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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Alcuin College

    ALCUIN COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1999

     

    2012


     

    Enrolment

     

    120

     

    90


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6

     

    K to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    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."
     

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
     

     

    Academic culture

     
    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

     

    Varies

     

    8 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated class; 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

     

    $10,000 to $11,000

     

    $17,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    11

     

    7


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Alcuin College

    ALCUIN COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    ALCUIN COLLEGE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    "The teachers there are top-notch."
    Winnie Chan - Parent   (Mar 09, 2021)
    My children spent most of their childhood at Trinity Montessori School. They loved the field trips ...
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    "The academic excellence at Trinity Montessori School surpassed our expectations."
    E Poon - Parent   (Mar 09, 2021)
    Both of our daughters have been going to Trinity Montessori School since they were 18 months old, an...
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    ALCUIN COLLEGE

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Founded in 1999, TMS has developed a reputation for offering a strong academic program that maintains a high fidelity to the core of the Montessori approach as demonstrated by CCMA accreditation. The program is regularly assessed through certification and EQAO testing, and families are drawn by the keen attention to the development of core numeracy, literacy, and early exposure to French. The size of the school hits a bit of a sweet spot, allowing for a full range of curricular and extracurricular programming, while also maintaining a close, personal, community-oriented feel. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a hands-on, social, challenging yet supportive academic environment.

    ALCUIN COLLEGE

    Alcuin College was founded in 2012 in the understanding that learning begins with a relationship between student and teacher, and flourishes within a community of learners. The goal is to begin with all the things that students bring with them into the classroom—the curiosities, the concerns—and to use them as the basis for aspirations—to learn, to grow, and connect with others. As much as possible, instruction is tutorial, bringing students together in small groups around specific tasks or inquiries. Teachers are hired for both their experience in the classroom as well as in the community, which adds a nice dimension to the life of the school, in that learning is taken beyond the walls of the school itself. The curriculum is challenging, though the support is as well, ensuring that students remain on task and engaged.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Alcuin College

    ALCUIN COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    ALCUIN COLLEGE

    • The unique relationship between student and teacher is central to successful learning at Alcuin
    • The diverse characteristics, strengths, and challenges of each child matter
    • Our intimate setting allows students to feel safe, accepted, and respected
    • We ensure smaller tutorial groups of students, under the expert guidance of a master teacher
    • We offer a rich, rigorous, and personalized education that fosters creativity and achievement
    • A hands-on approach allows students to investigate their world and take charge of their learning
    • Our inquiry approach allows student to explore topics that are of personal interest
    • Students develop analytic and creative skills, and are challenged to think critically and to reflect
    • Our K-2 program offers a full day of outdoor exploration each week
    • We are a community; students, teachers and parents are partners in learning

    Description

    Description

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Trinity Montessori School was established in 1999 and is a CCMA accredited school located in Markham. We have an excellent reputation and receive many of our students through direct referral from current and former parents. Our staff members are friendly and nurturing. We strive to instill in children self confidence and a passion for learning through our diverse and enriched educational environment. We offer stimulating intellectual and cultural experiences for children from 1.5 to 12 years old.

    ALCUIN COLLEGE

    Alcuin College is a progressive, independent K-12 school rooted in curiosity-led learning. We specialize in providing an innovative, hands-on education based on the Liberal Arts. As an independent school on Vancouver’s North Shore, Alcuin attracts students who are coping in their current schools, but are not necessarily thriving, or who are uninspired. Our very small class sizes ensure personal attention, and our challenging curriculum is enriched by the resources and expertise available in our local community.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Alcuin College

      ALCUIN COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Traditional

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      TRINITY 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.

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Our elementary curriculum is based upon Montessori principles, which guide students to learn about the universe and their place in it. Our dedicated teaching staff follows an interdisciplinary approach to learning, highlighting the importance of the interconnectedness and interdependence of different subjects within the curriculum. We strive to enrich our curriculum with elements from the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring that our students are well prepared when they move on to other schools in grade 7. Through our school's participation in the Montessori Model United Nations held annually in New York, our elementary students gain valuable opportunities to engage in global citizenship and enhanced awareness of international social, economic and humanitarian issues and challenges.

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Alcuin College was founded upon the desire for a successful model of education that focuses on the long-term growth and development of the student. We want our children to become true life-long learners, striving to be the best that they can be, inspired by teachers, parents and experts who themselves are scholars. Through our inquiry approach, students are actively engaged in the learning process and develop an understanding of themselves as learners and as citizens of a community. Our approach encourages students to take charge of their learning and offers opportunities for them to expand their capacity to think, create and innovate, and construct meaning about the world. Smaller tutorial groups of students, under the personal and expert guidance of a master teacher, develop analytic and creative skills and are challenged to think critically, to reflect, to speak and to write with logic and concision. The unique and fundamental relationship between student and teacher is central to successful learning.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Alcuin College

      ALCUIN COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRINITY 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.

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      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

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      We have four fully-equipped, bright and spacious Montessori Casa classrooms for ages 2.5 – 6 years old. The curriculum follows the Montessori approach, which offers a broad range of materials to help the child grow independently, academically and socially. Through their work, the children develop concentration, motivation, persistence and discipline, which are qualities that will help the child in their future. All Casa students will receive daily French lessons and weekly music and art lessons from specialized teachers.

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      We offer a rich, personalised programme that engages students through inquiry as they build their foundational literacy and numeracy skills. Our Kindergarten is a full-day, play-based programme, where students spend one day of the week actively exploring the outdoors, discovering new information about their world, and developing their language and thinking skills, their social and emotional skills, and their self-awareness. Our Grade 1-2 programme builds on foundational literacy and numeracy skills and offers students the opportunity to engage in explorations that encourage critical and creative thinking and allows them to explore their interests and discoveries as they develop their skills. Students in Grades 1 and 2 continue to spend one day of the week actively exploring the outdoors.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Alcuin College

      ALCUIN COLLEGE


      Culture

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TRINITY MONTESSORI 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”.

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      In our Casa program, children are encouraged to work to the best of their ability in order to reach their full potential. The Montessori materials foster a love for learning and aid a child to reach for a high level of academic excellence. Our Elementary program follows the Ontario Curriculum and is enriched with the Montessori philosophy. The blend of both curriculums challenge children to a higher level of academics as well as provides hands-on opportunities to learn through enriched field trips, interactive learning and competitive activities.

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Trinity Montessori School

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Alcuin College

      ALCUIN COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      Secondary

      Secondary

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      A balance of both intellect and emotions are criticalin a child's development. Our aim is to foster academically strong and creative individuals, who are confident and capable leaders as well. Ultimately, developing students of character and integrity, who become respected and contributing memebers of society will help prepare our students for the future.

      ALCUIN COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Trinity Montessori School

    Alcuin College

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Trinity Montessori School

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Alcuin College

    ALCUIN COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    TRINITY 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

    ALCUIN COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    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

    What the school says

    What the school says

    TRINITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Toddlers (18 months) to Casa (6years):  Interested families are required to come in for a tour with their child.                                     

    Grade 1 to Grade 6:  An assessment is required to ensure the student can cope with the curriculum provided by the school.   

     

     




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