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  • Preschool is a great option for many families. Preschool advantages include a consistent structure and routine, and a focus on early education (which can inspire a love of learning). Most programs also teach children a variety of cognitive, social, emotional, and language skills.

  • Concerns with preschools include a lack of one-on-one time, beginning learning too early, and the challenges of taking a young child out of the home (and away from their parents).

  • While preschools are regulated by the same bodies as daycares, they tend to focus more on early learning and academics. This helps prepare children for formal schooling and gives them a leg up in the early school years.

  • Daycare centres often have more flexibility than preschool programs. They typically offer before- and after-care programs and remain open during the summer months. Some preschools offer these programs as well, though.

  • One-on-one childcare offers more personal attention than preschool (and daycare). Preschool, though, offers more structure, formal education, and social interaction. It also typically has teachers trained in early childhood education.

  • Preschool is well-suited for children between the ages of 3 and 5 (although sometimes younger kids are a good fit). It’s also a good fit for children who show an early interest in learning, and enjoy interacting with other kids. It may not be the best fit for kids who need lots of one-on-one time and individualized attention, or for those with severe separation anxiety or special needs.  


Preschool is an appealing option for many families. Preschools don’t just provide childcare or babysitting for your child. They normally have a well-designed program for early learning.

Most preschools aim to prepare your child for the school years, by teaching them social and academic skills. While preschools have some similarities with nursery schools, daycares, and even kindergartens, they tend to have different aims than these other options.

Keep in mind, though, that these terms are used in different ways. Moreover, preschools (not to mention nursery schools and the other options) vary in their aims, philosophies, teaching approaches, cultures, and more.

Preschool may not be the right choice for every child. But it’s a great fit for many. In deciding whether to place your child in one of these programs, you’ll want to consider preschool pros and cons.
 

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Benefits of preschool

Preschool education has many potential benefits. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, below are some of the main ones. Keep in mind, though, that these benefits will vary between preschool programs.

Early learning is a unique advantage of preschool. In the right program, your child will learn plenty of academic and pre-academic skills. This can give them a leg up when they start school. In most preschools, your child will learn a wide range of cognitive, social, and language skills. Below, we outline the main ones.

Skills learned

Cognitive and academic:

Social and emotional:

Language and literacy:

Concerns with preschool

This is not to say preschool is without its detractors. Some have raised criticisms against preschool or at least certain preschool programs. Below, we outline some of the main sources of concern.

 

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Preschool vs. other options

Private preschool is a great option for many families. Many children will thrive in the right preschool program. Of course, as we’ve seen, preschool has both its pros and cons.

Below, we compare preschool to daycare and one-on-one care: we list their pros and cons relative to each other. This comparison should give you a better sense of whether preschool is the right choice for your child.

 

Preschool

Pros

  • Allows for a test run of the private school system.
  • Prepares children well for the school years.
  • Offers consistent structure and routine, more so than one-on-one care.
  • Can inspire a love of learning.
  • Most teachers are registered early childhood educators (RECE), unlike in one-on-one childcare and some daycares.
  • Licensed and strictly regulated by the provincial government, unlike one-on-one childcare.
  • Staff are reliable (less likely to call in sick), more so than one-on-one child care provide by a nanny or au pair.
  • Safe and highly supervised.

Cons

  • Higher child-to-adult ratio than one-on-one childcare.
  • Less individualized learning and one-on-one time.
  • Focusing on academics too early can lead to frustration.
  • Unlike some daycares, closed on statutory holidays and during summer. May not offer before- or after-care programs.
  • Unlike parental one-on-one care, can lead to separation anxiety.
  • May offer less social opportunities than daycare.


 

Daycare

Pros

  • May be open during summer and holidays.
  • May offer before- and after-care.
  • May be more affordable than one-on-one care.
  • Licensed and regulated by provincial government, unlike one-on-one care.
  • Safe and highly supervised.
  • Lots of social activities and interaction.

Cons

  • Less individualized learning and one-on-one time.
  • Less focus on early learning and academics than preschool (usually).
  • Children may be less prepared for the school years than those who attend preschool.
  • Higher child-to-adult ratio than one-on-one childcare.
  • Infant daycares can be hard to find.

 

One-on-one care

Pros

  • Low child-to-adult ratio.
  • More individualized attention and learning than preschool and daycare.
  • Usually offered in the summer and some holidays, unlike some preschools and daycares.
  • Less separation anxiety, especially if provided in the family home.

Cons

  • Often less structure and routine than preschool and daycare.
  • Often less focus on early learning.
  • Less social opportunities than preschool and daycare.
  • Normally, no RECE staff or trained teachers.
  • Often less affordable.

The truth is, there is no perfect choice for the preschool child. The right option depends on a variety of factors, including your child’s age and personality, and your family’s finances, values, and priorities.

Below, we outline which children may be suitable for preschool, daycare, and one-on-one care. Keep in mind, though, there’s lot more to this decision than just the points below (including your family’s finances, values, and priorities). Also, note that your child might display signs from all three columns.

 

Preschool may be suitable for children who:

Daycare may be suitable for children who:

One-on-one care may be suitable for children who:

  • Are between the ages of 2.5 and 5.
  • Show an interest in early learning.
  • Prefer structure and routine.
  • Have good concentration and attention spans.
  • Enjoy interacting and learning with other kids.
  • Are between the ages of 1 and 5.
  • Are highly social.
  • Enjoy interacting and learning with other kids.
  • Learn best through play and exploration.
  • Are active and have lots of energy.
  • Are between the ages of 0 and 3.
  • Enjoy lots of one-on-one time and individualized attention.
  • Have severe separation anxiety.
  • Have special needs.

 

What research shows about preschool

Whether to send your child to preschool (private or public) is an important decision. One factor that needs to be weighed is how effective preschool is, both in the short- and long-term.

What, then, does research say about the effectiveness of preschool? While the jury is still out, most research studies indicate that preschool seems to have benefits for many children. Below, we briefly look at a few of the most important preschool studies. For a more comprehensive examination of research on preschool, check out this article in the journal Child Development.

HighScope Perry preschool study

One well-known study, the HighScope Perry preschool study, found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program ultimately earned up to $2000 more per month than those who were not. Young people who were in preschool programs were also more likely to graduate from high school, to own homes, and have longer marriages.

The Abecedarian project

Other studies, like the Abecedarian project, show similar results. Children in quality preschool programs are less likely to repeat grades, need special education, or get into future trouble with the law.

The National Education Association (NEA) studie

The NEA has conducted a number of studies on the effectiveness of preschool. These studies have revealed several other long term benefits of preschool programs. These are mostly social and economic benefits.

Conclusions of the research

In short, a good preschool program can have a number of short- and long-term benefits, including social, academic, and economic ones. That said, preschool isn’t a guarantor of success or happiness. Lots of other factors come into play, including family environment and upbringing, financial resources, and communal support. But there is strong evidence that preschool has significant benefits for children, and that some of these benefits can be long-lasting.

Answers to the question “What are the pros and cons of preschools?” from school officials and education consultants

Pros

“One of the most important benefits of preschool is that it teaches kids how to socialize. More specifically, children learn how to show respect—to adults, other children, and their environment. They also learn how to take turns, cooperate and share with others, as well as problem-solve and compose themselves during stressful situations. Preschool also teaches children important lessons in independence. In addition to preparing children for the separation from mom and dad during kindergarten, preschool offers a safe, fun, and exploratory space for children to develop their self-confidence and sense of self.” Dr. Irina Valentin, Paediatric Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at Valentin & Blackstock Psychology, in Toronto, Ontario

“The main benefit of preschool is that children gain a solid foundation before beginning their academic career. They are able to socialize with peers and build friendships. They learn basic academic building blocks such as letter names and sounds, numbers, how to hold a book, and sight words. Children learn to be more independent and how to solve problems independently.” Vanessa Sjerven, teacher at Elmwood School (the early years program), in Ottawa, Ontario

“High-quality preschool programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers, and parents. And teachers build a close connection with each child. Young children learn social skills in ‘real time.’ Three and four year olds learn through their experiences and good teachers make time for those ‘teachable moments,’ when they can help learn to manage frustration or anger. A highly structured environment helps young children learn to make friends and play well with others. Classroom space is organized to encourage social interaction, and minimize congestion and conflicts.” Lee Venditti, director of J. Addison, a Montessori school in Markham, Ontario

“Preschool allows a child to develop how they see themselves as learners. Interacting with a peer group allows a student to develop social skills through problem solving and nurtures adaptability. Developing language skills through group discussions and daily interactions helps build confidence and self-esteem. These skills are foundational, as kids prepare to move through the rest of their academic career and interact in a diverse and inclusive school experience. Preschool also allows young learners to interact with older students who mentor and model academic success. They experience compassion and kindness in older peers and witness firsthand their potential future.” Corina Gill, assistant head of lower school at Bayview Glen Independent School, in Toronto, Ontario

“Preschool inspires creativity and promotes social and emotional development and independence. It’s also known that more preschool students eventually go on to attend university.”  Marcel Pereira, director of Century Private School, a Montessori school in Richmond Hill, Ontario

“The social benefits of preschool are that it encourages children to gain independence from their parents and trust in a new environment. Children are offered the opportunity to cooperate in a group setting, contribute to playtime, problem-solve, follow routines, and build age-appropriate self-help skills. Academically, children experience the joy of learning through a variety of activities that support letter and number recognition, colour and shape identification, and explore the physical world through science and social experiences.” Stacy Paton, ECE program manager of Queen Margaret’s School, in Duncan, British Columbia

Cons

“The most common problem for very young children is separation anxiety. While it is common for children to exhibit some separation anxiety during the transition into the structured environment at preschool, some children show more significant emotional problems that may indicate that the child is not yet ready to be at preschool and may have or may be at risk of developing a separation anxiety disorder. Normal separation anxiety can be eased by parents staying patient and consistent, and by gently but firmly setting limits. However, some kids experience separation anxiety that does not go away despite the parents’ and teachers’ best efforts. These children experience a continuation or recurrence of intense separation anxiety during their preschool or even elementary school years. If a child experiences these symptoms, it is best to address them with a professional without delay.” Dr. Irina Valentin, Paediatric Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at Valentin & Blackstock Psychology, in Toronto, Ontario

“Preschool teachers have to care for more than one child: the minimum ratio is 1-to-8. Also, kids get sick more often, and most preschools don’t let sick kids attend.” Lee Venditti, director of J. Addison, a Montessori school in Markham, Ontario

“Not all preschools are the same. Inexperienced parents may not know what to look for or what questions to ask. The best teachers and childcare providers can be very expensive to hire. Therefore, potentially inexperienced and underqualified people are in charge of these children, because the facility and/or parents don’t have the funds to pay for skilled employees.” Vanessa Sjerven, teacher at Elmwood school (the early years program), in Ottawa, Ontario

“The main concerns with preschool are behaviour (such as crying and whining), safety, toileting, and nutrition.” Marcel Pereira, director of Century Private School, a Montessori school in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Preschool vs. daycare

“Although preschools technically fall in the same category as daycare centres—they’re licensed and regulated by the same bodies—they typically have a more academic focus and are for children ages two through five.” Lee Venditti, director of J. Addison, a Montessori school in Markham, Ontario

“A positive aspect of daycare is that it can have a more flexible schedule and caregivers are typically available during times outside of school hours, and during the summer months. It can also cost less and have smaller ratios between caregiver and child. However, preschool better prepares children for their academic career and provides a more diverse learning experience.” Vanessa Sjerven, teacher at Elmwood school (the early years program), in Ottawa, Ontario

“Daycare is fun: the whole idea of making the child happy, fostering play, allowing naps, etc. Preschool, on the other hand, offers the child more: it has an individualized learning system, focuses on key developmental stages, inspires creativity, encourages cooperative play, etc.” Marcel Pereira, director of Century Private School, a Montessori school in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Preschool vs. one-on-one childcare

“One-on-one childcare provides a nurturing, homelike atmosphere. However, many providers don’t have formal schooling in early childhood education. Also, there are less stringent licensing requirements and no real caregiver supervision. Preschools offer a structured environment with a developmentally appropriate learning curriculum. They are also well-regulated and have teachers with training in early childhood education. However, teachers in preschools have to care for more than one child: the minimum ratio is 1 to 8. And kids tend to get sick more often.” Lee Venditti, director of J. Addison, a Montessori school in Markham, Ontario

“A negative aspect of preschool is the ratio between caregiver and child. Although usually very good, it is not 1-to-1. So attention is divided among other students and concessions must be made. As a result, there is less direct, individualized attention for each and every child. There are several pros to attending a preschool. These include the opportunity for children to gain exposure to new teachers, different learning environments, and other children. Also, one-on-one childcare doesn’t foster as much academic learning, or provide as many academic opportunities.” Vanessa Sjerven, teacher at Elmwood school (the early years program), in Ottawa, Ontario

Research

“There has been considerable research done comparing parental care, daycare, preschool, and other approaches to children’s early years. This research yields a number of competing conclusions, and it is no wonder many parents feel confused as they consider options. One of the most comprehensive studies available was done by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Overall, the NICHD findings showed that what matters most is not the kind of care a child receives—whether nanny, parent, daycare, preschool, or other—but rather the nature of their home experience.

No matter the early childhood care, optimal outcomes are experienced by children who experience warmth, responsiveness, and the right kinds of situation at home. The findings are more nuanced than that, of course. Quality of the setting, time in non-parental care, and the child’s age all make a difference.” Dona Matthews, Educational specialist, and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence, Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids

“There is an increasing amount of evidence that attending a high quality preschool has numerous short term and long term benefits for children The brain is rapidly developing between the ages of 2 and 5, so it is important that children are provided with opportunities that facilitate their natural stages of development during this period of time. Preschool programs, although not the only option, offer a structured setting focused on age-appropriate development in social, emotional, cognitive, and language development.

Because the ages between 2 and 5 represent a critical period of brain development, early enriching experiences, such as those obtained in preschool, can also have enduring outcomes beyond kindergarten readiness. Numerous studies have demonstrated that the benefits of attending a high quality preschool can have a significant impact later in life, including in the areas of educational achievement, socioeconomic status, and health.” Dr. Irina Valentin, Paediatric Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at Valentin & Blackstock Psychology, in Toronto, Ontario

“The document Early Learning for Every Child Today: A Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings was created in 2007 to serve as a preschool guide in Ontario. It is supported by various studies and includes The Continuum of Development, a sequential tool used to assess preschoolers. It was written for childhood educators, parenting workers, kindergarten teachers, family support staff, early interventionists, and others who work in preschool settings.” Ann Wolff, educational consultant at Wolff Educational Services, in Toronto, Ontario

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TMS  

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

TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance.

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TMS 18300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    St. Laurent Blvd./Montreal Rd.
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $11,500 to $17,500

St-Laurent Academy is a private school that offers programs from nursery to high school in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten to 15 students.

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Académie St-Laurent Academy 11500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Boul Elkas/Rue Houde
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $14,094 to $33,000

This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available.

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  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie Marie-Claire 14094 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,650 to $12,650

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

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Yip’s Music & Montessori School 7650 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Ave./Bathurst St.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $18,376 to $21,870

Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best Montessori education for their children.

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The Clover School 18376 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,400 to $18,800

Glenburnie School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, responsive, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Class sizes range from 8 to 18 students depending on grade level.

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  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School - Oakville 9400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,600 to $22,000

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

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Guidepost Montessori at Toronto 12600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,470 to $20,600

Lynn-Rose Heights Private School offers challenging academic programming from three years old to grade twelve in Mississauga. Lynn-Rose Heights school is an official International Baccalaureate World School.

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Lynn-Rose Schools 15470 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Queensway
  • NS to 1 Coed
  • $6,800 to $11,500

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School in Mississauga offers Casa Montessori programs for children a ged 2.5 to 6. Before- and after-school care and summer camps also available.

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Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $18,000 to $28,430

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

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St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $13,960 to $26,960

Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential.

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Elmwood School 13960 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • NS to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $14,500 to $36,500

Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential.

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  • Liberal Arts
Hawthorn School 14500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Day Coed Girls
  • Amaranth, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,154 to $10,965

The Maples is a private IB school in Orangeville, ON from PS to grade 8. Tuition starts at $8500. The Maples offer daily French instruction starting in PS.

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The Maples Academy 9154 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Ave/Major Mackenzie Dr E
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $6,800 to $12,900

Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students.

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Royal Cachet Montessori School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $19,200 to $21,300

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

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Westside Montessori School 19200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Winston Churchill/Lakeshore Road East
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,500 to $18,000

Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum, co-ed Montessori program from Toddler to Middle School. Tuition starts at $8,250. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced.

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Clanmore Montessori School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $34,300

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

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Bond Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie/York Mills
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $26,800

La Citadelle's Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential.

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La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools 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 & movement, and addresses the intellectual, physical, emotional & social aspects of child development. Preschool to gr. 12.

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Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Mississauga Road/Eglinton Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $12,000 to $16,000

Kendellhurst offers students an enriched curriculum with a mix of project based, traditional and arts infused curriculum, with digital displays, Macs and PC's in every room and Edwin personal devices for grades 5 to 8.

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Kendellhurst Academy 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $15,872 to $27,802

Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering programs to students 18 months through Grade 12 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Hillfield Strathallan College 15872 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $18,000 to $18,800

Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for children from 2.5-years to Grade 8. Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill 4 years in a row.

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Richland Academy 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Sheppard Avenue/Yonge Street
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $13,500 to $15,400

Pine Lake Montessori School pursues teaching with a one on one method that respects and nurtures children and allows them to achieve their fullest potential.

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Pine Lake Montessori School 13500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Alta Vista Drive/Industrial Road
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,864 to $21,384

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

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

Peel Montessori School offers an enriched, personalized program. Emphasis is on strong academics, and the development of personal excellence (leadership skills, creativity) in a supportive, family-like environment.

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  • Progressive
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Peel Montessori Private School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Cawthra/Lakeshore
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • $18,820 to $33,970

TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students.

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  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) 18820 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/Broadway Ave
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,000 to $20,000

Located in the Leaside neighbourhood of Toronto, Children's Garden Nursery School is a well-established private school that offers exceptional programming including Core French and French Immersion.

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Children's Garden Nursery School 6000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Silverwood Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $16,550 to $26,800

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

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  • Traditional
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Century Private School 16550 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./Sheppard Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $11,250 to $15,500

Prestige School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 18 students.

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  • Traditional
Prestige School - Toronto Campus 11250 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Highway 417/Greenbank
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,340 to $19,510

Acadecap International School ( Académie de la Capitale), an IB school, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning.

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  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie de la Capitale 13340 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Sunforest Drive/Bovaird Drive E
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,900 to $14,600

RMS is an award-winning progressive private school, and voted the BEST private school in Brampton. We offer a structured programme that is ahead of the Ministry set guidelines.

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  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) 7900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Kennedy Avenue/Highway 401
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,750 to $15,300

Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world.

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

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

  • Day
  • Progressive
Ashwood Glen 9900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Fairview Drive/North Park Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,160

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

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Braemar House School 13160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Lakeshore and/Kipling
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $9,000 to $15,000

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
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Vincent Massey Academy 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview/Eglinton
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $10,200 to $22,500

CGS (Children's Garden School) offers co-ed, Preschool-Grade 3 programming. Small class sizes. Exceptional phonics program.

  • Day
  • Traditional
CGS (Children's Garden School) 10200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mill Rd/York Mills Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $18,375 to $27,290

Bayview Glen is a traditional co-ed day school in Toronto, Ontario from Preschool (age 2) to Grade 12, a global member of Round Square and offers Advanced Placement programme. Tuition ranges from $17,000 to $26,500.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Bayview Glen 18375 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Garrison Blvd SW/33 Ave SW
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,600 to $15,200

Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. Small class sizes.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Lycée Louis Pasteur 13600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Rue Edmond/Ch Ste-Marie
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $5,121 to $15,603

Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Kuper Academy 5121 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,050 to $17,700

German International School in Toronto offers programs from PK to grade 8. It provides a German curriculum enriched with Canadian content.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
German International School Toronto 9050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Bowness Rd NW/Bow Crescent NW
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $4,850 to $14,320

River Valley is an inclusive independent school in the heart of NW Calgary that provides exceptional education for 3-year-olds to grade 6 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
River Valley School 4850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    QEW/Southdown Road
  • NS to K Coed
  • $8,100 to $15,608

La Villa Montessori School is dedicated to following the Montessori philosophy and to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that fulfills a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs.

  • Day
  • Montessori
La Villa Montessori School 8100 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,900 to $19,900

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills 8900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview/Lawrence
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $19,760 to $33,970

TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School 19760 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $4,501 to $12,800

The PK – Grade 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson's books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Sidney Ledson Institute 4501 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,700 to $17,500

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus 8700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave W
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,050 to $17,990

Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA) teaches students to think critically and globally, in a community that builds self-esteem and life-long character. RHA is Toronto’s first Jewish school to be CAIS accredited.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Robbins Hebrew Academy 13050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Parkdale Ave/Sherwood Drive
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,000 to $17,550

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Parkdale Montessori School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 5 Coed
  • $6,600 to $10,000

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

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
ABC Montessori 6600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $7,900 to $15,100

Calgary French & International School graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Calgary French & International School 7900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,200

Aurora Montessori School offers a comprehensive, nurturing and enriched program for Toddler to Grade 8. Our enrolment of 375 day students has an average class size of 15 to 24.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
Aurora Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Torbram/Clark
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,921 to $19,988

Tall Pines School in Brampton provides enhanced Montessori and traditional classes from Infant to Grade Eight, is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, and is a leader in 21st Century education.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Tall Pines School 13921 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • PS to 5 Coed
  • $12,000

For the past 36 years Kingsley Primary School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade five in Etobicoke. Its average class size is eight to 12 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Kingsley Primary School 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor Street West/High Park
  • NS to PS Coed
  • $27,600

We take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy where each child is born creative, intuitive, resourceful, & has a strong potential for development from a very young age.Full-time care (7:30am-6pm). Tour anytime.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care 27600 Preschool Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Edinburgh Dr/Scott Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $5,900 to $13,500

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Wheatley School 5900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $5,040 to $19,950

Waldorf Academy offers programs from childcare to grade eight in downtown Toronto. Its average class size is 18 students.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Waldorf Academy 5040 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Glen Erin/Dundas
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $15,000 to $17,000

Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Kaban Montessori School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,950 to $13,500

The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Hatch House Montessori School 9950 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,440 to $14,250

The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori School of Calgary 8440 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Weston Road/Rutherford Road
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $15,598 to $18,998

Located in Vaughan, King Heights Academy provides a unique educational experience for toddlers to grade eight, which includes the IB Program.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King Heights Academy 15598 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Major Mackenzie/Bayview Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $21,000 to $23,500

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

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Richmond Hill Montessori Private School 21000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Steeles Avenue
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $7,050 to $17,450

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

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Town Centre Private Schools 7050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $13,000

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a non denominational school that offers programs from Pre-school to Grade eight. We acknowledge and celebrate religious and cultural events as part of our cultural program.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Milton-Campbellville, Ontario
    Highway 401/Guelph Line
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $11,600 to $15,120

Hitherfield is a private school for children in Preschool through Grade 8. Developing confidence, decision-making and respect are key components of our school.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Hitherfield School 11600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Denison/Warden
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,500

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Richmond Ave./Parliament St.
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,000 to $16,500

Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. 6 in downtown Toronto. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers. Reach out to discover what we do differently.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Liberty Prep School 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Tomken Rd./Eglinton Ave. E
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,500 to $14,900

Northstar Montessori offers authentic Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Mississauga. We pride ourselves on strong character development and supporting life long learners! Now, Swim program is now included.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Northstar Montessori Private School 9500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • 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
  • Toronto, Ontario
    University Ave./Dundas street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,750 to $24,000

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

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 13750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Royal York Road/Dundas Street West
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,980 to $28,060

Kingsway College School offers programs for PK to grade 8 in Etobicoke. Its average class size is 17 to 21 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Kingsway College School 9980 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    McCowan Road/Highway 7
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,375 to $13,300

Wesley Christian Academy offers programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Markham. As we are a Christian school, we share our beliefs with all our students but we warmly welcome families from ALL faiths and backgrounds!

  • Day
  • Traditional
Wesley Christian Academy 10375 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Baie-D'Urfé, Montreal, Quebec
    rue Victoria/rue Normandy
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $7,450 to $10,700

We offer a sound, internationally recognized academic foundation. Our students gain fluency in three languages and achieve mastery of biology, chemistry and physics.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Alexander von Humboldt German International School 7450 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Dufferin/Eglinton
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,152 to $19,860

Lycée Français de Toronto is a French school that offers programs from nursery to grade 12. Its average class size is 17 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Lycée Français de Toronto 17152 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Burnhamthorpe Road/Kipling Avenue
  • PS to 5 Coed
  • $640 to $10,800

Founded in 1893, Olivet School is a Christian private school in Etobicoke that offers preschool to grade 5. It combines quality teaching with individual attention to help each child achieve their personal potential.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Olivet School 640 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Eglinton/Caledonia
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $7,350 to $11,900

B.E.N. offers an engaging, caring learning community.Focus is on qualities and skills alongside Ontario Curriculum. Small class sizes, daily outdoor activities, art classes and workshop. Parenting workshops are offered.

  • Day
  • Progressive
B.E.N. School-House 7350 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Maple, Ontario
    Keele Street/Kirby Road
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,500 to $12,250

Shining Light Montessori is the community you've searched for -- where children feel comfortable, with teachers who care. Our children learn, build their confidence, reach their potential, & let their lights shine!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Shining Light Montessori School 6500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Stouffville, Ontario
    Ninth Line/Main Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,620 to $15,704

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Toronto French Montessori 7620 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Thornbury, Ontario
  • PS to SK Coed
  • $6,000 to $9,000


  • Day
  • Montessori
Acorn Montessori 6000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road East/Bel Air Drive
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,800 to $21,250

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Dearcroft Montessori School 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,500 to $15,500

NOW WITH LICENSED DAYCARE! Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Alive Montessori & Private School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $9,120 to $15,744

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Ellesmere Montessori School 9120 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Nobleton, Ontario
    15th Sideroad/Hwy 27
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $9,000 to $18,000

For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie Street/York Mills Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $12,900 to $23,400

The Giles School is a French immersion private school in Toronto for children age 2 (Pre-K) to Grade 8. Open Admissions through Grade 1, small classes, and Mandarin introduced as a third language in Grade 1.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Giles School 12900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine/HWY 7
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,600 to $13,800

Wishing Well Schools has an academically advanced program from 18 months to Grade 8. Montessori program from 18 months to 6 years old, accelerated academic program from Grade 1 to 8 with 21st c. teaching and learning.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Wishing Well Schools 13600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Dundas Streeet/Ninth Line
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $11,177 to $23,368

Fern Hill School is a private independent school for Preschool through Grade 8 offering individualized learning by subject-specific teachers. Our school is regarded as one of the pre-eminent elementary schools in Canada.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Fern Hill School - Oakville 11177 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $12,000 to $12,850

Oxford Learning Academy – where your child will experience a homeschooling approach with the benefits of socialization in a small classroom environment. This Milton private school runs from PK to grade 8.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Oxford Learning Academy (Private School) 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst/Sheppard
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $18,150

MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori Jewish Day School 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Ave/Hooper Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $11,390 to $19,670

Bussing from Toronto (Bayview and Sheppard) available. Early Learning Centre to Grade 12. Discipline. Character. Respect. Complete your child's academic and spiritual foundation. Discover why PCA students excel!

  • Day
  • Traditional
Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) 11390 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Duncan, British Columbia
    Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $4,800 to $49,300

Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Queen Margaret's School 4800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    14th Ave/Kennedy
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $10,500 to $36,000

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

  • Day/Boarding
  • Montessori
Trillium School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Eglinton Ave E/Laird Dr
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $7,000 to $16,000

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Maria Montessori School 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,800 to $14,620

Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario offers a licensed preschool, kindergarten and grades 1 to 12. It’s average class size is 15 to 21 students.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Halton Waldorf School 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen Street East/Lee Ave.
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $6,395 to $20,150

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Avalon Children's Montessori School 6395 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Dixie Road/South Service Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,990 to $17,990

Star Academy offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade Eight in Mississauga. Small class sizes, daily physical education and French for all grades, and academic excellence set us apart.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Star Academy 13990 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Dufferin/Lawrence
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $19,000 to $25,000

Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to learners whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Magnificent Minds 19000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $12,850 to $19,675

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 12850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $8,800 to $15,490

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

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Meadow Green Academy 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $6,170 to $12,130

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 6170 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    North Service Road/King Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $21,620 to $23,368

Fern Hill School provides a calm, engaging & academic program for Preschool to Grade 8. We offer a structured approach that focuses on developing intellectual curiosity, creativity & confidence. Maximum class size is 19.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Fern Hill School - Burlington 21620 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Dundas Ave. West/High Park Ave.
  • PS to 1 Coed
  • $10,000 to $15,000

Oxford Learning Academy offers a bilingual academic program complemented by a personalized school experience. We grow lifelong learners by focusing on early primary education.

  • Day
  • Progressive
High Park Oxford Learning Academy 10000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Donald St/Frances St
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $10,300

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 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/16th Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,750 to $14,750

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

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Unionville Montessori Private Schools 7750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
    Steeles Ave/Ontario St
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,800 to $12,900

Housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. Offering low teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on personal and social development of each child.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Silver Maple Montessori Private School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $19,980 to $24,820

Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 19980 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $800 to $1,400


  • Day
  • Traditional
Community Life Christian School 800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oshawa, Ontario
    Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $9,700 to $11,500

Our schools offer a maximum class size of 16 students for ages 4 & up. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day.

  • Day/Homestay/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
    Tremaine Road/Hwy 401
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $8,160 to $13,600

Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus 8160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,200 to $15,400

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

  • Day
  • Montessori
Humberside Montessori School 9200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • New York, New York(USA)
    Broad St/Exchange Pl
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $5,500 to US $93,000

Léman Manhattan - the only boarding school in Manhattan, New York that delivers academic excellence that inspires your child for a lifetime. IB Diploma program and unique internship opportunities offered in the city.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School 5500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Vaughan Street/Bertrand Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $3,250 to $14,950

Ottawa’s Fern Hill School offers Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Grades, including extended French. Tuition starts at $2,950.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Fern Hill School - Ottawa 3250 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Dundas Street East/Parliament St.
  • NS to K Coed
  • $13,000 to $20,000

Children absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 6 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program.

  • Day
Momentum Montessori 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine/16th Avenue
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $1,100 to $1,200

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

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Trinity Montessori School 1100 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Duplex Ave/St Clements Ave
  • PS to 2 Boys/Coed
  • $8,500 to $20,500

St. Clement's Early Learning School 70 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1H2 St. Clement’s Early Learning School provides a child with an opportunity for growth in all areas of his or her development.

  • Day
  • Progressive
St. Clement's Early Learning School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Boys Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Sheppard
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $9,900 to $16,200

Little Owl Preschool, Elementary and Middle School develops motivated, confident, and happy problem-solving individuals. We invite your child to become a Little Owl student.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Little Owl Private School 9900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Major MacKenzie Dr. W/Bathurst St.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $15,500

The Prestige School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Richmond Hill. Its average class size is ten students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Prestige School - Richmond Hill Campus 10000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Av./Hwy 7
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $42,450

Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
J. Addison School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Feltham/Tyndall
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $1,600 to $6,250

ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer Preschool to Grade Eight in 2017/2018, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
ArtsCalibre Academy 1600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Charlotte St/Chatham St
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $8,200 to $10,000

Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori House of Children 8200 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $14,900 to $25,100

Bannockburn School leads in Montessori education by offering an exceptional, enriched Montessori curriculum in a nurturing environment carefully prepared to meet the needs of children in the formative years of childhood.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bannockburn 14900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $10,000

Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Banbury Crossroads School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $6,700 to $16,800

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

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Rotherglen School - Mississauga 6700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Trafalgar Road/Cornwall Road
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $12,000 to $26,300

MacLachlan is a world-class school offering the benefits of small class sizes, highly dedicated and engaged teachers and an internationally recognized curriculum for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
MacLachlan College 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore/Third Line
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $3,342 to $13,407

Oakville Christian School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Oakville. Its average class size is 22 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Oakville Christian School (OCS) 3342 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed


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