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Ontario Montessori schools

Find the top Montessori schools and programs in Ontario.


On this page, we cover private Montessori schools in Ontario. This includes schools in Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Brantford, and Unionville.

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a detailed discussion of philosophy and classroom practices, start with our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Ontario

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Ontario Montessori schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori education
  6. Further resources


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There are lots of Montessori schools in Ontario, including in Toronto, Ottawa, and Mississauga. These schools vary in terms of their philosophy, 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

Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (175 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,925 to $18,900
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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

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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The Clover School (est. 1996)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Our innovative curriculum combines Montessori essentials with heart-centred learning practices designed to nurture the ​mind​, heart, health, and soul of each child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$18,810 to $22,100

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$19,700 to $21,900
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Guidepost Montessori at Toronto (est. 2016)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
Guidepost Montessori at Toronto is a new Montessori school coming to the GTA. At Guidepost, we offer an authentic Montessori experience as well as a global education that extends beyond the classroom walls. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$12,600 to $22,000

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
$17,485 to $31,350
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Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,750 to $15,300

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

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) (est. 1969)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
RMS is an award-winning progressive private school. Our structured enriched programme cultivates character, leadership, respect and cultural diversity while developing each child’s 21st century skills and a STEM mindset. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$7,900 to $14,600
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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

Pine Lake Montessori School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
Pine Lake Montessori School pursues teaching with a one on one method that respects and nurtures children and allows them to achieve their fullest potential. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,500 to $15,400

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

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

St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)  

  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (13 students)
  • Boarding school (6 students)
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $29,000
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Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
We take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy where each child is born creative, intuitive, resourceful, & has a strong potential for development from a very young age.Full-time care (7:30am-6pm). Tour anytime. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$27,600

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

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

Liberty Prep School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. 6 in downtown Toronto. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers. Reach out to discover what we do differently. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,000 to $16,500
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Parkdale Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
The School offers authentic Montessori education, individualized learning, accommodations to meet each child’s needs, hands-on learning, enriched curriculum, and outdoor exploration. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$14,700 to $17,550

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
$23,000 to $25,000

Aurora Montessori School (est. 1989)  

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (395 students)
Aurora Montessori School offers an extensive, nurturing, enriched program for 395 day students from Toddler to Grade 8 including an Outdoor Ed Classroom and the option to earn an OSSD credit in Grade 9 Academic Math. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
$10,500 to $16,200

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. The average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$7,800 to $17,900

Sunrise Montessori School (est. 1988)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Our curriculum are designed to build essential skills and concepts that help with the cognitive, social, creative, emotional, and physical development of your child with the aim to be a successful learner for life! [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$10,500 to $16,500
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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

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering (est. 1984)  

  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a non denominational, inclusive school that offers programs from Pre-school to Grade eight. We acknowledge and celebrate religious and cultural events as part of our cultural program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $13,000

Hatch House Montessori School (est. 2005)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,950 to $14,000

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

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
NOW WITH LICENSED DAYCARE! Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
$8,500 to $15,500
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Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. (est. 1984)  

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
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

Wheatley School (est. 1986)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (160 students)
Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$5,900 to $13,500

Tall Pines School (est. 1987)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 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
$14,970 to $19,970

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

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
$11,000 to $13,000

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
$9,050 to $15,990

Braemar House School (est. 1996)  

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (106 students)
Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment that offers personalized attention. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$13,357
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Montessori House of Children (est. 1974)  

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (41 students)
Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$10,000 to $12,000

Bannockburn (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Bannockburn School leads in Montessori education by offering an exceptional, enriched Montessori curriculum in a nurturing environment carefully prepared to meet the needs of children in the formative years of childhood. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$15,900 to $25,600

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 $14,500

Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (328 students)
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,200 to $15,400

Shining Light Montessori School (est. 2011)  

  • Maple, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
Shining Light Montessori is the community you've searched for -- where children feel comfortable, with teachers who care. Our children learn, build their confidence, reach their potential, & let their lights shine! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,500 to $12,250

Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus (est. 1995)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
CMS' aim is to prepare all children to reach their full potential (academically, artistically, & physically) and to play a responsible role in protecting the global environment and fostering peace and harmony. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,750 to $17,950

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

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
$9,600 to $23,000

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,125 to $18,400

ABC Montessori (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $10,000

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Northstar Montessori offers an authentic Montessori curriculum for Toddler age to Grade 8. Our goal is to develop strong character and contributing citizens who understand that their involvement makes a difference. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,800 to $15,400

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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Ellesmere Montessori School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Ellesmere Montessori School prepares children for a lifetime of creative and purposeful learning based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,120 to $15,744

Trillium School (est. 1991)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Day school (320 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

Acorn Montessori   

  • Thornbury, Ontario
  • Preschool to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (16 students)
  • Montessori
$6,000 to $9,000

Montessori School of Wellington (est. 1996)  

  • Guelph, Ontario
  • JK to 1 (Coed)
  • Day school (47 students)
Montessori School of Wellington in Guelph is the only CCMA accredited school in Guelph and the number one choice for children's education and life skill [View profile]
  • Montessori
$5,750 to $12,500

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

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

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,575 to $20,215
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Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Our objective is to guide children with respect and understanding, developing in them a love of learning. Our aim is to create a nurturing environment full of intellectual, social and moral learning and development. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$7,115 to $22,275

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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Maria Montessori School (est. 1975)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Maria Montessori School is one of the longest established AMI accredited Montessori school's in Canada. We offer accredited programs for children 18 months to 12 years and hire only AMI certified teaching staff. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,000 to $16,000

Unionville Montessori Private Schools (est. 1987)  

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
UMS offers year advanced programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our hallmark is a clear focus on high expectations blending academic success with the character development of the individual child. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,000 to $15,250

La Villa Montessori School (est. 2012)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (31 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $16,350
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A.I.S. School (est. 2016)  

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

Rotherglen School - Oakville (est. 1979)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs for students age 4 to grade eight. The average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$14,700 to $24,000

Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
CMS' aim is to prepare all children to reach their full potential (academically, artistically, & physically) and to play a responsible role in protecting the global environment and fostering peace and harmony. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,750 to $19,900


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)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Boarding school (200 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

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]
    $7,750 to $12,900

    Ashwood Glen (est. 2019)  

    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    Ashwood Glen offers a Montessori program for children aged 18months - 6 yrs. The Grades 1 - 8 Learning Program applies the IB framework to extend the learning outcomes of the Ontario curriculum. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $14,000 to $20,000

    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

    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

    SimplySmart Child Care & Montessori (est. 2012)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
    • Day school (145 students)
    We provide infant, toddler, preschool and CASA programs for your child. Our CASA program is based on the curriculum developed by Maria Montessori. We are located in Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan and Toronto. [View profile]
      $570 to $720 /2 Weeks




      Our Montessori choosing guide has specific advice for choosing Montessori schools. For advice on how to choose and assess private schools in general, check out our choosing a school guide and expert advice 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. In Ontario, we have private school expos in Toronto, Ottawa, and Oakvile. These expos allow you to speak with lots of private schools, including some Montessori schools—all in one place. Find a Montessori school near you.

      Parent discussion forum

      Another useful 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 education. Our community of parents, educational experts, school officials, and alumni can help answer your questions and lay out your options.

      Open house events

      Open houses are another great way to learn more about schools. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits. For specific questions to ask Montessori schools, see our Montessori questions guide.


      School nameDateLocation
      Ashwood Glen
    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    • $9,900 to $18,900
    • July 15, 2020 10:00 am
      Ashwood Glen
    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    • $9,900 to $18,900
    • July 22, 2020 10:00 am
      Ashwood Glen
    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    • $9,900 to $18,900
    • August 05, 2020 10:00 am
      Ashwood Glen
    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    • $9,900 to $18,900
    • August 12, 2020 10:00 am
      Ashwood Glen
    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    • $9,900 to $18,900
    • August 19, 2020 10:00 am
      Ashwood Glen
    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    • $9,900 to $18,900
    • August 26, 2020 10:00 am
      Northstar Montessori Private School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $9,800 to $15,400
    • November 28, 2020 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori
      4900 Tomken Rd. Mississauga Ontario L4W1J8
      Northstar Montessori Private School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $9,800 to $15,400
    • January 23, 2021 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori
      4900 Tomken Rd. Mississauga Ontario L4W1J8
      Northstar Montessori Private School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $9,800 to $15,400
    • February 06, 2021 10:00 amNorthstar Montessori
      4900 Tomken Rd. Mississauga Ontario L4W1J8



      The cost of Montessori schools in Ontario tends to be lower than the cost of other private schools in Ontario. 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. There are no public Montessori schools in Ontario, though some public schools use certain Montessori principles.

      Tuition at Ontario schools with Montessori programs$1 - $2,500$5,001 - $7,500$10,001 - $12,500$15,001 - $17,500$20,001 - $22,500$25,001 - $27,500$30,001 - $32,500$35,001 - $37,5000%10%20%30%40%Day tuitionPercentage of schools
      Day Tuition Percentage of schools
      $1 - $2,500 3%
      $2,501 - $5,000 3%
      $5,001 - $7,500 4%
      $7,501 - $10,000 12%
      $10,001 - $12,500 29%
      $12,501 - $15,000 38%
      $15,001 - $17,500 34%
      $17,501 - $20,000 21%
      $20,001 - $22,500 12%
      $22,501 - $25,000 4%
      $25,001 - $27,500 5%
      $27,501 - $30,000 4%
      $30,001 - $32,500 1%
      $32,501 - $35,000 0%
      $35,001 - $37,500 0%
      $37,501 - $40,000 0%

      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. You can learn more about need- and merit-based financial aid in our dedicated guide. You can learn more about preschool costs, in our dedicated guide.

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


       
      Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
      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
      Yip’s Music & Montessori School
    • Unionville, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $6,750 to $11,200
    • $10,850 to $11,200
      Guidepost Montessori at Toronto
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Nursery/Toddler - 6
      TMS
    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (775 students)
    • $18,300 to $31,350
    • $25,700 to $31,350K - 12
      Ellington Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $7,900 to $14,000
    • $7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
      The Element High School
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • $17,448 to $17,448
    • $17,448
      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
      St. Peter's ACHS College School
    • Harrow, Ontario
    • 1 to 8 (Boys)
    • Day school (13 students)
    • Boarding school (6 students)
    • $11,400 to $27,400
    • $11,40035%1 - 8$6,000
      Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
    • Day school (70 students)
    • $2,300 to $27,600
    • $2,300 to $27,600Nursery/Toddler - Preschool
      Aurora Montessori School
    • Aurora, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (395 students)
    • 7%Preschool - 8$1,000
      Alive Montessori & Private School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $8,500 to $15,500
    • $14,500 to $15,50020%JK - 6$2,000
      Somerset Academy
    • Markham, Ontario
    • JK to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $13,200 to $13,200
    • $13,2005%1 - 8
      Bannockburn
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • $14,900 to $25,100
    • $25,100
      Montessori Jewish Day School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (115 students)
    • $7,900 to $17,900
    • $14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000
      Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • $9,315 to $16,170
    • $13,760 to $16,170Nursery/Toddler - 8
      Avalon Children's Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (90 students)
    • $6,400 to $20,400
    • $13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000



       
       
      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
      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
      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
      Bond Academy
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (350 students)
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    • $13,000 to $16,000
    • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Full-time Dedicated ClassMedium integration
      The Clover School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $17,173 to $19,888
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal Assistance
      Westside Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • $18,700 to $20,700
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24No support
      Yip’s Music & Montessori School
    • Unionville, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $6,750 to $11,200
    • Student-pacedSupportive5 to 13No support
      Guidepost Montessori at Toronto
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight 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
      Ellington Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $7,900 to $14,000
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
      Ashwood Glen
    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    • $9,900 to $18,900
    • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 16Indirect SupportMedium integration
      Century Private School
    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $16,500 to $26,800
    • TraditionalMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 20No supportLight integration
      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
    • Brampton, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (460 students)
    • $7,900 to $14,600
    • 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
      Pine Lake Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
    • Day school (70 students)
    • $12,700 to $14,500
    • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No 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
      OMS Montessori
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $12,864 to $21,384
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 25Withdrawal AssistanceLight integration
      St. Peter's ACHS College School
    • Harrow, Ontario
    • 1 to 8 (Boys)
    • Day school (13 students)
    • Boarding school (6 students)
    • $11,400 to $27,400
    • TraditionalMontessoriStudent-pacedRigorousResource AssistanceMedium integration
      Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
    • Day school (70 students)
    • $2,300 to $27,600
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Resource Assistance
      Silver Maple Montessori Private School
    • Milton, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school (63 students)
    • $12,000 to $12,500
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
      Kaban Montessori School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (147 students)
    • $14,500 to $15,000
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
      Liberty Prep School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (140 students)
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 26No support
      Parkdale Montessori School
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
    • Day school (78 students)
    • $14,700 to $18,695
    • MontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24Indirect Support
      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School
    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (600 students)
    • $21,000 to $23,500
    • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous16 to 20No supportMedium integration
      Aurora Montessori School
    • Aurora, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (395 students)
    • MontessoriReggio EmiliaStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Partial IntegrationMedium integration
      Rotherglen School - Mississauga
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (400 students)
    • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight integration
      Sunrise Montessori School
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • $11,500 to $19,800
    • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedSupportive10 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
      The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
    • Nobleton, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $16,550 to $17,465
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
      Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
    • Pickering, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
      Hatch House Montessori School
    • Whitby, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
      Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (130 students)
    • Liberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
      Alive Montessori & Private School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $8,500 to $15,500
    • MontessoriWaldorfAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16No supportLight integration
      Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
    • Oshawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school
    • Day school
    • Homestay school
    • $9,700 to $11,500
    • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 15Indirect SupportMedium integration
      Wheatley School
    • St. Catharines, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (160 students)
    • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Indirect Support
      Tall Pines School
    • Brampton, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (400 students)
    • $8,720 to $19,748
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18No supportLight integration
      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
      Trinity Montessori School
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (120 students)
    • $10,000 to $11,000
    • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo support
      Meadow Green Academy
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (150 students)
    • $14,990 to $14,990
    • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous12Resource Assistance
      Somerset Academy
    • Markham, Ontario
    • JK to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $13,200 to $13,200
    • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 18No support
      Braemar House School
    • Brantford, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (106 students)
    • $13,357 to $13,357
    • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
      Montessori House of Children
    • Brantford, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school (41 students)
    • MontessoriStandard-enriched8No support
      Bannockburn
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • $14,900 to $25,100
    • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 20Resource AssistanceLight integration
      Wishing Well Schools
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (105 students)
    • Day school (138 students)
    • $14,500 to $14,500
    • ProgressiveMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 18No supportMedium integration
      Humberside Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (328 students)
    • MontessoriNo support
      Shining Light Montessori School
    • Maple, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school (30 students)
    • $10,200 to $11,600
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedNo support
      Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
    • North York, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportiveNo support
      Cedar Ridge High School
    • Kanata, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (110 students)
    • $16,296 to $16,296
    • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Resource Assistance
      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
      Montessori Jewish Day School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (115 students)
    • $7,900 to $17,900
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
      ABC Montessori
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • $9,200 to $9,800
    • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 14No supportLight integration
      Northstar Montessori Private School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $9,800 to $15,400
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
      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
      Ellesmere Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (60 students)
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
      Trillium School
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school (30 students)
    • Day school (60 students)
    • Day school (320 students)
    • $10,500 to $36,000
    • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
      Acorn Montessori
    • Thornbury, Ontario
    • Preschool to SK (Coed)
    • Day school (16 students)
    • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive16No support
      Montessori School of Wellington
    • Guelph, Ontario
    • JK to 1 (Coed)
    • Day school (47 students)
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive22 to 24No 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
      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
      Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • $9,315 to $16,170
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight 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
      Avalon Children's Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (90 students)
    • $6,400 to $20,400
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
      Guiding Light Academy
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • JK to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • $9,500 to $9,500
    • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No support
      Maria Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (120 students)
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
      SimplySmart Child Care & Montessori
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
    • Day school (145 students)
    • $570 to $720
    • Standard-enrichedSupportiveResource Assistance
      Unionville Montessori Private Schools
    • Unionville, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (900 students)
    • $8,000 to $15,250
    • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24No supportHeavy integration
      La Villa Montessori School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
    • Day school (31 students)
    • $8,100 to $15,608
    • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource Assistance
      A.I.S. School
    • Markham, Ontario
    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • Boarding school (80 students)
    • Homestay school (100 students)
    • $10,000 to $25,000
    • TraditionalMontessori10 to 15No support
      Rotherglen School - Oakville
    • Oakville, Ontario
    • K to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (700 students)
    • $15,500 to $21,200
    • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No support
      Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (600 students)
    • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo support





       Legend:

       ADHD

      Learning disorders:
       Dyslexia
       Auditory processing disorder
       Dyscalculia
       Dysgraphia
       Language processing disorder
       Non-verbal learning disorders
       Visual motor deficit
      Development disorders:
       Autism
       Asperger's

      Behavioural and emotional:
       Troubled teens
       Depression
       Suicidal
       Substance abuse
       Oppositional defiant disorder
      Physical:
       Dyspraxia
       Blindness
       Deafness
       Cystic fibrosis
       Multiple physical
       
       
      Clanmore Montessori School
    • Oakville, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (175 students)
    • $8,250 to $17,500
    • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
    • Day school (24 students)
    • $6,500 to $11,000
    • Hillfield Strathallan College
    • Hamilton, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (1230 students)
    • Homestay school (40 students)
    • $16,428 to $28,775
    • Bond Academy
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (350 students)
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    • $13,000 to $16,000
    • The Clover School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $17,173 to $19,888
    • Westside Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • $18,700 to $20,700
    • Yip’s Music & Montessori School
    • Unionville, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $6,750 to $11,200
    • Guidepost Montessori at Toronto
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • 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
    • Ellington Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $7,900 to $14,000
    • Ashwood Glen
    • Burlington, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (260 students)
    • $9,900 to $18,900
    • Century Private School
    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $16,500 to $26,800
    • Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)
    • Brampton, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (460 students)
    • $7,900 to $14,600
    • Peel Montessori Private School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (150 students)
    • $7,500 to $15,000
    • Pine Lake Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
    • Day school (70 students)
    • $12,700 to $14,500
    • The Element High School
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • $17,448 to $17,448
    • OMS Montessori
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $12,864 to $21,384
    • St. Peter's ACHS College School
    • Harrow, Ontario
    • 1 to 8 (Boys)
    • Day school (13 students)
    • Boarding school (6 students)
    • $11,400 to $27,400
    • Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
    • Day school (70 students)
    • $2,300 to $27,600
    • Silver Maple Montessori Private School
    • Milton, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school (63 students)
    • $12,000 to $12,500
    • Kaban Montessori School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (147 students)
    • $14,500 to $15,000
    • Liberty Prep School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (140 students)
    • Parkdale Montessori School
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
    • Day school (78 students)
    • $14,700 to $18,695
    • Richmond Hill Montessori Private School
    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (600 students)
    • $21,000 to $23,500
    • Aurora Montessori School
    • Aurora, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (395 students)
    • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (400 students)
    • Sunrise Montessori School
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • $11,500 to $19,800
    • The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus
    • Nobleton, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $16,550 to $17,465
    • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
    • Pickering, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • Hatch House Montessori School
    • Whitby, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (130 students)
    • Alive Montessori & Private School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $8,500 to $15,500
    • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
    • Oshawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school
    • Day school
    • Homestay school
    • $9,700 to $11,500
    • Wheatley School
    • St. Catharines, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (160 students)
    • Tall Pines School
    • Brampton, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (400 students)
    • $8,720 to $19,748
    • Country Garden Montessori Academy
    • Newmarket, Ontario
    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • Homestay school (5 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
    • Meadow Green Academy
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (150 students)
    • $14,990 to $14,990
    • Somerset Academy
    • Markham, Ontario
    • JK to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • $13,200 to $13,200
    • Braemar House School
    • Brantford, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (106 students)
    • $13,357 to $13,357
    • Montessori House of Children
    • Brantford, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school (41 students)
    • Bannockburn
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • $14,900 to $25,100
    • Wishing Well Schools
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (105 students)
    • Day school (138 students)
    • $14,500 to $14,500
    • Humberside Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (328 students)
    • Shining Light Montessori School
    • Maple, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
    • Day school (30 students)
    • $10,200 to $11,600
    • Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
    • North York, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • Cedar Ridge High School
    • Kanata, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (110 students)
    • $16,296 to $16,296
    • Dearcroft Montessori School
    • Oakville, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (170 students)
    • $8,500 to $20,500
    • Montessori Jewish Day School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (115 students)
    • $7,900 to $17,900
    • ABC Montessori
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • $9,200 to $9,800
    • Northstar Montessori Private School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • $9,800 to $15,400
    • Toronto French Montessori
    • Stouffville, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Day school (60 students)
    • $7,470 to $15,396
    • Ellesmere Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (60 students)
    • Trillium School
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school (30 students)
    • Day school (60 students)
    • Day school (320 students)
    • $10,500 to $36,000
    • Acorn Montessori
    • Thornbury, Ontario
    • Preschool to SK (Coed)
    • Day school (16 students)
    • Montessori School of Wellington
    • Guelph, Ontario
    • JK to 1 (Coed)
    • Day school (47 students)
    • The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus
    • Milton, Ontario
    • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
    • Day school (69 students)
    • $13,230 to $13,230
    • J. Addison School
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (300 students)
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    • $16,400 to $40,800
    • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    • $9,315 to $16,170
    • Town Centre Private Schools
    • Markham, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (1050 students)
    • $7,050 to $17,450
    • Avalon Children's Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (90 students)
    • $6,400 to $20,400
    • Guiding Light Academy
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • JK to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • $9,500 to $9,500
    • Maria Montessori School
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (120 students)
    • SimplySmart Child Care & Montessori
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
    • Day school (145 students)
    • $570 to $720
    • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
    • Unionville, Ontario
    • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (900 students)
    • $8,000 to $15,250
    • La Villa Montessori School
    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
    • Day school (31 students)
    • $8,100 to $15,608
    • A.I.S. School
    • Markham, Ontario
    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (100 students)
    • Boarding school (80 students)
    • Homestay school (100 students)
    • $10,000 to $25,000
    • Rotherglen School - Oakville
    • Oakville, Ontario
    • K to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (700 students)
    • $15,500 to $21,200
    • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
    • Day school (600 students)








    • The Montessori philosophy and approach, based on the research and insights of Maria Montessori, is unique. And Montessori schools (including preschools), in Ontario and other provinces, have several progressive classroom practices. Some of the main ones are discussed below.

      For more comprehensive coverage of the Montessori method, see our main Montessori school guide.

      Montessori classroom practices

      Self-directed work: Montessori students do lots of independent work. While the learning environment provides some structure, students often choose their own tasks and learning materials. With some guidance from the teacher, they also determine the pace of their studies. This allows them to do work they find challenging and stimulating, and that they’re likely to complete. It can also lead to a love of learning, thoughout the school years and beyond.

      Concrete learning: The main focus is on concrete learning, rather than abstract learning. Especially at the preschool and elementary level, kids work with lots of different concrete materials to learn important practical life skills.

      Concrete learning engages many of the senses. And research has shown that it has several benefits. For instance, it leads to faster and more efficient learning, and it can also improve a child's focus and engagement.

      Minimal tests and grades: Similar to Waldorf and Reggio Emilia schools, Montessori schools almost never test students or give them assignments. Moreover, student work is rarely graded, except in high school (and sometimes middle school). 

      Instead, student progress is informally assessed through observation and developmental rubrics. The belief is that kids should be intrinsically motivated—by doing meaningful work they enjoy and find fulfilling—rather than externally motivated (through grades, report cards, and the like).

      Individualized curriculum: Montessori schools focus heavily on academics, even sometimes at the preschool level (3-6). Kids must master the basics in math, science, the language arts, and other subjects. They can then move on to more advanced work.

      The curricular focus and pace, though, will differ between children. Each child will move at a different pace and study subjects in different ways, depending on their specific learning needs and interests. Each child will also have their own individualized learning plan, one that’s arrived at by both the child and the teacher. This is a hallmark of the Montessori method

      Montessori curricular and teaching approach

      In Montessori schools in Ontario, subjects are almost never taught in isolation. Typically, several subjects are taught together, as part of what's called an integrated curriculum.

      For instance, biology or chemistry aren’t taught as single subjects, except possibly in high school (and maybe middle school). Rather, they’ll be taught as part of an integrated unit.

      To this end, a teacher might deliver what Montessori educators refer to as a great lesson. For instance, in some schools, teachers give a great lesson on the beginning of life, where students learn about biology, chemistry, history, religion, and other subjects.

      An integrated curriculum can be very rewarding for Montessori students. It encourages them to make connections between ideas and concepts from a variety of disciplines. It also can lead to positive learning outcomes, such as a broadening of knowledge and a wider range of interests.

      Unlike mainstream schools, though, Montessori schools don’t deliver this curriculum through direct instruction. Teachers rarely, if ever, give long lectures or lessons. When lessons are given, they tend to be shorter and more interactive and engaging than lectures given in mainstream schools.

      Instead of lecturing, teachers tend to work with individuals or small groups of students. Their main role is to be a facilitator: they provide the necessary support and guidance for students to complete their work. They also help connect students with meaningful work.

      Sometimes, though, teachers will just sit back and observe kids work. Often, this will be group work, where small groups of kids come together (of their own accord) to work on different tasks and projects.

      The belief is that classmates often do a better job of teaching than the main teacher. In particular, older kids can excel at teaching and mentoring their younger peers, and modelling appropriate behaviour to them. The teacher, in these situations, will intervene or provide guidance only when absolutely necessary.

      To learn about how Montessori education evolves through the years, read our Montessori curriculum guide. To learn how it might be suitable for kids with special needs such as gifted children, read our Montessori and special needs guide.  


      Montessori schools in Ontario

      There are plenty of Montessori schools, preschools, and daycares in Ontario. This includes schools in Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Mississauga, London, Kingston, St. Catharines, Oakville, MiltonPickeringScarborough, Brantford, Unionville, Stouffville, Aurora, and Vaughan. Parents will thus have a lot of options when selecting a school.

      Some schools are more traditional, and follow the Montessori philosophy to the letter. Other schools are more supplemented, and combine the Montessori philosophy with more modern curricular approaches and materials. Remember, each Montessori school has a unique approach. In choosing a school or preschool, it’s best to look for one that’s the right fit for your child in terms of philosophy, culture, values, and the like.

      Ontario has plenty of great public and private schools. It's also home to some first-rate post-secondary institutions. These include the University of Toronto, Queen’s University (in Kingston), Western University (in London), McMaster University (in Hamilton), and the University of Waterloo (in Kitchener-Waterloo).












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