Toronto, ON | Grades NS - 6 | Shortlist
CMS fosters a very open and transparent approach to engaging with parents. In the midst of COVID-19, the school and administration was able to pivot to an online curriculum quickly and seamlessly. Our children, both in Casa and Elementary did not miss a beat academically. They did of course miss the in person interaction with teachers and classmates. Communication with parents is among the best in the private system, and as you would expect, much more frequent than in the public system - based on our discussions with parents at other private schools or in the TDSB. Communication via Owl Wise or e-mail, open houses, parent teacher events and "coffee" meetings with Tracy Grisdale (the Principal) are frequent. In formal meetings with the administration and teachers are also encouraged - when scheduled of course. Discipline, when applied in rare instances that we have heard of it, has always been fair when dispensed and always with the best interests of the student and student body in mind.
CMS has adapted to Covid pandemic school life very well this year. Along with PPE for the staff, the school has empowered/armed the teachers with the skills and tools needed to bring online the numerous Montessori materials as best they can for virtual learning. There are many materials in a Montessori classroom and this is no easy feat. In terms of communications, there are weekly school newsletters, parent-teacher interviews and if needed additional parent-teacher checkpoints can be arranged as needed. The administrators are knowledgeable and of course Ms. Fariba and Ms. Grisdale are there to discuss concerns you may have.