Montessori high schools

Find the top Montessori high schools in Canada.


On this page, we cover private Montessori high schools. This includes schools in Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Pickering, and ScarboroughOntario, and across Canada.

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a thorough discussion of the Montessori method and philosophy, check out our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of Montessori high schools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Montessori high schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori high school
  6. Further resources




Montessori high schools include students aged 14 to 18, the equivalent of grades 9 to 12 in most schools. In Montessori high schools, students do lots of independent and group work. They also begin note-taking, assignments, and tests, to prepare for university. Below, we list Montessori high schools. These schools can be filtered for several different features.




 
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"We identify the experiences that facilitate education that empowers the individual and fosters a community of collaborative contributors through interdisciplinary, integrated integrated projects." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $9,565 to $32,000
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Richmond Hill, Ontario
Bayview/Hwy 407
 
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"TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance for life." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $20,850 to $36,770
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Richmond Hill, Ontario
Yonge Street/Silverwood Ave.
 
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"Century Private School in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with small class ratio to ensure best learning for our students." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $18,500 to $28,500
  • Day school
  • 0 students
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Toronto, Ontario
Queen St E/Woodbine Ave
 
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"ATI is a school for ambitious teens who want to develop into independent, curious, self-motivated individuals who thrive in school and in life. Gain the skills, knowledge and agency to build the future that you want." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $18,000
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Kanata, Ontario
Eagleson Road/Stonehaven Drive
 
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"For more than 40 years, Kanata Montessori has been graduating students with self-confidence, critical thinking skills, respect, grace and courtesy, high academic achievement, and an international perspective." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $16,750 to $22,500
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Unionville, Ontario
Kennedy Road/16th Avenue
 
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"UC offers year-ahead advanced programs from pre-school to Grade 10. We blend high standards for academic success with the social and emotional development of the individual child." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $10,000 to $18,350
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Toronto, Ontario
University Ave./Dundas street
 
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"Cornerstone students love to shape the future. They INSPIRE learning, DISCOVER their potential, EMPOWER themselves to be innovative citizens. Our boundless learning strategies open doors for successful learning." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; Montessori
  • $15,800 to $26,000
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Ottawa, Ontario
Alta Vista Drive/Industrial Road
 
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"OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $9,765 to $16,850
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Hamilton, Ontario
Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
 
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"Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering academic programs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $21,123 to $33,334
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Toronto, Ontario
 
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"Guidepost is a new Montessori school coming to Toronto, serving children from 10 weeks to 12 years old. We offer year-round programming and rolling admissions into our programs to meet the needs of every family." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $20,700 to $25,350
  • Day school
  • 100 students
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Ottawa, Ontario
Bank Street/Marché Way
 
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"The Element nurtures focused, engaged and internally motivated students who strive to do their best. The Element High School provides conditions that will put youth ‘in their element,’ in school and beyond." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $19,760 to $23,005
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Markham, Ontario
14th Ave/Kennedy
 
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"Trillium School is a private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Markham with Montessori-based kindergarten." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $8,200 to $41,500
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Fredericton, New Brunswick
 
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"The main objective of FMA is to provide your child with a planned and stimulating environment in order for them to be able to reach their own individual and highest learning potential while honouring the whole child." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $9,500 to $14,500
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Oshawa, Ontario
Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
 
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"At G.B.MS, D.E.P.S and Durham Academy Secondary school focus is on each individual student and helping them meet their unique potential and goals. We believe in excellent customer service and families have a voice. Throughout the year we enhance our programs through program enhancement and enrichment." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $10,400 to $14,000
  • Day, Homestay
  • 187 students
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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.



 

Bond Academy


Toronto, Ontario
Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
 
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"Our Beyond the Books approach provides opportunities for success in class & beyond; nurturing the growth of students' confidence & self-esteem, to take risks when learning, to reach their personal & academic potential.

  1. Character Education
  2. Free Before/After School Program
  3. Weekly Swimming Lessons
  4. Early start French Classes

—From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $7,000 to $16,000
 
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Markham, Ontario
Kennedy Road/Steeles Avenue
 
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"Located in Markham, Ontario, Town Centre Private Schools is an International Baccalaureate® Continuum School offering a Montessori Pre-School program as well as an IB Elementary School and optional IB Diploma Programme." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $3,690 to $18,950
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For general advice on how to choose private schools, check out our choosing a school guide and read advice from leading education experts. For advice specific to choosing Montessori schools (including high schools), 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 way to find a school, Montessori or otherwise. We have annual private school expos in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halton-peel. These expos allow you to speak with tonnes of private schools in Canada. Many of these are Montessori schools (some of which are high schools). Find a Montessori high school near you.

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Open house events

Open houses are another effective way to learn about private schools. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits.





The cost of Montessori high schools tends to be lower than the cost of other private high schools. 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.

Some Montessori high schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Some offer scholarships (a form of merit-based financial aid). Check out our financial aid guide for more on these options.

Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori high schools:


 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Westmont Montessori School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $9,565 to $32,000
  • $10,600 to $32,0001%Preschool - 12$5,000
    TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (870 students)
  • $19,100 to $32,700
  • $26,750 to $32,700Preschool - 12
    Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • $18,0007 - 8
    OMS Montessori
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $12,864 to $21,384
  • $14,664 to $21,38410%Nursery/Toddler - 6$2,500
    Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (1285 students)
  • $19,349 to $32,052
  • $19,349 to $32,05210%JK - 12$4,500
    Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Nursery/Toddler - 8
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $18,810 to $21,905
  • $18,810 to $21,905



     
     
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    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (12 students)
  • Day school (338 students)
  • $13,500 to $16,800
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 18Full-time Dedicated ClassMedium integration
    Westmont Montessori School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $9,565 to $32,000
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
    TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (870 students)
  • $19,100 to $32,700
  • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousNo support
    Century Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,550 to $27,000
  • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 20No supportLight integration
    Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 12No supportHeavy integration
    Kanata Montessori
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • $16,750 to $18,500
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
    Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $7,400 to $17,250
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
    Unionville College
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $9,500 to $17,400
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
    Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $15,800 to $18,960
  • Liberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
    OMS Montessori
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $12,864 to $21,384
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 25Withdrawal AssistanceLight integration
    Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (1285 students)
  • $19,349 to $32,052
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20No supportHeavy integration
    Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 10No supportLight integration
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $18,810 to $21,905
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportHeavy integration
    Trillium School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • $11,500 to $37,500
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
    Fredericton Montessori Academy
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $9,500 to $14,500
  • MontessoriAcceleratedRigorousIndirect SupportLight integration
    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Day school
  • $1,020 to $11,500
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 16Indirect SupportMedium integration





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    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (12 students)
  • Day school (338 students)
  • $13,500 to $16,800
  • Westmont Montessori School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $9,565 to $32,000
  • TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (870 students)
  • $19,100 to $32,700
  • Century Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,550 to $27,000
  • Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • Kanata Montessori
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • $16,750 to $18,500
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $7,400 to $17,250
  • Unionville College
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $9,500 to $17,400
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $15,800 to $18,960
  • OMS Montessori
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $12,864 to $21,384
  • Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (1285 students)
  • $19,349 to $32,052
  • Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $18,810 to $21,905
  • Trillium School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • $11,500 to $37,500
  • Fredericton Montessori Academy
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $9,500 to $14,500
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Day school
  • $1,020 to $11,500








  • Montessori high schools have lots of self-directed learning, group projects, and challenging work. Overall, their approach to education is progressive, and constrasts with more mainstream schools

    For further discussion of Montessori high school (not to mention preschool, middle school, and elementary school), see our main Montessori school guide.

    Montessori school curriculum

    In some Montessori high schools, students have long uninterrupted work periods, of two to three hours. During these periods, students can often work on their own chosen tasks.

    On the other hand, Montessori students need to work through a challenging curriculum. They must master material in compulsory subjects such as math, science, history, and English. And, they’ll have the option of taking other subjects, such as geography, economics, and psychology.

    Montessori high schools prepare students for university or college. Unlike preschool and elementary schools, they give students tests and assignments. They also grade many of these (though less than in mainstream schools).

    Students are also given credits and grades for courses. Like mainstream high schools, for students to graduate with a diploma, their curriculum must meet the standards of the Ministry of Education.

    For more details, see our guide to Montessori curriculum.

    Child-specific advice on choosing a Montessori school
    Read our child-specific insights on choosing the right school, including Montessori schools. We explore how choosing the right type of school crucially depends on kids' unique traits, such as their mental and academic focussocial tendencies,  and activity level.

    To customize over 350 school profiles with insights unique to your child's traits, create a child profile through an Our Kids user account.

    Montessori teaching approach

    Montessori high schools have an interesting teaching approach. Some lectures are given, though less than in mainstream high schools. Teachers must ensure students master the basics, especially in required subjects. Usually, though, the teacher doesn’t stand in the front of the classroom, and students don’t sit at desks.

    Teachers use textbooks in some courses. Often, though, each student will have their own textbook, tailored to their special learning level. Rarely will there be one textbook for the entire class.

    Students have the option to work alone or in groups to complete some projects, with some guidance from the teacher. Moreover, teachers give them quite a bit of freedom to choose their tasks and work at their own pace.












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