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Mississauga and Halton-Peel Montessori schools

Find the top Montessori schools and programs in Mississauga.

On this page, we cover private schools in the Mississauga area that offer Montessori programs and support. This includes Montessori schools in Etobicoke, Erindale, Malton, Meadowvale, Clarkson, Lorne Park, Streetsville, Port Credit, Erin Mills, Hurontario, Sheridan, Erindale, Credit Valley, and Lakeview.

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a discussion of curriculum and teaching practices, start with our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Mississauga

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Mississauga Montessori schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori education
  6. Further resources


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There are lots of private Montessori schools in Mississauga. These schools vary in terms of their classroom practices, curricular approaches, program offerings, and special needs support. The schools listed below reflect this diversity. They can be filtered for a wide range of features.


 
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • Tall Pines School
  • Ashwood Glen
  • Stirling Montessori Academy
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • MontessoriWorks
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Silver Maple Montessori Private School
  • The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
  • Kaban Montessori School
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • ABC Montessori


  School NameTypeApproachCost

Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (175 students)
Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum, co-ed Montessori program from Toddler to Middle School. Tuition starts at $8,250. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $18,000
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Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$9,500
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Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) (est. 1969)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
RMS is an award-winning progressive private school, and voted the BEST private school in Brampton. We offer a structured programme that is ahead of the Ministry set guidelines. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$7,500 to $13,900
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Peel Montessori Private School (est. 1992)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Peel Montessori School offers an enriched, personalized program. Emphasis is on strong academics, and the development of personal excellence (leadership skills, creativity) in a supportive, family-like environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $18,500

Tall Pines School (est. 1987)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (480 students)
Tall Pines School in Brampton provides enhanced Montessori and traditional classes from Infant to Grade Eight, is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, and is a leader in 21st Century education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,921 to $19,988

Stirling Montessori Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
Our highly qualified staff use the Montessori Method to provide students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and social skills and to enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $11,995

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Northstar Montessori offers authentic Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Mississauga. We pride ourselves on strong character development and supporting life long learners! Now, Swim program is now included. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,500 to $14,900

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,800 to $15,490

Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy (est. 2010)  

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students a supportive environment, which allows them to discover their passions, all while reaching each individuals full potential! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $12,000

Rotherglen School - Mississauga (est. 1979)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$6,700 to $16,800

Rotherglen School - Oakville (est. 1979)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$13,700 to $22,800

MontessoriWorks   

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school
MontessoriWorks provides half/full-day experiential learning programs, based in the Montessori method, conducted in a nurturing, cooperative, supportive environment, for children in preschool through senior kindergarten. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,000 to $13,000

Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,390 to $12,500

Silver Maple Montessori Private School   

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (63 students)
Housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. Offering low teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on personal and social development of each child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,800 to $12,900

The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus (est. 2007)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (69 students)
Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,160 to $13,600

Kaban Montessori School (est. 2002)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$15,000 to $17,000

Fairview Glen Montessori (est. 2007)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (190 students)
Fairview Glen offers authentic Montessori education for children 18 mo.-12 yrs. The academically driven, collaborative and supportive community, also specializes in French, Music, Visual Arts and Phys-Ed programs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$16,200

Dearcroft Montessori School (est. 1968)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,800 to $21,250

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (est. 2000)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School in Mississauga offers Casa Montessori programs for children a ged 2.5 to 6. Before- and after-school care and summer camps also available. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,800 to $11,500

La Villa Montessori School (est. 2012)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (31 students)
La Villa Montessori School is dedicated to following the Montessori philosophy and to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that fulfills a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,100 to $15,608
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ABC Montessori (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. The school offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $10,000


Some schools aren't Montessori schools, but use a Montessori approach for their preschool or daycare program. This approach gives young learners plenty of freedom to choose tasks and activities that interest them, which promotes their independence and confidence. It also strongly emphasizes concrete learning, where children work with lots of hands-on materials, and do practical life activities. Children usually work independently or in small groups in these programs.

  School NameTypeApproachCost

Ashwood Glen   

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • Progressive
$8,500 to $16,500




For general advice on how to choose and evaluate private schools, check out our choosing a school guide and our expert advice guide. For advice on choosing Montessori schools (including preschools), see our Montessori choosing guide. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great starting point for finding a school, at any level. We have annual private school expos in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halton-peel. These expos allow you to speak with lots of private schools in Canada, many of which are Montessori schools, all in one place. Find a Montessori school near you.

Parent discussion forum

Another great resource in your school search is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is an ideal place to discuss options and debate topics related to Montessori schools. Our community of parents, education experts, school officials, and alumni can help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Open house events

Attending open houses is a great way to learn more about schools. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits.


School nameDateLocation
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
  • $7,100 to $13,200
  • August 27, 2019 6:00 pmRowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
    3 Sunforest Drive (Academy campus) Brampton Ontario L6Z 2Z2
    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
  • $7,100 to $13,200
  • September 03, 2019 9:30 amRowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
    ALL 4 campuses Brampton Ontario
    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (175 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • October 19, 2019 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
    2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7
    Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $8,500 to $13,300
  • November 16, 2019 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
    4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
    Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $8,500 to $13,300
  • January 18, 2020 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
    4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
    Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $8,500 to $13,300
  • February 01, 2020 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori Private School
    4900 Tomken Road Mississauga Ontario L4W 1J8
    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (175 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • February 08, 2020 10:00 amClanmore Montessori School
    2463 Lakeshore Road East Oakville Ontario L6J 1M7



    The cost of Montessori schools in Mississauga tends to be lower than the cost of other private schools in Mississauga. In fact, Montessori schools are usually on the lower side of private school tuition in general.

    Private school tuition can range from $5,000 to over $30,000 per year for day students. There are no public Montessori schools in Mississauga, though some public schools use certain Montessori principles.

    Many schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Other schools, though not as many, offer scholarships, which are given based on merit—for instance, in academics or athletics. You can learn more about need- and merit-based financial aid in our dedicated guide. You can also read our guide on preschool costs.

    Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori private schools in Mississauga (including Etobicoke and Port Credit):


     
    Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)



     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (175 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
    Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $9,500 to $9,500
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No support
    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
  • $7,100 to $13,200
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 18No supportHeavy integration
    Peel Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $7,500 to $15,000
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
    Tall Pines School
  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (480 students)
  • $8,720 to $19,748
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18No supportLight integration
    Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $8,500 to $16,500
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 16No supportMedium integration
    Stirling Montessori Academy
  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $6,600 to $11,995
  • MontessoriSupportiveNo support
    Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $8,500 to $13,300
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
    Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,990 to $14,990
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12Resource Assistance
    Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
  • Caledon, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
    Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight integration
    Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • $15,500 to $21,200
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No support
    MontessoriWorks
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo support
    Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16No support
    Silver Maple Montessori Private School
  • Milton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (63 students)
  • $12,000 to $12,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
    The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (69 students)
  • $13,230 to $13,230
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive9 to 24No supportLight integration
    Kaban Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • $14,500 to $15,000
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
    Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (190 students)
  • MontessoriAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
    Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
  • $8,500 to $20,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20No supportLight integration
    Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $6,500 to $11,000
  • MontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15No support
    La Villa Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (31 students)
  • $8,100 to $15,608
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource Assistance
    ABC Montessori
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $9,200 to $9,800
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 14No supportLight integration





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    Learning disorders:
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     Auditory processing disorder
     Dyscalculia
     Dysgraphia
     Language processing disorder
     Non-verbal learning disorders
     Visual motor deficit
    Development disorders:
     Autism
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     Depression
     Suicidal
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     Oppositional defiant disorder
    Physical:
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     Blindness
     Deafness
     Cystic fibrosis
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    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (175 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $9,500 to $9,500
  • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
  • $7,100 to $13,200
  • Peel Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $7,500 to $15,000
  • Tall Pines School
  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (480 students)
  • $8,720 to $19,748
  • Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $8,500 to $16,500
  • Stirling Montessori Academy
  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $6,600 to $11,995
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $8,500 to $13,300
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,990 to $14,990
  • Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy
  • Caledon, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • $15,500 to $21,200
  • MontessoriWorks
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Silver Maple Montessori Private School
  • Milton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (63 students)
  • $12,000 to $12,500
  • The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
  • Milton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (69 students)
  • $13,230 to $13,230
  • Kaban Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • $14,500 to $15,000
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (190 students)
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
  • $8,500 to $20,500
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $6,500 to $11,000
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (31 students)
  • $8,100 to $15,608
  • ABC Montessori
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $9,200 to $9,800








  • Mississauga Montessori schools often have mixed-age classes witgh lots of interaction, student-to-student teaching, and group and independent work. Below, the Montessori philosophy and teaching approach is discussed in more detail. For more comprehensive coverage, see our main Montessori school guide.

    Montessori philosophy

    The Montessori philosophy of education is unique. Some of the main principles of this philosophy are the following:

    Student-centred: Similar to Waldorf and Reggio Emilia schools, students are free to move around the class, choose their own work, and determine the pace of their studies. This can make for a dynamic learning environment. Kids often choose work that’s engaging and stimulating, in this setting, which can give rise to a love of learning.

    Uninterrupted work time: Montessori schools give kids lots of uninterrupted work time, especially at the elementary level. In many schools, they’re given at least one 3-hour, uninterrupted work period to focus on their chosen work, free of interruptions. Uninterrupted work periods are believed to improve children’s concentration, self-discipline, and work habits.

    Concrete learning: Learning tends to be concrete and hands-on. At the primary and elementary level (and sometimes at the secondary level), kids work with lots of different concrete materials, including “manipulatives”—or self-correcting puzzles. They also work with blocks, rods, spindle boxes, and many other materials. Concrete learning engages many of the senses. And, research has shown that it can speed up learning, especially for younger kids.

    No external rewards: In primary and elementary school, kids aren’t given tests or assignments, or graded on any of their work. Kids also aren’t praised very much, and when they are praised, it’s for effort—not outcome. Progress is assessed informally, through observation and developmental rubrics, rather than formally, through grades or report cards.

    Montessori teaching approach

    Montessori teachers rarely provide direct instruction. They almost never stand at the front of the class and lecture to all the students. And when they do lecture, the lectures are usually short, interactive, and engaging.

    More often, though, teachers move around the class, and give lessons to or guide students. They usually work with students one-on-one or in small groups. They often encourage students to repeat and practice activities, and they plan projects to meet each student’s learning needs. Their primary role is to connect students with their work, rather than to impart knowledge to them. Teachers are thus viewed more as “guides” or “mentors” than “teachers” in the traditional sense.

    Montessori schools, in Mississauga and nearby Oakville and Milton, have mixed-age classes, with kids aged 0-3 (toddler), 3-6 (primary), 6-9 (lower-elementary), 9-12 (upper elementary), and so on. The mixed-age classroom informs the teaching approach and learning environment, from preschool to high school

    Most Montessori classes have lots of group work. Kids work together in small groups on projects and tasks, with some guidance from the teacher. Kids help each other, and older kids often mentor their younger classmates, by helping with them with their work and modelling appropriate behaviour.

    This can reinforce knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, for both older and younger kids. This approach can be great for children with special needs.

    Montessori in Mississauga

    Montessori schools in Mississauga are numerous, probably bolstered by the fact that Montessori got its North American beginning in Richmond Hill. Mississauga Montessori schools listed with Ourkids.net are by and large accredited with the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA).

    Not all schools using the name Montessori follow Maria Montessori's original teachings to the same degree, so check into each school closely to see how authentically it follows the Montessori approach.

    Principles of integrity, co-operation, responsibility, and respect are modeled by teachers, emulated by students, and practiced by all."

    Some schools focus on the classroom environment, student-centered academics or the freedom of learning and interaction that Montessori opens up while others preach a very strict adherence to the exact principles espoused by the movement's founder. These include the above but may also include a focus on learning by touch, teachers as mentors and a variety of other strategies that adhere very closely to Maria Montessori's teachings.

    True, Montessori education focuses on three-year age-groupings that encourage learning as a deeply social process. Montessori schools, in fact, go against the notion of small class sizes espoused by other private schools.

    In a Montessori classroom, a number of age groups are all included and older students are encouraged to take on a teacherly role. A wide variety of research confirms the benefits of Montessori's emphasis on independent thinking, self-motivation and social learning.

    Mississauga's Montessori schools are indeed varied, including schools that are faith-based as well as traditional Montessori classrooms. When choosing a school be sure that you understand its implementation of the Montessori method and philosophy. There are a variety of approaches possible and you may be able to find a school in Mississauga that ideally matches your own understanding of the Montessori method.

    Parents and students praise the many benefits of Montessori learning. As one parent has said, "Principles of integrity, co-operation, responsibility, and respect are modeled by teachers, emulated by students, and practiced by all."

    Luminary Montessori graduates include Google co-founder Larry Page, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales and many other creative leaders in a variety of fields. Obviously, this presents an education with a variety of unique benefits for children.

    Meet with Mississauga's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Halton-Peel Private School Expo and Toronto Private School Expo in October. These one-day events are a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.












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