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 NameApproachCost

The Clover School   (est. 1996)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

The Clover School's innovative curriculum combines Montessori essentials with heart-centred learning practices designed to nurture the ​mind​, heart, health, and soul of each child.  View profile

  • Over 25 years of Montessori Innovation Providing Real-World Education Raising 21st Century Adults
  • Three Toronto Campuses (18 months - Gr. 8) in Toronto's Midtown and West End
  • Integrated Four-Pillar Curriculum, Character & Entrepreneurship Education, Inquiry Based Learning
  • French, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Yoga, Sports, Mindfulness, STEAM, Outdoor Education
  • Year-Round Urban Farming Program in Partnership with The Edible Lab

$15,100 to $24,200
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The Element High School   (est. 2003)  

  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Ottawa, Ontario

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


$18,810 to $21,905
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TMS   (est. 1961)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • Montessori, International Baccalaureate

Richmond Hill, Ontario

TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance for life.  View profile


$19,100 to $32,700
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Northstar Montessori Private School   (est. 1996)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Montessori
Mississauga, Ontario

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.  View profile


$10,500 to $16,350
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$10,500 to $16,350
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Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School   (est. 1997)  

  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
  • Montessori
Oakville, Ontario

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 by insuring they "Love to Learn"!  View profile


$14,995 to $16,595
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$14,995 to $16,595
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Westside Montessori School   (est. 2008)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

Authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori Schools located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa, Elementary and Adolescent children in beautiful settings with large and expansive natural playgrounds.  View profile


$20,700 to $23,300
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$20,700 to $23,300
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Hillfield Strathallan College   (est. 1901)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (1230 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Hamilton, Ontario

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


$8,500 to $52,000
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$8,500 to $52,000
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Clanmore Montessori School   (est. 1997)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • Montessori
Oakville, Ontario

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


$10,000 to $20,000
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$10,000 to $20,000
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Central Montessori Schools   (est. 1995)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

CMS provides a quality Montessori education for Casa and Elementary students. Set on beautiful campuses children are inspired to learn their role in protecting the global environment and fostering peace and harmony.  View profile


$8,750 to $19,900
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$8,750 to $19,900
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Century Private School   (est. 1994)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Montessori, International Baccalaureate

Richmond Hill, Ontario

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


$17,700 to $27,500
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$17,700 to $27,500
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Enquiring Minds Montessori   (est. 2012)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Montessori
Scarborough, Ontario

Enquiring Minds Montessori is a one-of-a-kind Montessori Art School. We have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing environment while challenging young minds.  View profile


$16,775 to $17,200
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$16,775 to $17,200
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Peel Montessori School   (est. 1992)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Mississauga, Ontario

Peel Montessori School and our Carrington College division students are encouraged to be engaged, inquisitive learners who think for themselves, display character strength, and learn to succeed on their own merits.  View profile


$8,500 to $18,500
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$8,500 to $18,500
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OMS Montessori   (est. 1966)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Montessori
Ottawa, Ontario

OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment.  View profile


$16,045 to $27,202
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  • Orthodox
$16,045 to $27,202
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AIM Without Limits   (est. 2011)  

  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Richmond Hill, Ontario

ABA based curriculum and individualized approach targets not only academic success but also emotional, social, vocational and life skills that are the core skills of life-long success of each student.  View profile


$15,000 to $25,000
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$15,000 to $25,000
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The Children's House Montessori School   (est. 1994)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • Montessori
Port Perry, Ontario

CHMS offers authentic supportive, vibrant, child centered AMI Montessori that is perfect for curious, inquisitive students looking to thrive in a social, hands on, collaborative, challenging environment.  View profile


$9,500 to $11,500
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$9,500 to $11,500
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Seneca Hill Private School   (est. 1988)  

  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Toronto, Ontario

With faculty that truly cares for your child’s wellbeing, we provide a rare tight-knit community that feels like home. With a warm and welcoming culture, students are inspired to confidently make their mark in the world.  View profile


$12,885 to $16,635
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La Villa Montessori School   (est. 2012)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (88 students)
  • Montessori
Mississauga, Ontario

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


$11,000 to $17,900
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$11,000 to $17,900
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Rotherglen School - Mississauga   (est. 1979)  

  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Mississauga, Ontario

Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from JK to grade eight. The average class size is 18 students.  View profile


$14,000 to $19,000
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$14,000 to $19,000
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Guiding Light Academy   (est. 2007)  

  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Mississauga, Ontario

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

  • Not specified
$11,000
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Braemar House School   (est. 1996)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (112 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Brantford, Ontario

Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment.  View profile

  • Moderately orthodox
$14,240
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Wheatley School   (est. 1986)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • Montessori, International Baccalaureate

St. Catharines, Ontario

We provide students with opportunities to explore real-world concepts and issues, broadening their sense of responsibility, develop their critical thinking skills, and empower them to take action in a global community.  View profile


$7,075 to $14,775
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$7,075 to $14,775
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ABC Montessori   (est. 1995)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Mississauga, Ontario

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


$9,950 to $11,500
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$9,950 to $11,500
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Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering   (est. 1984)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Montessori
Pickering, Ontario

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


$9,000 to $13,000
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$9,000 to $13,000
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Dearcroft Montessori School   (est. 1968)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
  • Montessori
Oakville, Ontario

Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers.  View profile


$9,900 to $23,900
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$9,900 to $23,900
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Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto   (est. 2022)  

  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

ATI is a school for ambitious teens who want to develop into independent, curious, self-motivated individuals who thrive in school and in life. Gain the skills, knowledge and agency to build the future that you want.  View profile

  • Not specified
$17,000
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Kanata Montessori   (est. 1974)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • Montessori, Montessori

Kanata, Ontario

For more than 40 years, Kanata Montessori has been graduating students with self-confidence, critical thinking skills, respect, high academic achievement, and an international perspective.  View profile


$16,750 to $22,500
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$16,750 to $22,500
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Bannockburn   (est. 1993)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

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


$17,450 to $26,900
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$17,450 to $26,900
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Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.   (est. 1984)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (7 students)
  • Homestay school (0 students)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Oshawa, Ontario

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.  View profile


$1,000 to $11,500
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$1,000 to $11,500
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Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School   (est. 2000)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • Montessori
Mississauga, Ontario

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


$7,800 to $12,000
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$7,800 to $12,000
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Rotherglen School - Oakville   (est. 1979)  

  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Oakville, Ontario

Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs for students age 4 to grade eight. The average class size is 18 students.  View profile


$15,700 to $26,000
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  • Not specified
$15,700 to $26,000
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Avalon Children's Montessori School   (est. 2000)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

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


$7,200 to $22,275
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  • Moderately orthodox
$7,200 to $22,275
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Trillium School   (est. 1991)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Markham, Ontario

Trillium School is a private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Markham with Montessori-based kindergarten.  View profile


$11,500 to $37,500
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$11,500 to $37,500
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Unionville Montessori Private Schools   (est. 1987)  

  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Unionville, Ontario

UMS offers year-ahead advanced programs from pre-school to grade nine. We blend high standards for academic success with the social and emotional development of the individual child.  View profile


$9,050 to $15,750
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$9,050 to $15,750
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Trinity Montessori School   (est. 1999)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Markham, Ontario

Trinity Montessori School offers programs from toddler to grade six in Markham, Ontario. Its average class size is nine students.  View profile


$12,000 to $14,000
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$12,000 to $14,000
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Montessori House of Children   (est. 1974)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (41 students)
  • Montessori
Brantford, Ontario

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


$12,000 to $13,000
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$12,000 to $13,000
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Sunrise Montessori School   (est. 1988)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Montessori
Markham, Ontario

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


$10,500 to $16,500
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$10,500 to $16,500
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Hatch House Montessori School   (est. 2005)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Montessori
Whitby, Ontario

The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for their uniqueness and is guided through learning accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program.  View profile


$11,250 to $14,750
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$11,250 to $14,750
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Alive Montessori & Private School   (est. 2014)  

  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • Montessori, Waldorf

Toronto, Ontario

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! SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS AVAILABLE!  View profile


$15,500 to $17,500
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$15,500 to $17,500
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Bishop Hamilton Montessori School   (est. 1983)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Montessori
Ottawa, Ontario

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, a not-for-profit independent school in Ottawa, provides an authentic Christian Montessori approach for children 3 months to 14 years.  View profile


$13,083 to $21,240
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Esprit Academy   (est. 2020)  

  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Toronto, Ontario

Esprit Academy is a community and environment that cultivates independence and lifelong learning through individualized experiences that integrates and connects knowledge and skills.  View profile


$24,500
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$24,500
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Aurora Montessori School   (est. 1989)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Montessori
Aurora, Ontario

Aurora Montessori offers an enriched Montessori program for students, Toddler to Grade 8, with an option of an OSSD credit in Grade 9 Math. A unique Mindfulness and Technology program develops key 21st-century skills!  View profile


$14,800 to $21,600
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$14,800 to $21,600
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Guidepost Montessori   (est. 2016)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

Guidepost is a new Montessori school coming to Toronto, serving children from 10 weeks to 12 years old. We offer year-round programming and rolling admissions into our programs to meet the needs of every family.  View profile


$1,150 to $1,550
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$1,150 to $1,550
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Kawartha Montessori School   (est. 1982)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Montessori
Peterborough, Ontario

Kawartha Montessori School is the only CCMA-accredited school in the region. We offer an education that inspires academic excellence and develops socially responsible, independent, and confident individuals.  View profile


$13,920 to $17,785
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$13,920 to $17,785
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École Montessori   (est. 2014)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • Montessori
Pickering, Ontario

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.  View profile


$8,400 to $17,000
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$8,400 to $17,000
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Humberside Montessori School   (est. 1987)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

Humberside Montessori School is internationally recognized and accredited by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Our AMI certified teachers provide an authentic Montessori experience for our students.  View profile


$11,400 to $18,900
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$11,400 to $18,900
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Cornerstone Montessori Prep School   (est. 1990)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Liberal Arts, Montessori

Toronto, Ontario

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


$15,800 to $26,000
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$15,800 to $26,000
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Meadow Green Academy   (est. 1995)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Mississauga, Ontario

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  View profile


$9,300 to $16,490
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$9,300 to $16,490
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Richmond Hill Montessori Private School   (est. 1986)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • Traditional, Montessori

Richmond Hill, Ontario

Richmond Hill Montessori Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students.  View profile


$23,000 to $25,000
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$23,000 to $25,000
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Country Garden Montessori Academy   (est. 1995)  

  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Montessori
Newmarket, Ontario

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


$8,100 to $25,900
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$8,100 to $25,900
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Toronto French Montessori   (est. 2000)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Montessori
Whitchurch-stouffville, Ontario

Toronto French Montessori offers French and English programs from pre-school to grade 8 in York Region. Its average class size is 15 students.  View profile


$7,620 to $16,350
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  • Orthodox
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Kaban Montessori School   (est. 2002)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • Montessori
Mississauga, Ontario

Kaban Montessori School is a CCMA accredited school in the west of Mississauga area . We ensure that our environments foster each child's interests and abilities while supporting them to achieve their full potential.  View profile


$15,750 to $16,250
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  • Not specified
$15,750 to $16,250
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Prince Edward Montessori School   (est. 1995)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students.  View profile


$7,325 to $14,934
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$7,325 to $14,934
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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.



  School NameApproachCost

Bond Academy   (est. 1978)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Liberal Arts
Toronto, Ontario

Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. Our educational process is Beyond the Books! Education as it should be.  View profile

  • Character Education
  • Free Before/After School Program
  • Weekly Swimming Lessons
  • Early start French Classes
  • Art & Music & Drama

$7,000 to $16,000
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  • Not specified
$7,000 to $16,000
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Somerset Academy   (est. 1990)  

  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Traditional
Markham, Ontario

Established in 1974, Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in JK Grades 8. Somerset Academy has an average class size of 13 to 18 students.  View profile


$12,550 to $14,300
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  • Not specified
$12,550 to $14,300
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Yip’s Music & Montessori School   (est. 1990)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school

Unionville, Ontario

Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's campuses are located in Markham and Unionville.  View profile


$7,750 to $12,900
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  • Not specified
$7,750 to $12,900
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Ashwood Glen   (est. 2019)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Burlington, Ontario

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


$14,000 to $20,000
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  • Not specified
$14,000 to $20,000
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Western Heights Montessori Academy   (est. 2015)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)

Mississauga, Ontario

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.  View profile


$6,000 to $16,000
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  • Not specified
$6,000 to $16,000
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Town Centre Private Schools   (est. 1986)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Markham, Ontario

Located in Markham, Ontario, Town Centre Private Schools is an International Baccalaureate® World School and offers a Montessori Pre-School program as well as an IB Elementary School and optional IB Diploma Programme.  View profile


$7,700 to $17,750
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  • Not specified
$7,700 to $17,750
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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
Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
  • $8,000 to $15,250
  • February 11, 2023 10:00 amUnionville Montessori School
    4486 16th Ave Markham ON L3R 0M1
    Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
  • $8,000 to $15,250
  • April 01, 2023 10:00 amUnionville Montessori School
    4486 16th Ave Markham ON L3R 0M1



    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%50%Day tuitionPercentage of schools
    Day Tuition Percentage of schools
    $1 - $2,500 4%
    $2,501 - $5,000 3%
    $5,001 - $7,500 3%
    $7,501 - $10,000 9%
    $10,001 - $12,500 21%
    $12,501 - $15,000 34%
    $15,001 - $17,500 46%
    $17,501 - $20,000 27%
    $20,001 - $22,500 16%
    $22,501 - $25,000 9%
    $25,001 - $27,500 7%
    $27,501 - $30,000 4%
    $30,001 - $32,500 3%
    $32,501 - $35,000 3%
    $35,001 - $37,500 1%
    $37,501 - $40,000 1%

    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)
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $18,810 to $21,905
  • $18,810 to $21,905
    TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $19,100 to $32,700
  • $26,750 to $32,700Preschool - 12
    Somerset Academy
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $14,300 to $14,300
  • $14,3005%1 - 8
    Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (1230 students)
  • $16,428 to $28,775
  • $16,428 to $28,77510%JK - 12$4,500
    OMS Montessori
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $12,864 to $21,384
  • $14,664 to $21,38410%Nursery/Toddler - 6$2,500
    Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $6,750 to $11,200
  • $10,850 to $11,200
    AIM Without Limits
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $19,000 to $19,000
  • $19,000
    Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $17,000 to $17,000
  • $17,0007 - 8
    Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $16,700 to $26,250
  • $26,250
    Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $7,200 to $22,275
  • $14,725 to $22,2755%1 - 8$10,000
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,705 to $16,765
  • $12,705 to $16,765Nursery/Toddler - 8
    Aurora Montessori School
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • 7%Preschool - 8$1,000
    Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Nursery/Toddler - 8
    Kawartha Montessori School
  • Peterborough, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $13,920 to $17,785
  • $13,920 to $17,7851%1 - 8$3,000
    Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • $15,990



     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 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 (400 students)
  • $17,173 to $19,888
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 30No support
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $18,810 to $21,905
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportHeavy integration
    TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $19,100 to $32,700
  • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousNo support
    Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $10,500 to $16,350
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
    Somerset Academy
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $14,300 to $14,300
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 18No support
    Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
  • $8,580 to $14,195
  • MontessoriSupportive8 to 18No supportLight integration
    Westside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • $18,700 to $20,700
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24No support
    Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (1230 students)
  • $16,428 to $28,775
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20No supportHeavy integration
    Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
    Central Montessori Schools
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • $12,500 to $20,000
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo support
    Century Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,550 to $27,000
  • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 20No supportLight integration
    Enquiring Minds Montessori
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $16,775 to $17,200
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
    Peel Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $7,500 to $15,000
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support
    OMS Montessori
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $12,864 to $21,384
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 25Withdrawal AssistanceLight integration
    Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $6,750 to $11,200
  • Student-pacedSupportive5 to 13No support
    AIM Without Limits
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $19,000 to $19,000
  • TraditionalMontessori5 to 8Special needs school
    The Children's House Montessori School
  • Port Perry, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $9,500 to $11,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedIndirect Support
    Seneca Hill Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16Resource Assistance
    La Villa Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (88 students)
  • $8,100 to $15,608
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveResource Assistance
    Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No supportLight 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
    Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous5 to 16No supportHeavy integration
    Braemar House School
  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (112 students)
  • $14,240 to $14,240
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
    Wheatley School
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • MontessoriInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Indirect Support
    ABC Montessori
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $9,200 to $9,800
  • TraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportLight integration
    Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12 to $13
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo 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
    Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $17,000 to $17,000
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12No supportHeavy integration
    Kanata Montessori
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • $16,750 to $18,500
  • MontessoriMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
    Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $16,700 to $26,250
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Resource AssistanceLight integration
    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (7 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • $1,020 to $11,500
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 16Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $7,070 to $11,960
  • MontessoriStandard-enriched10 to 15No support
    Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • $15,500 to $21,200
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive18No support
    Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $7,200 to $22,275
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
    Trillium School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $11,500 to $37,500
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
    Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
  • $8,000 to $15,250
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous18 to 24Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
    Trinity Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $11,000 to $13,000
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorousNo supportLight integration
    Montessori House of Children
  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (41 students)
  • MontessoriStandard-enriched8No support
    Sunrise Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $11,500 to $19,800
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Hatch House Montessori School
  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
    Western Heights Montessori Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • 5 to 24Indirect Support
    Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • $10,000 to $16,500
  • MontessoriWaldorfAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16No supportLight integration
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,705 to $16,765
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
    Esprit Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,500 to $24,500
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-paced3 to 5Special needs schoolHeavy integration
    Aurora Montessori School
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Partial IntegrationMedium integration
    Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 10No supportLight integration
    Kawartha Montessori School
  • Peterborough, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $13,920 to $17,785
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous16 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $7,400 to $17,250
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 24No support
    École Montessori
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $8,400 to $17,000
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 16No supportLight integration
    Humberside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • MontessoriNo support
    Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • $15,800 to $18,960
  • Liberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
    Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • TraditionalMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 12Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    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
    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
    Toronto French Montessori
  • Whitchurch-stouffville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $7,782 to $15,396
  • MontessoriAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15No supportMedium integration
    Kaban Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • $15,750 to $16,250
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24No support
    Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16No 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
     
     
    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • $13,000 to $16,000
  • The Clover School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,173 to $19,888
  • The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $18,810 to $21,905
  • TMS
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (850 students)
  • $19,100 to $32,700
  • Northstar Montessori Private School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $10,500 to $16,350
  • Somerset Academy
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $14,300 to $14,300
  • Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (84 students)
  • $8,580 to $14,195
  • Westside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • $18,700 to $20,700
  • Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (1230 students)
  • $16,428 to $28,775
  • Clanmore Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (185 students)
  • $8,250 to $17,500
  • Central Montessori Schools
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • $12,500 to $20,000
  • Century Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $16,550 to $27,000
  • Enquiring Minds Montessori
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $16,775 to $17,200
  • Peel Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $7,500 to $15,000
  • OMS Montessori
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $12,864 to $21,384
  • Yip’s Music & Montessori School
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $6,750 to $11,200
  • AIM Without Limits
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • $19,000 to $19,000
  • The Children's House Montessori School
  • Port Perry, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $9,500 to $11,500
  • Seneca Hill Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • La Villa Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (88 students)
  • $8,100 to $15,608
  • Rotherglen School - Mississauga
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Ashwood Glen
  • Burlington, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • $9,900 to $18,900
  • Guiding Light Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • Braemar House School
  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (112 students)
  • $14,240 to $14,240
  • Wheatley School
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • ABC Montessori
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $9,200 to $9,800
  • Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12 to $13
  • Dearcroft Montessori School
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
  • $8,500 to $20,500
  • Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $17,000 to $17,000
  • Kanata Montessori
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • $16,750 to $18,500
  • Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $16,700 to $26,250
  • Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.
  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (7 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • $1,020 to $11,500
  • Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (24 students)
  • $7,070 to $11,960
  • Rotherglen School - Oakville
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (700 students)
  • $15,500 to $21,200
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $7,200 to $22,275
  • Trillium School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $11,500 to $37,500
  • Unionville Montessori Private Schools
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
  • $8,000 to $15,250
  • Trinity Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $11,000 to $13,000
  • Montessori House of Children
  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (41 students)
  • Sunrise Montessori School
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $11,500 to $19,800
  • Hatch House Montessori School
  • Whitby, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Western Heights Montessori Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • $10,000 to $16,500
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $12,705 to $16,765
  • Esprit Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,500 to $24,500
  • Aurora Montessori School
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Kawartha Montessori School
  • Peterborough, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $13,920 to $17,785
  • Town Centre Private Schools
  • Markham, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $7,400 to $17,250
  • École Montessori
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
  • $8,400 to $17,000
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • $15,800 to $18,960
  • Meadow Green Academy
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
  • $15,990 to $15,990
  • Richmond Hill Montessori Private School
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • $21,000 to $23,500
  • Country Garden Montessori Academy
  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $7,400 to $14,300
  • Toronto French Montessori
  • Whitchurch-stouffville, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • $7,782 to $15,396
  • Kaban Montessori School
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (147 students)
  • $15,750 to $16,250
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 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, throughout 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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