Montessori school rankings

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People may be curious how different Montessori schools rank against each other. At Our Kids we do not presume to rank schools, and we disavow any procedure or algorithm that pretends to offer parents a simple list of "best Montessori schools." Lists that focus on discrete criteria, however (like those below), can be used as a helpful starting point, or at strategic points during research. 

A comprehensive search process will focus on all factors related to schools including its location, tuition cost, school facilities, the quality of teachers, and much more. Our Kids offers private school expos, comparison tools and rich information guides, giving parents an array of channels to fully explore every concern. Our fully updated, richly researched, authoritative guide to Montessori education offers a wealth of helpful information for parents. Learn how schools have different perspectives on the Montessori philosophy, fall under a variety of certifications and accreditations, and many other things you should be aware of, beyond the limited information provided below.

Below, we tenuously offer some helpful ranked lists based on metrics parents may be most concerned about. It's far more important for parents to focus on the whole school in all its respects and focus on the whole child in their search for a private Montessori school that best meets their requirements. Montessori school rankings below can be a helpful aid, as long as they are used properly:

Montessori schools with the lowest admissions' rates

A school with a low admissions rate would seem to be in high demand, turning students away because it is the most sought out by parents. There may be secondary reasons for this, however, such as the age of the school, its marketing budget, and even its location.

This list does not account for how many students are enrolled per year. Enrolment varies widely from one school to the next, with some specialized schools having less than 30 students overall, while other schools may have a student body of several hundreds. For interest's sake, though, parents may be curious about how difficult it is to get into some locations. This list may help them understand their chances of getting into Montessori schools on their shortlist.

School Location Grades Acceptance rate
1 Fredericton Montessori Academy Fredericton, NB PS to 6 50%
2 Kanata Montessori Kanata, ON NS to 12 70%
3 Esprit Academy Toronto, ON 1 to 8 75%
4 Aurora Montessori School Aurora, ON NS to 8 80%
5 Westmont Montessori School Victoria, BC PS to 12 80%
6 Century Private School Richmond Hill, ON PS to 12 85%
7 The Maria Montessori School Surrey, BC PS to K 85%
8 Unionville Montessori Private Schools Unionville, ON PS to 9 90%
9 Avalon Children's Montessori School Toronto, ON PS to 8 90%
10 Guiding Light Academy Mississauga, ON JK to 8 90%


The most expensive Montessori schools

Some parents may consider price a direct measure of value ("you get what you pay for"). That's never a fair assumption, of course. For interest's sake and for parents who feel there is some truth to that adage, here is a look at Montessori schools charging the most tuition.

School Location Grades Tuition
1 Trillium School Markham, ON NS to 12 $11,500 to $37,500
2 TMS Richmond Hill, ON PS to 12 $19,100 to $32,700
3 Hillfield Strathallan College Hamilton, ON NS to 12 $16,428 to $28,775
4 Century Private School Richmond Hill, ON PS to 12 $16,550 to $27,000
5 Bannockburn Toronto, ON NS to 6 $16,700 to $26,250
6 Esprit Academy Toronto, ON 1 to 8 $24,500
7 Richmond Hill Montessori Private School Richmond Hill, ON PS to 8 $21,000 to $23,500
8 Avalon Children's Montessori School Toronto, ON PS to 8 $7,200 to $22,275
9 Element High School Ottawa, ON 7 to 12 $18,810 to $21,905
10 OMS Montessori Ottawa, ON NS to 6 $12,864 to $21,384

Oldest Montessori schools

Well-established Montessori schools may be considered more trustworthy by some. Again, this is a questionable assumption to make. This list ranks Montessori schools by their founding date.  Always bear in mind that rankings of any kind are specious.

School Location Grades Founded
1 Hillfield Strathallan College Hamilton, ON NS to 12 1901
2 Westmont Montessori School Victoria, BC PS to 12 1954
3 TMS Richmond Hill, ON PS to 12 1961
4 OMS Montessori Ottawa, ON NS to 6 1966
5 Dearcroft Montessori School Oakville, ON NS to 8 1968
6 Kanata Montessori Kanata, ON NS to 12 1974
7 Bond Academy Toronto, ON PS to 12 1978
8 Rotherglen School - Oakville Oakville, ON K to 8 1979
9 Rotherglen School - Mississauga Mississauga, ON JK to 8 1979
10 Kawartha Montessori School Peterborough, ON PS to 8 1982

Most notable alumni

For interest's sake we list Montessori schools across Canada that have produced the most notable alumni.

School Location Grades Notable alumni
1 Hillfield Strathallan College Hamilton, ON NS to 12 2
2 OMS Montessori Ottawa, ON NS to 6 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Are private Montessori schools good?
We interviewed both parents and students. You can read reviews about private Montessori schools on this page.

What is the most expensive private Montessori school?
Trillium School has the highest tuition fees from $11,500 to $37,500 per year with an average tuition of $24,500 per year.

Which private Montessori school has the lowest acceptance rates?
The private Montessori school with the lowest acceptance rate is Fredericton Montessori Academy. The school has an overall accepance rate of 50%.

What is the oldest private Montessori school?
Hillfield Strathallan College is the oldest private Montessori school. The school was founded in 1901.

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