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Toronto Montessori schools

Find the best Montessori schools and programs in Toronto and the GTA.


On this page, we cover Montessori schools in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This includes Montessori schools in downtown Toronto (such as the Annex and Bloor West), midtown (such as St. Clair West and Forest Hill), North York, Scarborough, Vaughan, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Markham, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, and Aurora. Many of these schools are accredited by the CCMA or the AMI. 

For a more complete guide to Montessori education, including a detailed discussion of the Montessori philosophy, approach, and curriculum, start with our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of Montessori schools in Toronto

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at Toronto Montessori schools

  4. Compare Montessori schools

  5. A primer on Montessori education
  6. Further resources


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There are lots of Montessori schools in Toronto. These schools vary in terms of their philosophy, approach, program offerings, and special needs support. The schools listed below reflect this diversity. They can be filtered for a wide range of features.


  School NameTypeApproachCost

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$19,700 to $21,900
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The Clover School (est. 1996)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Our innovative curriculum combines Montessori essentials with heart-centred learning practices designed to nurture the ​mind​, heart, health, and soul of each child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$18,810 to $22,100

Guidepost Montessori at Toronto (est. 2016)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
Guidepost Montessori at Toronto is a new Montessori school coming to the GTA. At Guidepost, we offer an authentic Montessori experience as well as a global education that extends beyond the classroom walls. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$12,600 to $22,000

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,750 to $15,300

Pine Lake Montessori School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
Pine Lake Montessori School pursues teaching with a one on one method that respects and nurtures children and allows them to achieve their fullest potential. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,500 to $15,400

Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Our objective is to guide children with respect and understanding, developing in them a love of learning. Our aim is to create a nurturing environment full of intellectual, social and moral learning and development. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Moderately orthodox$7,115 to $22,275

Liberty Prep School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. 6 in downtown Toronto. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers. Reach out to discover what we do differently. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$13,000 to $17,500
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Bannockburn (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Bannockburn School leads in Montessori education by offering an exceptional, enriched Montessori curriculum in a nurturing environment carefully prepared to meet the needs of children in the formative years of childhood. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$15,900 to $25,600

Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
We take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy where each child is born creative, intuitive, resourceful, & has a strong potential for development from a very young age.Full-time care (7:30am-6pm). Tour anytime. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$27,600

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
NOW WITH LICENSED DAYCARE! Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
$15,500 to $17,500
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Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone students love to shape the future. They INSPIRE learning, DISCOVER their potential, EMPOWER themselves to be innovative citizens. Our boundless learning strategies open doors for successful learning. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$13,750 to $24,000

Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (328 students)
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,200 to $15,400

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,125 to $18,400

Ellesmere Montessori School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Ellesmere Montessori School prepares children for a lifetime of creative and purposeful learning based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,120 to $15,744

Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
CMS' aim is to prepare all children to reach their full potential (academically, artistically, & physically) and to play a responsible role in protecting the global environment and fostering peace and harmony. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,750 to $19,900

Maria Montessori School (est. 1975)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Maria Montessori School is one of the longest established AMI accredited Montessori school's in Canada. We offer accredited programs for children 18 months to 12 years and hire only AMI certified teaching staff. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,000 to $16,000


Some schools aren't Montessori schools, but use a Montessori approach for their preschool or daycare program. This approach gives young learners plenty of freedom to choose tasks and activities that interest them, which promotes their independence and confidence. It also strongly emphasizes concrete learning, where children work with lots of hands-on materials, and do practical life activities. Children usually work independently or in small groups in these programs.

  School NameTypeApproachCost

Bond Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (350 students)
Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$13,000 to $16,000




Our Montessori school guide has specific advice for choosing Montessori schools. For general advice on how to choose and assess private schools, check out our choosing a school guide, as well as expert advice on choosing a school. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great starting point for finding a school. The Toronto private school expo is our biggest one: it allows you to speak with more than 70 private schools—all in one place. If you live in the west end of Toronto, visit our Halton-Peel expo. At this expo, you'll find Montessori schools and preschools from Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and across the GTA. Find a Montessori school near you.

Parent discussion forum

Another important resource in your school search is the Our Kids parent discussion forum. The forum is an ideal place to discuss options and debate topics related to Montessori education and private schools, in Toronto, Ontario, and elsewhere. Our community of parents, educational experts, school officials, and alumni can help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Open house events

Attending open houses is a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For general advice on open house visits, check out our guide on school visits and our choosing guide. For specific questions to ask Montessori schools, click here.





The cost of Montessori schools in Toronto tends to be lower than the cost of other private schools in Toronto. In fact, Montessori schools are usually on the lower side of private school tuition in general.

Private school tuition can range from $5,000 to over $30,000 per year. There are no public Montessori schools in Toronto. That said, some public schools use certain Montessori principles and materials.

Many Toronto Montessori schools offer needs-based financial aid, such as bursaries or tuition relief. Others, though not as many, offer scholarships, which are given based on merit—for instance, in academics or athletics. You can learn more about need- and merit-based financial aid in our dedicated guide. You can also read our guide on preschool costs.

Below, you’ll find the range of costs for Montessori schools in Toronto and the GTA:


 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Guidepost Montessori at Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Nursery/Toddler - 6
    Ellington Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $7,900 to $14,000
  • $7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
    Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $6,400 to $20,400
  • $13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
    Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $14,900 to $25,100
  • $25,100
    Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
  • $2,300 to $27,600
  • $2,300 to $27,600Nursery/Toddler - Preschool
    Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $8,500 to $15,500
  • $14,500 to $15,50020%JK - 6$2,000
    Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $7,900 to $17,900
  • $14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000



     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
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    Academic culture
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    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Westside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $18,700 to $20,700
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24No support
    The Clover School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,173 to $19,888
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal Assistance
    Guidepost Montessori at Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • $13,000 to $16,000
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Full-time Dedicated ClassMedium integration
    Ellington Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $7,900 to $14,000
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Pine Lake Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
  • $12,700 to $14,500
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24No supportLight integration
    Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $6,400 to $20,400
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
    Liberty Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous15 to 26No support
    Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $14,900 to $25,100
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 20Resource AssistanceLight integration
    Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
  • $2,300 to $27,600
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 18Resource Assistance
    Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $8,500 to $15,500
  • MontessoriWaldorfAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16No supportLight integration
    Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Liberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
    Humberside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (328 students)
  • MontessoriNo support
    Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $7,900 to $17,900
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
    Ellesmere Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportLight integration
    Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo support
    Maria Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo support





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    Westside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $18,700 to $20,700
  • The Clover School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $17,173 to $19,888
  • Guidepost Montessori at Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • $13,000 to $16,000
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $7,900 to $14,000
  • Pine Lake Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
  • $12,700 to $14,500
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $6,400 to $20,400
  • Liberty Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $14,900 to $25,100
  • Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
  • $2,300 to $27,600
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $8,500 to $15,500
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (328 students)
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (115 students)
  • $7,900 to $17,900
  • Ellesmere Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Central Montessori Schools - York Mills
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • Maria Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)








  • Toronto boasts lots of Montessori schools. This includes private schools in downtown Toronto, the Annex, North York, Forest Hill, Midtown, Rosedale, High Park, and Richmond Hill. There are also nearby schools in Mississauga, OakvilleBrampton, Brantford, Unionville, Stouffville, and Vaughan.
     
    Toronto has Montessori preschools (and daycares), elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Most of these schools are certified or accredited by a world recognized institute, such as the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) or the Association Montessori International (AMI). They also typically have dedicated teachers, trained by the AMI or the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher education (MACTE) 

    Montessori school philosophy

    The Montessori philosophy is unique and progressive. Montessori schools have mixed-age classrooms, with lots of student-to-student teaching. Students often work independently and in groups. And, the Montessori curriculum is tailored to the learning needs of each student.

    Toronto Montessori schools are no exception to this rule. Although there's some variation between these schools in terms of approach, they tend to have the same basic philosophy of education. They implement this philosophy using several classroom policies and practices, which are discussed below (for more detailed discussion, read our comprehensive Montessori education guide).

    Minimal direct instruction: Montessori teachers rarely lecture to the whole class or large groups of kids. When they do give lectures, they tend to be engaging and interactive. Typically, though, teachers merely guide kids, and connect them with meaningful work, even at the preschool or casa level.

    Self-directed learning: Students have lots of freedom in their studies. With the guidance of the teacher, they often choose their own tasks and determine the pace of their studies.  

    Concrete learning: Students work with lots of concrete materials, and do lots of practical life activities, to learn different skills and concepts (especially at the lower levels). At the upper levels, though, there’s more focus on abstract learning.

    Integrated curriculum: Subjects are usually taught in an interdisciplinary way, rather than in isolation. For instance, students may be given what's called a great lesson on the beginning of life. In this lesson, they'll learn about science, history, religion, and other subjects.  

    Uninterrupted work periods: Montessori students are given plenty of time to work on specific tasks in the classroom, free of interruptions. In elementary schools, they’re often given at least one 3-hour, uninterrupted work period. 

    Montessori activities: Almost all class time is spent on structured activities and tasks. Students aren’t typically given free-play time in class, except sometimes at the lower levels (such as in preschool or nursery school). Some time is scheduled for outdoor recess in Montessori schools, though this may be less than in traditional or mainstream schools.

    Minimal tests, assignments, and grades: Tests, assignments, and grades are almost never given at the primary or elementary level (or in preschool). Montessori high schools, on the other hand, are required to have graded work (and to give course credits) to meet provincial curricular requirements and prepare students for university or college.

    Minimal homework: Homework is almost never assigned, though students may be allowed to bring some work home. This gives students more independence and preserves precious family time.

    Montessori school curriculum

    In Montessori schools, in Toronto and the GTA (including North York, Scarborough, and Etobicoke), learning is very hands-on. Students work with lots of concrete materials, and they’re encouraged to solve problems on their own—without the teacher’s help. For most subjects, textbooks aren’t used (at least at the lower levels), and teachers don’t try to impart information to students. 

    This approach is similar to the inquiry or discovery model of instruction. It’s very different, on the other hand, from more traditional models—models that focus more on direct instruction and memorization. The inquiry model of instruction is more common in progressive schools, and the traditional model is more common in mainstream schools.

    To learn how the Montessori method evolves from preschool to high school, read our guide to the Montessori teaching approach.

    Benefits of a Montessori education

    A Montessori education has numerous benefits. Its individualized curriculum can be very challenging and stimulating. And, it’s teaching and curricular approach promotes independence, concentration, discipline, and good work habits.

    Moreover, there’s some evidence that concrete learning—which is one of its big focuses —benefits many students. Research has shown that the Montessori focus on practical life and sensory activities can lead to faster learning, as well as improved focus and engagement.

    Montessori schools work especially well for children who are highly motivated and have good work habits. They also can be a good fit for children with special needs, including children who are gifted and have learning disabilities. (To learn more, read our guide to Montessori and special needs.) On the other hand, they’re sometimes not a great fit for children who prefer a traditional classroom structure and a standard curriculum.

    If you’re looking at Montessori for your child, be sure to look for a school that’s the right fit. Luckily, in Toronto, there are lots of top schools and preschool programs to choose from, most of which are certified or accredited and have dedicated teachers with rigorous training.

    Maria Montessori and the Montessori method

    Maria Montessori introduced the Montessori method for child education in 1907. She believed that education during a child's formative years is crucial to their development and future success. Maria Montessori observed that children absorb knowledge like a sponge, and that every child has an innate desire to learn.

    Similar to Waldorf and Reggio Emilia schools, Montessori schools enable children to acquire the skills necessary for a practical and valuable life. They also develop the motor and social skills of even the youngest students.

    Choosing a Montessori school in Toronto

    Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions of each of the Toronto Montessori schools you're interested in, until you find the right fit. You want what’s best for your child. So, before choosing a Montessori school in the GTA, take these questions into consideration:












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