful graduation and admission to university is actually a very short term goal for our students. By embedding in our students a an appetite for life-long learning, a love of service, healthy habits, and strong values we ensure each girl has the skills to succeed in her studies, career, and in life.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      St. Margaret's School

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Northstar’s goals are always to have each of their students reach their full potential. While we pride ourselves on the academic achievements of our students, we are fully aware that strong personal development must go hand-in-hand with in-class success. Building strong characters that are aware of their environments and the influences they have is key to supporting the development of solid citizens who will think beyond themselves and their needs. Strong character coupled with academic success ensures a well-rounded individual who is prepared to participate in their community and world.

      ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

      When we talk to parents there’s a common thread to their hopes and dreams for their daughter: more important than marks, they want their daughters to be happy and confident in being themselves. A balanced approach is the only way to build strong girls: head, heart, spirit, and body. Our students are academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers; emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others; socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change their community for the better; strong and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport, and wellness.

  • 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:

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    St. Margaret's 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.
     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MARGARET'S 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

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MARGARET'S 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

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Northstar Montessori will make every reasonable effort to ensure that its policies, practices and procedures are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity by: • ensuring that all customers receive the same value and quality; • allowing customers with disabilities to do things in their own ways, at their own pace when accessing goods and services as long as this does not present a safety risk; • using alternative methods when possible to ensure that customers with disabilities have access to the same services, in the same place and in a similar manner; • taking into account individual needs when providing goods and services; and • communicating in a manner that takes into account the customer's disability.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Our Learning Support team engages learners at the extremes of the learning spectrum, providing additional help in a skill or subject where a student is struggling, or creating enriched opportunities for exceptional students. The goal is to provide the support and challenges needed by each student individually so that they may experience success at their own level.


    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

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    The function of our school is to augment the development of each child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically so that the child may eventually emerge as a well-rounded independent adult. Students requiring supports outside of Northstar’s expertise will be supported through all avenues possible, including welcoming community partners and other professionals into the environment to help build a better understanding of the students’ learning needs. We will support both child and the family by meeting with all necessary persons to understand the child’s needs and to learn about and implement any individualized plans and accommodations that have been put forth.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Our Learning Support team is dedicated to providing the necessary support and challenges needed by each of our students. We work closely with all prospective families during the admissions process to ensure they are choosing a school or program that is able to provide the right support for their child's learning needs, including students with learning disabilities.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Northstar Montessori Private School

    St. Margaret's 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

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    St. Margaret's School

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

    ST. MARGARET'S 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

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • Sports and Hobbies are meant to engage students to try new things or be part of a school team or club. Competition is minimal as it is an experience that normally a child would not try out for.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    • Boarding students are required to fulfill minimums of extracurricular involvement to reap the benefits of a broad set of experiences, build a sense of community connection in their "home away from home," and, for our international students, to continue improving their English language skills.
    • Student Council is the heart of our school here. Elected by their peers, these girls play a pivotal role in defining and perpetuating a welcoming and inclusive culture at our school and work cooperatively to run both social and fundraising events for the entire school community, and are in charge of planning and leading our regular assemblies.
    • Our Outreach Committee is very active in engaging in important causes affecting girls and women around the world. Student-run and teacher-mentored, the Committee works to engage their peers by leading homeroom discussions on important issues, and has cultivated partnerships with Free the Children (we're a WE school), and the African Health and Community Project, among other social
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    99%

     

    65%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    A child coming from another Montessori school would be able to transition in our school easier as they are familiar with how the class is set up, the materials and how to work with it.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    What makes a St. Margaret's girl? Is the Red Blazer in you? Perhaps the best answer to these questions comes from our Strategic Plan, written entirely from a girl's perspective. Read the complete document on our website: https://www.stmarg.ca/explore-sms/glance/strategic-plan As a St. Margaret’s girl... I am open, honest, and accountable, treating all people with dignity and respect. I am encouraged to relentlessly pursue my goals and actively participate to achieve great results. I am genuine, generous, and caring in my relationships and service to others. I lead through my words, my actions, my thoughts, and the support of leaders around me. I am understood and have the freedom to be creative and discover my strengths and abilities. I am eager to take on challenges, learn from my mistakes, and do what’s right in the face of adversity. I see the interconnectedness of the world and understand that my actions have an impact on my environment and my community. Our Core Values: Integrity, Excellence, Service, Leadership, Courage, Global-Minded, Girl-centred. Our Motto: Servite In Caritate ~ Service with Love St. Margaret’s is a global school where girls are nurtured and inspired to become life-long learners. Girls here are challenged to achieve their full potential and contribute to society in a meaningful way. We embrace our motto “Service with Love” in both individual pursuits and shared responsibilities. Our Vision: Confident Girls. Inspiring Women. This is a school where girls who want to change the world become women who do. Our committed staff, beautiful campus, and innovative curriculum create a nurturing environment that challenges students to achieve their leadership potential. Our Mission: Empowering her to set her own course & shape her own dreams. St Margaret’s School values diversity and inspires excellence of mind and strength of spirit. Students here are challenged to take responsibility for their own learning experience, to develop individual worth, academic excellence, personal wellness, connection with nature and service to their local and global community.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Generally when we assess a child, we mainly focus on their language and math skills.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION

    After applying online (https://www.stmarg.ca/admissions​) please provide the school with all supporting documents as well as your application fee (CAD $250) – your application is not complete until the School receives these items.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

    Applications are not complete until the School receives:

    • An Academic Reference – completed by a previous or current academic advisor (teacher, principal, counsellor, etc.). The reference person must return this form directly to St. Margaret’s School.
    • A Character Reference – completed by an adult who is not a relative. The reference person must return this form directly to St. Margaret’s School.
    • A copy of last year’s final report card.
    • A copy of the most recent report card.
    • A photocopy of applicant’s birth certificate, passport, or landed immigrant status.
    • A recent photo of the applicant

    PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT: TESTING AND INTERVIEW

    The placement assessment is used to determine a student’s strengths, weaknesses and readiness to begin classes at SMS. We understand that this can be an intimidating process for students and their parents and do all we can to make the process comfortable and informal.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Aleeyah Samuels (2007)
    Honour Roll student. Accepted to all four universities applied to (all with entrance scholarships). Now attending the University of Guelph to a program called, "Criminal Justice and Public Policy".
    Jasmeer Sangha (2002)
    Received Math awards in HS, placed 90th percentile in Waterloo Math competition. Graduated from UofT with a major in Astrophysics. Currently pursuing a Master's Degree and working at York University.
    Ritu Shah (2007)
    IB graduate from St. Francis Xavier; Board of Directors at Mississauga Youth Advisory Committee; attending UniversityofWaterloo for Systems Design Engineering; co-op terms with Synaptive Medical and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada.
    Bianca Mehrotra (2016)
    Congratulations to Bianca who has graduated from Grade 8. She was the recipient of the Academic Excellence award achieving the highest average out of 100+ students from her current school.

    ST. MARGARET'S SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey (1931)
    On July 1, 2015, Dr. Kelsey was named to the Order of Canada for her role in preventing the drug thalidomide from entering the United States in the 1960s.
    Gillian Carleton (2007)
    Canadian road and track cyclist. Carleton won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the women's team pursuit.
    Dr. Joyce Clearihue (1943)
    Forged a career in medicine before it was common for women to do so.
    Margaret A. Gilliam (1955)
    After graduating from Harvard University, Ms. Gilliam went on to be a successful Wall Street securities analyst and trusted adviser to Fortune 500 companies.
    Karen Clark Cole (1986)
    Co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based UX design and technology firm, Blink, and founder of the Girls Can Do event series, a non-profit for girls' empowerment.



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