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Grades Nursery/Toddler TO Gr. 6 — Ottawa, ON (Map)

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Curriculum Montessori

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Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on

Curriculum approach at OMS Montessori: Montessori

OMS Montessori has a Montessori approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Progressive, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).

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Our Kids definition: Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

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  Montessori - 11%
  Traditional - 40%
  Liberal arts - 13%
  Progressive - 34%
  Reggio Emilia - 1%
  Waldorf - 1%

What OMS Montessori says about their overall curriculum and approach:

An OMS education is grounded in creating the conditions for students to be in a state of flow or focused engagement, while they are learning academic and life skills. Teachers demonstrate individual and small group lessons using research-based Montessori materials; children learn primarily through activity rather than through a lecture or group presentation. The OMS Montessori prepared environments inspire academic progress, while preserving a natural joy in learning. Le fondement même d’une éducation à l‘OMS est la mise en place des conditions qui permettent aux élèves de se retrouver dans un état de « flux » ou d’engagement ciblé tout en apprenant à développer des habiletés tant académiques que de vie pratique. Les enseignants présentent les leçons individuellement ou en petits groupes en se servant du matériel Montessori ; les enfants apprennent principalement en faisant l’activité plutôt qu’en écoutant une présentation en grand groupe.Notre environnement préparé aide les élèves à atteindre leurs objectifs à leur propre rythme tout en préservant leur joie naturelle d’apprendre.

Montessori offered:

Montessori toddler
Middle School
High School



Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics

    Equal Balance

    Mathematics approach at OMS Montessori: Equal Balance

    OMS Montessori has an Equal Balance approach to Mathematics (as opposed to Traditional Math, Discovery Math approach).

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    Our Kids definition: These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

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      Equal balance - 70%
      Traditional math - 25%
      Discovery math - 5%

    What OMS Montessori says:

    The technical aspects of mathematics and geometry (math facts, mathematical operations and facts, geometry constructions, etc.) are layered onto this curriculum, benefitting from the students’ natural curiosity and desire to master their world. The sequence of materials gradually directs the students into abstraction and work on paper. The Montessori curriculum encourages depth of understanding, creative thinking, problem solving, collaborative effort and mastery. Les aspects techniques des mathématiques et de la géométrie (arithmétique, constructions géométriques, etc.) se chevauchent dans ce programme qui fait appel à la curiosité naturelle des élèves et de leur désir de maîtriser leur monde. Le caractère séquentiel du matériel amène graduellement les élèves vers l’abstraction et le travail sur papier. Le programme Montessori favorise une compréhension en profondeur, la pensée créatrice, la résolution de problème, l’effort collaboratif et la maîtrise des concepts.

    Textbooks and supplementary materials:

    This information is not currently available.

    Calculator policy:

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  • Early Reading

    Balanced Literacy

    Early Reading approach at OMS Montessori: Balanced Literacy

    OMS Montessori has a Balanced Literacy approach to Early Reading (as opposed to Phonics-intensive, Whole Language approach).

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    Our Kids definition: Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

    Compare OMS Montessori's Early Reading with other schools on
      Balanced literacy - 54%
      Phonics-intensive - 44%
      Whole language - 2%

    What OMS Montessori says:

    Montessori children generally write before they read using a moveable alphabet that allows them to create words without having to write on paper. While they are working on the moveable alphabet they are also working with materials that will help them control a pencil. After much repetition with these preparatory exercises, children begin writing full words and sentences on paper. Once children can communicate their own ideas in written form they are ready to begin to decipher what others have written. En règle générale, les enfants Montessori écrivent avant de lire à l’aide de l’alphabet mobile qui leur permet de créer des mots sans avoir à les écrire sur papier. Tout en travaillant avec l’alphabet mobile, ils utilisent parallèlement avec le matériel qui les aide à contrôler un crayon. Après plusieurs répétitions avec ces exercices préparatoires, les enfants commencent à écrire des mots et des phrases entières sur papier.

    DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    What OMS Montessori says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Writing

    Equal balance

    Writing approach at OMS Montessori: Equal balance

    OMS Montessori has an Equal balance approach to Writing (as opposed to Systematic approach, Process approach approach).

    [Show: About Equal balance?]

    Our Kids definition: Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

    Compare OMS Montessori's Writing with other schools on
      Equal balance - 79%
      Systematic approach - 9%
      Process approach - 12%

    What OMS Montessori says:

    Cursive writing rather than print is introduced. At this age children love to repeat so it is an ideal time to practice cursive writing. Children who learn to write in cursive read print easily but the opposite is not as true. Children also make fewer reversals of letters if they are using cursive. Les enfants au niveau Casa apprennent à écrire en lettres cursives. Cet âge est idéal pour pratiquer l’écriture en lettres cursives, car les enfants aiment la répétition. Les enfants qui apprennent à écrire en lettres cursives lisent les lettres moulées facilement, alors que le contraire n’est pas aussi vrai. Les enfants inversent moins les lettres s’ils écrivent en lettres cursives.

  • Science


    Science approach at OMS Montessori: Inquiry

    OMS Montessori has an Inquiry approach to Science (as opposed to Expository, Equal Balance approach).

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    Our Kids definition: Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

    Compare OMS Montessori's Science with other schools on
      Inquiry - 26%
      Expository - 5%
      Equal balance - 69%

    Teaching approach:

    Each year five great stories are told in a dramatic fashion in order to create a framework of information to which students will add detail and understanding throughout their elementary years. The story of the beginning of the universe, of life on the Earth, of human life and of the great human creations of language, mathematics and science create a broad framework that invites students to explore all the traditional curriculums (the sciences, history and geography, as well as mathematics and language) creating greater depths of understanding each year.

    Treatment of evolution:

    Evolution as consensus theory
    Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
    Evolution is not taught

    Topics covered in curriculum:

  • Literature

    Equal Balance

    Literature approach at OMS Montessori: Equal Balance

    OMS Montessori has an Equal Balance approach to Literature (as opposed to Traditional, Social Justice approach).

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    Our Kids definition: These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

    Compare OMS Montessori's Literature with other schools on
      Equal balance - 76%
      Traditional - 21%
      Social justice - 3%

    What OMS Montessori says:

    Academically, our program is rigorous, involving students in accurate self-assessment and individualized goal setting that emphasizes challenge, achievement, and accountability. The literature curriculum is interdisciplinary and centered on topics that have personal and societal relevance, and that allow for discussion and debate.

    Program covers:

    Canadian lit
    American lit
    European (continental) lit
    World (non-Western) lit
    English lit
    Ancient lit
  • Social Studies

    Core Knowledge

    Social Studies approach at OMS Montessori: Core Knowledge

    OMS Montessori has a Core Knowledge approach to Social Studies (as opposed to Expanding Communities, Thematic approach).

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    Our Kids definition: Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

    Compare OMS Montessori's Social Studies with other schools on
      Core knowledge - 38%
      Expanding communities - 30%
      Thematic - 32%

    What OMS Montessori says:

    Each year five great stories are told in a dramatic fashion in order to create a framework of information to which students will add detail and understanding throughout their elementary years. The story of the beginning of the universe, of life on the Earth, of human life and of the great human creations of language, mathematics and science create a broad framework that invites students to explore all the traditional curriculums (the sciences, history and geography, as well as mathematics and language) creating greater depths of understanding each year.

  • Foreign Languages

    Equal Balance

    Foreign Languages approach at OMS Montessori: Equal Balance

    OMS Montessori has an Equal Balance approach to Foreign Languages (as opposed to Audio-Lingual, Communicative approach).

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    Our Kids definition: These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

    Compare OMS Montessori's Foreign Languages with other schools on
      Equal balance - 65%
      Audio-lingual - 2%
      Communicative - 33%

    What OMS Montessori says:

    In addition to traditional lessons on vocabulary, grammar and verbs, the Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM) which is a gesture-based program, begun in the preschool years, is continued and augmented with plays in which all students learn all parts, and with ‘raps’ for the older students. These aspects of the AIM approach increase the comfort with which students speak their second language. Long classes allow teachers to explore various units of interest with students from picking apples from our trees, describing them, cutting them up, cooking them and then eating them; to doing projects on native peoples or geographical landforms, all in French. Consolidated class time also means less time lost to changing classes and getting settled. Our students also benefit from being in a dual language school. French and English are working languages at OMS.

    Language instruction offered in:

  • Fine Arts

    Equal Balance

    Fine Arts approach at OMS Montessori: Equal Balance

    OMS Montessori has an Equal Balance approach to Fine Arts (as opposed to Receptive, Creative approach).

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    Our Kids definition: These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

    Compare OMS Montessori's Fine Arts with other schools on
      Equal balance - 64%
      Receptive - 2%
      Creative - 34%

    Program offers:

    Graphic Design
    Visual Arts

    Visual studio philosophy:


    What OMS Montessori says:

    OMS has an Art Resource Room with a wide variety of art materials on display and available to students, such as clay, watercolours, acrylics, charcoal, paper-making and marbling. Music is one of the many subjects a student can choose to explore and we use the ukulele to facilitate this exploration of music. Opportunities to be dramatic abound in our classes. Some Montessori activities such as the Grammar Boxes require students to ‘act out’ various scenarios or interpret the nuances of our language in a dramatic way. Students often present projects they have done to their peers, students in other classes or other adults in the school. In addition, each Elementary class produces some type of dramatic performance at least once a year, which they present to their families. Having class level plays and presentations rather than a school-wide one, ensures that every student can participate fully.

  • Computers and Technology

    Light integration

    Computers and Technology approach at OMS Montessori: Light integration

    OMS Montessori has a Light integration approach to Computers and Technology (as opposed to Heavy integration, Medium integration approach).

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    Our Kids definition: Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.

    Compare OMS Montessori's Computers and Technology with other schools on
      Light integration - 18%
      Heavy integration - 30%
      Medium integration - 52%

    What OMS Montessori says:

    OMS takes seriously current research and recommendations about screen time for students. At the Upper Elementary level, computers become a tool of the classroom. Each class has a set of computers that are available to students throughout their day. Students at this level are encouraged to use books as well as the Internet for research. Most of a student’s work is written by hand but final projects and presentations often make use of word processing, spreadsheet and PowerPoint applications. Upper Elementary students are introduced to proper keyboarding and an online keyboarding tutorial program capitalizes on the natural tendency at this age to be faster and better. Direct instruction is given on Internet safety as well as search skills, site credibility and citing sources.

    Program covers:

    Computer science
    Web design
  • Physical Education

    What OMS Montessori says:

    Students have a physical education class ever other day in our large, bright and well equipped gymnasium. The emphasis is on making physical activity and fitness fun while building skills for a variety of sports. Students also have a 45 minute recess each day and, weather permitting, they enjoy the use of our new natural playground which encourages active play. Les élèves du primaire ont une classe d’éducation physique tous les deux jours dans notre gymnase bien équipé, spacieux et lumineux. L’accent est mis sur le plaisir de faire de l’activité physique et de se mettre en forme tout en développant des habiletés pour divers sports. Tous les élèves du primaire ont une récréation de 45 minutes, et lorsque la température le permet, ils jouent dans notre nouveau terrain de jeu naturel qui encourage les jeux actifs.

  • Sex and health education

    Ontario curriculum

    Sex and health education approach at OMS Montessori: Ontario curriculum

    OMS Montessori has an Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).

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    Our Kids definition: The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.

    Compare OMS Montessori's Sex and health education with other schools on
      Follows provincial curriculum - 59%
      Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 41%

    Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral

    OMS Montessori has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
    [Show: About Mostly value-neutral?]

    Our Kids definition: By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.

    What OMS Montessori says:

    Other health topics are integrated into the sciences and flow naturally from the students work with other living organisms. D’autres sujets concernant la santé sont intégrés en sciences et découlent naturellement des travaux des élèves avec divers organismes vivants.

Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

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Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)

Preschool/K Curriculum approach at OMS Montessori: Montessori

OMS Montessori has a Montessori approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).

[Show: About Montessori?]

Our Kids definition: Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

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  Montessori - 26%
  Play-based - 24%
  Waldorf - 2%
  Reggio emilia - 7%
  Academic - 41%

What OMS Montessori says about their preschool/K curriculum approach:

We have a separate toddler and preschool program because children have different innate characteristics at these ages. Our preschool programs are 3-year programs that serve 3, 4 and 5 year olds (Pre-Kindergarten, JK and SK). We maintain authentic Montessori practises while considering current educational research. Nos programmes préscolaires sont séparés à ces âges, vu les différentes caractéristiques innées des enfants. Nos programmes s’échelonnent sur trois ans et s’adressent aux enfants de trois, quatre et cinq ans (préscolaire, prématernelle et maternelle). Nous restons fidèles aux pratiques authentiques Montessori et tenons compte de la recherche éducationnelle actuelle.

Montessori Approach Moderately orthodox

OMS Montessori's Montessori approach. Learn about this school's class practices and policies as well as its curricular and teaching approach.

  Toddler Primary Lower Elementary Upper Elementary
Age groupings
How children are grouped by age for each class.'
18 months to 36 months 36 months to 6 years 6 years to 9 years 9 years to 12 years
Uninterrupted work periods
The longest uninterrupted work period for each class.'
2 hours 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Tests and assignments
How often students are given tests or assignments in each class.'
Never (Orthodox) Never (Orthodox) Occasionally (Moderate Orthodox) Occasionally (Moderate Orthodox)
Graded work
How often students have their work graded in each class.'
Never (Orthodox) Never (Orthodox) Occasionally (Moderate Orthodox) Occasionally (Moderate Orthodox)
Arts and crafts
The percentage of a typical student's day that is spent on arts and crafts in each class.'
25% 20% 15% 10%

Overall approach

40% of schools

Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.

Moderately Orthodox
40% of schools

Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

Moderately Non-Orthodox
13% of schools

Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

6% of schools

Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

Classroom practices

  • Whole-class lectures Moderately orthodox


    Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    Moderately orthodox

    Whole-class lectures should only be given occasionally (e.g., at the beginning of a term or unit). Students usually learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    Moderately non-orthodox

    Whole-class lectures should be given semi-regularly (e.g., at the beginning of a lesson or a week). While students often learn best through group and independent work, it's sometimes important for teachers to set the stage for and contextualize learning.


    Whole-class lectures should be given often (e.g., every day). While group and independent learning is important, teachers need to provide lectures on a regular basis to provide the foundation for learning.

  • Special education Moderately orthodox


    External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.

    Moderately orthodox

    External special education support is only rarely necessary. For instance, a psychologist might be brought in to help out a student with a severe developmental disorder.

    Moderately non-orthodox

    External special education support is quite important. Outside specialists are needed for a fairly wide range of special needs, such as developmental and learning disabilities.


    External special education support is very important. Outside specialists are regularly brought in to support students with many different types of special needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, language and speech issues, behavioural issues, and advanced learning abilities.

  • Specialist classes Moderately non-orthodox


    We don't have any specialist teachers or classes. Core teachers are well-equipped to teach all subjects.

    Moderately orthodox

    We only use specialist teachers and classes in rare cases (for instance, to teach a second language). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach almost all subjects.

    Moderately non-orthodox

    We have a fairly wide range of specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, and art). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach most subjects.


    We have many specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, art, gym, science, and math). It's important that students receive specialized instruction in many subjects.

  • Modern-day technology Moderately orthodox


    Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.

    Moderately orthodox

    Modern-day technology is very rarely used in class, since it can be a distraction and interfere with development. Students at the upper levels, though, might be permitted to use a computer or a tablet to do research for a specific project.

    Moderately non-orthodox

    Modern-day technology is used in moderation since it can be a distraction. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, and multimedia projects.


    Modern technology is used fairly regularly. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, multimedia projects, and to learn keyboarding skills. Teachers may sometimes also use digital media, such as interactive whiteboards, to teach lessons or introduce topics.

Teaching assistants

This school uses teaching assistants.

What OMS Montessori says about teaching assistants:

OMS Montessori utilizes teaching assistants to best serve the needs of the students in class. The preparation of the classroom environment is of high priority in Montessori education. Therefore, TAs are an integral part of ensuring the environment is maintained, classroom materials are of high calibre and in perfect working order.

Language bilingual / dual-immersion

Learn about OMS Montessori's languages of instruction and enrolment.

OMS Montessori is a bilingual / dual-immersion school with English, French as the primary language of instruction

English - 50% French - 50%

Language of enrolment include: English, French

Curriculum Pace Student-paced

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This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.

Curriculum Pace approach at OMS Montessori: Student-paced

OMS Montessori has a Student-paced approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Accelerated approach).

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Our Kids definition: The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

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  Student-paced - 26%
  Standard-enriched - 56%
  Accelerated - 18%

What OMS Montessori says about their curriculum pace:

Montessori classrooms are equipped with a series of sequenced materials and activities covering all curricular areas. Teachers introduce each concept with a material to an individual student or a small group. Subsequently, students repeat the lesson. Throughout the learning process, adults provide support according to the needs of individual students.

Flexible pacing style

Type Offered
Subject-streaming (tracking)
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
Differentiated assessment

What OMS Montessori says about their flexible pacing:

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Academic Culture Supportive

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Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.

Academic Culture approach at OMS Montessori: Supportive

OMS Montessori has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).

[Show: About Supportive?]

Our Kids definition: A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

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  Supportive - 51%
  Rigorous - 49%

What OMS Montessori says about their academic culture:

We are dedicated to creating focused engagement for our students. A student in this state is concentrated, content, and energized. He/she experiences a strong sense of wellbeing and their accomplishments. Students gets along well with others, and are easily guided by their teachers. This leads to academic and personal excellence. Un élève qui est concentré est motivé, heureux et énergisé. Il fait l’expérience d’un grand bien-être, il se sent bien dans sa peau et est fier de ses réalisations. Il s’entend bien avec les autres et ses enseignants le guide facilement. Cela conduit à une excellence académique et personnelle.

Developmental priorities Balanced

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Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.

Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced

Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.

Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual

The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

What OMS Montessori says about their developmental priorities:

The goal of OMS is to support the development of well-balanced individuals who know and accept themselves, and live as responsible community members. Our students are guided by the OMS community to recognize their potential. The faculty observes and prepares lessons and experiences which perpetuate a love of learning and the achievement of developmental milestones. L’OMS a pour objectif de soutenir le développement d’individus bien équilibrés qui se connaissent et s’acceptent. Ils mènent une vie active et responsable comme membres d’une communauté qui les guide afin qu’ils reconnaissent leur potentiel.

Special needs support Withdrawal Assistance

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Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.

OMS Montessori offers Withdrawal Assistance

Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

A - Forms of Support
B - Environments
Indirect Support:
Resource Assistance:
Withdrawal Assistance:
Partial Integration:
Full-Time Class:

Special NeedNeed
Forms of SupportA
  • Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
  • Developmental
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
  • Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
  • Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.

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Academic support

Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

Mild but clinically diagnosed learning disabilities

Extra support

What OMS Montessori says:

We treat each student as an individual. Through discussions with the parents, student and specialists, we determine how we might meet the student's needs and whether or not our school is the best choice in meeting those needs. Nous traitons chaque élève comme un individu à part entière. Par le biais de discussions avec les parents, l’élève et les spécialistes, nous déterminons la façon de possiblement satisfaire les besoins de l’élève et si notre école est en mesure de répondre à ces besoins.

Additional support

Social skills programs
Occupational therapy
Speech-language therapy

Gifted learner support In-class adaptations

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Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.

Curriculum Delivery: Acceleration and enrichment

There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.

Class structure

Program Offered
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

In-class adaptations

Program Offered
Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

What OMS Montessori says about their gifted learner support:

OMS Montessori provides an individualized experience for every student, gifted students are able to exceed the Ministry's requirements in an engaging way, while integrating with a diverse student community of their peers. L’OMS Montessori offre à chaque élève la chance de vivre une expérience individualisée. Les élèves doués peuvent excéder les exigences du ministère tout en étant motivés et en en faisant partie d’une communauté estudiantine diversifiée.

Homework Policy

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Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.

Nightly homework

In grade Gr. 6, OMS Montessori students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

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What OMS Montessori says about their flipped classroom policy:

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Report Card Policy

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While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.

How assessments are delivered across the grades

Lettered or numbered gradesNursery/Toddler to Gr. 12
Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to Gr. 12

Extracurricular Activities

While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.

Sports offered

OMS Montessori offers 6 competitive sports and 11 recreational sports.

  Competitive offered          Recreational offered
all sports]
  • Archery
  • Curling
  • Ultimate
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Cycling
  • Downhill skiing
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain biking
  • Racquet Ball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Skateboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Clubs offered

OMS Montessori offers 9 clubs and extracurricular programs.

  Clubs offered           Clubs not offered
all clubs and programs]
  Foreign Language Club
  Habitat for Humanity
  Jazz Ensemble
  Math Club
  Musical theatre/Opera
  Ballet and Classical Ballet
  Online Magazine
  Outdoor Club
  Outdoor Education
  Poetry/Literature club
  Radio club
  Robotics club
  Round Square
  School newspaper
  Science Club
  Student Council
  Art Club
  Astronomy Club
  Audiovisual Club
  Chess Club
  Community Service
  Computer Club
  Dance Club
  Debate Club
  Drama Club
  Environmental Club

What OMS Montessori says about their extracurricular activities:

  • Our Robotics Team is taught by a North-American Renowned instructor. OMS Montessori offers a Cooking Club in French taught by a Chef with a full certificate from Cordon Bleu. We commence offering After School Clubs and Private Music Lessons starting at the age of 5 through Grade 6.


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