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Montcrest School

Grades JK TO Gr. 8 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

Montcrest School:

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  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    8 — 18 students
  • Tuition
    $32,500 to 38,225/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CAIS, CIS Ontario, NAIS
  • Enrolment
    335 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 658 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 2P1 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Montcrest School offers bus transferring. Service options offered are door-to-door pickup.

The regions Montcrest School offers busing from are:

  • Toronto

Additional notes: As an urban school, our students arrive with parents in cars, on the TTC or by walking/biking to school. We are located 450 metres from the Broadview Subway Station. We are pleased to offer busing for students from the Beaches and Leslieville neighbourhoods. Please note that there are extra fees paid directly to the bus service company and seating is limited.

Our Perspective

How we see Montcrest School

For most families who consider private schooling, it’s the values piece that really tips the balance, and Montcrest is a great example of that. Yes, it’s got a strong, demonstrated history of academic excellence and innovation, including close attention to individual learning styles. In addition, though, it has demonstrated a keen and ongoing attention to the development of values, character, and community. The Peacemakers program is one example, and indeed a particularly good one. Students within it are trained in peer mediation and conflict resolution, which they then very visibly promote throughout the school environment. That kind of attention contributes to the development of leadership skills based in collaboration. The community garden, quite delightfully, is where all of those values are poignantly expressed. The location of the school on the edge of one of the city’s storied ravines is also a plus, something that the school rightly makes much use of.

Key insights from our research

  • My daughter has always been a little more introverted, a little shy. Her time at Montcrest has really helped her break out of that comfort zone and take more risks and feel more confident. I definitely think the Montcrest environment has helped her in that aspect. She would come home every day so happy to be there.
    —From Interview with Montcrest School parent: Carrie Weston.
  • I most appreciated the community and especially the teachers during my time at Montcrest. There’s such a strong sense of compassion and kindness all around the school. I felt very cared for and seen by all of the teachers. I think that really did help me have this strong foundation to build my sense of self.
    —From 2020 roundtable discussion about Montcrest School. (The quote comes specifically from Bree, an alum).
  • I think the thing our daughter likes most about Montcrest School is the way everybody is listened to and everybody is validated. The kids are involved in the learning, so they explore. We watched our daughter gain confidence in her abilities and her work, in her interactions with other people.
    —From Interview with Montcrest School parent: Ruth Goba.
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Featured articles

Profile of Patti MacDonald, Head of School, Montcrest School

From the way students are greeted every day to the way teachers listen to children and seek to know each child as an individual, each student is made to feel valued. This culture of belonging has helped MacDonald herself feel a sense of belonging.

School's Perspective

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How Montcrest School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Montcrest School is a welcoming community that specializes in cultivating incredible young people. We believe in small class sizes and unparalleled student-teacher relationships. We believe individuality is something to protect, not suppress. And we believe in meeting our students with the ideal supports—and just-right challenges—for each age and stage, so they emerge as secure, self-directed young people who excel in academics and in life. Simply put, Montcrest helps children become who they’re meant to be."

  • Founded in 1961
  • Small class sizes
  • 21st century skills - inquiry, technology & critical thinking
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Visual & performing arts programs (music, drama & dance)
  • Athletics - varsity teams (CISAA), intramurals & varied clubs
  • Leadership Development
  • French - JK to Grade 8

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities

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Instructional resources

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Montcrest School

Video reviews of Montcrest School

Alum, Jade Grech (2022)

Watch our alum interview with Jade Grech to learn about the unique experience of attending Montcrest School.

Parent, Ruth Goba (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Ruth Goba to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Montcrest School.

Parent, Carrie Weston (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Carrie Weston to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Montcrest School.
See all video reviews (4 total)

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Patti MacDonald, Head of School

Welcome to the Montcrest!

At Montcrest, we believe every child is unique. We meet students where they are at, and provide individualized and specialized support to neurotypical students as well as those with learning and thinking differences. The individual attention that children receive academically and socially is one of the things that distinguishes Montcrest School.

Our students have opportunities to make authentic connections with the world through a meaningful academic program, exciting fine arts offerings, outreach programs, and a variety of co-curricular activities. They emerge as secure, self-directed young people, excited to take on new challenges with a deeper understanding of how they learn.

I hope that you enjoy your exploration of our online profile, our website and I encourage you to visit us in person.

Warmest regards,

Patti MacDonald
Head of School

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