Brampton, ON | Grades PS - 8 | Shortlist
I was a student at Rowntree Montessori Schools for almost 10 years, and in that time the biggest feeling that has stayed with me is the sense of being part of not just a supportive community, but a caring family. Every teacher, administrator, and staff member worked tirelessly to ensure all the students had an enriching school experience where we felt safe, valued, and, above all, like we belonged to a family. Rowntree Montessori Schools provided me with the foundation I needed to succeed academically, socially, and athletically along my journey through high school and university. One specific example of this is when I transitioned from RMS to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme in grade 9, and while I heard that this would be a very difficult academic transition, I did not find it difficult at all because of how well RMS trained me academically. From personal experience, I can confidently say that RMS gave me the tools and resources to reach my full potential, and as a prospective student, you can expect the same!
Rowntree Montessori School (RMS) has become my child's second home. The academic and intellectual development I have seen so far in him is exhilarating. My child has always been outspoken; however, his teachers at RMS has been doing a formidable task honing his social and emotional skills. The numerous activities my child participates in due to RMS' ongoing participation to train the students to be socially responsible citizens is one to laud the teaching and administrative staff for. My child's growth and refinement of cultural, sporting and artistic interests are way beyond his years. I am impressed with my child's overall experience thus far at RMS. It is always an interesting time as I listen to my child unpack his daily activities each night at the dinner table.
My daughter has been in RMS since prep-one. Our experience with the school has been beyond excellent, from the moment she gets to school we can tell that she is excited and ready to learn. Rowntree offers an amazing STEM program which she loves but most of all she loves her teachers. My daughter also loves the free play time where she is encouraged to play with Montessori materials, read or do artwork. Its great to have this time for her to do independent work. The teachers at RMS are the best, they have helped instil so much confidence in her and encourage curiosity amongst the kids which in turn helps build a love for learning! The teachers have helped me as a parent identify my child's learning style and reinforce positive learning methods at home.
My child's experience at RMS Academy campus has so far been an exciting one. My child generally sees learning as fun and is always excited about any opportunity to learn new things and this is the kind of environment RMS Academy campus has provided him. He comes home daily talking about all the new, exciting stuff that he learnt or new places that he visited on field trips. He definitely loves his teachers, the subjects taught and his classmates. He also loves how most of the staff know him by name and always welcome him with a smile every morning. The school has made an avid learner even more interested in learning and I applaud them for this. As for disappointing moments, he hasn't had any yet!