Brampton, ON | Grades PS - 8 | Shortlist
I personally loved going to school at Rowntree Montessori Schools because I truly enjoyed spending time with my classmates, learning new material from my teachers, and being involved in everyday school life. As a result of the small class sizes, I never felt alone or isolated because there was always someone around to spend time with, and my teachers all knew me and made efforts to ensure I felt like I was valued. Since I moved on from RMS, the school has implemented many new technologies inside and outside the classroom to make school life even more engaging for the students, such as SmartBoards, projectors, and Chromebooks. On the whole, I found that students were happy to be at RMS and understood how lucky we were to be getting an amazing education in an incredible environment surrounded by wonderful people!
Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) is not just any community based educational institution. This institution promotes well-being of all students that develop enhanced mental and physical health, a positive sense of self and belonging while nurturing the skills required by students to make positive choices. If your child is unhappy to miss school on a snow day, then you know he loves being at school. This is only possible due to the ongoing nurturing and development received daily. RMS prides itself on being an institution offering the best of 21st century learning practices. I know it must be difficult to maintain a unique, innovative, challenging yet fun environment for each student to reach their full potential and more. I had first hand experience witnessing students of the RMS working together to execute a reenactment of Disney's Lion King and the execution was impeccable. This demonstrates the level of work the teachers put in to help these students to realize their creative potential.
School is where my daughter spends most of her day so when I pick her up at the end of the day and she says "Mama can I stay for 5 more minutes" that assures me that she is in great hands. My daughter loves the environment of the school and most importantly she trusts her teachers and is able to voice out her challenges as well as what she likes. She loves that she is able to ask for help from the teachers and her peers without any judgements. Her teachers encourage her to do so! As a parent I am also happy to see that my child has a warm meal at lunch. RMS campus has a kitchen where teachers help warm up the kids lunches. There are many days where school offers nutritious lunches taking the load off us! One of the things that I would like to see at the school is an after-school reading program to help those that need more coaching.
Quality of school life is definitely a 10. My child wakes up early each morning all excited to go to school. He wears his uniform with pride and chants the name of his school while dressing up! For a child who naturally loves to learn and make friends, having a school that provides these two opportunities for him is gift. RMS can improve the quality of life of its students by keeping up the culture of making the school environment a warm, friendly and welcoming place for students to come to every day. For prospective parents - RMS sees your child. This is for parents like me who wants that "personal" connection with their kids. Students are not a bunch of faces the leadership and staff have to deal with everyday. The kids matter to the school and are genuinely looked out for.