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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


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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.


  School NameTypeApproachCost

TMS (est. 1961)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (775 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$17,485 to $31,350
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Hillfield Strathallan College (est. 1901)  

  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1230 students)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,213 to $50,230
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OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$12,864 to $21,384

Century Private School (est. 1994)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Century Private School in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with small class ratio to ensure best learning for our students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$16,550 to $26,800

The Element High School (est. 2003)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$17,208 to $18,840

A.I.S. School (est. 2016)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Homestay school (100 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
AIS Montessori & Elementary School offers authentic Chinese Immersion program in GTA area.Its average class is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$10,000 to $25,000

Clear Water Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions the brightest students in Calgary and exchange students from around the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$13,300 to $15,100

Trillium School (est. 1991)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
Trillium School is a private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Markham with Montessori-based kindergarten. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$7,600 to $41,500

Cedar Ridge High School (est. 2016)  

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
Cedar Ridge High School is an independent high school, grades 7 to 12, in Kanata, Ontario. Our school offers an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a focus on leadership, innovation, student engagement and academics. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$17,500

J. Addison School (est. 2002)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$15,000 to $42,450

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$13,750 to $24,000

Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,600 to $25,900

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. (est. 1984)  

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Boarding school (0 students)
  • Homestay school (0 students)
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. We also offer March Break and Summer Camps for working parents. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,700 to $11,500


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

Bond Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (350 students)
Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$13,000 to $16,000

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (55 students)
An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$9,250 to $10,975
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Town Centre Private Schools (est. 1986)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools, located in Markham, Ontario, is an IB Continuum World school and offers programs from pre-school to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$5,450 to $16,900




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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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)
TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (775 students)
  • $18,300 to $31,350
  • $25,700 to $31,350K - 12
    Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1230 students)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • $16,428 to $28,775
  • $16,428 to $28,77510%JK - 12$4,500
    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
    Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (55 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • $8,925 to $10,75020%JK - 12$3,000
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • $17,448
    Clear Water Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • $6,775 to $20,000
  • $12,050 to $20,00010%1 - 12



     
     
    Primary curriculum
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    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • $13,000 to $16,000
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Full-time Dedicated ClassMedium integration
    TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (775 students)
  • $18,300 to $31,350
  • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousNo support
    Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1230 students)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • $16,428 to $28,775
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20No supportHeavy integration
    OMS Montessori
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $12,864 to $21,384
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 25Withdrawal AssistanceLight integration
    Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (55 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive13 to 15Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    Century Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,500 to $26,800
  • TraditionalMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 20No supportLight integration
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportHeavy integration
    A.I.S. School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Homestay school (100 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $25,000
  • TraditionalMontessori10 to 15No support
    Clear Water Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • $6,775 to $20,000
  • Liberal ArtsMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 18Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
    Trillium School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $10,500 to $36,000
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
    Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Resource Assistance
    J. Addison School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $16,400 to $40,800
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
    Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
  • $7,050 to $17,450
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
    Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Liberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
    Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • $7,400 to $14,300
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No support
    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Boarding school (Varies)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
  • $9,700 to $11,500
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration





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    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • $13,000 to $16,000
  • TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (775 students)
  • $18,300 to $31,350
  • Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1230 students)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • $16,428 to $28,775
  • OMS Montessori
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $12,864 to $21,384
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (55 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • Century Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,500 to $26,800
  • The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • A.I.S. School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Homestay school (100 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $25,000
  • Clear Water Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • $6,775 to $20,000
  • Trillium School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $10,500 to $36,000
  • Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • J. Addison School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $16,400 to $40,800
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
  • $7,050 to $17,450
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • $7,400 to $14,300
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Boarding school (Varies)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
  • $9,700 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.

    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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