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Curriculum Montessori

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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 KMS: Montessori

KMS has a Montessori approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Progressive, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).

[Show: About Montessori?]

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 - 11%
  Traditional - 41%
  Liberal arts - 14%
  Progressive - 32%
  Reggio Emilia - 0%
  Waldorf - 2%

What KMS says about their overall curriculum and approach:

KMS prides itself on providing an authentic, CCMA-accredited, Montessori education. This includes lessons and experiences that teach to the whole child, putting equal emphasis on academic, social, emotional, and physical development. Every child moves through the curriculum at their own pace, receiving 1-on-1 and small group lessons. Teachers assess and evaluate through consistent observation and provide frequent anecdotal feedback to families. In addition to our curriculum areas of math, language, culture (science, history, and geography), practical life, and sensorial, we also offer french and music from specialist teachers. Students learn in a specially prepared environment that promotes movement, exploration, independence, and collaboration.


Montessori offered:

Programoffered
Montessori toddler
Casa
Elementary
Middle School
High School

Approach

Focus
Academic

Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics

    Equal Balance

    Mathematics approach at KMS: Equal Balance

    KMS has an Equal Balance approach to Mathematics (as opposed to Traditional Math, Discovery Math approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

    These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

    Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 69%
      Traditional math - 26%
      Discovery math - 5%

    What KMS says:

    Dr. Maria Montessori believed that people are naturally inclined to create order, to organize, to observe relationships and quantify patterns. With the proper guidance and nurturing, everyone can develop the ability to reason and to calculate. Montessori mathematics at the Casa and Lower Elementary level is material-based and experiential. With teachers as their guides, students explore hand-on materials to learn concepts. Equal emphasis is put on learning the quantity and symbols of numbers, providing a strong foundation of number sense from a very young age. With this strong foundation, students in Upper Elementary and Middle School move away from the use of concrete materials and learn more abstract math concepts. Hands-on materials are available to support learning and students begin to use a textbook for their follow-up practice. Middle School students experience real life application of math concepts through their kitchen and micro-economies programs.

    Textbooks and supplementary materials:

    In addition to the Montessori materials, Upper Elementary and Middle School students use the Saxon textbooks. This is a spiral math program that allows for continuous practice of previous concepts and introduction to new concepts.

    Calculator policy:

    Students in Middle School learn to use a scientific calculator. At other levels, specific accommodations (including the use of calculators) are made for students with mathematical learning challenges.

  • Early Reading

    Phonics-intensive

    Early Reading approach at KMS: Phonics-intensive

    KMS has a Phonics-intensive approach to Early Reading (as opposed to Whole Language, Balanced Literacy approach).

    [Show: About Phonics-intensive?]

    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.

    Early Reading at schools on OurKids.net:
      Phonics-intensive - 41%
      Whole language - 2%
      Balanced literacy - 57%

    What KMS says:

    The Montessori method of learning to read begins with learning the phonetic sound that each letter makes. When all sounds are mastered, students learn to blend these sounds together to read 3-letter phonetic words. They then progress to longer phonetic words, and eventually learn the sounds that phonograms (multi-letter blends such as th, sh, ee, etc.) make. Students memorize sight words (such as 'the', 'of', etc.) in order to read more complex sentences. Students use hands-on, tactile materials to practice and support their early reading. Casa students learn to read beginner series' of books, such as Bob Books and Mac and Tab.

    DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    What KMS says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Writing

    Equal balance

    Writing approach at KMS: Equal balance

    KMS has an Equal balance approach to Writing (as opposed to Systematic approach, Process approach approach).

    [Show: About Equal balance?]

    Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

    Writing at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 79%
      Systematic approach - 10%
      Process approach - 11%

    What KMS says:

    The earliest Montessori materials in the Casa classroom are used to strengthen the child's hand and develop a accurate pincer grip in preparation for writing. Students learn the sounds that each letter makes, using the Sandpaper Letters and then use a moveable alphabet to build words, using the sounds they hear in the words. After much repetition building words and sentences with the classroom materials, young students transition to writing these words and sentences on paper. Casa students at KMS learn to write in cursive. The benefits of this include more natural hand movements, letter recognition, and brain development. Beginning at the Casa level, students are introduced to grammar concepts, spelling programs, and lessons in writing conventions such as punctuation and sentence structure.

  • Science

    Equal Balance

    Science approach at KMS: Equal Balance

    KMS has an Equal Balance approach to Science (as opposed to Expository, Inquiry approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

    Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

    Science at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 70%
      Expository - 5%
      Inquiry - 25%

    Teaching approach:

    The Montessori science curriculum allows children to learn about the world around them while simultaneously engaging their sense of wonder. Science lessons in the Montessori Casa and Elementary classes are known for introducing children to advanced topics in the early years, preparing them for a lifetime of discovery. Topics include botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. When students reach Middle School, they investigate science topics and how they relate to the needs of the community, its environment, and the adult world. The aim is to provide students with hands on experience of science exploration and study. The curriculum is guided by the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum. Project work in grades 1 through 8 gives students an opportunity to explore their own interests and choose their own topic of study within the overall theme of the unit.


    Treatment of evolution:

    Subjectoffered
    Evolution as consensus theory
    Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
    Evolution is not taught

    Topics covered in curriculum:

    Subjectoffered
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Ecology
    Geology
    Meteorology
    Physics
    Physiology
    Zoology
  • Literature

    Equal Balance

    Literature approach at KMS: Equal Balance

    KMS has an Equal Balance approach to Literature (as opposed to Traditional, Social Justice approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

    These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

    Literature at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 75%
      Traditional - 22%
      Social justice - 3%

    What KMS says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Social Studies

    What KMS says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

    Equal Balance

    Humanities and Social Sciences approach at KMS: Equal Balance

    KMS has an Equal Balance approach to Humanities and Social Sciences (as opposed to Perennialism, Pragmatism approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

    These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

    Humanities and Social Sciences at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 81%
      Perennialism - 8%
      Pragmatism - 11%

    What KMS says:

    Our Humanities curriculum

  • Foreign Languages

    Equal Balance

    Foreign Languages approach at KMS: Equal Balance

    KMS has an Equal Balance approach to Foreign Languages (as opposed to Audio-Lingual, Communicative approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

    These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

    Foreign Languages at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 63%
      Audio-lingual - 3%
      Communicative - 34%

    What KMS says:

    French instruction is offered to students at KMS beginning at age 2.5 and continues through to the end of grade 8. Small, ability-based groups meet several times a week with the French specialist teacher. The primary focus is to develop the knowledge and skills of conversation, grammar, and reading in French. Lessons are using the AIM (Accelerative Integrated Methodology) program. Learning is achieved through scaffolding techniques which use story-telling, gestures, active collaboration and repetition.

  • Fine Arts

    Equal Balance

    Fine Arts approach at KMS: Equal Balance

    KMS has an Equal Balance approach to Fine Arts (as opposed to Receptive, Creative approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

    These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

    Fine Arts at schools on OurKids.net:
      Equal balance - 65%
      Receptive - 2%
      Creative - 33%

    Program offers:

    Subjectoffered
    Acting
    Dance
    Drama/Theatre
    Graphic Design
    Music
    Visual Arts

    Visual studio philosophy:

    Expressive
    Disciplined

    What KMS says:

    From a very young age, students at KMS are given the tools and guidance to draw, paint, and create works of art. Professional artists from the community are invited into classrooms. Creativity is simply a part of a student's life at KMS.

  • Computers and Technology

    Medium integration

    Computers and Technology approach at KMS: Medium integration

    KMS has a Medium integration approach to Computers and Technology (as opposed to Light integration, Heavy integration approach).

    [Show: About Medium integration?]

    Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

    Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net:
      Medium integration - 52%
      Light integration - 17%
      Heavy integration - 31%

    What KMS says:

    In our Casa and Lower Elementary program, the use of technology is very limited. Our students are highly engaged in the use of all the hands-on and beautiful materials to enhance and enrich their learning. In Upper Elementary students are introduced to computers that are used for research and multi-media presentation purposes. In Middle School, students begin to type out assignments and submit work online. They are introduced to coding and digital art projects. Children that have accommodations that specify the use of assistive technology are accepted and supported in the classroom.


    Program covers:

    Subjectoffered
    Computer science
    Robotics
    Web design
  • Physical Education

    What KMS says:

    In every child, there is a need to move, and the Montessori curriculum is specifically designed to provide children with freedom of movement. Physical education opportunities are given every day on our 10-acre property and in the adjacent provincial park. Children at KMS spend a lot of time outdoors where unique opportunities for collaborative games and sports (such as soccer, baseball, basketball, cross-country running, ultimate frisbee, and disc golf) are given. At times, some classes will spend time skating at the local arena, nordic skiing at a ski club, or snowshoeing in the forest. Students in grades 1-8 go downhill skiing twice a year.

  • Sex and health education

    Ontario curriculum

    Sex and health education approach at KMS: Ontario curriculum

    KMS has an Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).

    [Show: About Ontario curriculum?]

    The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.

    Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net:
      Follows provincial curriculum - 60%
      Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 40%

    Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral

    KMS has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
    [Show: About Mostly value-neutral?]

    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 KMS says:

    This information is not currently available.

Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

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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 KMS: Montessori

KMS 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.

If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

Preschool/K Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net:
  Montessori - 25%
  Play-based - 23%
  Waldorf - 2%
  Reggio emilia - 6%
  Academic - 44%

What KMS says about their preschool/K curriculum approach:

Our two Casa classrooms are full of engaging opportunities for children. The curriculum promotes and develops confidence, a love of work and learning, and a strong academic foundation. Children learn grace and courtesy and skills that help shape the whole child. Independence is fostered through the prepared environment. Everything is child-sized and teachers are there to guide children in a variety of skills such as using zippers, sweeping, cleaning up spills, and managing their own work.

Montessori Approach Moderately non-orthodox

Kawartha Montessori School's Montessori approach. Learn about this school's class practices and policies as well as its curricular and teaching approach.

  Primary Lower Elementary Upper Elementary Middle
Age groupings
How children are grouped by age for each class.'
2.5 to 6 6 to 9 9 to 12 13 to 14
Uninterrupted work periods
The longest uninterrupted work period for each class.'
2.5 hours 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Tests and assignments
How often students are given tests or assignments in each class.'
Never (Orthodox) Never (Orthodox) Occasionally (Moderate Orthodox) Regularly (Non-Orthodox)
Graded work
How often students have their work graded in each class.'
Never (Orthodox) Never (Orthodox) Semi-regularly (Moderately Non-Orthodox) Regularly (Non-Orthodox)
Arts and crafts
The percentage of a typical student's day that is spent on arts and crafts in each class.'

Overall approach

Orthodox
38% of schools

Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.

Moderately Orthodox
40% of schools

Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

Moderately Non-Orthodox
16% of schools

Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

Non-orthodox
7% of schools

Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

Classroom practices

  • Whole-class lectures Moderately orthodox

    Orthodox

    Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    Moderately orthodox

    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.

    Moderately non-orthodox

    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.

    Non-orthodox

    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.

  • Special education Moderately non-orthodox

    Orthodox

    External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.

    Moderately orthodox

    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.

    Moderately non-orthodox

    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.

    Non-orthodox

    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.

  • Specialist classes Moderately non-orthodox

    Orthodox

    We don't have any specialist teachers or classes. Core teachers are well-equipped to teach all subjects.

    Moderately orthodox

    We only use specialist teachers and classes in rare cases (for instance, to teach a second language). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach almost all subjects.

    Moderately non-orthodox

    We have a fairly wide range of specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, and art). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach most subjects.

    Non-orthodox

    We have many specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, art, gym, science, and math). It's important that students receive specialized instruction in many subjects.

  • Modern-day technology Moderately non-orthodox

    Orthodox

    Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.

    Moderately orthodox

    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.

    Moderately non-orthodox

    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.

    Non-orthodox

    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.

Teaching assistants

This school doesn't use teaching assistants.

Language English

Learn about Kawartha Montessori School's languages of instruction and enrolment.

KMS offers English as the primary language of instruction.

Language of enrolment include: English

Curriculum Pace Student-paced

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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 KMS: Student-paced

KMS 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.

Curriculum Pace at schools on OurKids.net:
  Student-paced - 23%
  Standard-enriched - 59%
  Accelerated - 18%

What KMS says about their curriculum pace:

Through one-on-one and small group lessons, every child moves through the Montessori curriculum at their own pace. The teachers follow each child's strengths and abilities and observes for readiness before moving on to the next lesson.


Flexible pacing style

Type Offered
Subject-streaming (tracking)
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
Differentiated assessment

What KMS says about their flexible pacing:

As part of the Montessori pedagogy, we offer multi-age classrooms. This allows students to move through the curriculum at their own pace, having access to several levels of materials and curriculum content.

Academic Culture Rigorous

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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 KMS: Rigorous

KMS has a Rigorous approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Supportive approach).

[Show: About Rigorous?]

A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net:
  Rigorous - 51%
  Supportive - 49%

What KMS says about their academic culture:

Our program provides a strong academic approach to learning, where students' executive functions are developed from a very young age. Students learn how to think critically, behave ethically, explore and push traditional academic and creative boundaries, and assume the responsibilities of citizenship in the world.

Developmental priorities Balanced

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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 KMS says about their developmental priorities:

Write about the whole child.

Special needs support Indirect Support

[Show definition of Special needs support]

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.

KMS offers Indirect Support

Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day; the teacher receives special training in accommodating special needs and/or learning disabled students.

A - Forms of Support
Accommodation:
Modification:
Remediation:
B - Environments
Indirect Support:
Resource Assistance:
Withdrawal Assistance:
Partial Integration:
Full-Time Class:

Special NeedNeed
Forms of SupportA
EnvironmentsB
ADHD
  • Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    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.
    Dyscalculia
    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.
    Dysgraphia
    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.
  • Developmental
    Autism
    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).
    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.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    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).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    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.
  • Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    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.
    Clinical Depression
    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.
    Clinical anxiety
    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.
    Suicidal thoughts
    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.
  • Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    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.
    Cerebral palsy
    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
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    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.
    Blindness
    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."
    Deafness
    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
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.

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Academic support

TypeOffered
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

Mild but clinically diagnosed learning disabilities

TypeOffered
Accommodations
Modifications
Extra support

What KMS says:

If we observe a child not meeting academic and/or social milestones we share our observations with parents and our school's Learning Strategist. If necessary, we recommend a private psychoeducational assessment. This allows teachers and parents to have a great understanding of the child's learning needs. Our classrooms allow for ability-based learning opportunities with a focus on strengthening executive functioning skills. Teachers, parents, and the Learning Strategist work together to develop a Growth Plan for students with additional needs based on teachers' observations, in-class assessments, and recommendations from specialists.


Additional support

TypeOffered
Social skills programs
Occupational therapy
Psychotherapy
Speech-language therapy

Gifted learner support In-class adaptations

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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: Acceleration and enrichment

There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.


In-class adaptations

Program Offered
Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

What KMS says about their gifted learner support:

The Montessori method naturally allows children to follow their own interests and pursue learning so that it meets their specific needs and engagement. As a result our gifted learners often excel in this environment. Opportunities to learn and collaborate with members of our greater community can be proposed as a way to meet some enrichment needs.

Homework Policy

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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.

Nightly homework

In grade Gr. 8, KMS students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.

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What KMS says about their flipped classroom policy:

This information is not currently available.

Report Card Policy

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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.

How assessments are delivered across the grades

TypeGrades
Academic achievement reportingPreschool to Gr. 8
Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to Gr. 8

Extracurricular Activities

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.

Sports offered

Kawartha Montessori School offers 2 competitive sports and 5 recreational sports.

  Competitive offered          Recreational offered
all sports]
  • Archery
  • Curling
  • Ultimate
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Cycling
  • Downhill skiing
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain biking
  • Racquet Ball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Skateboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Clubs offered

Kawartha Montessori School offers 1 clubs and extracurricular programs.

  Clubs offered           Clubs not offered
all clubs and programs]
  Foreign Language Club
  Habitat for Humanity
  Jazz Ensemble
  Math Club
  Musical theatre/Opera
  Ballet and Classical Ballet
  Online Magazine
  Outdoor Club
  Outdoor Education
  Paintball
  Photography
  Poetry/Literature club
  Radio club
  Robotics club
  Round Square
  School newspaper
  Science Club
  Scouting
  Student Council
  Yearbook
  Yoga
  Animation
  Art Club
  Astronomy Club
  Audiovisual Club
  Band
  Chess Club
  Choir
  Community Service
  Computer Club
  Dance Club
  Debate Club
  Drama Club
  Environmental Club

What KMS says about their extracurricular activities:

  • Many clubs are student-led based on the particular interests each year. Some examples of clubs that have occurred in the past are Dungeons and Dragons Club, Chess Club, Climate Change Club, Sign Language Club to name a few.

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