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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1991

     

    1851


     

    Enrolment

     

    20

     

    670


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to K

     

    5 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."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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

     

    18 to 20

     

    18 to 19


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $3,500 to $3,900

     

    $15,950 to $16,150


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    18%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    5 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    5

     

    84


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    33%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 04, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 9


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    "I know I am prepared to face future challenges due to a strong educational background, priceless lessons in character and virtue, and the strength of a caring and loving community."
    Adam Abdulhamid - Student   (Feb 21, 2019)
    My experience at De La Salle College has been life-changing, and I am extremely thankful to have had...
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    "We found the teaching staff to be very accessible to discuss progress or problems at any point through the school year."
    Jerry Nolfi - Parent   (Feb 28, 2019)
    We wholeheartedly feel that the traditional academic teaching style, the extracurricular involvement...
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    " For the teachers, I have found many quite memorable and created an excitement to learn, they helped me when I needed it and congratulated me when I succeeded."
    Mikayla Lorini - Student   (Mar 08, 2021)
    I learned that Del will challenge you. Nonetheless, it was a great experience that I do not regret. ...
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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.

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    De La Salle College is a Lasallian school, part of an association of schools in more than 80 countries worldwide. The schools are affiliated with a Roman Catholic teaching order founded by Saint Jean-Baptist de La Salle in France in 1679. Canonized in 1900, La Salle was later proclaimed by the Vatican as the patron saint of teachers. So, in all, the College has quite a pedigree. It is committed to a Catholic Education, and religious observance is a daily component of student life. The academic program is rigorous, and augmented by an equally rigorous dedication to the development of ethical leadership, self-confidence, and social responsibility. The ideal student is one intending to advance to university.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    information not available

    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.

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    De La Salle College "Oaklands" is an independent, Roman Catholic, co-educational day school, founded on the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. As a university preparatory school offering a variety of Advanced Placement programs, De La Salle delivers an enriched liberal arts curriculum for students from Grades 5 to 12. The school's motto: "Enter to learn. Leave to serve," emphasizes the importance of helping students develop leadership skills, self-confidence and a sense of social responsibility.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    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.

    On behalf of the entire De La Salle community, I would like to thank you for including De La Salle College “Oaklands” in your search for an independent school and I want to welcome you to a school community whose commitment to academic excellence, while providing a balanced approach to learning has served many students over its 160 year history.  De La Salle continues to expose students to a breadth and depth of curriculum that ensures students are not only prepared for university, but for life.  De La Salle College “Oaklands” is not defined by its buildings or its beautiful thirteen acre property, but rather, it is defined by the people that are a part of this community.  The Brothers, alumni, parents, students, support staff and teachers have built this school into one that is rich in tradition and entrenched in its mission.  In short, this school has positively affected the lives of many and continues today to leave an indelible mark on its graduates.

    The school is vibrant: its commitment to Catholic Education; its participation in athletic activities and school functions; and its obligation to servicing the needs of the poor shape and define this wonderful school.  The College instills Gospel values and exercises a preferential option for the poor through its religion and community service programmes. It allows our students to experience the benefit of a rigorous academic environment while providing extra-curricular activities and programmes that build lifelong camaraderies and friendships. Our programming is diverse and meets recognized standards of excellence, while creating and sustaining respectful human relationships within the school community.  In other words, the school fosters an experience that is truly Lasallian.   Moreover, the school’s 160 year history has been enriched by its people who are part of this great institution.  Students, parents, and teachers, both past and present, have an appreciation of what it means to be part of this institution.  Whether you are a grade five student or an alumnus or a parent you understand that De La Salle teaches the value of moral integrity.

    Come and visit De La Salle College. I am confident you will experience what many already know, De La Salle College is a selfless and committed community of learners.

    I look forward to meeting you.

    Live Jesus in our hearts.

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      De La Salle College

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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.

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      De La Salle College offers a liberal art program that will prepare and encourage students to deal with a diverse, complex and changing world. It will provide students with a broad knowledge of a variety of curricula in a an enhanced, in-depth approach to specific areas of study. A Lasallian liberal arts education will also encourage and foster a sense of social responsibility. Students will be expected to apply their intellect and practical skills to help others, especially the less fortunate. This is truly an atmosphere where students will "enter to learn" and "leave to serve".

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        De La Salle College

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        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.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        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.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        None at this level.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        No calculators at this level.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        De La Salle College

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        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.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        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.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        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

        De La Salle College

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        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

        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.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        De La Salle College

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        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.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        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

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        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

      • Literature

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        De La Salle College

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        De La Salle College

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        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).


        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.

        DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      De La Salle College

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      De La Salle College

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      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.

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      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.

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      De La Salle College

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


      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.

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      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

      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.

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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."

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      De La Salle College

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


      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."

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      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.

      DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Maria Montessori School

    De La Salle College

    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

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


    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

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    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.

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    • Top Private Schools in Debating (Fulford and Pro-Con)
    • Gold-medal winning Wind Ensemble (Heritage Festival)
    • For more highlights of our extra-curricular programs, please visit delasalle.ca/student-life/del-news
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    33%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 04, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 9


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 6


     

    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.

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    De La Salle College strives for a diverse student population and hopes to attract young men and women with excellent academic skills; interest in a variety of co-curricular experiences; and the potential to contribute to the school community with a positive attitude.

    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.

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    For information on How-to-Apply to De La Salle College, please follow this link: https://www.delasalle.ca/admissions/how-to-apply




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