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Enquiring Minds Montessori

Grades Nursery/Toddler TO Gr. 6 — Scarborough, ON (MAP)

Enquiring Minds Montessori:

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  • Grades
    Nursery/Toddler — Gr. 6
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    10 — 24 students
  • Tuition
    $11,158 to 17,500/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    150 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 24 Progress Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1P 2Y4 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Enquiring Minds Montessori

In Maria Montessori’s day, the most obviously remarkable thing about her approach to education was how she chose to adapt the learning space. It was open, diverse, organized yet amorphous, with common areas that weren’t dedicated to any specific learning task. That was revolutionary both for what it was, as for the way it positioned the learner. Montessori wanted to build from a child’s curiosity and engagement with the world, and her learning spaces were organized with that in mind. In kind, those are the ideals that Enquiring Minds expresses so well. To have that kind of conceptual space you need physical space—space to move around in, to move through—and the openness and extent of the EM environment is one of its great assets. Likewise, there is an attention to ranging across the curriculum, rather than siloing each separate from the others; the arts program isn’t ancillary to the other curricular areas, for example, but instead is a foundational aspect of learning across them. The attention to values—respect for the space as well as those within it—is also a primary draw for the families who enroll. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, hands-on, and challenging yet supportive social and academic environment.  

School's Perspective

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How Enquiring Minds Montessori sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Maria Montessori believed that "Academics may be the heart of education; the Arts are surely its soul." At Enquiring Minds Montessori, we have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence that challenges young minds in a caring environment. Planting the seed and nurturing its potential is our motto. Our extensive program includes a Montessori curriculum enriched by Language, Visual Arts, Sculpture and the Performing Arts including Instrumental Music, Vocal, Dance and Drama."

  • We provide a caring and empowering environment for your child to grow
  • Our staff are qualified and experienced professionals that are compassionate to your child’s needs
  • Our facilities are spacious, clean, organized and meet all provincial safety standards
  • Our learning environment incorporates exploration in both academics and the arts
  • Core activities include: language, math, science, culture, theatre, instrumental music, visual arts
  • Enrichment activities include: French, Mandarin, violin, dance and vocal arts
  • Curriculums are designed to challenge the young minds in a supportive and positive manner
  • Students participate in monthly educational excursions
  • Annual theatric performance at our Showcase that includes drama, music, and dance
  • RCM, RAD, BATD and AA exams are available for students who wish to participate

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Our facility has developed an extensive program that includes a Montessori curriculum enriched by Language, Visual Arts, Sculpture, Performing Arts, Instrumental Music, Vocal, Dance, and Drama."

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

"We provide a caring and empowering environment for your child to grow and are compassionate to your child’s needs.
Our learning environment incorporates exploration in both academics and the arts as well as core activities that include: theatre, instrumental music, and visual arts. We also provide enriched activities that include: language, dance and vocal arts"

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The arts and dance aspect of our school may not be recognized in regards to what we offer and be known what is available."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"We are a diverse, cultured and arts based school that offers a variety of programs which caters to a child's expressive and creative side of their development."

School Facilities

Photo-tour of facilities


Shared spaces

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Enquiring Minds Montessori

Written reviews of Enquiring Minds Montessori


Parent, Christina Farina (2023)

Gr. 1 (current) — My son previously went to a traditional Catholic School in Toronto. We felt like there was not much ...


Parent, Lisa Wayment (2023)

Preschool (current),Preschool (current) — Since the very first day that both my children began at Enquiring Minds, their educational journey h...


Parent, Sherron Mohammed (2023)

Nursery/Toddler to Gr. 6,Nursery/Toddler to Gr. 6 — As a parent whose child attended a private school from preschool to grade 6, I would say that their ...

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Kristen Hamilton, Director

Dear Parents,

As the Director of this unique comprehensive Montessori school, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. Our remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students come together to make Enquiring Minds Montessori a wonderful place to be challenged intellectually, grow socially, and develop as independent thinkers and problem solvers.  Setting high academic expectations for all children coupled with high standards for teaching and learning is what drives our work every single day, and for which supportive systems for both students and teachers are built.

An integral part of Enquiring Minds Montessori’s reputation has been built on the strength of our arts-enriched programs. Children enrolled in our programs are exposed to extensive enrichment in both academics and the arts. Our programs further develop the child through Language, Movement, Music, Art, Voice, and Drama. These programs, like the core activities, are not considered recreational activities but rather intensives.

Our core values reflect a commitment to provide students with personalized support in a variety of ways.  Our responsibility is to address the needs of the whole child. A child’s sense of belonging is a key component of emotional and social wellness at school. This approach helps to instill within our student body a sense of personal pride and love of and for our school.

As we provide students with what is needed at school, we believe that education occurs in each home and in the community. The success of a Montessori School is very dependent on parent involvement. We encourage parents to become involved in their child’s program, supporting the educational and social experiences, and sharing in the joys and satisfaction that their child experiences in his or her own learning. With parents as our partners, our children can work to their fullest potential.  Though we are proud of our past successes, we do not rest on them, and we continually raise expectations for ourselves as a learning community. Whether you are an existing or future Enquiring Minds family, I invite you to be a positive force in this work!

I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) as we work toward an academically successful school year.


Kristen Hamilton
Enquiring Minds Montessori

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