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The Children's House Montessori School

Grades Nursery/Toddler TO Gr. 8 — Port Perry, ON (MAP)

The Children's House Montessori School:

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  • Grades
    Nursery/Toddler — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
  • Tuition
    $8,000 to 12,000/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    125 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 16150 Old Simcoe Road, Port Perry, Ontario, L9L 1P3 (MAP)
  • 16130 Old Simcoe Road, Port Perry, Ontario, L9L1P3 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see The Children's House Montessori School

Children's House Montessori, having begun operations in 1994, is well established. That it continues to be run by founding Principal Laurie Wilson Forbes continues the theme—this is a program that remains true to its founding principles, while drawing on a wealth of expertise and experience. The programming reflects the core ideals that Maria Montessori promoted in her work, those of respect, community, purposeful engagement, and self-directed learning. Staff are trained to international standards. Communication with parents is clear, open, and professional, something that begins even before enrollment. When families enroll they find more than a school, they find a home, which is exactly as it should be. The fee schedule is clear and detailed. Lunches are provided at the toddler and Casa levels, which is a lovely plus to the program. 

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Association Montessori Internationale Schools

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School's Perspective

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How The Children's House Montessori School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Children's House Montessori School's large natural campus was founded in 1994 by Principal Laurie Wilson Forbes, who is still the heart and hands of the school today. CHMS closely follows AMI core principles to offer authentic Montessori programs. We are sized to offer a full range of programs, but still maintain a close, personal family feel in a small town community. Our caring, AMI trained staff foster a challenging and supportive environment for each child in order to prepare them for a lifetime of learning."

  • Laurie Wilson Forbes (Owner/administrator) of the school is AMI trained
  • CHMS follows AMI principles as outlined by Dr. Montessori
  • Beautiful, stand alone campus with large playgrounds and access to wooded areas
  • Reasonably priced high quality education

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Maria Montessori referred to her “method” as a “Scientific Pedagogy”. Montessori schools are not based on a curriculum but a scientific approach through careful observation of a child. Montessori programs are based on the individual developmental needs and tendencies of every child and support the full development of the human being. Children's House ensures programs that allow children to intellectually, socially, physically and psychologically to meet their full potential."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"The families that choose Children's House are drawn to the profound respect shown for the child and the limitless potential we see in each and every child who attends our school. They appreciate the friendly and cheerful nature of the staff, the community feel of the school and how that meshes well with the small town feel of Port Perry itself."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Children's House Montessori is located next to the Scugog Community Centre. This location allows us access to soccer fields, baseball diamonds, walking trails, volleyball court and lets us enhance our program with ice skating in the winter."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Families looking into Children's House Montessori School are often pleasantly surprised to find that they are receiving an extremely high quality authentic Association Montessori Internationale Montessori program at an extremely reasonable cost. This is a conscience decision on our part to allow our school community a more diverse and well rounded student body."

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see The Children's House Montessori School

Video reviews of The Children's House Montessori School

Parent, Mike Bayer (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Mike Bayer to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The Children's House Montessori School.

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