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Clanmore Montessori School

Grades Nursery/Toddler TO Gr. 8 — Oakville, ON (MAP)

Clanmore Montessori School:

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  • Grades
    Nursery/Toddler — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
  • Tuition
    $10,250 to 21,000/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    185 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1M7 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Clanmore Montessori 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.

School's Perspective

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How Clanmore Montessori School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Located in southeast Oakville, 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.
  • Member of Oakville Independent Schools

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Clanmore literally means "big family" in Irish Gaelic. Community permeates every aspect of what we do. Our classrooms are mulit-aged student communities, our parent community is an intergral partner in school life at Clanmore and our older students are mentors and leaders not only in their own programs but for the school as a whole. We care deeply for all community members as we stand by, cheer on, support, and collaborate with each other."

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

"Families often comment on the authenticity and breadth of our Montessori programming along with the strong qualifications of our staff as a factor that attracts attention. Beyond this, the beauty of our buildings both inside and out, and the surrounding natural environment are also appreciated. There is an attention to detail and thoughtfulness in all that we do. Families feel respected and feel confident and comfortable that their children are in good care when choosing Clanmore."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The independent and individualized learning environments allow for the development of competence and confidence, but more than this, the children can move at their own pace in each aspect of their development. Children with strong leadership skills, for example, can confidently capitalize upon this strength while spending more time on areas that come less readily. Children who have mastered something may mentor a peer, even if that peer is a little older than they are."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"The children have a big voice in our school, be it in fundraising initiatives, the idea of the installation of a lower handrail for younger children, or the design of our school crest. The children are listened to and conversed with. They know they are integral members of our community and that with that comes important responsibility. They are encouraged to always speak up, to share their thoughts and ideas, and to advocate for themselves and others."

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School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Clanmore Montessori School

Video reviews of Clanmore Montessori School

Parent, Diane and Julian Hogeterp (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Diane and Julian Hogeterp to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Clanmore Montessori School.

Parent, Pauline Cheng (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Pauline Cheng to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Clanmore Montessori School.

Parent, Sheridan McLelland (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Sheridan McLelland to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Clanmore Montessori School.

Written reviews of Clanmore Montessori School


Parent, Don Kerr (2019)

We have two boys at Clanmore, both of whom have attended since Toddler. We are truly part of the fam...


Alumnus, Emily Johnson (2018)

When I was a student at Clanmore one of the many phrases that we had was "the little school with the...


Parent, Karen Kafel (2018)

She loves going to school. She loves the activities, the kids and the teachers. She begs me every mo...

School leadership

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

Interview with school leader

Watch our Clanmore Montessori School leadership interview with Grace Kidney to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
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Message from school leadership

Grace Kidney, Principal and Co-Owner
AMI Primary and Elementary Montessori Educator

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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