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Question and Answers for 18 months to 3 years / 3 to 5 years


How do I find the best independent school for my daughter, aged 4.5?

Although a private education has different benefits to students of every age, many families choose to give their children a strong base in the fundamentals of work habits and core subjects in early years. The school search can seem daunting but it is manageable if you have a plan.

You can start by choosing a type of private school that matches your child's needs and your family's educational philosophy. The casa program at Montessori schools is a very popular choice for young students, as well as language schools that can give children a head start in becoming multilingual, an increasingly valuable asset in a globalized workforce.

Next you can use our Private School search engine to come up with a targeted list of potential schools, according to your desired location, programs, facilities, even budget.

It is also important to meet and talk with schools face to face, and ask key questions about their community and curriculum. Great opportunities to meet with many schools at once are our annual Private School Expos, happening every fall in Montreal, Toronto, Oakville, and Vancouver.

If you have any other questions, please consult these articles about how to choose a school as well as other parent questions about how to choose a school and questions specifically about grades 1 to 5.


Is Montessori strict enough for elementary age kids? What are the benefits?
mentary years. What are the benefits of continuing Montessori through the elementary years? A: Since Montessori environments are very well adapted...read more

When is it best to consider Montessori for my child?
Dr. Montessori encouraged parents to consider education as an aid to life from birth. Montessori's four specific educative environments...read more

What is the Montessori CASA Program?
The CASA program refers to the second montessori age bracket of children between the ages of 2.5 to 6+ years....read more

How to find the complete list of AMI certified Montessori schools, or schools that have more AMI certified teachers?
The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) website does not include a complete list AMI Certified Schools in Canada. On this...read more

I'm thinking about placing my 18 month old in a montessori school in Richmond Hill. I am considering Global Montessori, although I have yet to take a tour of it. Any parents that can offer their experience of that school would be appreciated. Thanks.
Global Montessori School follows the montessori philosophy and has been serving Richmond Hill area parents for a number of...read more

Had a question for the group. Which school is better in Mississauga. Is it Sherwood Heights or Northstar Montessori? Any response really appreciated.
Both Mississauga private schools operate on different philosophies.

Northstar Montessori School is based on the Maria Montessori method of...read more

What are the benefits of enrollment into a private school at JK instead of waiting until grade 1?

It is not a question of enrolling in any private school as much as it should be a question of...read more

Which Montessori school is better in Calgary? Regular public schools are better or Montessori schools?
Alberta Education does not make comparisons of schools or school authorities. However when it comes to selecting a school,...read more

I'm looking for a montessori school for my daughter (6 month old) in the Vaughan area. I'd appreciate parents input on schools in the area who have their kids going to a montessori school. Thank you!
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My daughter is two years old, and I would like to enroll her in a preschool to enrich her education or camp. I would like some information. Maybe a private school that teaches three languages. We already speak four at home. Much appreciated.

Many parents think summer camp or private school in the early years provides a strong foundation in essential skills that...read more

My son will be 3yrs in a few weeks and I believe he has outgrown his regular private daycare - which focuses on play rather than education/discipline. I think their approach is fine for children up to 2 but as they approach 3 and understand more, they should attend proper pre-schools . What is your expert opinion? Please, no generic answers of every child is different...

First of all - it may sound generic, but it's true that all children are different and have unique learning...read more

Have any parents had any experiences with King's Town School in Kingston, Ontario? Thank you! Chris
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We'd like to read about the Montessori schools in Montreal and Quebec in general. There are no real Montessori schools here but they all say that they are certified Montessori schools!
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Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) is the primary regulating body in Canada for accredited Montessori Schools. Schools...read more

Dear Sir/Mam, I am permanently shifting from India to Brampton in the first week of June 2013. My daughter will be in 2nd grade.Pl help me to get her enrolled in a good school near Brampton.
We have a list of Brampton schools on our site here: http://www.ourkids.net/brampton-private-schools.php and you may find some additional options with...read more

is there a school that will take our daughter full day at the age of 1
We have information on our website regarding daycare preschools: http://www.ourkids.net/daycare-preschools.php as well as private schools with preschool programs: http://www.ourkids.net/preschools-private-pre-school.php Our...read more

Inquiry. The twins are 16 months old.
To start, you may be interested in learning more about how to choose the right school for your children with...read more

We recently moved to a new community 'Nolan Hill' in Calgary, Whats are the options we have on elementary schools?
We have information on our website devoted to schools in Calgary listed here: http://www.ourkids.net/calgary-private-schools.php, including information on the the type...read more

My daughter is just 4 months old. I'm interested in private school but wonder if its too early to start? Is the expo an appropriate venue to learn about schools and options or should we wait until she's closer to school age? Are there wait lists we need to consider for admissions?
We have some information on our website regarding the best age to send your child to private school here: http://www.ourkids.net/school/searching-for-a-golden-age...read more

Can a 2yr old start a program?
We have information on our website regarding the best age to send your child to private school here: http://www.ourkids.net/school/searching-for-a-golden-age -...read more

During early development years what kind of curriculum will be in preschools ?
To start, you may be interested in reading more information about preschools here: http://www.ourkids.net/preschools-private-pre-school.php - each school’s curriculum varies so...read more

looking for schools that admit todlers -2 years old
A number of private schools have PS - SK grades, all the way up to Grade 12 in some cases,...read more

What is the monthly fees of per child in primary school
The fees for any private school will vary on a few different factors such as location and what type of...read more

I have a 4yo that has behavioural challenges. I am looking for a day camp for him for this summer. Am I asking too much to find a place that would be able to accommodate him?
There are camps available beginning as young as 4 years of age that can help support children with behavioural challenges....read more

Hi my name is wude ,I am leaving in Vancouver BC ,my daughter is starting kindergarten in September 2015 , so I just wondering if there is scholarship for kindergarten .
Many private schools are willing to working with parents and offer scholarships or other payment options in order to help...read more

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