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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1991

     

    1996


     

    Enrolment

     

    20

     

    300


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to K

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, Hebrew


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

     

    Arts


     

    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."

    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


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $3,500 to $3,900

     

    $16,295 to $19,355


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    40%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    JK to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $4,485

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    5

     

    27


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School was founded in 1996 in part as an expression of the work and values of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leader who championed empathy, justice, and wonder. Among many other things in his life, Heschel participated in the civil rights movement and marched alongside Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama. He later commented that, “When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying.” It’s that spirit that the Toronto Heschel school continues to embrace today. The community of the school is diverse, with families drawn to the provision of a strong, challenging academic program within the context of social justice and the values of caring and respect for others. When students arrive they enter a community that expresses those values in all aspects of the life of the school, and are inspired to actively participate within them.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    • Bilingual Hebrew/English learning environment
    • Curriculum integrates general and Jewish studies with learning through the arts
    • Fostering social-emotional learning and derekh eretz
    • Platinum EcoSchool! Outdoor education on our 6-acre campus includes classrooms and a hands-on garden
    • Multi-denominational Jewish student body
    • Active parent chevra community
    • Before- and after-school care and onsite extra-curricular activities available
    • Subsidized bussing offered
    • Optional hot kosher lunch program
    • Voted Best Private School by readers of the North York Mirror (2020) and Covenant Award winner

    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.

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Heschel provides a progressive Jewish education within a close, caring community. We aim to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in your children, and a lifelong love of learning. Heschel offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum built upon arts-based activities and Jewish culture and literacy. Our welcoming and egalitarian school promotes mutual respect, concern for others, and social justice. Graduates embody the confidence, skills and compassion to be thought leaders and engaged community members.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

    At Heschel, we are proud to integrate a deep love for Jewish learning with the highest academic standards. Our inclusive pluralistic community invites Jewish families with diverse perspectives to join in a respectful learning community. Our cutting-edge integrated curriculum is based on research and development of best educational practices. We nurture the habits of heart, soul, body and mind that enable children to flourish academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

    Our team of passionate, highly qualified teachers see themselves as on-going learners and reflective practitioners. We strive to deepen our understanding of how children learn best so that we can design the optimum learning experiences for each child.

    Together with our teachers, our families are our most valued partners in achieving the best education for children. Families play a tremendous role in shaping and upholding the inclusive, nurturing, and positive culture of our school. The values of our parent body provide the context for our educational approach to succeed.

    Greg Beiles, Head of School

     

    Please click HERE to watch video greetings from Moreh Greg!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      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.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      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


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Heschel's award-winning, integrated curriculum helps each student develop their potential to think deeply, creatively and flexibly. The curriculum is organized by thematic units, rooted in a Jewish theme, enabling students to make meaningful connections across the disciplines. Heschel's teaching methodology is based on the "Teaching for Understanding" model that originated at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Heschel teachers use many tools to achieve understanding, including the arts, multiple intelligences and multi-sensory learning. Children are taught in small skill groups, which provide each student with a high level of personal attention. Heschel's immersive Ivrit b'Ivrit program produces graduates with a very high level of Hebrew competency. Our kindergarten classes are completely bilingual, with two teachers in the room at all times, one of whom speaks only Hebrew with the students. By elementary school, students converse fluently in Hebrew. By junior high, students write essays, poetry, scripts and screenplays in Hebrew. Heschel is a leader in environmental education and is the first Jewish Day School in Ontario to achieve Platinum Eco School Status.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Traditionally, mathematics programs emphasized quick and accurate paper and pencil calculations. However, to be successful in the 21st century, students must learn to think numerically. The best math teachers now focus on students’ numeracy skills, teaching them to be mathematically literate. They make sure students understand the why and how. Learning mathematics is more than manipulating symbols and numbers. It involves fluency with how numbers combine, break apart, group and regroup, and investigation into the relative size of numbers and their relationships. Heschel students develop a toolkit of mental math strategies. Visual images, concrete materials, strategy games and practice materials are presented in a carefully thought-out sequence. Teachers ask students to represent a problem in different ways, in different contexts and for different ends. Multiple representations allow students to develop strong number sense, approaching calculations flexibly and creatively and noticing when a calculation is required in the “real world.”


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        None at this level.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        No calculators at this level.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        We discourage the use of calculators in order to encourage students to practice mental math strategies and enhance their global understanding of numeracy.

      • Early Reading

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Reading skills in kindergarten are often learned through books of songs or poems. At times in JK, children use their song books to follow along with the words to the song. In SK, poems are introduced to the whole class, written on chartpaper and chanted together. Children then locate letters and/or words in the poem, both as a group and then individually. Reading strategies in SK and Grade 1 are explicitly taught via CAFE methodology, modelling direct reading strategies including comprehension, decoding, expression and vocabulary building. After a strategy is taught, children then read independently or with a partner to practice using the strategy modeled by the teacher, reading texts they can decode and comprehend independently. Teachers assess what specific skills are needed by each child and give them either direct feedback or they work with a group of children who need to acquire the same skill.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        No
        Testing is not part of the Montessori approach.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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

      • Writing

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        All children seek to express their ideas and experiences, both orally and in writing, and are curious about the ideas and experiences of others as portrayed in books and other media. Our approach to teaching literacy at Heschel is informed by our commitment to shaping lifelong readers, writers, and both expressers and investigators of meaning. Students are encouraged from an early age to decode and construct meaning in what they read, to think like writers, and to use models for writing in various styles, be it poetic, narrative, expository, or persuasive. Thinking like a writer begins with learning what great writers do and how they do it. Students learn from model texts and ‘writers in residence’ and synthesize what those writers do well in order to convey their messages clearly. Students then use those techniques, in conjunction with previously learned skills and devices, to craft their own pieces of writing.

      • Science

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Children are curious by nature. Be it about birds, trees, flowing water, the stars, or the soil beneath their feet, they are naturally moved to ask questions, make observations, form hypotheses and conclusions, without conscious awareness that they are behaving like scientists. Science classes at Heschel, in contrast to many modern science classes that attempt to fill the heads of the students with the scientific knowledge that has been amassed over centuries, aim to kindle within students wonder and amazement while honing the skills necessary to use the scientific method for satisfying that curiosity. Science classes at THS are designed for students to take risks and explore unknown ideas, focusing on the scientific method as a way to train the mind to think clearly and logically. As a result, students have the tools they need to make sense of their world and feel empowered and confident in their conclusions.


        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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.


        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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Studying history at Heschel is not about memorizing facts like key dates and events but understanding the impact of these events and experiences on different cultures. It is an active process in which students engage in inquiry, research, observation, hypothesizing, and refining their thinking. Students learn how to analyze different sources, make connections between different events and experiences to uncover universal themes that emerge throughout history, and make history relevant by relating it to events that may be occurring today. Understanding gained through prior learning becomes a foundation for structured inquiry, promoting creative thinking and enabling students to ask questions and effectively seek out more precise knowledge. Looking at artifacts, geography, architecture, texts and artwork helps students to form a holistic understanding of different times and their impact. Students learn how to form their own ideas and make their understanding personally and culturally relevant.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

         

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        One of the most effective models for bilingual learning involves making a clear demarcation between the primary adult speakers of each language. Heschel utilizes a two-teacher model in JK and SK, whereby one teacher communicates with the students in English while the other communicates only in Hebrew. Students learn through visuals, facial expressions, gestures, songs, and repetition. While at first, children may find it unusual to encounter a teacher speaking only in Hebrew, it does not take long before they adapt to this new, interesting, and cognitively stimulating environment. Learning Hebrew in elementary grades involves complete immersion during lessons in Hebrew. Immersion is a highly effective approach to promote comprehension and speech, as language acquisition occurs via osmosis. We encourage students to speak Hebrew by having real conversations in natural circumstances. By Junior High, students are able to explore Jewish texts in Hebrew, graduating with a high degree of fluency.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Thinking as an artist helps students to express their knowledge in a creative, often non-linear way, unconstrained by written or oral expression. It teaches them to think metaphorically or abstractly, and to approach a problem in an interpretive or inventive manner. Our students create multimedia artworks, expressing complex ideas that integrate their knowledge across multiple disciplines. Students use a wide range of materials in traditional and experimental ways, thinking flexibly and imaginatively about how form can convey deep meaning. Grade 5 students create macramé sculptures that reflect slaves finding freedom in Exodus, and via the Underground Railroad. Grade 8 students sculpt activists “praying with their feet,” reflecting deep understanding of AJ Heschel’s march with Martin Luther King Jr. and their commitment to social justice through action. Students’ work is displayed to the Heschel community, invoking further reflection and discussion, and elevating the importance of the arts within the school.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Physical Education

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        At Heschel, Phys Ed is taught much like the way students learn any other subject, learning the fundamentals before moving on to the final product. Like learning to read letters, words and paragraphs before reading a whole book, we teach the building blocks of different games and practise their basic skills before progressing to playing competitive games. For example, students learn to throw, catch and dribble and to feel comfortable with those skills before progressing to playing a game of basketball. Teaching the child skills rather than throwing them directly into a game boosts their self-esteem that they can do things. When we move to playing on teams, everyone has had the same training and is included in the game. As the students move into Junior High, they learn all of the intricate game rules and take on leadership roles in learning to referee the games they are playing.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      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.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Our Kindergarten program is a bilingual (English-Hebrew), immersive program where students learn through hands-on activities, discussion and play. Lessons are multi-sensory. Our curriculum is organized according to generative topics that integrate learning across all disciplines. Building social and emotional skills is also at the forefront of the program.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Heschel's teaching methodology is based on the “Teaching for Understanding” model that originated at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Heschel teachers use many tools to achieve understanding, including the arts, multiple intelligences and multi-sensory learning. Children are taught in small skill groups, which provide each student with a high level of personal attention.


      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."

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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."

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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."

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      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.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Our progressive interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to nurture the habits of heart, soul, body and mind that enable children to flourish academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    The Maria Montessori School

    The Toronto Heschel School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    We do accept special needs students, and with some minor adaptation and accommodation they are presented materials and advance as any other child. In virtually all cases the child continues through the full three year program with noticeable and sometimes very significant benefits.

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Children with a minor diagnosed difficulty are accepted at The Maria Montessori School. Because all children find some aspects of some tasks difficult to some degree at some point in their development, the Montessori method seamlessly adapts to the developmental pace of both gifted and challenged learners alike.

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Small ratios, with capacity for accommodations for students with learning challenges and different learning styles. Generally do not provide one-on-one support outside of the classroom. Open to conversations with families about working together to meet the needs of children with exceptionalities. Achieving a high level of Hebrew fluency is important; children with significant language difficulties may not be set up for success.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Maria Montessori School

    The Toronto Heschel 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

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

    What the school says

    What the school says

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Our admission process includes the following steps:

    1. Come and visit

    We encourage you to join us for a private tour or for an Open House to see for yourself what a Heschel education could mean for your child. Please contact the admissions office at 416-635-1876 ext. 334 or email [email protected] for further information.


    2. Application Form and Fee

    Please complete and submit the Application Form online, together with the Application Fee of $500 and all supporting documents, including report cards.


    3. Parent Meeting and Student Visit

    Depending on availability and eligibility, we may contact you to schedule a meeting between the parent(s) and the Head of School, as well as a time for the prospective student to visit Heschel. The purpose of the parent meeting and student visit is to ensure that the school is a good fit.


    4. Admission Decision

    Through our admission process, we liaise closely with applicants and their parents. Admissions decisions are based on various factors, including the best interests of the child and his/her family, and the school’s guiding principles. We will notify you in writing whether your child is being offered admission. For students entering JK, the admission process is expected to be completed by the end of January preceding their entry. For students entering other grades, most places will be awarded by April. If vacancies occur, we may accept additional students later in the year.


    5. Deposit

    Upon acceptance, the Application Fee of $500 will be applied as a deposit towards the tuition fee for the year of entry. No refund will be available after an offer of admission has been issued. If we do not admit your child to The Toronto Heschel School, for any reason, the $500 Application Fee will be refunded to you in its entirety.


    6. Tuition Assistance

    We are committed to removing financial barriers for families who choose to provide their child(ren) with a Heschel education. Applications for Tuition Subsidy are available after a student has received a Letter of Acceptance. Any questions about tuition assistance should be addressed to Mark Abramsohn, Director, Business Operations, at 416-635-1876 ext. 225 or [email protected].

     

    Should you have any questions regarding our admission process, please contact Bailey Daniels, Director of Admissions, at 416-635-1876 ext 334 or [email protected]




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