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Kells Academy

Grades K TO Gr. 12 — Montreal, QC (MAP)

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  • Grades
    K — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
  • Tuition
    $24,200 to 48,800/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    300 day students, 40 boarding students, 30 homestay students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 6865 De Maisonneuve West/6645 De Maisonneuve West, Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1T1/H4B 2Y3 (MAP)
  • 2290 Cavendish Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4B 2M7 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Kells Academy

Irene Woods began her career as an educator within the public system, and while there noted that often the after-school tutorial sessions were more productive, and more time efficient, than the teaching done in the classroom. The obvious question—at least it was obvious to her—was, why don’t we just teach this way all the time? Which, in time, is exactly what she did, applying the tutorial model—small group, student-led instruction—to the entire curriculum. Kells was founded in 1978, and Woods has been an instructor and director there ever since. Those aspects of the tutorial model—individual attention, and a creative approach to instruction—are what continue to define the program today. The school has grown considerably over the years, including the creation of a boarding program, though the division between the elementary and high school programs helps to keep the focus small-group instruction.

School's Perspective

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How Kells Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"By using a differentiated approach to learning, Kells Academy supports students in reaching their full potential. Serving K-12 in three separate campuses, we offer small classes with a focus on student engagement and high achievement, excellent academic, arts and sports programs, as well as a wide variety of extracurricular activities and clubs. Kells enjoys a close to 100% graduation rate, high acceptance in all disciplines in CEGEP and university, is co-ed, and the Certificate of Eligibility is not required."

  • Small classroom sizes
  • Convenient location
  • Accessible by public transportation
  • Enriched math program
  • Full cafeteria service
  • English or French home stay as well as residence service
  • On-site tutoring
  • ESL and FSL
  • Homework program available
  • Certificate of Eligibility not required

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We champion a flexible, personalized approach to learning. Each student is met with a welcoming and innovative academic environment that recognizes their uniqueness and offers a diversity of learning experiences to match their needs. Intimate support and a nurturing community are key features of our students' learning environment. From K-12, student life is built around respect and appreciation of individual experiences, interests and cultural lifestyles each student brings to our community."

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities

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Arts facilities

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Science facilities

Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Kells Academy

Video reviews of Kells Academy

Parent, Kelly Meehan (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Kelly Meehan to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Kells Academy.

Alum, Caroline Abi Azar (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Caroline Abi Azar to learn about the unique experience of attending Kells Academy.

Alum, Nour Khatib (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Nour Khatib to learn about the unique experience of attending Kells Academy.

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Irene Woods, Director

Working as an educator in the public sector, I found that devoting time to after-school tutorials was a most positive and enriching experience for my students. I was consistently impressed at what students were able to learn and accomplish in a few short tutoring sessions, in comparison to the hours spent trying to master the same material in the classroom. This led me to consider a practical application of the tutorial model in a classroom setting, and resulted in the 1978 establishment of a unique tutorial service: the Westmount Learning Centre; and ultimately, to the foundation of Kells Academy.

To recreate the one-on-one tutorial experience we committed to small classes, in a warm, welcoming environment, and engaging the participation of supportive and enthusiastic teachers. Using this model we were able to make learning more interesting, meaningful, and relevant, and most importantly, teach at the individual pace of each student— attributes we maintain and adhere to, to this very day.

In 1990, Kells Academy acquired its own building in NDG at the corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard West and Park Row West. Further expansion took place in 2004 with acquisition of the Hydro Quebec building situated on Cavendish Boulevard corner of De Maisonneuve, and now, our thriving elementary campus under the direction of Marla Perlman.


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