How we see ABC Montessori
How ABC Montessori sees itself
"Our goal is to provide every student with the most rewarding and fulfilling education experience. Recognized for academic excellence, ABC Montessori offers a developmental pre-CASA program, a modern Montessori program for students aged 2 to 5 years, and an enriched traditional elementary program from SK to grade 5. Our students excel academically through a rigorous study program and grow socially, emotionally, and physically through a variety of arts, athletic, and extracurricular activities."
"We’re a small school with big aspirations. Our families enroll at our school for the intimate learning environment meant to prepare students for success in middle school and beyond. The curriculum we teach is enhanced. The good work habits we teach are ones that stay for a life time!"
"Being a smaller school with a strong curriculum, our students excel in our nurturing environment with good life long habits that serve students well into middle school and high school. They prepare very well academically with good manners and excellent work ethic."
"The intensity with which teachers engage with students to help them and guide them along the way is what makes our experience unique. The teachers are truly our most treasured part of our school and with dedicated students, the progress they make is remarkable."
"While progress can seem slow at first, the habits formed and the direction provided by teachers really begin to show mid way through the year. The students transform into well balanced students with an enviable love for learning."
"- almost 30 years in service
- started with 5 students in the first year
- grew to 150 students across our CASA and Elementary campus
- consistently scoring in the top 10 at the annual Mathematica competition held each year in April
- students consistently score in the higher percentiles in the CCAT Testing completed every Spring"
How people from the school’s community see ABC Montessori
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Raj Vekaria, Director and Principal
ABC Montessori is an academic school with an educational philosophy based on the development of the whole child. We believe in helping a child to develop academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. In addition to teaching academic subject matter, students at ABC Montessori are taught practical life and social skills, good work habits, time management, and respect of others and the environment.
At ABC Montessori, we offer our toddler and CASA students a hybrid learning approach which includes the use of Montessori materials and traditional learning materials and methods. Our Elementary students undergo an advanced traditional curriculum based on the Ontario Ministry of Education’s base curriculum.
As a parent, you likely worry not only about your child’s academic success, but also about the social and physical environment of the school where he or she spends their day and about the teachers who are responsible for their learning and care. At ABC Montessori, our foremost priorities are to provide students with a friendly, nurturing and supportive school atmosphere and teachers who are caring, encouraging and dedicated to the overall success of every student.
ABC Montessori has a strict code of conduct that all students must follow. Students are taught to respect their teachers and classmates and how to behave in the classroom. Teaching a student respect, good manners, and how to conduct themselves is a cooperative effort between the school and parents and is a part of a student’s overall education. ABC Montessori does not tolerate physical or verbal abuse by anyone. Any student who abuses or causes harm to another student, or teacher, will not be permitted to continue at ABC Montessori.
Every student is an individual with a unique personality. We understand that each student learns at a different pace, and has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, interests, likes and dislikes and personal habits. Students receive a great deal of personal attention in the classroom; thus, the teachers have a good understanding of each student’s academic as well as social requirements. Teachers can assess the progress and understand a student’s strengths and weaknesses much more accurately by spending quality time with each individual student.
Every child deserves the support, encouragement and the opportunity to reach their full potential. At ABC Montessori, we promise to provide every student with the opportunity to succeed by giving him or her tools to build a strong foundation, in an environment that is stimulating, challenging, and very supportive. It is our goal to make every student’s experience at ABC Montessori as rewarding and fulfilling as possible.
At ABC Montessori, we believe that education is the foundation for life. The education that a child receives at an early age, along with his or her home life, are the most important factors in determining his or her future. The impact of early education is felt throughout a person’s life. A child’s school experience must be positive and fulfilling. We believe that the responsibility of ensuring that a child receives a good education is shared by the school and parents jointly. We believe that building self-confidence, independence and motivation will give a person the ability to attempt new things, be a leader and to always put forth their best effort.
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
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