Located in southeast Oakville, and bordering Mississauga, Lake Ontario and a local conservation area, Clanmore Montessori School is housed in a beautifully restored historic farmhouse with a custom-designed, environmentally innovative addition. Clanmore provides top-quality authentic Montessori programming from Toddler to Middle School. Our highly qualified, caring staff support each child, fostering individual potential and nurturing academic, emotional and social growth. CCMA accredited. Licensed.
In-house catered lunch program, prepared fresh daily by our chef.
Our most recent addition has a living, green roof. One of the largest in Oakville.
On-site co-curricular offerings.
One of the first Montessori Toddler Programs in Canada and the first to be CCMA accredited.
One of few schools to have an authentic Montessori Middle School program.
Summer camp on offer for students 4 and up.
School is owned and led by a team of Montessori trained staff, including administration.
Extended hours for working parents.
Beautiful aesthetics, including original art, flowers, lots of natural light.
Learning at Clanmore Montessori School during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: -COVID-19 Parent Handbook accessible to parents/staff/interested intake families at all times via our website; always current with changes from prior editions highlighted
-COVID-19 Policies and Procedures accessible to /staff/interested intake families at all times via our website; always current with changes from prior editions highlighted
-two separate and independent health consultants were hired at the school's initiation and expense to audit the school's COVID policies and protocols in action. Recommendations were incorporated and reports shared with parents.
-a screening app was custom designed by the school for use by all staff and students on a daily basis. No entry without evidence of passed screening
-100% follow-up on all reasons for absences
-a privacy-protected daily report to all parents indicating any exclusions from cohorts (names are not provided)
-staff/student and essential worker access to the building only
-very strict cohorting of students resulting in staggered arrival and dismissal times, no mixing during recess and/or before/afterschool, each cohort has a designated washroom for exclusive use by that group
-enhanced daily cleaning measures which are documented
-twice weekly environmentally safe disinfectant fogging of the school
“Let’s talk this out under the magnolia tree,” is the Clanmore version of, “we need to have a talk.” How great is that? Certainly, from the magnolia tree on up, there’s a lot to love here. The Clanmore building, as well as the context it sits within, is gorgeous. The home was built in 1904, and the school bought it in 1998 from descendants of the original owner. Which, frankly, just feels right for some reason. Atmosphere, is an important aspect of Montessori education, and all of the additions and adjustments to the structure have been undertaken with that in mind. It sits on the edge of the Joshua’s Creek Conservation area, and the school rightly makes use of that location within its programming. The curriculum hews to a close reading of Maria Montessori’s intentions, the attention to student-guided instruction prime among them.
Clanmore Montessori School - Interview with School Leadership
In this Perspective:
1:12 - Three things Grace loves about her job
2:11 - What drew Grace to the Montessori style of education
4:14 - A recent innovation that Clanmore has been able to adopt within the Montessori program
6:17 - An activity or practice that’s unique to Clanmore that Grace is proud of
8:57 - The social curriculum at Clanmore
13:38 - What Grace would say to someone who is skeptical of the Montessori program
16:37 - Assumptions that play is just play
17:11 - The kind of family who is drawn to Clanmore
18:38 - A type of child that would not succeed at Clanmore
20:06 - The culture at Clanmore
22:42 - How Clanmore handles student conflicts
25:28 - The biggest challenge in creating this school
27:17 - Plans for Clanmore coming up
29:35 - A typical trajectory after students graduate
30:44 - Advice for parents in their school search
33:07 - A red flag you would parents should look out for
Clanmore Montessori School - School Parent Video - 2022
In this Perspective:
01:02 - What was the process like for choosing this school?
02:16 - How have your children responded to being at this school?
02:55 - What do your children appreciate most about this school?
05:13 - As a parent, what do you appreciate most about this school?
07:47 - Was there anything that surprised you about the school?
08:53 - How are the school’s values put in practice?
10:58 - What is the typical family like at this school?
12:20 - Is there something your children have done at the school that they are proud of?
14:20 - What has your experience with teachers and administration been like?
15:48 - What are three reasons for recommending this school to other families?
18:06 - What advice would you give to new families searching for a school?
Clanmore Montessori School - Our Kids Insider Perspective- Parents 2021
In this Perspective:
Pauline Cheng has one child in grade 6 at Clanmore Montessori School. She speaks about watching her son’s confidence grow and watching him feel at home in the school. She also references how much he enjoyed the school’s camping trips, making lifelong friends and memories. She was surprised with how tight knit the school’s community was and how unique it was that every single teacher knew her son’s name.
00:55 Pauline’s process for choosing Clanmore Montessori School.
02:54 How Pauline’s child responded to being at Clanmore Montessori School.
04:30 What her child likes most about the school.
05:10 What Pauline appreciates the most about Clanmore Montessori School.
06:25 Room for improvement.
07:04 Anything that surprised her about the school.
08:12 The school’s highest values.
09:20 The typical family at Clanmore Montessori School.
10:27 Proud moments at Clanmore Montessori School.
11:35 The teachers and administration at the school.
12:30 Three reasons Pauline recommends the school to new families.
13:56 Advice for new families searching for a school.
Clanmore Montessori School - Our Kids Insider Perspective: Parents
In this Perspective:
1:03 - Can you describe your son as a student?
1:42 - How much experience with Clanmore do your other children have?
2:08 - What was it that brought you to Clanmore?
3:25 - What factors contributed to a positive first impression of the school?
4:43 - Were you trying to solve a problem by enrolling at Clanmore?
5:51 - What type of education system were you coming from?
6:42 - What changes did you see in your children after enrolling at Clanmore?
7:25 - What was it about the school that won your kids over as well?
8:17 - What is the campus like?
9:12 - How has your relationship with the school evolved over the past seven years?
10:13 - What does Montessori mean to you?
10:40 - Why is the essence of Montessori hard to put into words?
12:33 - What is the benefit of a Montessori education in regards to child development?
13:08 - How did the school cater to each of your children’s needs?
15:51 - Are there any skills that the school teaches that may surprise people?
17:13 - Has the school taught your kids something that even surprised you?
18:09 - What are your favourite things about the school?
19:08 - What have you learned through your family’s experience at Clanmore?
20:42 - How different has your experience at Clanmore been compared to previous schools?
21:42 - What has Clanmore worked to improve since you’ve been there?
23:13 - How does the school handle communication with parents?
23:54 - How can Clanmore improve and develop during the next 5-10 years?
24:24 - Is the Montessori approach for everyone?
25:36 - Do you have any advice for prospective families?
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at Clanmore: Montessori
Clanmore has a Montessori approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Progressive, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Montessori - 17%   Traditional - 15%   Liberal arts - 17%   Progressive - 17%   Reggio Emilia - 17%   Waldorf - 17%
What Clanmore says: Clanmore's programming is based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori, who advocated for an approach to children consistent with their natural development and their fundamental desire to learn.
It is our mission to offer individual attention to the development of the whole child, always with respect for the rights, dignity and integrity of each. The program, classrooms and experiences are carefully prepared in accordance with the specific needs emerging at each stage of human development. Independence and freedom of choice, within the boundaries of developmentally appropriate activities, foster intellectual, social and physical growth, along with the emergence of self-esteem, personal dignity and mutual respect. The children become confident learners, channelling curiosity into exploration and experimentation.
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 33%   Traditional math - 34%   Discovery math - 33%
What Clanmore says: The Montessori math curriculum moves from concrete to abstract, from experiential to formula.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: Montessori has a comprehensive set of purposefully designed math materials commencing at the Casa (preschool) level.
Calculator policy: Calculators are seen as tools which can be used at the discretion of the teaching staff, provided such use does not allow students to bypass understanding of the concept(s) being explored. (middle school)
Occasional use is at the discretion of the teacher or based on individual need. (upper elementary)
Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
What Clanmore says: A continuum approach moving from sound awareness, phonetic sound symbol association, reading of phonetic words, introduction of constant blends (phonograms) and words which contain them, irregular word introduction, supported by lots of reading practice.
DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
What Clanmore says: This information is not currently available.
The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
What Clanmore says: There is a focus on the development of the mind and the development of the hand simultaneously. Fine motor control is developed, and sandpaper cursive letters are traced with the fingers. Progression then follows from chalkboards to paper. Children are encouraged to write content which is meaningful to them, and grammatical concepts are initially introduced and developed in a concrete, hands-on format resulting in an abstract understanding.
Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
Teaching approach: As with most of our subject areas, our approach to science is rooted in experiential, hands-on opportunities, many of which are cross-disciplinary. At the preschool level biology, zoology and botany are covered, while the elementary programs add opportunities for the study of chemistry, weather science, anatomy and life science, among others. Middle school students might study bacteria for example, as part of the process of canning produce that they have grown themselves for sale in the small business they run (cross-disciplinary, science and micro-economy).
These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 33%   Traditional - 34%   Social justice - 33%
What Clanmore says: The seeds of a love of literature are planted by exposure to a wide variety of all literary genres. Shared enquiry is a component of the curriculum encompassing interpretative reading and Socratic seminar.
Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
What Clanmore says: Clanmore adopts an methodology whereby all subjects are approached in an inter-related manner, for example math would also encompass history (the history of numbers, the importance of math to early civilizations etc.)
What Clanmore says: Humanities encompasses the study of subjects that help define what it means to be human. Subjects like geography, history, politics, economics and current events are taught in an integrated and project-based manner to give students the story of humans from hunter-gatherer societies to modern times. They are taught in a two-year cycle with Cycle 1 focusing on global ideas and Cycle 2 focusing on the story of Canada.
What Clanmore says: We use the AIM method of French instruction. Gestures, stories and music are used. The expansion of vocabulary and development of grammar concepts are supported within the safe and predictable context of a story that becomes deeply embedded in the students' minds. Through story-telling and drama, students learn words and phrases which enable them to engage in authentic discourse.
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
What Clanmore says: Development of understanding that almost any material can be an art medium. Familiarity with various artists past and present. Still life, portraiture, and abstract drawing; collage, print-making, sculpture, textiles and crafts. The development of art techniques and introduction to design elements (colour, line, shape, form, space and texture). Concentration on the principles of art/design: space, rhythm, balance, variety, emphasis, repetition and unity.
Using the Musikgarten program to enhance the Montessori music program, the children are presented with and develop the 5 basic components of music education: movement, listening, vocal work, playing of instruments and notation.
Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Light integration - 34%   Heavy integration - 33%   Medium integration - 33%
What Clanmore says: The use of technology appears in the Upper Elementary curriculum and continues into Middle School as students are introduced to the use of computers as tools to enhance their work. Focus on keyboarding, word processing, network, internet and safety precautions.
What Clanmore says: The goals of the physical education program are to enhance physical growth and development, to develop physical skills and to nurture confidence in the child's own abilities and interactions with others. In order to achieve these goals, emphasis is placed on safety, fairness, rules and proper sporting behaviour. Physical education activities are always geared towards specific skills development and are age appropriate. Areas include physical fitness, health, movement and collaborative sport/games.
Sex and health education approach at Clanmore: Not Ontario curriculum
Clanmore has a Not Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Follows provincial curriculum approach).
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The sex education curriculum does NOT follow the provincial one taught in public schools - either in terms of structure, pacing, focus, and/or tone.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 50%   Follows provincial curriculum - 50%
Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral
Clanmore has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
What Clanmore says: The Upper Elementary children (grades 4-6) are introduced to issues surrounding puberty. Middle School students cover sex education under the guidance of a healthcare professional. In all instances, the topics covered are age appropriate and parents are informed of the timing and content of such instruction.
Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.
Whole-class lectures should only be given occasionally (e.g., at the beginning of a term or unit). Students usually learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.
Whole-class lectures should be given semi-regularly (e.g., at the beginning of a lesson or a week). While students often learn best through group and independent work, it's sometimes important for teachers to set the stage for and contextualize learning.
Whole-class lectures should be given often (e.g., every day). While group and independent learning is important, teachers need to provide lectures on a regular basis to provide the foundation for learning.
External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.
External special education support is only rarely necessary. For instance, a psychologist might be brought in to help out a student with a severe developmental disorder.
External special education support is quite important. Outside specialists are needed for a fairly wide range of special needs, such as developmental and learning disabilities.
External special education support is very important. Outside specialists are regularly brought in to support students with many different types of special needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, language and speech issues, behavioural issues, and advanced learning abilities.
Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.
Modern-day technology is very rarely used in class, since it can be a distraction and interfere with development. Students at the upper levels, though, might be permitted to use a computer or a tablet to do research for a specific project.
Modern-day technology is used in moderation since it can be a distraction. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, and multimedia projects.
Modern technology is used fairly regularly. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, multimedia projects, and to learn keyboarding skills. Teachers may sometimes also use digital media, such as interactive whiteboards, to teach lessons or introduce topics.
Overall approach : Which option best describes your overall curricular approach?
33% of schools
Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.
42% of schools
Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.
19% of schools
Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.
6% of schools
Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at Clanmore: Montessori
Clanmore has a Montessori approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).
[Show: About Montessori?]
Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.
What Clanmore says: At Clanmore you will find in our Preschool (Toddler and Casa enironments):
-intellectual, social, physical and emotional development
-a sense of belonging
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at Clanmore: Student-paced
Clanmore has a Student-paced approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Accelerated approach).
[Show: About Student-paced?]
The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
What Clanmore says: Each child is introduced to exercises and concepts based on his/her individual level of ability and at a pace that best suits his/her needs.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What Clanmore says about flexible pacing: Montessori classrooms by definition use flexible pacing. The multi-year age mix in each environment helps to ensure that each student moves at his/her own pace in each area of development. Content is interest driven, but each child is exposed to basic underlying concepts inherent in the exercises and materials.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at Clanmore: Supportive
Clanmore has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
[Show: About Supportive?]
A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 50%   Rigorous - 50%
What Clanmore says: The expectation is that each student work to his/her full potential. Academic performance should reflect student capabilities as a consequence of internal and intrinsic motivation. Clear standards and expectations are outlined for students generally and may be adapted to suit the needs of individual students.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
What Clanmore says: We aim to support the developing child to work to his/her full potential, whatever that potential may be. More generally, we encourage our students to develop social awareness and community responsiveness.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
What Clanmore says about their special need support: After careful observation, a psycho-education assessment may be suggested and a personal education plan is implemented based on the recommendations in the assessment. Students' strengths, challenges and learning style are addressed. For applicants with diagnosed difficulties, the nature of the learning disability as it applies to the particular student will indicate if our program can meet that student's needs.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: We do not offer remedial/therapeutic support. Students are not withdrawn from the the classroom environments, however teaching staff is offered informal support and guidance to be able to implement the accommodations and modifications as outlined in any personal education plan. For a few students, a resource teacher works within the classroom to deliver one on one instruction on a limited schedule.
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.
What Clanmore says: Gifted students are welcome to advance at their own pace and individualized support is provided based on interests and need. Multi-age learning environments allow for accelerated pacing to be easily accommodated and customized to the particular needs of each student.
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 8, Clanmore students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.
What Clanmore says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What Clanmore says:
Innovative co-curricular cooking program
On-site piano lessons offered
Halton Inter-school Chess for Charity Tournament Gold Medalists
Competitive sports: 2 Recreational sports: N/A
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Clanmore Montessori School offers 3 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
DayDay (Half day)
Day (Half day)
What Clanmore says about their tuition: Tuition is based on half day, school day or extended/partial extended day enrolment. There is an additional trip fee for middle school students only. Attendance at all levels is 5 days per week and half day attendance is generally offered only at the toddler and first year Casa levels.
Need-based financial aid
Clanmore Montessori School does not offer need-based financial aid.
Merit based Scholarships
Clanmore Montessori School does not offer merit-based financial awards.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Nursery/Toddler to Gr. 8
Average class size
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
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Acceptance Rate: 100%
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
Type of student Clanmore is looking for:
Students from families who suscribe to the Montessori approach to education and who are able to handle the expectations made of them as a result of the way the program is structured.
Clanmore Montessori School sprang from a dream, a vision, a desire for a wonderful learning environment for children. In 1997 we opened our doors, and have since grown to a full spectrum Montessori school meeting the needs of children from toddler through to the middle school years. I am tremendously proud of our knowledgeable and wonderfully gifted teachers and the work that all the staff does to maintain Clanmore's highly personal and welcoming atmosphere. Over the years we have found that this unique atmosphere unites our families resulting in our whole community supporting the children as they grow to realize their potential. A potential which is astounding when it is left to freely develop.
Clanmore, which means big family in Gaelic, is a truly unique place. I welcome you to visit any time to see for yourself.
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