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Dearcroft Montessori School

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

Dearcroft Montessori School:

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  • Grades
    Nursery/Toddler — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    10 — 20 students
  • Tuition
    $10,600 to 27,800/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    170 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1L3 (MAP)

Our Perspective

How we see Dearcroft Montessori School

More than 50 years old, Dearcroft is one of the older Montessori schools in the country, founded in 1968 by Peter and Barbara Phippen. It also has very consistent history, now being directed by Gordon Phippen, son of the founders. All of that, while not essential to the delivery of a quality Montessori program, nevertheless underscores what parents and students value in the approach, namely a clear sense of community, family, cross-generational interaction, and a sense of tradition. The program hews very closely to Maria Montessori’s model, and also brings the community—both local and beyond—into the classroom. The student body is on the larger end for a dedicated Montessori school, and the benefits of size are apparent in the range of programs offered.

School's Perspective

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How Dearcroft Montessori School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Established in 1968, Dearcroft is Oakville's original Montessori school offering programs from Toddler through to Junior High with three campuses in Oakville delivering exceptional Montessori Programs. Our North Campus offers an urbanized natural space, complemented by over 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms. Our Satellite campus offers enriched Montessori programs for Toddler and Casa. Dearcroft is a fully accredited charter member of CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators)."

  • Spacious, naturally lit classrooms
  • Computers & multi-media
  • Extensive athletics program / Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) * NYC
  • Outdoor/experiential education
  • Performing arts stage/music/drama
  • Aboriginal/First Nation Studies
  • French from Preschool to Grade 8
  • Before and After Care

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"At the core of our Montessori curriculum is a strong emphasis on peace education. This creates an environment of kindness and compassion where students are supported not only by our staff, but also by their peers as well. In short, a Montessori education creates wonderful opportunities for independence, creativity, and character development."

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

"A wonderful degree of innovation and natural design have driven the evolution of our school community. An excellent curriculum that goes above and beyond the public system requirements, where our graduates are positioned to pass entrance exams and be successful along their future learning paths. Our students have access to specialized programming including drama club, music, French beginning in our Casa program, and, intra-school sports competitions."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"For 25 years Dearcroft/West Wind has been Canada’s leader in elementary experiential education. Our award-winning Expedition Education Program established in 1996 has been an innovative and exciting extension of our curriculum. Through an integrated and highly ambitious travel-based experience, our West Wind Junior High students have had the opportunity to explore Canada from Coast to Coast."

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Parent, Katherine & John Vellinga (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Katherine & John Vellinga to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Dearcroft Montessori School.

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