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Central Montessori Schools

Grades Nursery/Toddler TO Gr. 6 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

Central Montessori Schools:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    Nursery/Toddler — Gr. 6
  • Gender
  • Class Size
  • Tuition
    $9,400 to 21,200/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    1075 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 18 Coldwater Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1Y7 (MAP)
  • 181 Maplehurst Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 3C1 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Central Montessori Schools

Since it was founded in 1995, CMS has grown to include five locations in the GTA. The program is founded on the core ideals that Maria Montessori promoted in her work, those of respect, community, purposeful engagement, and self-directed learning. That said, Montessori didn't create her program as a museum piece, but rather as a starting point, and that's a spirit that CMS upholds as well. Dr. Montessori, as has been said, "adjusted and adapted her educational system to better serve children's needs, and well-functioning Montessori classrooms typically share many features reflecting those adjustments." One of which was, of course, a willingness to adjust and adapt. As such, the CMS program includes, as at the Maplehurst location, a computer lab, a library, and a music room. In all, the focus is very clearly on the child, and supporting child development, which is just as it should be.

School's Perspective

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How Central Montessori Schools sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"For over 25 years, CMS has focused on engaging students and building strong foundations during the most formative years of their lives. We provide quality Montessori education at every stage of a child's development. Our renowned Toddler & Casa programs nurture and encourage the inquisitive minds of children to build the foundational skills needed for future success. As children move through our Casa Program, the emphasis gradually shifts from basic motor skills and language to the development of concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order. This allows the child to consolidate their writing, reading, and math skills. Our Elementary program offers an enriched curriculum that promotes analytical and collaborative thinking while nurturing individual strengths. We exceed the Ministry of Education curriculum by introducing hands-on material, facilitating a deep understanding of all learning. Physical education, French, music, art, computers, STEM, and a variety of extracurricular activities enrich the learning experience for CMS students. We are a CCMA-accredited school highlighted for teaching excellence and offering quality Montessori education."

  • Programs for Infants to Grade 6
  • Happy and stimulating environment
  • Child-centred approach and personalized learning
  • Hands-on and self-directed learning
  • French Immersion at the Maplehurst Campus
  • Music, Art, Drama, Computers & STEM
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Before and afterschool care
  • Great facilities
  • Accredited Montessori education

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Our school is truly a caring school. Staff are loyal to the organization and stay for more than 10 years using their expertise and love of all things Montessori to guide the children's learning. The level of creativity is also an additional richness with weekly themed lessons and assemblies and an awareness of so many topics and ideas that young people should come to know such as World Children's day, Indigenous month and an understanding of of many diverse religious festivals."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Our families and our graduates report the importance of having learned independence and creativity after their time at CMS. They speak volumes at the annual alumni panel about the compassionate teachers who empowered them to succeed no matter what they were facing, more so during the pandemic when lessons continued uninterrupted for the entire day and even additional lessons of health and gym and art complemented their learning at home. We are a community of individuals who nurture children."

How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

"Parents often think of CMS as a family. We work hard on building relationships with families and staff, building these strong bonds and helped with Alumni events, and graduate students often come back to visit or complete their volunteer hours at the school. It is wonderful how everyone keeps in touch and how we all work collectively for a great educational experience for our students."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"You get more bang for your buck at CMS. An intimate setting where you have highly qualified professionals who go out of their way to enrich the lives of children. The quality of the hot lunches, the size of the classrooms and their versatility of use, the integretaed STEM lessons, the diversity of the students and strong mentoring and wellbeing program are all aspects of the CMS experience parents appreciate after they have attended our school for a short while."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Parents have answered the question in this way:
We have loved the multiage classrooms where older students truly mentor the younger ones
We have loved the French Immersion experience from Casa to lower and then upper elementary
Our two boys attended CMS and are very successful and stand out at their current school for their ability to be independent and think outside the box.
CMS is a family, everyone cares about the wellbeing of the children first and foremost and the academics complement this."

What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

"At our Maplehurst Campus we have now added Middle School, with the campus going up to Grade 8. This was largely in part from parents wanting to continue on at CMS. We are very excited to be growing our school and look forward to the upcoming years to see how our Middle School will flourish!"

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities

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Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Central Montessori Schools

Video reviews of Central Montessori Schools

Parent, Christina Dornellas (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Christina Dornellas to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Central Montessori Schools.

Written reviews of Central Montessori Schools


Parent, Terry Smith (2021)

My kid started in this school (different campuses) when she was two. Now she is in grade 6. When sh...


Parent, Wahida Khalil (2021)

My daughter has been going to CMS since she was four years old. She is 10 now and in grade 5 at CMS....


Parent, Malar Kulandaivelu (2021)

My daughter loves CMS and her teachers. It is a second home for our child and everyone in the school...
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School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Ms. Tracy Grisdale, Principal

Maria Montessori developed a unique method of education to inspire a child's love for life-long learning.  CMS provides a stable and nurturing environment to the support the child through this journey in education.  Our program engages the child and ensures they have a strong educational foundation.

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