Brampton, ON | Grades PS - 8 | Shortlist
Reflecting back on my time at Rowntree Montessori Schools, I can never forget how much we students looked up to the school leadership and administration. From the receptionists to the vice-principal to the principal to the owners, the school leadership always provided us with role models who we could aspire to become. They were very involved with not only school events but also took the time to get to know individual students through initiatives such as Student of the Month, Mini Olympics, Bake Sales, Book Drives, and many more. Another thing I appreciated about them was that they got to know our parents and guardians, and showed genuine care about our well-being not only the well-being of the school at large.
I can attest to the fact that RMS cultivates and continuously develops a high-quality cohort of teaching professionals with strong leadership skills. The school leadership and administration do an excellent job to ensure the needs of the students and parents alike are met. RMS has been engaging both students and parents in innovative ways with the implementation of the 'myRMS' platform, a teaching, learning and communication system. The implementation of this system as a central hub of communication proves that the institution invests in innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Moreover, parents are kept informed and effectively reminded when a task should be accomplished. In terms of discipline at RMS, parents are required to sign a code of conduct annually. Plus, I would categorize discipline instilled at the institution as fair yet flexible. At RMS, positive reinforcement and praise are supported as students are recognized monthly by their teachers for outstanding values they demonstrate.
RMS is great at communicating with parents, I know exactly what my daughter has learned at school daily through the online portal where teachers post pictures as well as progress/homework/reminders and announcement. I love the ability to message the teacher anytime I want and I always receive a prompt response back. In terms of leadership, Rowntree truly empowers children through not only focusing on the advanced academic programs it offers but also build social skills and participate in extracurricular activities.
I cannot over-emphasize how amazing, warm and welcoming the leadership and administration is. The very first thing that stood out when we went for the school tour was how the staff knew most if not all of the names of their students! From Ms. Horner to Mr Harris and Mr Coates-Reid. So it was not surprising when my child's second day there, he was recognized and greeted by his name with an amazing level of warmth. This for sure fosters a positive school environment where every child and their parent feel like a part of big, happy family. Also, the level of communication between the school's leadership to parents is very impressive. It's always very prompt and professional. I haven't had the chance to see how disciplinary issues are handled however I believe that whenever the case prevents itself, it will be handled as fairly and just as possible.