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  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Queensway
  • NS to 1 Coed
  • $6,800 to $11,500

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Winston Churchill/Lakeshore Road East
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,500 to $18,000

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Clanmore Montessori School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,650 to $12,650

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Yip’s Music & Montessori School 7650 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed

TMS  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Bayview/Hwy 407
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $18,300 to $31,350

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
TMS 18300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    Slocan St./Granview Highway
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • $5,175 to $11,000

Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.5 to Grade 7.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Westside Montessori Academy 5175 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $34,300

Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Bond Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $19,200 to $21,300

An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Westside Montessori School 19200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,600 to $22,000

Guidepost Montessori at Toronto is among a growing network of schools across the world. We serve ages 18 months to 12 and are located in Midtown, in proximity to many parks and sights for the children to explore.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

Guidepost Montessori at Toronto 12600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Leslie/Elgin Mills
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $11,800 to $12,500

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori
York Montessori School 11800 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Ave/Major Mackenzie Dr E
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $6,800 to $12,900

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Royal Cachet Montessori School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Ave./Bathurst St.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $18,376 to $21,870

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Forest Hill Montessori School 18376 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Sunforest Drive/Bovaird Drive E
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,500 to $13,900

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) 7500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Alta Vista Drive/Industrial Road
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,864 to $21,384

OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment.

  • Day
  • Montessori
OMS Montessori 12864 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road/East of Erin Mills
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $8,500 to $18,500

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

Peel Montessori Private School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Silverwood Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $16,550 to $26,800

Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori

Century Private School 16550 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Sheppard Avenue/Yonge Street
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $13,500 to $15,400

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Pine Lake Montessori School 13500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Bank Street/Marché Way
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $17,208 to $18,840

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

The Element High School 17208 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Kennedy Avenue/Highway 401
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,750 to $15,300

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Ellington Montessori School 8750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Walkers Line/Fairveiw Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,900 to $18,900

Ashwood Glen is located on a new purpose-built campus in Burlington, offering Pre-K– 8 education, and its Learning Program is based on the the IB framework, using the Ontario curriculum standards.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Ashwood Glen 9900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Foothills, Alberta
    Highway 22X/53 St SW
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,250 to $10,975

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Summit West Independent School 9250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road East/Bel Air Drive
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,800 to $21,250

Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Dearcroft Montessori School 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
    Keele St./Rutherford Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $9,900 to $29,000

Rutherford Private School creates an atmosphere of academic excellence, and develops students with a love of learning that provides sound preparation for higher education.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

Rutherford Private School & Daycare 9900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
    Steeles Ave/Ontario St
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,800 to $12,900

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Silver Maple Montessori Private School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $9,500

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Guiding Light Academy 9500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Av./Hwy 7
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $42,450

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
J. Addison School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Glen Erin/Dundas
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $15,000 to $17,000

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!

  • Day
  • Montessori

Kaban Montessori School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Nobleton, Ontario
    15th Sideroad/Hwy 27
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $9,000 to $18,000

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Tomken Rd./Eglinton Ave. E
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,500 to $14,900

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Northstar Montessori Private School 9500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Maple, Ontario
    Keele Street/Kirby Road
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,500 to $12,250

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!

  • Day
  • Montessori

Shining Light Montessori School 6500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $8,800 to $15,490

Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Meadow Green Academy 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Caledon, Ontario
    Hwy 10/Old School
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $9,000 to $12,000

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!

  • Day
  • Montessori

Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
    Main St W/Bronte St N
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $6,600 to $11,995

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Stirling Montessori Academy 6600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Richmond Ave./Parliament St.
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,000 to $16,500

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Liberty Prep School 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,500 to $15,500

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!

  • Day
  • Montessori

Alive Montessori & Private School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Torbram/Clark
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,921 to $19,988

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Tall Pines School 13921 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,440 to $14,250

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori School of Calgary 8440 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $13,700 to $22,800

Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

Rotherglen School - Oakville 13700 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Warden/Steeles
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $25,000

AIS Montessori & Elementary School offers authentic Chinese Immersion program in GTA area.Its average class is 15 students.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
A.I.S. School 10000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • North York, Ontario
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,700 to $17,500

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus 8700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Weldrick Road East
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $19,000

An inspected and accredited private secondary school offering high school credit courses in small classes or online, leading to high school diploma

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori

Toronto High School 19000 HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Oshawa, Ontario
    Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $9,700 to $11,500

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.

  • Day/Homestay/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,950 to $13,500

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Hatch House Montessori School 9950 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Charlotte St/Chatham St
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $8,200 to $10,000

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Montessori House of Children 8200 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Parkdale Ave/Sherwood Drive
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,000 to $17,550

The School offers authentic Montessori education, individualized learning, accommodations to meet each child’s needs, hands-on learning, enriched curriculum, and outdoor exploration.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Parkdale Montessori School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Harrow, Ontario
    Concessions Rd 6 S/Hwy 18
  • 1 to 8 Boys
  • $8,500 to $29,000

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
St. Peter's ACHS College School 8500 Elementary MiddleSchools Boarding Day Boys
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $9,500 to $17,500

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Odyssey Montessori School 9500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Eglinton Ave E/Laird Dr
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $7,000 to $16,000

Maria Montessori School is an AMI accredited Montessori school in Toronto that offers programs for children 18 months to twelve years.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Maria Montessori School 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Prince Edward Dr N/Bloor Street West
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,390 to $12,500

Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Prince Edward Montessori School 6390 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/16th Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,750 to $14,750

Unionville Montessori School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 to 22 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori

Unionville Montessori Private Schools 7750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine/16th
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $5,300 to $16,200

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Blooming Lives Montessori 5300 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $9,120 to $15,744

Ellesmere Montessori School prepares children for a lifetime of creative and purposeful learning based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Ellesmere Montessori School 9120 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,900 to $19,900

Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Central Montessori Schools - York Mills 8900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Steeles Avenue
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $7,050 to $17,450

Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate

Town Centre Private Schools 7050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    86th Avenue/156th Street
  • PS to K Coed
  • $2,500 to $4,000

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

The Maria Montessori School 2500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $12,850 to $19,675

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 12850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine/16th Avenue
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $1,100 to $1,200

Trinity Montessori School offers programs from toddler to grade six in Markham, Ontario. Its average class size is nine students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori

Trinity Montessori School 1100 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Kanata, Ontario
    Eagleson Road/Stonehaven Drive
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,296

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

Cedar Ridge High School 16296 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    14th Ave/Kennedy
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $10,500 to $36,000

Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Montessori
Trillium School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Stouffville, Ontario
    Ninth Line/Main Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,620 to $15,704

Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Toronto French Montessori 7620 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Major Mackenzie/Bayview Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $21,000 to $23,500

Richmond Hill Montessori Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori

Richmond Hill Montessori Private School 21000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Edinburgh Dr/Scott Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $5,900 to $13,500

Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate

Wheatley School 5900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ontario Street/Welland Avenue
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $9,750

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Beyond Montessori School 9750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Guelph, Ontario
    Suffolk/Dublin
  • JK to 1 Coed
  • $5,750 to $12,500

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

  • Day
  • Montessori

Montessori School of Wellington 5750 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor Street West/High Park
  • NS to PS Coed
  • $27,600

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care 27600 Preschool Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $14,900 to $25,100

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Bannockburn 14900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
    Tremaine Road/Hwy 401
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $8,160 to $13,600

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus 8160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Fairview Drive/North Park Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,160

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Braemar House School 13160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $6,700 to $16,800

Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori

Rotherglen School - Mississauga 6700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Brimley Road/14th Ave South
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $12,300 to $13,900

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional

Somerset Academy 12300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    University Ave./Dundas street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,750 to $24,000

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 13750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/Newpark Blvd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $7,200 to $25,900

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.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Montessori

Country Garden Montessori Academy 7200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Denison/Warden
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,500

Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,200 to $15,400

Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Humberside Montessori School 9200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Thornbury, Ontario
  • PS to SK Coed
  • $6,000 to $9,000

  • Day
  • Montessori

Acorn Montessori 6000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Walkers Line/Fairview Street
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $16,200

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Fairview Glen Montessori 16200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,200

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia

Aurora Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    QEW/Southdown Road
  • NS to K Coed
  • $8,100 to $15,608

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori
La Villa Montessori School 8100 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $13,000

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst/Sheppard
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $18,150

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Montessori Jewish Day School 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 5 Coed
  • $6,600 to $10,000

ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. The school offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori

ABC Montessori 6600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    403 highway/winstonchurchill
  • PS to K Coed
  • $7,000 to $13,000

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.

  • Day
  • Montessori

MontessoriWorks 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen Street East/Lee Ave.
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $6,395 to $20,150

Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach.

  • Day
  • Montessori

Avalon Children's Montessori School 6395 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

This is the heart of what Italian educator Maria Montessori believed - that no human being can be taught by another; that you must learn for yourself or it won't mean a thing. In Montessori-based classrooms, children get up and move around and let curiosity be their guide.

And because Montessori believed "the hand is the chief teacher of the brain," students most often learn by touch - by handling specially designed materials such as golden math beads, sandpaper letters, wooden maps of the world. The Montessori teacher's job is to show children how to use these materials - then leave them to learn independently. This is a child-centred approach.

You can watch how this all works from the "observer's stool" in the primary class at the Children's Montessori Independent School in Toronto, Ontario. It's 9:15 a.m. and two boys sit on mats in the middle of the floor, pulling cards out of a basket. Each has a verb on it that he acts out to the other - "Clap!" "Hop!" "Pose!"

Next to them, a boy and girl kneel over a book about marine life lying open on the carpet, trying to match rubber replicas with the species on the page. Just outside the classroom door, a boy crawls along the hallway floor as he counts off a 1,000-bead chain.

But where is the teacher? She is not with the five-year-old practising cursive writing on a laptop chalkboard, or the two girls writing at a table, or the boy selecting number cards from a shelf.

No; there she is - over by the window at a low table, showing a four-year-old how to trace an oval, using a special Montessori stencil to guide his pencil. He begins, and teacher Susie Coughlan writes this down before turning to another student who has strung words together with a special Montessori "moveable alphabet" of plastic letters, blue for consonants, red for vowels.

Suddenly, behind the teacher's back, the tracing boy tries to slip away across the room. He has underestimated the peripheral vision of the teacher - and he is caught and gently guided back to his penmanship.

This is how Montessori believed a classroom should run - as a marketplace of discovery where children learn at their own pace, with the teacher stepping in only when needed.

Yet the bustle of a Montessori class is matched by a tangible sense of order. No running or yelling or drifting is allowed. Children are taught grace and courtesy, how to say "good morning" politely (with direct eye contact and a handshake), how to eat lunch with table manners (and a napkin and placemat), even how to walk a line to develop decorum.

And although students help themselves to materials throughout the room, it's not a free-for-all. Students may choose only from materials the teacher has shown them. If they want to try something new, they must ask for a demonstration to spare them confusion or frustration.

It has been nearly a century since Montessori mapped out her unique approach to schooling and, although schools around the world now borrow freely from her methods - and her stunningly designed materials - the Montessori philosophy is at heart a non-traditional education designed by a non-traditional woman.

To Montessori, the stimulation for learning comes from the environment, not the teacher alone.

Maria Montessori was Italy's first female doctor when she graduated from medical school in 1896. While working with families in a poor part of Rome, she became fascinated with how children learn, and began to make observations that would become the cornerstone of her philosophy - that children are hungry to learn at a young age if we give them materials they can touch and let them discover for themselves.

Today, nearly a century later, research seems to be proving Maria Montessori right.

From watching how effortlessly a child learns to speak, or walk, or get to know his world, Montessori concluded that a young child's mind is like a sponge - she called it "the absorbent mind."

And because it is so absorbent, Montessori called the first six years "the most important period of life; the time when intelligence, man's greatest tool, is being formed."

It sounds just like what Dr. Fraser Mustard told the Ontario government last spring in his landmark Early Years Study - that "the years from conception to age six have the most important influence of any time in the life cycle on brain development."

As a result, Montessori classrooms often expose children to abstract concepts earlier than the public school system does.

Preschoolers learn cursive writing before they learn block printing.

They can learn grammar and sentence structure as young as five, multiplication before Grade 2 and global geography in kindergarten - if they're ready.

And they seem to grasp such abstract concepts with the help of Montessori materials.

"You may wonder why Montessori introduces grammar, geography and geometry to children between the ages of three and six. The reason is because at this age, youngsters can joyfully absorb many abstract concepts - the usual stumbling blocks of the elementary grades - if they meet them in materials they can manipulate," Pennsylvania author Aline Wolf writes in A Parents' Guide to the Montessori Classroom (Parent Child Press, 1995).

Timing is also very fluid in a Montessori classroom. Don't look for a lesson schedule. Each child's curriculum is presented at its own pace. Montessori believed children pass through phases where they're suddenly ready to understand a certain idea - such as adding, reading, climbing stairs. And she believed children hit these sensitive periods at different times, so they must be allowed to learn when they're ready, not be dragged to a lesson when the teacher is ready.

"A Montessori teacher may give 15 to 20 lessons per hour to different students - each lesson only two minutes long," says Adalove Gorrie, head of the Children's Montessori Independent School. "The child chooses the work to do, and the teacher observes when the child is ready to be guided to the next step."

Today the basic principles are the same at any of our Montessori schools. This includes not just preschools, but elementary, middle, and high schools.

Because children learn at different times, Montessori put students in three-year clusters to offer a broader range of materials within the same class. A Montessori preschool class includes children aged three to six; the primary class has kids aged six to nine, the junior class has kids nine to 12, and so on. The three-year age span also allows younger children to learn from older students, and lets the older ones reinforce what they know by teaching their juniors. 

"This mentoring really does occur," says Gord Phippen, principal of Dearcroft Montessori School, in Oakville, Ontario. "The older kids are expected to be helpful - and the younger ones discover this. Multi-age grouping is a very important part of the Montessori philosophy."

Phippen says younger children also pick up messages of tolerance and respect by watching older students. And having every student for three years gives Montessori teachers a rare chance to get to know each child on a meaningful level. This can help gifted children and children with special needs.

Very young children like to imitate grown-ups so they feel important.

Maria Montessori felt a child's first "work" in school - ideally enrolling at age 21/2 - should be simple tasks familiar from home, such as washing dishes, polishing shoes, sewing on buttons. Not only do these make children feel they are helping out, but they boost concentration span, good work habits and co-ordination.

Moreover, if each task is practised from left to right, it prepares children for the direction of reading.

To make this easy for young hands, Montessori designed large frames on which children can practise doing up buttons and snaps and zippers and pins, laces, buckles and bows. They even learn to dice carrots - "and in six years, we have had only one small cut," boasts Adalove Gorrie.

"The Montessori philosophy is to encourage independence. We encourage children to walk, not be carried by their parents, and to dress themselves and help out at home."

That's why you'll see Montessori pre-schoolers work their way up, step by step, to the thrill of washing their own chairs. It's partly a lesson in caring for their environment, but also an exercise in mastering a sequence of skills. First they learn how to fetch a jug of water, then prepare the area with a waterproof mat, then pour the water - a skill they have practised by pouring rice and beans - then wash and dry the chair and clean up the area.

When they finish the task properly, Gorrie says, kids feel proud of their co-ordination and responsibility.

Children learn to write in two ways - they must memorize the shape of letters and their corresponding sounds, and they must master the co-ordination to draw the letters themselves. Montessori classrooms provide special materials to help children develop these skills step by step.

Perhaps the most famous Montessori equipment is the golden beads, which illustrate the decimal system. A single bead represents one unit. A bar with 10 beads represents 10. Ten of these Ten Bars represent 100, and a pile of Hundred Squares forms a cube that represents 1,000.

By building different combinations of bead materials, children get a sense of longer digits. The teacher might say, "Bring me 8,437," and the child would gather eight Thousand Cubes, four Hundred Squares, three Ten Bars and seven single beads.

These so-called "bank games" teach children collectively what it means to add, subtract, multiply and divide.

And it is through such creative elements of a Montessori classroom that the gifted Italian educator continues to promote "the excitement of learning" in new generations of children.

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