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Maria Montessori: A hero for educators and the most important woman in History

My first encounter with the iconic Maria Montessori was as a young writer/researcher for TV station CHCH in Hamilton, Ont. I was in my twenties. I was fascinated by her humane approach to education and, apparently, the influence was profound.

Maria Montessori: A Hero for Educators

I was working on an interview series with Donna Soble Kaufman and, as the researcher-writer on the program, I had to familiarize myself with the work of the great Italian educator. I was mesmerized by what I read. What Dr. Montessori had to say about the enormous capacities of the child stayed with me over the years.

Eventually my career path led me to formal academic study. Peculiarly, in my research at Ryerson, McMaster and the University of Toronto, I never heard Maria Montessori mentioned in any of my lectures. In my years at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (where I completed a doctorate in curriculum), the great Italian educator was completely ignored. I've wondered many times about that particular void and I've come to the conclusion that what Montessori demands is too difficult. It is far easier, for administrators as well as teachers, to simply create a set of lectures and to endlessly talk to a captive audience. We are paying a terrible price for taking that "easy road."

It was during my teaching career at Ryerson that I had the chance to test Montessori's concept of experiential learning. I was dissatisfied with the standard lecture format. It occurred to me that we extended adolescence far too long in a type of unforgiveable intellectual dependency. I sensed that students actually wanted to engage in activities that would test their ideas and skills in a real setting. They were tired of platitudes and untested theories. They wanted to work with colleagues in a collective act of creation.

At that time I revisited books about Montessori and I began to change the standard curriculum in all of the classes I taught. In a sense, I did not know–with any assurance–what I was doing. But the results were breathtaking and even inspiring.

In the television production classes, I gave the students a degree of autonomy they had never before experienced, and they thrived. Instead of arid exercises I allowed them to select from original scripts. I further encouraged them to choose roles in the television production for which they had aptitudes. Access was provided to necessarily limited production resources and stringent deadlines were set. Absenteeism dropped, skill levels rose, and students happily worked around the clock on projects that were completely of their design.

In my coordination of the internship program, I created a "self-management" model that treated the students as capable adults who could deal with accountability. Students actually found their own internships, negotiated with the host company, and set up a contract outlining expectations on the part of the student and the sponsor. The students had maximum autonomy with a minimum of supervision. However, expectations were high and the final report from the sponsor and the student disciplined the entire experience.

How Montessori's Concepts Made the Greatest Difference in Class

It was in my media-writing classes, however, where Dr. Montessori's concepts made the greatest difference. Students studied existing dramatic models and then were brought in touch with front-line writers from Los Angeles to actually have their work adjudicated by "readers" who were, themselves, accomplished writers. The results were explosive and profoundly encouraging. Suddenly we found that students in the classes were being hired on front-line shows as junior writers. They had absorbed the theory and the craft from masters in a type of aesthetic apprenticeship. They were stunned to find that their work was being looked at by people of the calibre of Peter Mehlman (Seinfeld), Michael Schwartz and Al Joiner (The Simpsons), and prominent writers from Canadian dramatic series.

The CTV television network was so impressed with the progress of the students that they placed under my direction the expenditure of $200,000. The money was available as part of what is called a "public benefit" when CTV applied to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) for an extension of their system. CTV felt that Canadian television needed more skilled dramatic writers and they decided that our program of study could meet that objective. With the new financial resources I hired professional writers to guest lecture and to review scripts. Contact was established with major shows in Los Angeles, and I set up a process where students would deconstruct existing series and then have their research assessed by writers on the shows they had analyzed. The students had never worked harder in their lives. They also felt confident and assured in their newfound, and profoundly tested, skills.

Recently I've been working with Clanmore Montessori School as an educational consultant, and I have become reacquainted with Dr. Montessori in a deeper way. The results have been two seminal articles for Dialogue Online.  The first deals with Dr. Montessori's reaction to having a child out of wedlock, and how she turned tragedy into triumph. The second follows Mario and Maria Montessori's challenges when they were declared enemy aliens in wartime India. As part of my research I had the opportunity to look closely at the Montessori classroom experience and I have emerged from my practical experiences and my theoretical research with a deep conviction. I believe, completely, that Maria Montessori is the most important woman in history. I challenge my colleagues to nominate another candidate for this place in the whole range of development.

The Dialogue articles have clearly touched a nerve. The reaction has been amazing. There's so much that we do not know about Montessori. Even today no one really understands her. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with very senior academic leaders and not one of them had any significant knowledge of Dr. Montessori. Myths abound and her system has been distorted out of all recognition.

A Revolutionary, But Bizarre, Figure in Education

That distortion, however, is completely understandable. By any measure Montessori is a bizarre creature. She was born in a conservative Italy when Queen Victoria was in the very middle of her reign. She was a friend of Alexander Graham Bell, the first female medical doctor in Italy, and a woman who continued to write and study until the very end of her life in 1952. She had a child out of wedlock, was abandoned by her lover, and forced to deny the existence of her son. She was a superstar in America and then she was ignored. She was considered a revolutionary figure in education, and then she was lampooned as out of date. Through all of this she focused her whole being on addressing the educational needs of the child as it moved towards autonomy. In this she was unrelenting and she accumulated a range of knowledge (through study and observation) that is almost superhuman. Only now is modern science coming to terms with her findings. The tragedy is that so much of what she saw so clearly has been forgotten and, continually, has to be rediscovered. Over and over again I see her insights regurgitated as astounding new information. Occasionally this "new information" was completely understood by Montessori in the early years of the twentieth century.

Her critique of education at primary, secondary, and –perhaps particularly– university, deserves reconsideration. In the field of pedagogy, I would insist that we are "error prone." One of the best ways to set our professional compass, as educators, is to read (and re-read) The Absorbent Mind. It is pure Montessori: pugnacious, trenchant, disturbing and compelling. You cannot read this book without feeling that, even today, we are all wandering in the wilderness.

Some misguided souls think that Maria Montessori was somehow complicit with Mussolini in the educational system in fascist Italy, not realizing that Dr. Montessori spent the entire duration of the war in India as a "enemy alien" who was loved and admired by the people who, ostensibly, were her captors.

Others think that The Absorbent Mind was written early in the 1900's, not realizing that it was published in 1949 when she was 79.

Ultimately, what I find fascinating is that Montessori is a truly tragic figure who was buffeted by life and alternately wooed and abandoned by her sometimes admiring public. Nothing of this diminishes the fact that she is a towering figure in the field of education whom we ignore at our peril. I suspect, though, that we will continue to rely on the jaded lecture model not realizing the energy that can be released when young people work in a cooperative way in tasks that have a recognizable relationship to real life.

—Robert Gardner
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Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School (est. 1986)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (600 students)
Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$20,000 to $23,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 20000

Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (800 students)
Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,900 to $19,900


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8900

TMS (est. 1961)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (775 students)
TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$18,300 to $31,350

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18300

Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • Stouffville, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,620 to $15,704

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed 7620

Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (175 students)
Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum, co-ed Montessori program from Toddler to Middle School. Tuition starts at $8,250. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $18,000

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8500

The Element High School (est. 2003)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
The Element nurtures focused, engaged and internally motivated students who strive to do their best. The Element High School provides conditions that will put youth ‘in their element,’ in school and beyond. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$17,208 to $18,840


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 17208

Pine Lake Montessori School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • Day school (70 students)
Pine Lake Montessori School pursues teaching with a one on one method that respects and nurtures children and allows them to achieve their fullest potential. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,500 to $15,400


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 13500

OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,864 to $21,384


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 12864

York Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
York Montessori School in Richmond Hill offers children from 16 months to 6 years old a wholesome Montessori education. Teacher to student ratios of 1:5 - 1:8. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$11,800 to $12,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 11800

Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.5 to Grade 7. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$5,175 to $11,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5175

Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best Montessori education for their children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$18,376 to $21,870


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 18376

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school
NOW WITH LICENSED DAYCARE! Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $15,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8500

Bond Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$13,000 to $34,300


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 13000

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (95 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$19,200 to $21,300

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 19200

Royal Cachet Montessori School (est. 2006)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,800 to $12,900


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 6800

Century Private School (est. 1994)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school
Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$16,550 to $26,800


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16550

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,750 to $15,300


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8750

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) (est. 1969)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (460 students)
RMS is an award-winning progressive private school, and voted the BEST private school in Brampton. We offer a structured programme that is ahead of the Ministry set guidelines. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$7,500 to $13,900

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 7500

Ashwood Glen   

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (260 students)
  • Progressive
$8,500 to $16,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8500

Tall Pines School (est. 1987)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (480 students)
Tall Pines School in Brampton provides enhanced Montessori and traditional classes from Infant to Grade Eight, is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, and is a leader in 21st Century education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,921 to $19,988


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 13921

Peel Montessori Private School (est. 1992)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
Peel Montessori School offers an enriched, personalized program. Emphasis is on strong academics, and the development of personal excellence (leadership skills, creativity) in a supportive, family-like environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $18,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8500

Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$9,500

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9500

Cedar Ridge High School (est. 2016)  

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (110 students)
Cedar Ridge High School is an independent high school, grades 7 to 12, in Kanata, Ontario. Our school offers an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a focus on leadership, innovation, student engagement and academics. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$16,296


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16296

Hatch House Montessori School (est. 2005)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school
The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,950 to $13,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9950

Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
Northstar Montessori offers authentic Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Mississauga. We pride ourselves on strong character development and supporting life long learners! Now, Swim program is now included. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,500 to $14,900


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9500

The Maria Montessori School (est. 1991)  

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • PS to K Coed
  • Day school (20 students)
Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$2,500 to $4,000


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 2500

Shining Light Montessori School (est. 2011)  

  • Maple, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
Shining Light Montessori is the community you've searched for -- where children feel comfortable, with teachers who care. Our children learn, build their confidence, reach their potential, & let their lights shine! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,500 to $12,250


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 6500

ABC Montessori (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 5 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. The school offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $10,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 6600

Bannockburn (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Bannockburn School leads in Montessori education by offering an exceptional, enriched Montessori curriculum in a nurturing environment carefully prepared to meet the needs of children in the formative years of childhood. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$14,900 to $25,100


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 14900

Sunrise Montessori School (est. 1988)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$10,500 to $16,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 10500

Liberty Prep School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (140 students)
Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. 6 in downtown Toronto. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers. Reach out to discover what we do differently. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,000 to $16,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 12000

Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school
Odyssey Montessori School is a private Montessori day school with two campuses. The Christie and Sorauren locations provide programs for students 18 months to 6 years old. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,500 to $17,500


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 9500

Trinity Montessori School (est. 1999)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Trinity Montessori School offers programs from toddler to grade six in Markham, Ontario. Its average class size is nine students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$1,100 to $1,200


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 1100

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. (est. 1984)  

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
Our schools offer a maximum class size of 16 students for ages 4 & up. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,700 to $11,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed 9700

Rotherglen School - Mississauga (est. 1979)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (400 students)
Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$6,700 to $16,800


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 6700

Montessori School of Wellington (est. 1996)  

  • Guelph, Ontario
  • JK to 1 Coed
  • Day school (47 students)
Montessori School of Wellington in Guelph is the only CCMA accredited school in Guelph and the number one choice for children's education and life skill [View profile]
  • Montessori
$5,750 to $12,500


Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 5750

Rotherglen School - Oakville (est. 1979)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 Coed
  • Day school (700 students)
Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$13,700 to $22,800


Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 13700

Kaban Montessori School (est. 2002)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (147 students)
Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$15,000 to $17,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 15000

The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus (est. 1988)  

  • Nobleton, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school
For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $18,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 9000

Town Centre Private Schools (est. 1986)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1050 students)
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$5,300 to $16,400


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 5300

Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy (est. 2010)  

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • Day school (60 students)
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students a supportive environment, which allows them to discover their passions, all while reaching each individuals full potential! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $12,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 9000

Unionville Montessori Private Schools (est. 1987)  

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (900 students)
Unionville Montessori School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 to 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$7,750 to $14,750


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 7750

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (est. 2000)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 1 Coed
  • Day school (24 students)
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School in Mississauga offers Casa Montessori programs for children a ged 2.5 to 6. Before- and after-school care and summer camps also available. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,800 to $11,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 6800

Aurora Montessori School (est. 1989)  

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (370 students)
Aurora Montessori School offers a comprehensive, nurturing and enriched program for Toddler to Grade 8. Our enrolment of 375 day students has an average class size of 15 to 24. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
$10,500 to $16,200


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 10500

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering (est. 1984)  

  • Pickering, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a non denominational school that offers programs from Pre-school to Grade eight. We acknowledge and celebrate religious and cultural events as part of our cultural program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $13,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9000

Wheatley School (est. 1986)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (160 students)
Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$5,900 to $13,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5900

Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,390 to $12,500


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 6390

Montessori School of Calgary   

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (85 students)
The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,440 to $14,250


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8440

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,800 to $15,490


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8800

Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to PS Coed
  • Day school (70 students)
We take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy where each child is born creative, intuitive, resourceful, & has a strong potential for development from a very young age.Full-time care (7:30am-6pm). Tour anytime. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$27,600


Preschool Day Coed 27600

Trillium School (est. 1991)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$10,500 to $36,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 10500

Rutherford Private School & Daycare   

  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
Rutherford Private School creates an atmosphere of academic excellence, and develops students with a love of learning that provides sound preparation for higher education. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,900 to $29,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 9900

Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,200 to $25,900


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 7200

Blooming Lives Montessori (est. 2017)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (87 students)
Blooming Lives Montessori celebrates and nurtures the sense of curiosity of each child, supports them in exploring their expanding capabilities and guides them into their thriving potentials. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$5,300 to $16,200


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 5300

Braemar House School (est. 1996)  

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (112 students)
Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment that offers personalized attention. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$13,160

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 13160

La Villa Montessori School (est. 2012)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to K Coed
  • Day school (31 students)
La Villa Montessori School is dedicated to following the Montessori philosophy and to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that fulfills a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,100 to $15,608

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Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 8100

Fairview Glen Montessori (est. 2007)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (190 students)
Fairview Glen offers authentic Montessori education for children 18 mo.-12 yrs. The academically driven, collaborative and supportive community, also specializes in French, Music, Visual Arts and Phys-Ed programs. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$16,200


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 16200

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (115 students)
MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $18,150


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9000

Dearcroft Montessori School (est. 1968)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (170 students)
Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,800 to $21,250


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8800

St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)  

  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 Boys
  • Boarding school (6 students)
  • Day school (13 students)
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $29,000

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Elementary MiddleSchools Boarding Day Boys 8500

Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus (est. 1995)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,700 to $17,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8700

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,850 to $19,675

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 12850

Silver Maple Montessori Private School   

  • Milton, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (63 students)
Housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. Offering low teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on personal and social development of each child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,800 to $12,900


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 6800

Montessori House of Children (est. 1974)  

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (41 students)
Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,200 to $10,000


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 8200

Yip’s Music & Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school
Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,650 to $12,650


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 7650

The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus (est. 2007)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • Day school (69 students)
Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,160 to $13,600


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8160

Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (328 students)
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,200 to $15,400


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9200

MontessoriWorks   

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to K Coed
  • Day school
MontessoriWorks provides half/full-day experiential learning programs, based in the Montessori method, conducted in a nurturing, cooperative, supportive environment, for children in preschool through senior kindergarten. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,000 to $13,000


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 7000

Beyond Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Conveniently located near downtown St. Catharines, BMS offers Toddler to Grade 6 Montessori education with class sizes of 8 to 20 students. Extended Care. New facility and acreage. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,750


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 9750

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (55 students)
An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$9,250 to $10,975

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 9250

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$13,750 to $24,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 13750

Stirling Montessori Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
Our highly qualified staff use the Montessori Method to provide students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and social skills and to enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $11,995


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 6600

Parkdale Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (98 students)
The School offers authentic Montessori education, individualized learning, accommodations to meet each child’s needs, hands-on learning, enriched curriculum, and outdoor exploration. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,000 to $17,550


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8000

J. Addison School (est. 2002)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$15,000 to $42,450


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 15000

Somerset Academy (est. 1990)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school
Established in 1974, Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in Grades 1 to 8. Somerset Academy has an average class size of 10 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,300 to $13,900


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 12300

Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (90 students)
Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,395 to $20,150


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 6395

Odyssey Heights School for Girls   

  • school closed, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
school closed [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$1

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