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Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) ACADEMICS & EXTRACURRICULARS

Curriculum Progressive

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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 RMS: Progressive

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

[Show: About Progressive?]

Our Kids definition: Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

Compare RMS's Curriculum with other schools on
  Progressive - 34%
  Traditional - 39%
  Liberal arts - 14%
  Montessori - 11%
  Reggio Emilia - 1%
  Waldorf - 1%

What RMS says about their overall curriculum and approach:

Better described as "well-rounded". A progressive academic focus with an emphasis on character, values, and extra-curricular.



Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics

    Traditional Math

    Mathematics approach at RMS: Traditional Math

    RMS has a Traditional Math approach to Mathematics (as opposed to Discovery Math, Equal Balance approach).

    [Show: About Traditional Math?]

    Our Kids definition: Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

    Compare RMS's Mathematics with other schools on
      Traditional math - 25%
      Discovery math - 6%
      Equal balance - 69%

    What RMS says:

    Our Mathematics teaching team focuses on developing skills in solving word problems, enhancing performance on test such as GAUSS, CNML (Canadian National Mathematics League), CTBS (Canadian Test of Basic Skills) and Mathematica.

    Textbooks and supplementary materials:

    This information is not currently available.

    Calculator policy:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Early Reading


    Early Reading approach at RMS: Phonics-intensive

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

    [Show: About Phonics-intensive?]

    Our Kids definition: Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.

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

    What RMS says:

    Our program approach would be best described as phonics-intensive up to and including Grade 3. From Grade 3 onward, our approach is one more of balanced Literacy.

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

    What RMS says:

    This information is not currently available.

  • Writing

    Systematic approach

    Writing approach at RMS: Systematic approach

    RMS has a Systematic approach approach to Writing (as opposed to Process approach, Equal balance approach).

    [Show: About Systematic approach?]

    Our Kids definition: The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.

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

    What RMS says:

    Letter formation and associated sounds taught through direct instruction, then application ans practice

  • Science

    Equal Balance

    Science approach at RMS: Equal Balance

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

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

    Our Kids definition: Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

    Compare RMS's Science with other schools on
      Equal balance - 68%
      Expository - 5%
      Inquiry - 27%

    Teaching approach:

    This information is not currently available.

    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 RMS: Equal Balance

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

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

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

    Compare RMS's Literature with other schools on
      Equal balance - 77%
      Traditional - 20%
      Social justice - 3%

    What RMS says:

    This information is not currently available.

    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 RMS: Core Knowledge

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

    [Show: About Core Knowledge?]

    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 RMS's Social Studies with other schools on
      Core knowledge - 38%
      Expanding communities - 29%
      Thematic - 33%

    What RMS says:

    Themes explored include life in earlier times, family traditions, communities and mapping - enhanced by frequent outings and field trips.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

    Equal Balance

    Humanities and Social Sciences approach at RMS: Equal Balance

    RMS has an Equal Balance approach to Humanities and Social Sciences (as opposed to Perennialism, Pragmatism approach).

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

    Our Kids definition: These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

    Compare RMS's Humanities and Social Sciences with other schools on
      Equal balance - 82%
      Perennialism - 7%
      Pragmatism - 11%

    What RMS says:

    Presentation and exploration of information, supported by topical presentations, speeches, debates, and field trips.

  • Foreign Languages

    Equal Balance

    Foreign Languages approach at RMS: Equal Balance

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

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

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

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

    What RMS says:

    This information is not currently available.

    Language instruction offered in:

  • Fine Arts

    Equal Balance

    Fine Arts approach at RMS: Equal Balance

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

    [Show: About Equal Balance?]

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

    Compare RMS's Fine Arts with other schools on
      Equal balance - 65%
      Receptive - 2%
      Creative - 33%

    Program offers:

    Graphic Design
    Visual Arts

    Visual studio philosophy:


    What RMS says:

    Regularly scheduled classes for music and visual arts, supported by frequent and high profile performances in class, festivals and concerts.

  • Computers and Technology

    Heavy integration

    Computers and Technology approach at RMS: Heavy integration

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

    [Show: About Heavy integration?]

    Our Kids definition: A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

    Compare RMS's Computers and Technology with other schools on
      Heavy integration - 30%
      Light integration - 17%
      Medium integration - 53%

    What RMS says:

    Classrooms are equipped with state-of-art interactive white boards and Chromebooks (i.e. laptops) are available for all classrooms via mobile carts.

    Program covers:

    Computer science
    Web design
  • Physical Education

    What RMS says:

    Our approach to teaching physical education provides a specific blend of Activities/Sports, Healthy Living and Movement Competence for each age level.

  • Sex and health education

    Not Ontario curriculum

    Sex and health education approach at RMS: Not Ontario curriculum

    RMS has a Not Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Follows provincial curriculum approach).

    [Show: About Not Ontario curriculum?]

    Our Kids definition: The sex education curriculum does NOT follow the provincial one taught in public schools - either in terms of structure, pacing, focus, and/or tone.

    Compare RMS's Sex and health education with other schools on
      Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 40%
      Follows provincial curriculum - 60%

    Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral

    RMS 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 RMS says:

    This information is not currently available.

Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

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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 RMS: Academic

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

[Show: About Academic?]

Our Kids definition: Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

Compare RMS's Preschool/K Curriculum with other schools on
  Academic - 41%
  Play-based - 24%
  Montessori - 26%
  Waldorf - 2%
  Reggio emilia - 7%

What RMS says about their preschool/K curriculum approach:

Our Kindergarten Montessori programme takes a balanced approach to learning by creating an engaging and highly academic experience. Students learn in a safe and nurturing environment where they participate in a variety of hands-on activities that promote critical thinking. Taking a Montessori-inspired approach to learning, children bui;d a strong foundation in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and Problem Solving. The programme is filled with opportunities to learn new skills, discover the world around them and experience positive social interactions.

Language English

Learn about Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)'s languages of instruction and enrolment.

RMS offers English as the primary language of instruction.

Language of enrolment include: English

Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

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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 RMS: Standard-enriched

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

[Show: About Standard-enriched?]

Our Kids definition: Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

Compare RMS's Curriculum Pace with other schools on
  Standard-enriched - 56%
  Accelerated - 18%
  Student-paced - 26%

What RMS says about their curriculum pace:

At RMS the Mathematics curriculum is accelerated, and there is a focus on ensuring that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are taught in a multi-disciplinary, progressive, hands-on approach.

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 RMS says about their flexible pacing:

With RMS's smaller class sizes and direct teacher involvement, students have the opportunity to grow and develop at their own rate of progress.

Academic Culture Rigorous

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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 RMS: Rigorous

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

[Show: About Rigorous?]

Our Kids definition: A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

Compare RMS's Academic Culture with other schools on
  Rigorous - 50%
  Supportive - 50%

What RMS says about their academic culture:

Our academic culture encourages and nurtures all of our students to achieve at their highest potential, with enrichment or remediation as required.

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 RMS says about their developmental priorities:

Our aim is to shape students to be resilient, compassionate, inclusive and provide them with skillsets to make conscious decisions .

Special needs support No support

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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.

RMS offers No support

RMS offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

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 RMS says:

Learning accommodations can be made to meet the individual needs of our students. The smaller class sizes and teacher-student ratios allow for more individualized attention to help students meet their greatest potential. Having an open communication with the parents allows us to guide our students.

Additional support

Social skills programs
Occupational therapy
Speech-language therapy

Gifted learner support No Support

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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: This information is not currently available.

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 RMS says about their gifted learner support:

This information is not currently available.

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. 8, RMS students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

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This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

What RMS says about their flipped classroom policy:

This information is not currently available.

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 gradesPreschool to Gr. 8
Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to Gr. 8
Academic achievement reportingPreschool to Gr. 8
Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to Gr. 8
Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to Gr. 8

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

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) offers 11 competitive sports and 6 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

Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) offers 17 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 RMS says about their extracurricular activities:

  • Rowntree Montessori private school in Brampton prides itself on offering various activities throughout the year that enhance your child’s learning experience. Below is a list of clubs and activities: Robotics Club - Students from our grades 5-8 participate in our Robotics club and can compete regionally, provincially and nationally. Guided by teachers, students are tasked with the design and physical construction of robots using Lego to solve real-world problems. This challenges students and encourages them to use their imaginations, critical thinking and team building skills. In this club students learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), as we follow the principals of the FIRST LEGO League. Study Room - The Study Room offers an opportunity for private school students to work on their homework and seek additional help in English and Math as well as enrichment, and guidance with planning for events such as Speech Night. We also offer French Study Room. Math Competitions - Students from our grades 4-8 classes compete in Math Competitions annually. Rowntree Montessori School participates in the Canadian National Math League Competitions and the GAUSS competitions coordinated by the University of Windsor. Teachers prepare students for the competitions which are linked to the curriculum of their specific grade. These competitions test students’ knowledge as well as Math skills. Model United Nations Club - Our Model United Nations Club (MUN) was initiated in April 2007. Under the careful guidance of teacher advisors, students in Grades 7 & 8 who are interested in world issues are invited to join the Club. Model United Nations (Model UN) programs exist all over the world. Participants in Model U.N. programs learn how the United Nations works through an advanced form of role-playing. In most programs, students assume the roles of ambassadors from various countries that are member states of the United Nations and take part in a simulated General Assembly session. During the simulation, students try to formulate policies to resolve current international problems that the world faces. While doing so, they gain an understanding of international relations, negotiating, strategizing, and the art of diplomacy, as well as familiarity with the rules and procedures of the real U.N. Taking part in a Model UN program provides students with an enriching experience on many levels. The program provides a forum for students to strengthen their public speaking skills, and, most importantly, offers them the chance to meet students from other provinces and even other countries when participating in National and International Conferences. Rowntree Montessori School is very proud of the respect our students have received from the advisors and other participants of MUN. Entrepreneur Club - At RMS we believe that every child should understand and experience entrepreneurship. When children learn the tangible and intangible lessons of entrepreneurship early in life, they can see how the real world works. And by experiencing these universal lessons — such as perseverance, hard work, self-confidence, financial literacy, and problem solving – students are more prepared to succeed in whatever they choose to do. Our vision is to see that these lessons are instilled in as many students as possible. Athletics - Rowntree Montessori School promotes a healthy, active lifestyle by participation and enjoyment of physical activity. Students have an opportunity to compete in a number of intramural competitions and inter-school competitions against schools in athletic associations as well as local schools. These competitions provide our students an opportunity to demonstrate their school spirit and show sportsmanship in friendly competitions. Typical sports offered at RMS are Cross-Country Running, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Cricket, Track & Field and Mini-Olympics. Mini-Olympics - All students are given the opportunity to compete in this annual event. School Book Fairs - The proceeds from this popular event help to support our library. Christmas/Spring Concerts - Students display their talents and perform in front of a large audience of family and friends. STEM Fair - This annual event offers a podium for all students to display their knowledge of creative problem solving through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. International Kid’s Day - A day set aside to celebrate what it means to be a kid. Teacher for a Day - The students get a kick out of this event that gives them a taste of what it’s like to walk in a teacher’s shoes. Charitable Events - Rowntree Montessori School wishes to encourage compassion and a sense of pride in helping others. Participating in Jump Rope for Heart, the MS Read-A-Thon and our Charity Dress Down Days are also important ways for us to do that. Multicultural Potluck Lunch/Dinner - These delicious events promote understanding and help parents in our school to get acquainted. Extended Care Activities & Clubs Breakfast Club - This program is very popular. The students who are at the school for A.M. care will have the opportunity on Friday mornings to make breakfast. The teachers have a variety of items planned to make. Ex: pancakes, eggs, fruit salad etc. Accessorize It! - The students will have the opportunity to design and decorate some basic jewelry, bandanas, t-shirts, hats etc. Active Kids – The students will be stretching, dancing and all around fun active activities. Arts and Crafts - The students work on creating different creative art pieces during the sessions. Board Games – The students will play age-appropriate board games with their peers. Bollywood Dance – The students will learn the basics of Bollywood dance skills. Please have comfortable clothes to wear. Boxing Fitness - Boxfit is an intensive cardiovascular workout, based on the training used for boxing. This training includes: skipping, boxing drills, and abdominal workouts – all focusing on fitness, health and wellbeing, and toning your mind, body, and soul. Card Games – The students will play age-appropriate card games with their peers. Chess Club - The students will work on learning the basics of chess and the etiquette of the game. Computer Fun - The students will be guided in a variety of computer applications and age appropriate internet game sites. Cooking for Kids - The students will participate in cooking activities. They will also have the opportunity to taste their creations. Dash and Dot - Younger students have an opportunity to learn the basics of coding using our educational robots Dash and Dot. Dance Fitness – Students participate in a variety of exercise in the form of dance. Debate Club – Students collectively research issues and students practice with one another in a relaxed and low-key atmosphere where they can discuss and debate current issues. Debate club allows students the opportunity to showcase their individual efforts, take separate sides of an argument and defending their claim. Just Dance – The students have the opportunity to learn simple dance routines and get their bodies moving. Lego Works – Students will build and create imaginative structures with Lego blocks of all types. Library Club - Students participate in a reading/discussion group as well as assist in organizing the library. Lip Synch Battles – Students learn the art of lip synching and enter into friendly competition. Mad Science – Students participate in basic science experiments and use recyclable materials in environmentally friendly ways. Morning Walking Club - Students have the opportunity to get some fresh air and stretch their legs before school starts. Morning Yoga - Students participate in relaxing stretching and toning exercises. Movie Magic - Students wind down watching fun age-appropriate movies. Nature Walks - Students go for a walk on the trails behind the school and observe the changes and signs of the season! This is an outdoor activity and will run weather permitting. Playdough Creations - Students have fun to create their own Playdough masterpieces by using their imagination and a wide variety of tools. Puzzle Mania - Students work individually and in groups on a variety of age appropriate Jigsaw puzzles. Science is Fun – Students participate in science experiments and learn new science activities. Skip for Health – Students do skipping activities with their classmates, which is fun and exciting. Study and French Study Rooms - These are groups that many students may find beneficial. Students will be expected to work quietly at their desks and will forfeit their place in the group if they are not following the rules. Super Scrabble - Students play age appropriate games of Scrabble to help enhance their spelling skills. Writer’s Corner – Writer's Corner is a club for students wanting to strengthen their skills through writing activities. Club members will compose various pieces such as opinion paragraphs, poetry, and short stories. Yoga/Active Kids – Students do some basic yoga, stretching, dancing and all around fun active activities. Youth Financial Literacy - Financial literacy is the key to managing daily expenses and setting long-term goals. The Financial Literacy Club will provide students with real world skills and the knowledge necessary for them to be ready for today, and prepared for tomorrow. Specifically, this club is centred around two main themes: (1) Planning and saving for the future and (2) Managing money and debt wisely. For instance, students will gain an understanding of how career choices, education choices, skills, entrepreneurship, and economic conditions affect income. Parents are an integral part of school life. Their involvement in activities is welcome and appreciated by teachers and students alike.

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