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North Star Montessori Elementary School

Grades Preschool TO Gr. 7 — North Vancouver, BC (MAP)

North Star Montessori Elementary School:

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  • Grades
    Preschool — Gr. 7
  • Gender
  • Class Size
  • Tuition
    $5,800 to 15,840/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    110 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 1J3 (MAP)

Our Perspective

How we see North Star Montessori Elementary School

North Star Montessori Elementary School is the only school in the North Shore area offering an authentic Montessori elementary program, enriched by outdoor education and field trips. The school’s welcoming community benefits from dedicated teachers trained in Montessori methods, as well as small classes. The school is known for its individualized approach and the ability to ignite a deep love of learning, independence, and respect in students. Its curriculum surpasses BC grade-level standards, with specialized programs in French, music, and STEM. North Star Montessori also offers extensive physical education, integrated arts programs, and a variety of field trips. Parents are drawn to North Star for its nurturing environment and commitment to academic development. The school maintains a non-competitive atmosphere without traditional testing. North Star's education model focuses on developing well-rounded individuals, prepared for lifelong success with creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking skills.

School's Perspective

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How North Star Montessori Elementary School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"An authentic Montessori program from birth to Gr. 7, we are committed to meeting the needs of each student. We foster a love of learning, independence and respect. The benefits and robust academic curriculum of the Montessori program extend beyond the walls of the classroom and the limits of the BC grade-level curriculum allowing students to meet their fullest potential. Practical experiences build confidence and inspire the self-motivation to 'learn' and 'do' which they carry with them throughout their lives."

  • A welcoming student-parent-teacher community
  • Programs include- infant & toddler, full and half day preschool , kindergarten and elementary
  • Specially trained & dedicated teachers committed to the development and well-being of each student
  • Robust and rigorous academic curriculum
  • Practical hands-on experience to reinforce concepts
  • Promotes creative and critical thinking skills in a non-coercive atmosphere
  • Fosters independent, self-motivated and goal-directed students with a life-long love of learning
  • Extensive Physical Education program
  • Fully integrated music and art programs
  • Wide-ranging and regular filed trips, classroom visitors, and community outings

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We meet the social, academic, and developmental needs of each student in an exciting and engaging way. Students are seen as individual learners and their lessons are planned according to their own unique needs and learning styles. Specially trained teachers use the Montessori materials to create a lasting impression of concepts. Deeper exploration of concepts in a dynamic mixed-age classroom make learning fun!"

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Families choose North Star because of the warm, caring and inclusive environments in each of the classrooms. They notice from their first tour of the school that students at North Star are calm, focused, and happy. They are confident knowing that North Star is a recognized and authentic Montessori school with high-quality, experienced teachers, and appreciate that their child will be encouraged to strive beyond the academic boundaries of the BC grade-level curriculum."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The huge social-emotional and academic benefits of the mixed-age classrooms- The
collaborative nature of student relationships across the ages provides inspiration and motivation to younger students, leadership opportunities and reinforcement of knowledge for older students and an elevated level of socialization skills for all students. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that more closely reflects the social dynamic in life outside of school."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Given the non-competitive atmosphere with no traditional testing or homework, it can be surprising to new families that students are so academically advanced, and that grade level competencies are a base, not the ceiling for their child's potential. The way the lessons are presented and the exploratory nature of the Montessori Materials creates a lasting impression and solidifies knowledge."

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