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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Collingwood School

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1991

     

    1984


     

    Enrolment

     

    20

     

    1256


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to K

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

     

    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."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Traditional, Reggio Emilia


     

    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.
     
    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.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    18 to 20

     

    16 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $3,500 to $3,900

     

    $22,800 to $27,150


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    3%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    6 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $7,500

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    5

     

    84


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    22%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 01, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Collingwood School

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    For the better part of three decades The Maria Montessori School has provided an important piece within the academic mosaic of Surrey: a fully accredited Montessori program that remains faithful to Maria Montessori’s ideal as developed more than a century ago. One of the hallmarks, in ample evidence here, is a trust in the innate creativity that children bring to the classroom, as well as their natural affinity for repetition, observation, and interaction. Likewise, there is a trust in the value of mentorship among the students, with the older ones sharing with the younger, something that is as charming as it is useful in developing social skills and interpersonal communication. The learning spaces are well organized, well-lit with natural light, and include interfaces with the world outside. Those things, rightly, are no doubt primary draws for the families that enroll here, as is a careful, considered pace within the delivery of the curriculum. Headmistress Rosa van Meel is a well-spoken advocate of the method, and she works to ensure that the program meets all the standards that parents expect of a sound, informed Montessori program. Her interest in imparting her enthusiasm and experience to new instructors gives further strength to the work of the school.

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

    Two campuses, an AP offering, Round Square and an extensive roster of co-curriculars, Collingwood frankly has it all. It’s the largest day school in the region, and likely the country, and it benefits from its size through unequalled physical and human resources and a broad, varied course offering. That the campus is divided between two properties adds a welcome dimension—while student life is vibrant and busy, the division allows for a personal feel and sense of community in the day-to-day. Through the Four Strands program the school rightly requires students to participate in all areas of student life, including athletics, with recreational as well as competitive options. Perched in beautiful West Vancouver, the bussing system is proprietary, with routes servicing a wide catchment area, including North Shore from Deep Cove and into South Vancouver. In all, if there's a down side, we've yet to find it. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a vibrant, supportive instructional and social environment, and preparing for post-secondary education.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Collingwood School

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1984, our Four Strand education balances: Academics, Arts, Athletics and Service
    • 25 Advanced Placement courses (AP courses are university-level studies)
    • Financial Aid available for students entering Grades 6-12
    • A wide array of Co-Curricular Programs and Clubs including: Drum Corps, Dance, Model UN & Debate
    • Explore Program promotes self-reliance, leadership, environmental awareness, and self-confidence
    • Athletics Programs with one of the largest selections of individual and team sports in BC
    • STEM (robotics, coding, programming, video editing, 3D modelling, filmmaking and animation)
    • Service opportunities provide meaningful connections in our local communities and beyond
    • 100% University Placement with the majority of students receiving multiple university offers
    • Learning conditions foster student engagement through small class sizes & student-teacher ratios

    Description

    Description

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The beginning is crucial. The first education experience must enable a love of learning and a joy of exploration and discovery. In our quickly changing world the Montessori Method is ideal as it excels in developing a child's full potential. Since 1991 The Maria Montessori School has brought the joy of learning and the wonder of the world to children through the brilliantly modern, highly relevant and very effective method developed more than 100 years ago - by Dr. Maria Montessori. As effective now as it was then.

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

    Collingwood is one of Canada's largest JK-Grade 12, university-preparatory day school's, located on two campuses in beautiful West Vancouver. Our students participate fully in the School’s four strands: academics, athletics, arts and service. We are recognized for our robust Advanced Placement program, our university acceptance record, our outdoor Explore program, and our award-winning sports teams and musical groups. We are a member of ISABC, NAIS and Round Square, and we are a CAIS-accredited school.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Collingwood School

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

    Message

    Welcome to The Maria Montessori School. Since 1991 our school has introduced preschool and kindergarten children to the wonders of learning through the Montessori Method. It surprises many adults that even extremely young children have a very strong and innate desire to understand the world around them. They want to read, they want to emulate adults, they want to explore, and they want to know. Dr. Maria Montessori's greatest contribution to Early Childhood Education, and the foundation of her Method was the recognition that when given access to the right developmentally appropriate materials all children, even those as young as three can quickly acquire the foundation skills of reading, writing and basic mathematics. Guided by his or her own interests and talent, the progress of a young child can be quite astonishing. Hers was a monumental discovery and our school continues within the educational philosophy and tradition of Dr.Maria Montessori. And - finally - our students love to come to school.

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  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Collingwood School

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI 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.

      COLLINGWOOD 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

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Collingwood School

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Montessori over the three year period from Preschool to K moves with the ability and interest of each child. The initial introductions use basic manipulative materials and the child then progresses towards an understanding of all four basic operations. As the child gains knowledge the materials transition to abstract. The decimal system and fractions are included throughout this process. Traditional Montessori at the Preschool and K levels are neither Traditional nor Discovery math. All children work individually or in small groups and progress at their own pace.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        None at this level.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        No calculators at this level.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Collingwood School

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI 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.

        COLLINGWOOD 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

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Students are introduced to the phonetic sounds and move through a step-wise system progressing towards reading fluency. The Montessori Method has an extensive array of hands-on materials to facilitate this process. By the end of the three year program K students who have completed our program show very good reading outcomes. When tested many have achieved above Grade 2 level and some a full one or two Grade levels higher, but all exceed the Standard K reading levels. Our students learn to read cursive script and then move on to print. All children learn individually and are guided individually.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        No
        Testing is not part of the Montessori approach.

      • Writing

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Collingwood School

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Process approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Writing goes hand in hand with reading in the Montessori Method. Children begin to write letters and words as soon as they begin forming words. This process helps reinforce the phonetics and accelerates the child\'s understanding. As they begin to become novice readers the children begin writing sentences of their own invention. Then as individual students progress sufficiently they can begin to work with function of words, grammar, sentence construction and punctuation.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Collingwood School

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        COLLINGWOOD 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

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        At the Preschool and Kindergarten level the Montessori Method introduces science through concrete exploration of specifically designed materials. Children are introduced to scientific phenomena and vocabulary and experiences as a part of this program. Our sensorially rich outside environment supplements classroom materials and introduces the children to their natural environment. There are many native plants bird species and other forms of life that the students can learn to recognize and respect.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        COLLINGWOOD 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)

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Social Studies

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Collingwood School

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        COLLINGWOOD 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

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Montessori method at this age uses maps to teach the students about different places, continents and countries in the world. Children learn land-forms, terminology and facts about different climatic zones and the plants and animals that would be found there. Canada, Canadian cities, and Canadian Provinces are covered as well.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Collingwood School

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        COLLINGWOOD 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

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The children are free to explore and the Montessori Method does indeed include many materials and activities that can lead to further exploration in the Arts. Drawing, crafts and painting are some of the materials and activities commonly seen in our classroom.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Collingwood School

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        COLLINGWOOD 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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        At this level the Montessori program does not use computers or any screen technology for any instruction at any time. The Montessori Method is designed to focus is on the foundational skills required for all future education.

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Collingwood School

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI 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.

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      We use the Montessori method, the Traditional Casa which emphasizes exploration and development of practical and academic skill. Academically, our school has very strong Science, Geography, Math and Language outcomes. The three year program moves each child at their own pace using manipulative materials and always leading towards the acquisition of abstract skills within the important areas of Language, Math and Science.

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Collingwood School

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI 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.

      COLLINGWOOD 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

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Montessori method blends children in early Preschool through K into a single classroom. Guide and Assistant work individually with each child using materials ranging from preliminary and on to advanced at the K level. Students completing year 3, test well above grade level and some achieve several levels above.

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Collingwood School

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI 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.

      COLLINGWOOD 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      One brilliant aspect of the Montessori method is that every child is allowed to excel in their area of interest. Usually, reading, writing, math, exploration of the natural world, and exploration of their personal world around them, are the top interests of any child. However, some excel in specific areas and are free to move at that faster pace. At the end of the three year program our graduates are solidly grounded with the skills to move forward in language, math, science and the natural world guided by their own unique strengths and skills and personality.

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Academic Culture becomes more Rigorous in Grades 5 - 12


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Collingwood School

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      COLLINGWOOD 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

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Intellectual: (As a Preschool) - TMMS strives for the creation of a solid foundation on which to build all other academic skills. While: Balanced - indicates that a child of 3 is vastly different from a child of 6. Throughout the entire three year program as the development of the child progresses, the skills they acquire will change: initially these are almost entirely physical and exploration based, by the end of the program they are beginning their understanding of sophisticated language and academic concepts while also taking their first firm steps forward in emotional connections and socialization with their peers.

      COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

      Secondary Developmental Priority: Social - socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Maria Montessori School

    Collingwood 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

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Collingwood School

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI 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

    COLLINGWOOD 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

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • Science: During the year guests are brought in to introduce children to science ideas in an age appropriate manner.
    • Natural History: Our location, though in the middle of Surrey has many opportunities for the children to explore the plants and animals around them. Our explore garden contains many native species and many birds can be seen and identified.

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

    • Explore is Collingwood’s flagship Outdoor Education program that operates in grades 7-9. Explore is run by educators who specialize in teaching students experientially, and in the outdoors. The underlying learning intentions of the Explore program are to promote positive interpersonal relationships among peers as well as foster the development of important traits such as self-reliance, leadership, environmental awareness, and self-confidence.
    • Grade 10 & 11 students wishing to further develop their leadership skills can apply to the exciting Leadership 11 course. This course is a fun, outside the timetable, four credit course. It is designed for students who wish to motivate others, attain self-awareness in their interactions, and ultimately improve their self-confidence in leadership situations. It involves an overnight retreat to Cheakamus Centre, active seminars, a Passion Project/Choose Your Own Leadership component and either a Tall Ships Expedition or a Sayward Lakes Canoe Trip which are spectacul
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    22%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 01, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 7


     

    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 MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    All students are welcome, and students not yet fluent in English quickly gain skill and confidence. The Montessori Method with its daily two to three hour preschool classes and half day Kindergarten is best complemented by active structured programs, by unstructured play, or by individual exploration by the child with family. The Maria Montessori School does not use any screens and very much encourages parents and families to adhere to recommended screen time guidelines.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Parents are always encouraged to view an active class for themselves. Places may be reserved in advance for new children before the start of the school year. Children between 2 1/2 and the age of 3 are allowed into the class, but there are conditions including a mandated limited number of placements. Contact us for further information. Usually students enroll in the summer months and begin in September, but if space is available, entry can be in January. Usually mid-year entry is by prior arrangement through interview, observation of a class, and placement on a waiting list.

    COLLINGWOOD SCHOOL

     

    Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten:
    All families who submit a completed JK or K application between September 1, 2021 - December 1, 2021 will receive an invitation for their child to attend a Readiness Assessment Session in January or February 2022.

    Grades 1-2:
    Please note that for these non-intake grades, Entry Assessments are only held on an as-needed basis where space may become available following our annual Re-Registration in January 2022.

    Grades 3-7:
    Applicants with a completed application who fully meet our preliminary admissions requirements will be invited to an Assessment Session in January or February 2022. 

    Grades 8-12:
    All mainstream applicants are required to write the SSAT. 

    * Only applicants who fully meet the preliminary admissions requirements for Grades 4-12 will be contacted to schedule a Student and Parent Interview.

     




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