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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    TMS

    TMS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1991

     

    1961


     

    Enrolment

     

    20

     

    800


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to K

     

    Preschool 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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Montessori, 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.
     
    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.

     

    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

     

    Accelerated curriculum


     

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

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $3,500 to $3,900

     

    $18,300 to $31,350


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    5

     

    50


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    85%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    TMS

    TMS

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    TMS

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    TMS

    "TMS teachers nurture students’ abilities to be free-thinking, independent, passionate, and intrinsically motivated from such a young age.""
    Alexandra Makos - Parent   (Jul 11, 2019)
    We have one child that recently completed the Toddler program, and who is moving on to Children's Ho...
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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.

    TMS

    TMS was founded by Helma Trass, who learned the instructional approach from Maria Montessori herself. Trass was at the leading edge of Montessori education in Canada, and the school is, today, home to one of the longest running programs of its kind in the country. The elementary program that she began remains vital today, and it retains her dedication to the core ideals of the Montessori method. With the addition of middle and high-school programs, the school grew to become one of the largest Montessori programs in North America. The rebranding, from the initial Toronto Montessori Schools, to the acronym TMS, was adopted along with the growth of the school into the upper Grades. While the program is continuous, it is divided between two campuses, with preschool through Grade 6 taught at the Bayview campus, and Grades 7 through 12 at the Elgin Mills campus, which was opened in 2009. That campus is also home to the IB program, one that further extends an already impressive breadth of instruction.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    TMS

    TMS

    Highlights

    Highlights

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    TMS

    • Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes
    • Two beautifully designed campuses in Richmond Hill
    • Co-ed student population of over 800
    • Co-curricular activities
    • Competitive (CISAA) and house-league sports and athletic teams
    • Virtual Information Sessions Available

    Description

    Description

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

    TMS

    Founded in 1961, TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a uniquely designed framework combining the Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. TMS operates from two beautiful campuses in Richmond Hill, Ontario with exceptional learning environments for students of all ages and stages. Our Lower School (at Bayview Avenue and Hwy 407) offers a Montessori start for students from 18 months to Grade 6. Our Upper School (at Bayview Avenue and Elgin Mills Road) is the only independent school in York Region that offers the International Baccalaureate Programme for students in Grades 7 to 12. Our co-ed student population of over 800 thrives in academics while developing the life-changing mindsets of entrepreneurial thinking, positivity, and resilience that build a foundation for Significance at university, and in life. The unique design of the TMS student journey provides a framework within which your child can say I Am Known. Get to know us. │www.tmsschool.ca

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Maria Montessori School

    THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    TMS

    TMS

    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.

    Thank you for your interest in TMS!

    It is a pleasure to share with you some of the special features that give our school its unique identity and which inspire those of us who work here to give our very best to every child. Our students experience a warm and nurturing environment every single day when they walk through our doors. We are a community of caring and innovative educators and support staff, and students who continually amaze us with their artistic, academic, athletic, and linguistic prowess and their desire to grow and develop as responsible young citizens.

    We appreciate that a school is more than a collection of individuals. For us, a school is a place where lasting relationships are formed, where lifelong interests and aptitudes develop, and where character is refined and shaped by exposure to a wide range of beliefs, traditions and views of the world. Finding the right school for your children is one of the most important gifts you can bestow upon them. Our students develop strong attachments to TMS, both during their time with us and after they leave us. When our graduates venture off into the world, they do so equipped with the knowledge, resilience and sound ethical framework that comes from being known and cared for deeply as individuals.

    Indeed, the phrase I Am Known sums up in a few words our entire approach to educating children. From the youngest children in our Toddler program to our graduating classes in Grade 12, our students know the feeling of being supported and guided as unique individuals.

    We place high value at TMS on academic rigour and our graduates are accepted at outstanding universities in Canada and abroad. Of equal importance to us, however, is that our students leave TMS not only with a broad knowledge base but with an educated heart and an internationally-minded outlook on the world.

    As a leading Montessori school in Canada, we believe strongly in the world-class education that TMS teachers provide our 18 month-old to Grade 6 students. Beginning in Grade 7, we offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme which culminates in the IB Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12. The IB is globally recognized as a rigorous and holistic curriculum which provides an outstanding preparation for university studies. Our skilled and experienced IB teachers help our students to achieve their full potential, and our IB scores are well above the world average.

    During these very challenging times for all of us, TMS has continued to offer an outstanding education to our students. As we open our doors for the new school year, we will continue to do everything possible to keep our students and staff safe and well, and to promote the values that have guided our school for the past 60 years.

    I invite you to contact our Enrolment Management team for much more information about our programs, people and facilities. Ask questions, explore our website, schedule a virtual visit and let us invite you to learn more about one of the leading independent schools in Ontario.

    Yours sincerely,

    Andrew Cross
    Head of School
    TMS
     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      TMS

      TMS


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      TMS

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      TMS

      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.

      TMS

      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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      TMS

      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

      TMS

      Lower School - 18 months to Grade 6 Internationally Recognized Flagship Montessori Program Upper School - Grade 7 to 10 International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Grade 11 to 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) TMS students thrive in academics while developing the life-changing mindsets of entrepreneurial thinking, positivity, and resilience that build a foundation for Significance not just at university, but in life.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        None at this level.

        TMS

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        No calculators at this level.

        TMS

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        TMS

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        TMS

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        TMS

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        No
        Testing is not part of the Montessori approach.

        TMS

        No

      • Writing

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        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

        TMS

        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

        TMS

        Zoology

      • Social Studies

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        TMS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        TMS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Maria Montessori School

        THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        TMS

        TMS


        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.

        TMS

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      TMS

      TMS


      Approach

      Approach

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      TMS

      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.

      TMS

      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.


      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.

      TMS

      TMS has garnered a reputation for creating an extraordinary learning environment. Up to Grade 6, the curriculum is based on the core premise of a Montessori education: that students need to drive their own learning. Using materials and processes that make abstract ideas concrete, students initiate their learning and can assess their own progress. This balance between the freedom and responsibility of a child produces highly competent learners who are self-reliant, self-disciplined and self-confident.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      TMS

      TMS


      Pace

      Pace

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      TMS

      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.

      TMS

      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.


      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.

      TMS

      Montessori Program - Toddler to Grade 6 IB MYP and DP- Grades 7 to 12 Varies by level

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      TMS

      TMS


      Culture

      Culture

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Supportive

      TMS

      Rigorous


      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.

      TMS

      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.

      TMS

      TMS offers a uniquely designed framework that combines a Montessori start and International Baccalaureate (IB) finish. Our academics are rigorous and each student is "known" and supported. We deliver an accredited educational experience designed to inspire and challenge students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.


      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."

      TMS

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      The Maria Montessori School

      THE MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      TMS

      TMS


      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."

      TMS

      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."

      TMS

      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.

      TMS

      At TMS every student is "Known". TMS provides an environment where students are cared for. TMS students are given a foundation to grow, to be ambitious and bold. TMS creates opportunities for children to be inspired by learning through experimentation, exploration, and self-discovery.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Maria Montessori School

    TMS

    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

    TMS

    TMS


    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

    TMS

    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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K

     

    Yes


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    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.




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