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Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia: a comparison of philosophies

The similiarities and differences of three major alternative education methods

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Montessori method of education

The Philosophy

Montessori is a child-centered educational philosophy where teachers serve as guides to each child’s educational progress. While students are exposed to an academic element at Montessori schools the distinguishing feature is children are able to learn at a pace that they set on their own. In Montessori programs the teacher’s job is to assist students in navigating materials and kids work at whatever level they are working at without judgment or corrective actions. This includes preschools, elementary, middle, and high school.


This differs in comparison to Waldorf (see below), which is a play-based approach and the belief that children are born to learn, whereas at a Waldorf school, children are said to have the traits of a good person already in them and just need to be brought to the surface. The method is also different from Reggio Emilia, a project-based approach that involves a more traditional style of learning.

That focus in Montessori schools to let children learn at their own pace works in conjunction with how classrooms are arranged: children are groups of three ages (six to nine, nine to 12, for example). The older children use their experience to help mentor and act as role models for the younger children and each group of students generally keep the same teacher for that three-year period to allow for teacher-student relationships to develop. This student dynamic allows for both younger and older students to build self-esteem.

Why parents choose Montessori

Montessori helps children acquire leadership skills and independence early on in their lives that will help them find success later in life. According to a study completed by the Education and Human Sciences Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, parents had a variety of reasons for choosing Montessori schools.

Montessori parents said the specific focus on academic and quality of the classroom environment; they valued individual learning, student-teacher and peer relationships, and the quality of academic programming; and hoped their children would learn independence, become self-motivated learners, have respect for others and gain confidence. Montessori schools can also be a great option for children with special needs, such as gifted learning abilities.

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Waldorf school method of education

The Philosophy?

Founder Rudolph Steiner, a scientist and philosopher, wrote in the early 1900s that “Waldorf school education is not a pedagogical system but an art - the art of awakening what is actually there within the human being."

Schools are focused on a play-based approach and offer children a dependable routine where certain days of the week are set aside for activities like baking or gardening. They also follow a similar approach to classroom composition as Montessori schools: mixed-age classrooms with the same teacher for multiple years.

According to Waldorf Canada, for students to be successful, contributing members of society, children will need to develop into multi-faceted individuals with the desire and drive to always be learning. For this to happen, and allow for success and self-fulfillment students need to develop creative thinking that is imaginative, flexible and focused; build emotional intelligence, empathy and self-esteem; physical vitality, stamina and perseverance; and a passionate connect, appreciation and responsibility to nature, work and the society of men, women and children around them.

The philosophy believes that children come into the world with the attributes above already in them and laying dormant awaiting activation. The whole focus is to help students’ jumpstart these capacities and help them link these attributes to the academic school experience. Academic subjects are kept from children in Waldorf preschools until a much later age than Montessori. They are thought to be necessary but not especially enjoyable, so students aren't exposed to them until a later age. The day is filled with the arts and reading, writing and math aren't introduced until age seven or so.

Math and science, is woven into art, movement, and music. These experiences enhance the schoolwork and engage students in three essential ways: actively, emotionally, and thoughtfully. This focus helps to develop the skills and capacity children need as they move forward in life and develop into successful young adults. While Waldorf is similar to Montessori and Reggio Emilia in terms of helping develop children, the educational style focuses more on creative play rather than a prepared environment learning style (Montessori) and a project-based free-form approach to children learning about what they are interested in as a group.

Why parents choose Waldorf 

Based on a 2007 study of graduates, future success in life is almost a guarantee: nearly 94 percent of graduates attended university and 50 per cent of students went on to receive a Masters or Doctorate degree.

Teachers work with each child based on their individual gifts and challenges. Waldorf teachers see education not as a competition between students, but view it as a way for students to learn when they are ready. 'The right thing at the right time' approach is employed by teachers, and with observation of each student will introduce new concepts and knowledge at the appropriate time in the child’s development.

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Reggio Emilia method of education

The Philosophy

Reggio Emilia-inspired schools are project-based: lessons are based on the interest of students. If children are interest in a certain subject and ask the teacher questions about a given topic, the teacher will engage students to learn for themselves, rather than just answer questions – a child realized and teacher framed approach to education.

Teachers will not only document on paper how students are developing, but will also take photos and videos and review the information with students throughout the year to help them realize their own growth and the potential that lay ahead.

Developed for use in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms, the method focuses on the idea of a self-guided curriculum, where the students learn the curriculum through exploration and projects to tailor the learning to their interests. Reggio Emilia influences in the classroom can be found in schools across Canada, including The Bishop Strachan School, Richland Academy, Urban Academy, and Vinci School.

Why parents choose Reggio Emilia

Parents who want their child to be a good citizen may choose a Reggio Emilia school or preschool. Children learn all about cooperation through the many projects, particularly how to solve problems and resolve conflicts.

The educational approach continues to excite and challenge students who are empowered through exploration, a self-guided curriculum and co-learning with their teacher to explore the world around them as they develop higher-order thinking, analysis and synthesizing skills.

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Preschool approaches

If you want to learn more about these approaches at the preschool level, read our comparison guides. In separate articles, we compare Montessori to Waldorf, Waldorf to Reggio EmiliaMontessori to Reggio Emiliaacademic to play-based, Montessori to academic, and Montessori to play-based preschools

You can also read our guides comparing school approaches in general. In separate articles, we compare Montessori to Waldorf, Waldorf to Reggio Emilia, and Montessori to Reggio Emilia schools. If you want to compare specific schools one-to-one, visit our compare hub

Preschool questions (read our in-depth answers)

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Toronto, Ontario — The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build the academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $2 million available in financial assistance. View School Profile.


  • Founded in 1867
  • Specializing in the learning needs of the 'whole girl'
  • Co-curricular programs and clubs
  • 100 per cent university placement
  • Extensive leadership opportunities
Grades:
JK to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Progressive, Reggio Emilia
Tuition:
$35,800 to $69,145
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
1000
Avg. Class:
18 to 20
The Bishop Strachan School 35800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — At Hudson College, we encourage all students to do one thing above everything else: be yourself. We value and celebrate individuality, and embolden students to be intellectually curious and fully express who they are. View School Profile.


  • 4.5-acre, air-conditioned campus
  • Reggio Emilia approach in JK–G1
  • Before and after-school care up to G4
  • Hot lunch program, prepared in-house
  • Mobile iPad and laptop labs
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional, Reggio Emilia
Tuition:
$18,250 to $19,500
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
420
Avg. Class:
15 to 20
Hudson College 18250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — The Clover School's innovative curriculum combines Montessori essentials with heart-centred learning practices designed to nurture the ​mind​, heart, health, and soul of each child. View School Profile.


  • Over 25 years of Montessori Innovation Providing Real-World Education Raising 21st Century Adults
  • Three Toronto Campuses (18 months - Gr. 8) in Toronto's Midtown and West End
  • Integrated Four-Pillar Curriculum, Character & Entrepreneurship Education, Inquiry Based Learning
  • French, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Yoga, Sports, Mindfulness, STEAM, Outdoor Education
  • Year-Round Urban Farming Program in Partnership with The Edible Lab
Grades:
NS to 8 (Coed)
Type:
Montessori
Tuition:
$15,100 to $24,200
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
400
Avg. Class:
10 to 30
The Clover School 15100 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. Our educational process is Beyond the Books! Education as it should be. View School Profile.


  • Character Education
  • Free Before/After School Program
  • Weekly Swimming Lessons
  • Early start French Classes
  • Art & Music & Drama
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$7,000 to $16,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
350
Avg. Class:
10 to 15
Bond Academy 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

TMS  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Bayview/Hwy 407
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $19,100 to $32,700

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 for life.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
TMS 19100 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Bank Street/Marché Way
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $18,810 to $21,905

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 18810 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Winston Churchill/Lakeshore Road East
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,000 to $20,000

Clanmore is one of the few schools offering authentic Montessori programming from Toddler - Middle School. Our culture is warm and inviting and our philosophy empowers us to support each child as a unique individual.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Clanmore Montessori School 10000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Tomken Rd./Eglinton Ave. E
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,350

Northstar Montessori offers an accredited Montessori curriculum from Toddler age to Grade 8. Our goal is to develop strong character and contributing citizens who understand that their involvement makes a difference.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Northstar Montessori Private School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Spadina Ave/College Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $20,700 to $23,300

Authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori Schools located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa, Elementary and Adolescent children in beautiful settings with large and expansive natural playgrounds.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Westside Montessori School 20700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $12,600 to $31,065

Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Preschool to Grade 12 since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School 12600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Markham, Ontario
    Brimley Road/14th Ave South
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $12,550 to $14,300

Established in 1974, Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in JK Grades 8. Somerset Academy has an average class size of 13 to 18 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Somerset Academy 12550 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $22,150 to $79,130

Independent Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on outstanding preparation for life. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
St. Michaels University School 22150 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $9,000 to $16,000

We identify the experiences that facilitate education that empowers the individual and fosters a community of collaborative contributors through interdisciplinary, integrated integrated projects.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Westmont Montessori School 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,500 to $52,000

Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering academic programs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Hillfield Strathallan College 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Trafalgar Road/Dundas
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $14,995 to $16,595

TRMS uniquely provides enriched French as a second language (FSL) instruction for all levels from Preschool to Elementary. We give students a head start in their educational journey by insuring they "Love to Learn"!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School 14995 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,750 to $19,900

CMS provides a quality Montessori education for Casa and Elementary students. Set on beautiful campuses children are inspired to learn their role in protecting the global environment and fostering peace and harmony.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Central Montessori Schools 8750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Day Coed
  • Scarborough, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Progress Avenue
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $16,775 to $17,200

Enquiring Minds Montessori is a one-of-a-kind Montessori Art School. We have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing environment while challenging young minds.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Enquiring Minds Montessori 16775 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
    Brimley Road/14th Ave
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,750 to $12,900

Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's campuses are located in Markham and Unionville.

  • Day
Yip’s Music & Montessori School 7750 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Silverwood Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,700 to $27,500

Century Private School in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with small class ratio to ensure best learning for our students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Century Private School 17700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,350 to $14,500

Schoolhouse Montessori provides a nurturing environment to support children in academics and self-discovery. Committed to provide high quality, inclusive early learning programs in Mississauga.

  • Day
Schoolhouse Montessori 7350 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $22,000

Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio-inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Authorized and MYP Candidate School for children from JK to Grade 8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Richland Academy 22000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Alta Vista Drive/Industrial Road
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $16,045 to $27,202

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 16045 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Pickering, Ontario
    7 campuses/Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Bowmanville
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $12,350 to $12,690

Blaisdale Montessori School is the premier Montessori school in the Durham area. Offering an outstanding learning environment. Choose from one of 7 campuses in Pickering, Ajax, Oshawa and Bowmanville.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Blaisdale Montessori School 12350 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road/Southdown
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $8,500 to $18,500

Peel Montessori School and our Carrington College division students are encouraged to be engaged, inquisitive learners who think for themselves, display character strength, and learn to succeed on their own merits.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Peel Montessori School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,083 to $21,240

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, a not-for-profit independent school in Ottawa, provides an authentic Christian Montessori approach for children 3 months to 14 years.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 13083 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Fairview Drive/North Park Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $14,240

Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Braemar House School 14240 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Steeles Avenue
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $7,700 to $17,750

Located in Markham, Ontario, Town Centre Private Schools is an International Baccalaureate® World School and offers a Montessori Pre-School program as well as an IB Elementary School and optional IB Diploma Programme.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Town Centre Private Schools 7700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $11,250 to $14,750

The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for their uniqueness and is guided through learning accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Hatch House Montessori School 11250 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Kimberley, Ontario
  • JK to 6 Coed
  • $10,760 to $14,595

WILD stands for Wilderness Integrated Leadership Development. Our core program integrates the Ontario Curriculum with a whole student approach focusing on our four pillars: mental, emotional, metaphysical and physical.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Blue Mountain Wild School 10760 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Charlotte St/Chatham St
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $12,000 to $13,000

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 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Major Mackenzie/Bayview Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $23,000 to $25,000

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 23000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $9,500 to $10,000 /program

The main objective of FMA is to provide your child with a planned and stimulating environment in order for them to be able to reach their own individual and highest learning potential while honouring the whole child.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Fredericton Montessori Academy 9500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Glen Erin/Dundas
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $15,750 to $16,250

Kaban Montessori School is a CCMA accredited school in the west of Mississauga area . We ensure that our environments foster each child's interests and abilities while supporting them to achieve their full potential.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Kaban Montessori School 15750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Leslie/16th Ave
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $15,000 to $25,000

ABA based curriculum and individualized approach targets not only academic success but also emotional, social, vocational and life skills that are the core skills of life-long success of each student.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
AIM Without Limits 15000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $13,500 to $15,000

Our goal at AGMS is to inspire, educate and empower the next generation of global citizens. We provide a pristine, child-centered and supportive learning environment for each child to reach their full potential.

  • Day
Aspen Grove Montessori School 13500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen Street East/Glen Manor Drive
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,200 to $22,275

Our objective is to guide children with respect and understanding, developing in them a love of learning. Our aim is to create a nurturing environment full of intellectual, social and moral learning and development.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Avalon Children's Montessori School 7200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    Wellington/Yonge
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $20,000

Flexible, techy environment. Freedom of choice. ALL ABILITIES welcome and no ideals taught outside the scope of academia. We are a COMMUNITY of incredible future leaders with innate creative genius!

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Waldorf
Agora Prep 18000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $15,700 to $26,000

Rotherglen School - OAKVILLE offers programs for students age 4 to grade eight. The average class size is 18 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Rotherglen School - Oakville 15700 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Royal York Road/Dundas Street West
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $28,140 to $31,290

KCS is a diverse, engaged community of lifelong learners. Together, we are redefining what’s possible within our distinct culture of caring, respect, and curiosity.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Kingsway College School 28140 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $14,325 to $22,650

Small class sizes and our unique curriculum - infused with Arts, Movement, Outdoor Education - create deeper connections across subjects, at all child development stages. Parents describe us as “schooling with heart".

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Waldorf Academy 14325 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Prince Edward Dr N/Bloor Street West
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,325 to $14,934

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 7325 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,300 to $16,490

Meadow Green Academy provides a strong Christian education in a nurturing environment. Strong academics combined with sports, enriched music, visual arts, and dramatic arts programs provide a well-rounded experience

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Meadow Green Academy 9300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Oshawa, Ontario
    Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $1,000 to $11,500

At G.B.MS, D.E.P.S and Durham Academy Secondary school focus is on each individual student and helping them meet their unique potential and goals. We believe in excellent customer service and families have a voice. Throughout the year we enhance our programs through program enhancement and enrichment.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 1000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Day Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Mulock Drive/Bayview Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $29,255 to $72,055

Pickering College's fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Pickering College 29255 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Eglinton Ave E/Laird Dr
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $10,080 to $16,800

Maria Montessori School is one of the longest established AMI accredited Montessori school's in Canada. We offer accredited programs for children 18 months to 12 years and hire only AMI certified teaching staff.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Maria Montessori School 10080 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview/Eglinton
  • PS to 4 Coed
  • $11,000 to $23,700

Diverse, warm community. Small classes. Exceptional phonics program to build early literacy. Collaborative, multi-strategy approach to math. Public speaking, the arts, outdoor ed, mindfulness, community engagement.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
CGS (Children's Garden School) 11000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/Newpark Blvd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $8,100 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 8100 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 5 Coed
  • $9,950 to $11,500

ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. We offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5 with an emphasis on developing literacy, numeracy, sciences, and arts.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
ABC Montessori 9950 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    yonge/king
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • $30 to $35 /day

We have two main programs we offer throughout the school year, our half day enriched preschool program for children ages 3-6yrs, and our educational before and after school program for children ages 4-12yrs.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
Play Island Explorers 30 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $11,000

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 11000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    University Ave./Dundas street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,800 to $26,000

Cornerstone students love to shape the future. They INSPIRE learning, DISCOVER their potential, EMPOWER themselves to be innovative citizens. Our boundless learning strategies open doors for successful learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 15800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $23,800 to $28,150

Collingwood creates opportunities for our JK to Grade 12 students to excel. Our four strand approach is delivered through a comprehensive educational experience that in collaborative, interdisciplinary and relevant.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Collingwood School 23800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge Street/St. Clair Ave E
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • $24,500

Esprit Academy is a community and environment that cultivates independence and lifelong learning through individualized experiences that integrates and connects knowledge and skills.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Esprit Academy 24500 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    16th Ave/Range Rd 33
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $7,000 to $15,950

-Passionate Learning: learning should be joyful and for life, not just for tests. -Skills for a Modern World: building the confidence to be leaders and Changemakers. -Holistic Wellbeing: creating conditions to thrive.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Calgary Changemaker School 7000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/Broadway Ave
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $9,000 to $23,000

A daily goal is for our children to arrive at school excited for the day ahead. Aside from our excellent academic programs, we plan many fun events for the children to enjoy throughout the school year.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
Children's Garden Nursery School 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Edinburgh Dr/Scott Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $7,075 to $14,775

We provide students with opportunities to explore real-world concepts and issues, broadening their sense of responsibility, develop their critical thinking skills, and empower them to take action in a global community.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Wheatley School 7075 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John Sideroad/Yonge St.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $14,800 to $21,600

Aurora Montessori offers an enriched Montessori program for students, Toddler to Grade 8, with an option of an OSSD credit in Grade 9 Math. A unique Mindfulness and Technology program develops key 21st-century skills!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Aurora Montessori School 14800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road East/Bel Air Drive
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,900 to $23,900

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Dearcroft Montessori School 9900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/16th Avenue
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $9,050 to $15,750

UMS offers year-ahead advanced programs from pre-school to grade nine. We blend high standards for academic success with the social and emotional development of the individual child.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Unionville Montessori Private Schools 9050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Whitchurch-stouffville, Ontario
    Ninth Line/Main Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,620 to $16,350

Toronto French Montessori offers French and English programs from pre-school to grade 8 in York Region. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Toronto French Montessori 7620 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Port Perry, Ontario
    Reach St/Old Simcoe Rd
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,500 to $11,500

CHMS offers authentic supportive, vibrant, child centered AMI Montessori that is perfect for curious, inquisitive students looking to thrive in a social, hands on, collaborative, challenging environment.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Children's House Montessori School 9500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine/16th Avenue
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,000 to $14,000

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 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen St E/Woodbine Ave
  • 7 to 8 Coed
  • $17,000

ATI is a school for ambitious teens who want to develop into independent, curious, self-motivated individuals who thrive in school and in life. Gain the skills, knowledge and agency to build the future that you want.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto 17000 MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $4,410 to $14,850

Calgary Waldorf School’s rich and challenging curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Calgary Waldorf School 4410 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Feltham/Tyndall
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $1,600 to $8,500

ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer comprehensive educational programs for Preschool through Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
ArtsCalibre Academy 1600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Queensway
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,800 to $12,000

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 7800 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $10,500 to $17,600

Halton Waldorf School offers an education that fosters confidence, independence and intelligence. Located on five forested acres, the school has been uniquely designed to support the goals of Waldorf education. Est 1984

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Halton Waldorf School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $9,132 to $19,250

Oak Learners inspires meaningful learning every day for students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. Passionate teachers nurture children’s natural curiosity about their world with hands-on experiences.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Oak Learners 9132 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $13,000

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a non denominational, inclusive 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
  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $2,730 to $4,615

Carmel New Church School provides a loving, peaceful place with indoor and outdoor classrooms where students are taught to become productive and caring people, both in this life and the next.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Waldorf
Carmel New Church School 2730 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    QEW/Trafalgar Road
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $11,000 to $17,900

La Villa Montessori is an AMI recognized School that adheres to Dr. Montessori's principles. We provide a nurturing environment that fulfills the child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs.

  • Day
  • Montessori
La Villa Montessori School 11000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    14th Ave/Kennedy
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $11,500 to $37,500

Trillium School is a private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Markham with Montessori-based kindergarten.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Trillium School 11500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Ave/Major Mackenzie Dr E
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $7,600 to $12,900

Royal Cachet has authentic Montessori programs from infants to grade 3 in our healthy & safe environments. We focus on the Language & Math areas of the Montessori Curriculum & encourage our students to grow and succeed.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Royal Cachet Montessori School 7600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $14,000 to $19,000

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

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Rotherglen School - Mississauga 14000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
    South Dr/North Dr
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $24,800 to $67,900

SJR is the world’s leading school in Debating and Public Speaking. It has produced 18 Rhodes scholars and 3 math olympiads. 98% of SJR graduates are accepted to their first choice university program.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • Reggio Emilia
St. John's-Ravenscourt School 24800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Peterborough, Ontario
    Highway 7/Burnham Line
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,920 to $17,785

Kawartha Montessori School is the only CCMA-accredited school in the region. We offer an education that inspires academic excellence and develops socially responsible, independent, and confident individuals.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Kawartha Montessori School 13920 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Walkers Line/Fairveiw Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $14,000 to $20,000

Ashwood Glen offers a Montessori program for children aged 18months - 6 yrs. The Grades 1 - 8 Learning Program applies the IB framework to extend the learning outcomes of the Ontario curriculum.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashwood Glen 14000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,885 to $16,635

With faculty that truly cares for your child’s wellbeing, we provide a rare tight-knit community that feels like home. With a warm and welcoming culture, students are inspired to confidently make their mark in the world.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Seneca Hill Private School 12885 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Pickering, Ontario
    Kingston/Altona
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,400 to $17,000

École Montessori is Durham Region's premier French private school dedicated to transforming your child into a BILINGUAL critical thinker with our enriched curriculum that fosters the genius within each student.

  • Day
  • Montessori
École Montessori 8400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Donald St/Frances St
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,700 to $11,200

Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Academie Providence 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Guelph, Ontario
    Victoria Rd N/Woodlawn Rd E
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $5,936 to $13,941

Trillium provides a comprehensive, vibrant and academically vigorous Waldorf education. Students are welcomed into a warm environment with teachers who care deeply for them, and support their holistic development.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Trillium Waldorf School 5936 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Bramlea Road/Clark Blvd
  • NS to K Coed
  • $9,950 to $14,000

Alder Ridge offers 21st century education. Our innovative learning initiatives are founded in the Montessori Philosophy. We offer a student led, self paced learning environment that holistically supports all areas.

  • Day
Alder Ridge Academy 9950 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $1,150 to $1,550

Guidepost is a new Montessori school coming to Toronto, serving children from 10 weeks to 12 years old. We offer year-round programming and rolling admissions into our programs to meet the needs of every family.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Guidepost Montessori 1150 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $6,000 to $12,000

At Polaris artistic expression, practical skills & movement are interwoven into academic subjects. Learning becomes an engaging journey of discovery of the world and of oneself through hands-on and experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Polaris School and Centre 6000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor St W/Jane St
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $14,300 to $20,400

Summit Micro School provides a modern curriculum from JK to Grade 8. Reggio Emilia kindergarten and Project and Inquiry Based elementary programs inspire and engage while developing essential 21st Century skills.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Summit Micro School 14300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $17,450 to $26,900

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 17450 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Erin Mills Pkwy/Millcreek Drive
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,000 to $16,000

Western Heights offers an enriched Montessori program that fosters a love of learning. The school actively engages its close-knit parent community to offer an enriched curriculum that adapts to each student's needs.

  • Day
Western Heights Montessori Academy 6000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Kanata, Ontario
    Eagleson Road/Stonehaven Drive
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $16,750 to $22,500

For more than 40 years, Kanata Montessori has been graduating students with self-confidence, critical thinking skills, respect, high academic achievement, and an international perspective.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Montessori
Kanata Montessori 16750 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
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Av./Hwy 7
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $40,800

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Montessori
J. Addison School 16500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $11,400 to $18,900

Humberside Montessori School is internationally recognized and accredited by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Our AMI certified teachers provide an authentic Montessori experience for our students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Humberside Montessori School 11400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Bloor/Shaver
  • PS to 5 Coed
  • $6,600 to $12,000

Kingsley's small classes and personal approach help students reach their unique potential. Each child is seen, heard, and respected. French, music, and phys-ed round out a program which includes plenty of time outdoors.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
Kingsley Primary School 6600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Denison/Warden
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,500

Our curriculum are designed to build essential skills and concepts that help with the cognitive, social, creative, emotional, and physical development of your child with the aim to be a successful learner for life!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $20,700 to $33,400

We emphasize critical thinking, as well as innovation, joy, and curiosity.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
Pythagoras Academy 20700 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    152nd Street/24th Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $7,500 to $10,500

WRCA exists to inspire and cultivate citizens of Godly character who transform their world for Christ. We do this through integrated faith based teaching and the International Baccalaureate programme for JK - grade 12.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
White Rock Christian Academy 7500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $15,500 to $17,500

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  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
Alive Montessori & Private School 15500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Langside St./Westminster Ave.
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $16,500 to $69,400

We offer a supportive environment for girls’ learning with a strong sense of community. We encourage the love of learning in a place of belonging that nurtures resilience, inspires creativity, and celebrates diversity.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Balmoral Hall School 16500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • K to 1 Coed
  • $35,000

The only Kindergarten that will prepare your child with special needs to grade one,we are using the Miller Method and DIR/FloorTime.our ratio is 1:4 student.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Waldorf
ACK-Autism Centre for kids 35000 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Lakeshore and/Kipling
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $13,500

Vincent Massey supports students in reaching their individual potential through a balanced education; setting your child up for success in all avenues of life.

  • Day
  • Reggio Emilia
Vincent Massey Academy 13500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst/Sheppard
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $18,750

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
  • Thornhill, Ontario
    Bathurst St/Rutherford Rd
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $21,000

Toronto Waldorf School offers a curriculum that integrates academics, arts and movement while addressing the intellectual, physical, emotional and social aspects of child development from preschool to gr. 12.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

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