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Montessori schools in Markham

Find the top Montessori schools and programs in Markham.


On this page, we cover private schools in the Markham area that offer Montessori programs and support. This includes gifted schools and programs in downtown Markham, Markham Village, Stouffville, ThornhillUnionville, Cedarwood, Greensborough, and Langstaff.

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a discussion of the Montessori philosophy, start with our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Markham

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Markham 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 Markham. 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.


  School NameTypeApproachCost

Royal Cachet Montessori School (est. 2006)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,800 to $12,900

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
$18,300 to $31,350
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Yip’s Music & Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,650 to $12,650

Century Private School (est. 1994)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$16,550 to $26,800

Richmond Hill Montessori Private School (est. 1986)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
Richmond Hill Montessori Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$21,000 to $23,500

Trillium School (est. 1991)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$10,500 to $36,000

A.I.S. School (est. 2016)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (100 students)
  • Boarding school (80 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

Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (100 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
$7,200 to $25,900

Trinity Montessori School (est. 1999)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Trinity Montessori School offers programs from toddler to grade six in Markham, Ontario. Its average class size is nine students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$1,100 to $1,200

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • Stouffville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (60 students)
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Orthodox$7,620 to $15,704
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Wishing Well Schools (est. 1978)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (105 students)
  • Day school (138 students)
Wishing Well Schools has an academically advanced program from 18 months to Grade 8. Montessori program from 18 months to 6 years old, accelerated academic program from Grade 1 to 8 with 21st c. teaching and learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$13,600 to $13,800

Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (800 students)
Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,900 to $19,900

Sunrise Montessori School (est. 1988)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$10,500 to $16,500

Toronto High School (est. 1997)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (0 students)
  • Day school (45 students)
An inspected and accredited private secondary school offering high school credit courses in small classes or online, leading to high school diploma [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$19,000

J. Addison School (est. 2002)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (300 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

Aurora Montessori School (est. 1989)  

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
Aurora Montessori School offers a comprehensive, nurturing and enriched program for Toddler to Grade 8. Our enrolment of 375 day students has an average class size of 15 to 24. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
$10,500 to $16,200

The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus (est. 1988)  

  • Nobleton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $18,000


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

Town Centre Private Schools (est. 1986)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,050 to $17,450

Somerset Academy (est. 1990)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Established in 1974, Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in Grades 1 to 8. Somerset Academy has an average class size of 10 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,300 to $13,900




For general advice on how to choose and evaluate private schools, check out our choosing a school guide and get advice from leading education experts. For advice on choosing Montessori schools, see our main Montessori school 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, some 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.


School nameDateLocation
Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
  • $7,050 to $17,450
  • January 18, 2020 11:00 amTown Centre Private Schools
    155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
    Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
  • $7,050 to $17,450
  • April 25, 2020 11:00 amTown Centre Private Schools
    155 Clayton Drive Markham Ontario L3R 7P3
    Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
  • $7,050 to $17,450
  • June 13, 2020 11:00 amTown Centre Private Schools
    155 Clayton Drive Markham ON L3R 7P3



    The cost of Montessori schools in Markham tends to be lower than the cost of other private schools in Markham. 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 out guide to preschool costs and funding.

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


     
    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
    Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $6,750 to $11,200
  • $10,850 to $11,200
    Somerset Academy
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $13,200 to $13,200
  • $13,2005%1 - 8
    Aurora Montessori School
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • 5%Preschool - 8$3,000



     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Royal Cachet Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive3 to 8No support
    TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (775 students)
  • $18,300 to $31,350
  • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousNo support
    Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $6,750 to $11,200
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 13No support
    Century Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,500 to $26,800
  • TraditionalMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous8 to 16No supportLight integration
    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • $21,000 to $23,500
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous16 to 24No supportMedium integration
    Trillium School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $10,500 to $36,000
  • MontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
    A.I.S. School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (100 students)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $25,000
  • TraditionalMontessori10 to 15No support
    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
    Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $7,400 to $14,300
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No support
    Trinity Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $10,000 to $11,000
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
    Toronto French Montessori
  • Stouffville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • $7,470 to $15,396
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
    Wishing Well Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (105 students)
  • Day school (138 students)
  • $13,600 to $13,800
  • ProgressiveMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 18No supportMedium integration
    Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (800 students)
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo support
    Somerset Academy
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $13,200 to $13,200
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 18No support
    Sunrise Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $11,500 to $19,800
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Toronto High School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (Varies)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • $850 to $15,800
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 10Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    J. Addison School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $16,400 to $40,800
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 15No supportLight integration
    Aurora Montessori School
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • MontessoriReggio EmiliaAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No support
    The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
  • Nobleton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,550 to $17,465
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration





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    Royal Cachet Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (775 students)
  • $18,300 to $31,350
  • Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $6,750 to $11,200
  • Century Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,500 to $26,800
  • Richmond Hill Montessori Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • $21,000 to $23,500
  • Trillium School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • $10,500 to $36,000
  • A.I.S. School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (100 students)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $25,000
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
  • $7,050 to $17,450
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $7,400 to $14,300
  • Trinity Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $10,000 to $11,000
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • Stouffville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • $7,470 to $15,396
  • Wishing Well Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (105 students)
  • Day school (138 students)
  • $13,600 to $13,800
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (800 students)
  • Somerset Academy
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $13,200 to $13,200
  • Sunrise Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $11,500 to $19,800
  • Toronto High School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (Varies)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • $850 to $15,800
  • J. Addison School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $16,400 to $40,800
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
  • Nobleton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,550 to $17,465








  • Montessori schools, in Markham and nearby Vaughan and Scarborough, 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: 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: Like Waldorf and Reggio Emilia, 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.

    Montessori teachers' primary role is to connect students with their work, rather than to impart knowledge to them. They are thus viewed more as “guides” or “mentors” than “teachers” in the traditional sense.

    Montessori schools, in Markham 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. It can also be stimulating for children with advanced learning abilities.

    Markham Montessori schools

    Markham has several Montessori schools. While these schools vary in their approach somewhat, they all share a commitment to the principles of the Montessori philosophy, introduced by Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. They promote plenty of independent learning, group work, student-to-student teaching, and concrete learning.

    Teachers primarily play the role of guides and mentors instead of traditional instructors. For instance, they rarely provide lectures to the whole class or try to impart knowledge to students through direct instruction.

    This can have a number of benefits for students. For instance, it can nurture their independence, confidence, and self-assurance. And since students are often allowed to pursue their own interests and passions, they often come away with a love of learning which extends well beyond the school years.












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