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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1991

     

    1905


     

    Enrolment

     

    20

     

    715


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to K

     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate


     

    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

     

    Varies


     

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $3,500 to $3,900

     

    $17,003 to $24,484


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    11%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    K to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $5,700

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    5

     

    55


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Feb 10, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir became a school, in that name, in 1971, though it’s history stretches back more than a century. It is essentially an amalgamation of three schools that excelled in different ways: St. Hilda’s School for Girls, Strathcona School for Boys, and Tweedsmuir, a girls’ school. The current school motto, Nil Nisi Optimum, “nothing but the best,” was originally used by Tweedsmuir, as was the black watch uniforms—in that and other traditions that remain in place reflect the founding schools long, shared histories.
     
    The amalgamation came at a time of economic growth due to a boom in oil and gas exploration in the region. Each school was outgrowing its footprint, and so looked to combining forces. The world, too, was changing, and the move to a co-ed academic atmosphere was equally emblematic of the time. The newly minted Strathcona-Tweedsmuir also moved to a sizable parcel of land, where the school remains today.
     
    In time, the school would continue to grow its curricular offerings, including advance placement courses, adoption of Round Square, and the growth of the International Baccalaureate program. STS was also an early adopter of digital technologies in the classroom. Those things are an expression of perhaps the most important tradition that STS expresses, namely that of looking ahead, being flexible, and working to adapt the program to student need. The ideal student is one who will thrive in large, vibrant, and challenging academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1905
    • Spectacular country setting
    • Alberta Education Curriculum (Kindergarten-12)
    • Superior outdoor education program
    • Excellent university placement
    • Professional, caring staff
    • International Baccalaureate School
    • Round Square School
    • Member of CAIS and NAIS

    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.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    STS is a Kindergarten to Grade 12, World IB School. Students flourish through well-balanced programming and enriched learning on our 220-acre campus minutes from Calgary, guided by talented and caring teachers. STS students become global citizens, embracing social responsibility while striving for success in all that they do. In addition to vigorous academic curriculum, students experience a wide variety of co-curricular activities and benefit from a supportive community, rooted in our school's 116-year history.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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.

    As Head of School, I am enthusiastic about creating meaningful opportunities and dwelling in possibility. Saying Yes to Your Best is a commitment that STS students, teachers, parents, alumni and staff illustrate each and every day. Rooted in our School's motto, Nil Nisi Optimum, or nothing but our best, this commitment to becoming your best self develops a genuine empathy and care for others, combined with an insatiable curiosity, and the courage to say yes to new adventures, discovery, possibility, belonging and future-preparedness. This is what sets STS apart. 

    Great schools exist with a strong, vibrant community, and a shared priority for the well-being and educational success of our students and alumni. We are proud to welcome exceptional students from across the globe, with a wide array of backgrounds, interests, and talents. I fervently believe in the importance of creating impactful and personalized learning opportunities, both in the classroom and through a diverse co-curricular program, and I can assure you that our dedicated teachers and staff are focused on ensuring your children have access to all they need to succeed and flourish. 

    I can think of no higher priority than the future of our children, and my vision is that as a team at STS, we contribute to moving them forward in their journey towards their hopes, dreams, and goals. We will do so in a respectful manner, honouring the individuality and diversity of our community. As we prepare to deliver on a new strategic plan and inspire commitment, trust, and belief in our collective abilities to change the world for the better, I say to you, the future is bright. 

    The STS spirit and ethos are infectious and inspiring. We have a history of innovation, tradition and extensive collaboration with the community, and we will continue to build on our humble roots, be unapologetic in our pursuit of academic excellence, and continue to offer a myriad of experiences to nurture the spirit and passion of our students. As the educational landscape is rapidly changing, it is imperative that we stay current, protect our core and ensure our young charges are cared for, ready for the challenges and opportunities that today presents as well as an exciting future. 

    I have never been more optimistic about our ability to deliver a rigorous and relevant educational experience for current and prospective students, and I give you my word that I will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best environment for your children. 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      At Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, students thrive in a culture of academic excellence. Students are empowered in their learning and strive to exceed their own expectations for achievement. STS supplements the standard Alberta Education curriculum with the International Baccalaureate Programme beginning in the Elementary with the IB Primary Years Programme, moving to Middle School with the IB Middle Years Programme and ending with the IB Diploma Programme in Senior School. Excellence in teaching and learning is fostered through critical thinking and inquiry. Throughout our students' years at STS, we focus on new and effective practices, incorporating current research and literature into all of our courses. We educate our students in an environment that combines state of the art technologies, outdoor experiential education with opportunities to develop the individual as a whole.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        The STS math curriculum balances traditional skill acquisition with real-world application. Examples of real-world application include applying knowledge of exponents to pay-it-forward challenges, using statistical analysis to debate climate change, and turning learning about profit margins to running ones own mini-business.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        None at this level.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        No calculators at this level.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Elementary students work closely with their homeroom teachers and our Early Literacy Instructor to assess, build, and challenge reading skills. Students use multiple learning tools and approaches to build reading fluency including high-frequency site words, phonics, one-on-one reading with teachers and peers and iPads among others.


        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

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

      • Literature

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        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

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        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

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        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

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Technology is woven into the curriculum from Grade 1 on. Our 1-to-1 laptop program begins in Grade 6 with school provided laptops. Grades 10-12 students use laptops and/or tablets of their choice. Students in Grades 7-9 are required to take courses in design which includes engineering, architecture, digital media, and robotics.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Children have a period of time at the end of each class to go outside and explore, move and participate in active songs and games. Our Explore Garden is both a teaching area and an area for movement and guided games.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        The Athletics Program at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is consistent with our mission. Character and leadership are the cornerstones of our program and we look for ways to enhance them at every opportunity. Character is developed through successes and failures in team and individual sports including basketball, badminton, volleyball, field hockey, rugby, cross country running and track and field. It is through these athletic endeavours that students learn the values of sportsmanship and co-operation as well as determination and perseverance towards a common goal.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Kindergarten at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an innovative, collaborative and inquiry-based program that instills a joy and love for life-long learning. It promotes the development of the whole child in a safe and nurturing learning environment. We believe each day should be filled with laughter, shared stories and learning experiences so their unique talents will emerge and flourish.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      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."

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      "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

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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."

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      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."

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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


      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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Our mission – to develop well-balanced students for a life of purpose by inspiring excellence in scholarship, leadership and character.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Maria Montessori School

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir 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

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR 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.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    • Exploration beyond the classroom is not "extra" at STS. It's essential. We call these studies "co-curricular" rather than "extra-curricular". We believe our robust co-curricular program contributes to the poise and confidence of our students. The program is also an important part of what creates strong connections between students, and with the faculty. The combination of academics, options and co-curriculars give your child the chance to satisfy their curiosity and broaden their horizons in unexpected ways. While our teacher-led co-curriculars are energizing and mind-opening, they're also an opportunity to make strong connections with regular class studies. Faculty are intentional in strengthening coursework through co-curriculars. They are also quick to recognize when a student's interest is piqued during class, and will guide the student to a fitting co-curricular to further the classroom experience. Co-curricular activities contribute to your child's academic skills, leadership abilities and character.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Feb 10, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    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.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    The Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School experience encourages students to find their passions, give back to their community, and prepare themselves for a life of purpose. To that end, our students are inspired to seek excellence in scholarship, leadership, and character.

    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.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Early decision - November 30, 2019

    Regular decision - February 10, 2019

    Rolling admission begins February 11, 2020

    The full application to STS includes:

    1. Online Application

    2. Confidential School Report Form

    3. Final Report Cards from previous two years

    4. Most Recent Report Card or Progress Report

    5. Interview

    6. Individual or Group Assessment

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Dan Hays (1954)
    Retired Senator, member of the Privy Council of Canada, partner at Norton Rose Canada
    Nick Graham (1976)
    Owner of Fresh Happy People & former Chief Underwear Officer of Joe Boxer Corp.
    Shanoon Bowen-Smed (1982)
    President and CEO, Bowen Workplace Solutions
    Jill Nation (1970)
    Physician and professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary
    Justice Rosemary Nation (1971)
    Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
    Albert Schultz (1981)
    Actor, director and founding artistic director of Toronto’s celebrated Soulpepper Theatre Company
    Jamie Clarke (1986)
    Extreme adventurer, Everest summiteer, owner of Out There Adventure Centre & Live Out There web business
    Dave Pierce (1990)
    Emmy award-winning songwriter, composer, producer
    Judd Palmer (1990)
    Owner of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop
    Craig Adams (1995)
    Professional NHL player
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