Montessori schools in Burlington-Hamilton

Find the top Montessori schools and programs in Burlington-Hamilton.


On this page, we cover private schools in the Burlington-Hamilton area that offer Montessori programs and support. This includes Montessori schools in Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster, Dundas, Crown Point East and West, Gibson, Roseland, and Millcroft.

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a discussion of classroom policies and teaching approaches, start with our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Burlington-Hamilton

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Burlington-Hamilton Montessori sch

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori education
  6. Further resources




There are lots of private Montessori schools in Burlington-Hamilton. 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.




 
Oakville, Ontario
Winston Churchill/Lakeshore Road East
 
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"Clanmore is one of the few schools offering authentic Montessori programming from Toddler - Middle School. Our culture is warm and inviting and our philosophy empowers us to support each child as a unique individual." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,250 to $21,000
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Oakville, Ontario
Trafalgar Road/Dundas
 
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"TRMS uniquely provides enriched French as a second language (FSL) instruction for all levels from Preschool to Elementary. We give students a head start in their educational journey, instilling a "Love of Learning!"" —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $15,695 to $17,375
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Mississauga, Ontario
Lakeshore Road/Southdown
 
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"Peel Montessori and Carrington College div. students learn above grade level for subjects of strength. Individualized curriculum, advanced academic strategies, and character development give students a personal edge." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $9,500 to $18,500
  • Day school
  • 150 students
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Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Pkwy/Millcreek Drive
 
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"Western Heights offers an enriched Montessori program that fosters a love of learning. The school actively engages its close-knit parent community to offer an enriched curriculum that adapts to each student's needs." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 2 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $13,000 to $20,000
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Oakville, Ontario
QEW/Ford Drive / Ninth Line
 
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"La Villa Montessori is an AMI recognized school that adheres to Dr. Montessori's principles. We provide a nurturing environment that fulfills the child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $6,000 to $17,000
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Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"Meadow Green Academy provides a strong Christian education in a nurturing environment. Strong academics combined with sports, enriched music, visual arts, and dramatic arts programs provide a well-rounded experience" —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $10,300 to $18,490
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Mississauga, Ontario
Tomken Rd./Eglinton Ave. E
 
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"Northstar Montessori offers an accredited Montessori curriculum from Toddler age to Grade 8. Our goal is to develop strong character and contributing citizens who understand that their involvement makes a difference." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $11,100 to $17,400
  • Day school
  • 300 students
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Oakville, Ontario
 
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"Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs for students age 4 to grade eight. The average class size is 18 students." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $16,530 to $28,120
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Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from JK to grade eight. The average class size is 18 students." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $15,850 to $20,315
  • Day school
  • 400 students
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Mississauga, Ontario
Glen Erin/Dundas
 
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"Kaban Montessori School is a CCMA accredited school in the west area of Mississauga . Our environments foster each child's interests and abilities while supporting them to achieve their full potential." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $17,000 to $18,000
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Oakville, Ontario
Lakeshore Road East/Bel Air Drive
 
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"Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers. We have three campuses in Oakville, delivering exceptional Montessori Programs." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,300 to $24,800
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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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Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario St/Matheson Blvd E
 
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"ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. We offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5 with an emphasis on developing literacy, numeracy, sciences, and arts." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $5,260 to $11,500
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Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $13,000
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Pickering, Ontario
Kingston/Altona
 
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"École Montessori is Durham Region's premier French private school dedicated to transforming your child into a bilingual critical thinker with our enriched curriculum that fosters the genius within each student." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $8,400 to $21,000
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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.



 
Burlington, Ontario
Walkers Line/Fairveiw Street
 
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"Ashwood Glen offers a Montessori program for children aged 18months—6 yrs. The Grades 1—8 Learning Program applies the International Baccalaureate framework to expand on the learning outcomes of the Ontario curriculum." —From the school

  • Gr. Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $14,000 to $20,000
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Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario/Queensway
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $7,800 to $12,800
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Toronto, Ontario
Prince Edward Dr N/Bloor Street West
 
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"Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. " —From the school

  • Gr. Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $7,325 to $14,934
  • Day school
  • 100 students
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For general advice on how to choose and evaluate private schools, check out our choosing a school guide and advice from top education experts. For advice on choosing Montessori schools, see our main Montessori school guide and 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 and preschools. Our community of parents, educational 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.





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

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 to preschool costs in particular.

Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori private schools and preschools in Burlington-Hamilton:


 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • $15,990
    Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1285 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $19,349 to $32,052
  • $19,349 to $32,05210%JK - 12$4,500



     
     
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    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
    Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
  • $13,195 to $14,195
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 18No supportMedium integration
    Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $9,900 to $18,900
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 16Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Peel Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $7,500 to $15,000
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
    Western Heights Montessori Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 2 (Coed)
  • Day school (165 students)
  • MontessoriNo support
    La Villa Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $8,100 to $15,608
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource Assistance
    Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 12No supportMedium integration
    Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $10,500 to $16,350
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
    Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • $15,500 to $21,200
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No support
    Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight integration
    Kaban Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • $17,200 to $17,700
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No 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 SK (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $7,070 to $11,960
  • Standard-enriched10 to 15No support
    Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1285 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $19,349 to $32,052
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20No supportHeavy integration
    ABC Montessori
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $5,140 to $10,850
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportLight integration
    Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • AcceleratedSupportive10 to 16No support
    Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No supportHeavy integration
    École Montessori
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $8,400 to $17,000
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 18No supportLight integration





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    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
  • $13,195 to $14,195
  • Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $9,900 to $18,900
  • Peel Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $7,500 to $15,000
  • Western Heights Montessori Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 2 (Coed)
  • Day school (165 students)
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $8,100 to $15,608
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $10,500 to $16,350
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • $15,500 to $21,200
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Kaban Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • $17,200 to $17,700
  • 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 SK (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $7,070 to $11,960
  • Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1285 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • $19,349 to $32,052
  • ABC Montessori
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $5,140 to $10,850
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • École Montessori
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $8,400 to $17,000








  • Montessori schools, in Burlington-Hamilton and other cities, often have large mixed-age classes with high teacher-to-student ratios. They also tend to have 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: There is no set curriculum. 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.

    Montessori kids 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 Burlington-Hamilton and other cities, 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.

    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.

    Montessori schools in Burlington-Hamilton

    Montessori schools in Burlington-Hamilton are a great fit for many families. They promote independence, concentration, and confidence in their students. They do this through challenging tasks, uninterrupted work time, and developmentally appropriate work. In these schools, teachers rarely lecture and students do plenty of independent and group work.

    There are a lot of great schools in Burlington-Hamilton. These include public and private schools. Public elementary and secondary schools in Burlington-Hamilton are part of the Halton District School Board.

    There are 29 public elementary and 14 Roman Catholic elementary schools in Burlington-Hamilton. There are 8 public high schools and 3 Catholic high schools in Burlington-Hamilton. There are also several post-secondary schools close to the Burlington-Hamilton region, such as York University and the University of Toronto in Mississauga.  












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