Toronto, ON | Grades NS - 6 | Shortlist
In our experience, and we have two children at CMS that have been at the school since they were both toddlers, has been excellent. Our children are far above the provincial standards in reading, writing, math and general problem solving, but they also exhibit an approach to finding their own solutions to obstacles, that are far more mature than their young ages. We believe these skills are the product of the Montessori method of teaching generally, but also Central Montessori Schools specifically. All of the teachers that have taught our children, have been engaged and knowledgeable while at the same time providing a nurturing environment that promotes learning, respect for others and a respect for self.
Most of the teachers our children have had, have been with CMS for many years. We have found them to be passionate, knowledgeable, and patient. With the mixed grade classes there is greater opportunity to learn from each other. The older children model behaviour, classroom etiquette and provide leadership. Pre-covid the older children played a much bigger role in assisting the younger children, especially the Gr 1 students. In elementary, when there is a lesson for the grade, the group is about one third of the class size allowing the teacher to be more attentive and provide more engaging lessons. With the smaller groups, the teachers are able to learn each child's learning style and adapt as needed. Not all children learn through the same modality and this environment and resources allows for this flexibility.