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 NameApproachCost

The Clover School   (est. 1996)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

The Clover School's innovative curriculum combines Montessori essentials with heart-centred learning practices designed to nurture the ​mind​, heart, health, and soul of each child.  View profile

  • Over 25 years of Montessori Innovation Providing Real-World Education Raising 21st Century Adults
  • Three Toronto Campuses (18 months - Gr. 8) in Toronto's Midtown and West End
  • Integrated Four-Pillar Curriculum, Character & Entrepreneurship Education, Inquiry Based Learning
  • French, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Yoga, Sports, Mindfulness, STEAM, Outdoor Education
  • Year-Round Urban Farming Program in Partnership with The Edible Lab

$15,100 to $24,200
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  • Not specified
$15,100 to $24,200
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Westside Montessori School   (est. 2008)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

Authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori Schools located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa, Elementary and Adolescent children in beautiful settings with large and expansive natural playgrounds.  View profile


$20,700 to $23,300
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  • Not specified
$20,700 to $23,300
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Central Montessori Schools   (est. 1995)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

CMS provides a quality Montessori education for Casa and Elementary students. Set on beautiful campuses children are inspired to learn their role in protecting the global environment and fostering peace and harmony.  View profile


$8,750 to $19,900
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$8,750 to $19,900
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Enquiring Minds Montessori   (est. 2012)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Montessori
Scarborough, Ontario

Enquiring Minds Montessori is a one-of-a-kind Montessori Art School. We have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing environment while challenging young minds.  View profile


$16,775 to $17,200
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  • Not specified
$16,775 to $17,200
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Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto   (est. 2022)  

  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

ATI is a school for ambitious teens who want to develop into independent, curious, self-motivated individuals who thrive in school and in life. Gain the skills, knowledge and agency to build the future that you want.  View profile

  • Not specified
$17,000
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Cornerstone Montessori Prep School   (est. 1990)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Liberal Arts, Montessori

Toronto, Ontario

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


$15,800 to $26,000
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  • Not specified
$15,800 to $26,000
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Seneca Hill Private School   (est. 1988)  

  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Toronto, Ontario

With faculty that truly cares for your child’s wellbeing, we provide a rare tight-knit community that feels like home. With a warm and welcoming culture, students are inspired to confidently make their mark in the world.  View profile


$12,885 to $16,635
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$12,885 to $16,635
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Esprit Academy   (est. 2020)  

  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Progressive, Montessori

Toronto, Ontario

Esprit Academy is a community and environment that cultivates independence and lifelong learning through individualized experiences that integrates and connects knowledge and skills.  View profile


$24,500
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$24,500
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Prince Edward Montessori School   (est. 1995)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students.  View profile


$7,325 to $14,934
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$7,325 to $14,934
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Alive Montessori & Private School   (est. 2014)  

  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • Montessori, Waldorf

Toronto, Ontario

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! SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS AVAILABLE!  View profile


$15,500 to $17,500
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$15,500 to $17,500
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Avalon Children's Montessori School   (est. 2000)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

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


$7,200 to $22,275
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  • Moderately orthodox
$7,200 to $22,275
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Guidepost Montessori   (est. 2016)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

Guidepost is a new Montessori school coming to Toronto, serving children from 10 weeks to 12 years old. We offer year-round programming and rolling admissions into our programs to meet the needs of every family.  View profile


$1,150 to $1,550
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$1,150 to $1,550
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Bannockburn   (est. 1993)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

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


$17,450 to $26,900
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$17,450 to $26,900
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Humberside Montessori School   (est. 1987)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • Montessori
Toronto, Ontario

Humberside Montessori School is internationally recognized and accredited by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Our AMI certified teachers provide an authentic Montessori experience for our students.  View profile


$11,400 to $18,900
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$11,400 to $18,900
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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 NameApproachCost

Bond Academy   (est. 1978)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • Liberal Arts
Toronto, Ontario

Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. Our educational process is Beyond the Books! Education as it should be.  View profile

  • Character Education
  • Free Before/After School Program
  • Weekly Swimming Lessons
  • Early start French Classes
  • Art & Music & Drama

$7,000 to $16,000
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$7,000 to $16,000
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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)
Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $17,000 to $17,000
  • $17,0007 - 8
    Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $7,200 to $22,275
  • $14,725 to $22,2755%1 - 8$10,000
    Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Nursery/Toddler - 8
    Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $16,700 to $26,250
  • $26,250



     
     
    Primary curriculum
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    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • $13,000 to $16,000
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Full-time Dedicated ClassMedium integration
    The Clover School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,173 to $19,888
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 30No support
    Westside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • $18,700 to $20,700
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 24No support
    Central Montessori Schools
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • $12,500 to $20,000
  • MontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveNo support
    Enquiring Minds Montessori
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $16,775 to $17,200
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedRigorous10 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
    Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $17,000 to $17,000
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12No supportHeavy integration
    Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • $15,800 to $18,960
  • Liberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15No support
    Seneca Hill Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 16Resource Assistance
    Esprit Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,500 to $24,500
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-paced3 to 5Special needs schoolHeavy integration
    Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16No support
    Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • $10,000 to $16,500
  • MontessoriWaldorfAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16No supportLight integration
    Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $7,200 to $22,275
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportMedium integration
    Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 10No supportLight integration
    Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $16,700 to $26,250
  • MontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Resource AssistanceLight integration
    Humberside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 students)
  • MontessoriNo support





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    Bond Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (350 students)
  • $13,000 to $16,000
  • The Clover School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • $17,173 to $19,888
  • Westside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (140 students)
  • $18,700 to $20,700
  • Central Montessori Schools
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Day school (600 students)
  • $12,500 to $20,000
  • Enquiring Minds Montessori
  • Scarborough, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $16,775 to $17,200
  • Academy of Thought and Industry Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (12 students)
  • $17,000 to $17,000
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • $15,800 to $18,960
  • Seneca Hill Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Esprit Academy
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,500 to $24,500
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (45 students)
  • $10,000 to $16,500
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $7,200 to $22,275
  • Guidepost Montessori
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Bannockburn
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $16,700 to $26,250
  • Humberside Montessori School
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (260 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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