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The Maria Montessori No One Knows: 'Enemy alien' in India (Part 2 of 2)

In the first of this two-part series, educational consultant Robert Gardner writes about the crisis Maria Montessori faced when her son, Mario, was born out of wedlock and how that crisis contributed to the development of her thinking about the capacities of children. In this article, Gardner explores how Montessori's experiences as an "enemy alien" in India during World War II contributed to her understanding of language development in the very young.

Mario and Maria Montessori

Just before the outbreak of World War II, Maria Montessori and her son were invited to visit India. At the time of the invitation, Mariawas a mature woman of 69.

It was the beginning of a trip of discovery which had profound implications for Maria and her philosophy. Like her earlier experiences surrounding the birth of her son, the journey to India created another time of crisis, which brought her to new realizations about the unique capacities of the very young.

The stay in India began in 1939 but, unexpectedly, it was to last until 1946, well after World War II had come to a conclusion.

Perhaps it was somewhat naïve of the Montessoris to make the trip to the subcontinent. As part of the British Empire, India was at odds with the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his Fascist state. In fact, when Italy declared war on Great Britain on June 10, 1940, Maria and her son were immediately identified as "enemy aliens." Maria was stunned. Everything in her training and in her personal and religious philosophy placed her squarely against the Italian dictator. Fundamentally she was a pacifist and someone who believed that all people were substantially the same. There was nothing in her ideas that reflected the bombastic and racist notions of Mussolini and the extreme right in Italian political life.

Adding to the trauma of the situation was her son's actual imprisonment. Maria, in deference to her advanced years (she was almost 70), was allowed to continue with her work in lecturing on the Montessori method to Indian audiences. The difficulty was that, Maria — for all her brilliance as a scholar and a teacher — had no facility with the English language. Without her son's assistance as an interpreter, she was, quite literally, struck dumb. All around her were sympathetic people with whom she could not communicate beyond the most basic of ways. She was embarrassed and felt a sense of extreme humiliation.

Maria Montessori in India

Dark Days in India Lead to Enlightenment

Only an individual who has been in a similar situation could understand how a highly educated person would feel when it is impossible to speak even at the level of a very young child. Those were dark days for Maria and only the kindness of her Indian friends made the situation tolerable.

Out of the sense of isolation and embarrassment, Maria could not help but notice that infants seemed able to absorb a capacity for language innately. She watched in fascination as they learned, in a very short time, the beginnings of their own language (often an Indian dialect) and English. She realized that language acquisition has nothing to do with will or discipline; it was a propensity or drive, which is innate to every child. She also came face to face with the painful realization that after a certain time, the adult faces great difficulty in acquiring a second language.*

She said, famously, that at a point in our maturation our mind does not develop as a child's does and we simply "grow older." That point, she theorized, may be at the end of adolescence. It became clear to her that actual language acquisition with complete fluency is largely unconscious in the child. It does not matter how difficult the language — whether it is Latin, Sanskrit, Greek, or any of the thousands of dialects in the world —the child will learn to speak with fluency the language it hears on a daily basis in the home.

Discovering Where the 'Arc of Development' Begins

Maria, from her earlier studies of accounts of "wild children" raised in total isolation, knew full well that a child who does not grow hearing language around him or her will not develop the capacity to speak. Such children are mute, not because they have any intrinsic deficiency, but because they have not been exposed to words and sentence structure during their most important developmental period. Further, these children, even after they were returned to civilization, never developed the capacity to converse. Experts who have attempted to reverse this situation in totally isolated children have always been frustrated in their attempts. No amount of remedial effort will reverse the situation.

She agonized over the idea that some children, left in isolation in nurseries, or left with nannies who were either uneducated or not motivated to speak with the children under their care, could actually suffer intellectual damage. It became clear to her that the arc of development began at birth. She actually felt that so-called "poorer" children who were constantly with the parents might fare better linguistically than wealthy children who were deprived of social contact. 

Maria Montessori

Always an avid reader, she commented on a study she had encountered in the 1940s where "some Belgianpsychologist had found that the child of two and a half has only 200 or 300 words, but at six he knows thousands. And this all happens without a teacher (other than the family). It is a spontaneous acquisition. After the child has done all this by himself, we send him to school and offer, as a "great treat," to teach him the alphabet. Her tone is ironic for she had no great admiration for standard educational techniques.

Montessori fully appreciated that the child will only learn to speak fluently a language which he or she hears in the daily environment. Moreover, the capacity to use words and then to create meaningful sentences with all the correct tonalities and correct grammatical structures is something that the child acquires, almost unconsciously, in the process of hearing the language correctly spoken. In an excerpt from her work, The Absorbent Mind, she may have been thinking of her own experience when she said: "In a foreign country, we adults cannot even detect all the sounds we hear, far less reproduce them vocally. We can only use the machinery of our own language; no one but a child can construct his own machinery and so learn to perfection as many languages as he hears spoken about him."

It has been noted by many observers that even very cultured individuals who do acquire a second language in later life will always speak that language with an accent no matter how diligently they attempt to erase the traces of their mother tongue.

Finding Freedom for Mario

After this time of great trial in Maria's life and the sense of isolation which she endured, in an unprecedented move for a country at war with Italy, the Indian authorities decided to give Maria Montessori a special gift for her 70th birthday. In a complete and utter surprise, they released Mario from detention and he was able to resume his task as his mother's helper and official interpreter.

It was only at this point that Maria could begin work on what became her major work. Few individuals realize that The Absorbent Mind, the culmination of all of her thinking and decades of research and observation, had its genesis in India. It was based on her lectures to Indian audiences during her enforced exile. She always lectured in a precise and melodic Italian, which was translated painstakingly by Mario into English.

Maria Montessori

It is difficult to estimate how fluent Mario was since he was not a highly educated man. Apparently, his mother would gently correct some of his translations from time to time. Later Maria took all of Mario's notes and wrote an Italian version of the material for a book intended for publication in Italy. It was this Italian version that was eventually translated into English by another Montessori disciple, a gentleman named Claude A. Claremont. The English version was published in Madras, India in 1949. In various editions, the book has sold thousands of copies in the ensuing half century.

Maria's time of isolation and relative helplessness made her even more empathetic to the state of the child as it develops. The infant has huge capacities that are constantly underestimated by the adult mind. The babbling of a baby may strike the adult observer as mindless and little more than noise. In fact, it is a necessary precursor to the development of language and the entire linguistic variety of a particular tongue. Only the adult who, in a foreign environment, has experienced the helplessness and inadequacy of not being able to communicate with others will fully empathize with the journey of the child. Fundamentally, Maria came to the realization that in many ways the capacities of the developing child are actually greater than our own. This was, and still is, the keystone to her educational approach.

It is strange to see that sometimes periods of crisis can provide an individual with a great gift. Maria Montessori's experiences, in the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the birth of her child, and her enforced isolation in India, provided her with the gift of insight into the incredible — and previously unimaginable — capacities of the infant.

As a footnote to this story, it is important to realize that the Indian people never forgot Maria Montessori's contribution to education in their country. In 1970, they honoured her by placing her image on a stamp, which celebrated her presence for so long a duration in their country.

1970 Maria Montessori India Stamp

*A famous example of the inability of even a great mind to acquire language in later years is offered by the experience of Napoleon Bonaparte. During his six years of exile in St. Helena after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, he never learned to speak more than a few words in English. In part, he depended on a prepubescent English girl, Betsy Balcombe, to act as his interpreter in his interactions with his British captors.

—Robert Gardner
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OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
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OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment. [View profile]
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Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
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An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
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Westside Montessori Academy (est. 2008)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to 7 Coed
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Westside Montessori Academy, located at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver offers a true Montessori education to children aged 2.5 to Grade 7. [View profile]
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Royal Cachet Montessori School (est. 2006)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
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Forest Hill Montessori School (est. 1996)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
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TMS (est. 1961)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (775 students)
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Pine Lake Montessori School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
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Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
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The Element High School (est. 2003)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
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The Element nurtures focused, engaged and internally motivated students who strive to do their best. The Element High School provides conditions that will put youth ‘in their element,’ in school and beyond. [View profile]
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Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 6 Coed
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Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
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Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900. [View profile]
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Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School (est. 1986)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
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Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students. [View profile]
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$20,000 to $23,500


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York Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
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Bond Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
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Toronto French Montessori (est. 2000)  

  • Stouffville, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
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Ashwood Glen   

  • Burlington, Ontario
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Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
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Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
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Peel Montessori Private School (est. 1992)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
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Tall Pines School (est. 1987)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
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Century Private School (est. 1994)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
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Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS) (est. 1969)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
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The Maria Montessori School (est. 1991)  

  • Surrey, British Columbia
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Humberside Montessori School (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
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$9,200 to $15,400


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La Villa Montessori School (est. 2012)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to K Coed
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Parkdale Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
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Blooming Lives Montessori (est. 2017)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
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Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School (est. 2000)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 1 Coed
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Rotherglen School - Oakville (est. 1979)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • K to 8 Coed
  • Day school (700 students)
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Cedar Ridge High School (est. 2016)  

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
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$16,296


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Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering (est. 1984)  

  • Pickering, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
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$9,000 to $13,000


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Montessori House of Children (est. 1974)  

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
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Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
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Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (5 students)
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The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus (est. 2007)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • PS to 3 Coed
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$8,160 to $13,600


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ABC Montessori (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 5 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. The school offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5. [View profile]
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Sunrise Montessori School (est. 1988)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
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Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8. [View profile]
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$10,500 to $16,500


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Braemar House School (est. 1996)  

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
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Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment that offers personalized attention. [View profile]
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$13,160

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Fairview Glen Montessori (est. 2007)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (190 students)
Fairview Glen offers authentic Montessori education for children 18 mo.-12 yrs. The academically driven, collaborative and supportive community, also specializes in French, Music, Visual Arts and Phys-Ed programs. [View profile]
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$16,200


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Town Centre Private Schools (est. 1986)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1050 students)
Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham. [View profile]
  • Traditional
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Unionville Montessori Private Schools (est. 1987)  

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (900 students)
Unionville Montessori School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 to 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
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$7,750 to $14,750


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Beyond Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Conveniently located near downtown St. Catharines, BMS offers Toddler to Grade 6 Montessori education with class sizes of 8 to 20 students. Extended Care. New facility and acreage. [View profile]
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$9,750


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Northstar Montessori Private School (est. 1996)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
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Northstar Montessori offers authentic Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Mississauga. We pride ourselves on strong character development and supporting life long learners! Now, Swim program is now included. [View profile]
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Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (55 students)
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Trinity Montessori School (est. 1999)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
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$1,100 to $1,200


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Trillium School (est. 1991)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
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  • Montessori
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Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
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Shining Light Montessori School (est. 2011)  

  • Maple, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
Shining Light Montessori is the community you've searched for -- where children feel comfortable, with teachers who care. Our children learn, build their confidence, reach their potential, & let their lights shine! [View profile]
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$6,500 to $12,250


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Somerset Academy (est. 1990)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
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Established in 1974, Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in Grades 1 to 8. Somerset Academy has an average class size of 10 to 18 students. [View profile]
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Rutherford Private School & Daycare   

  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
Rutherford Private School creates an atmosphere of academic excellence, and develops students with a love of learning that provides sound preparation for higher education. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,900 to $29,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 9900

Stirling Montessori Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Milton, Ontario
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
Our highly qualified staff use the Montessori Method to provide students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and social skills and to enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,600 to $11,995


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 6600

Yip’s Music & Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school
Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,650 to $12,650


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 7650

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$13,750 to $24,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 13750

Montessori School of Wellington (est. 1996)  

  • Guelph, Ontario
  • JK to 1 Coed
  • Day school (47 students)
Montessori School of Wellington in Guelph is the only CCMA accredited school in Guelph and the number one choice for children's education and life skill [View profile]
  • Montessori
$5,750 to $12,500


Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 5750

Rotherglen School - Mississauga (est. 1979)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (400 students)
Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$6,700 to $16,800


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 6700

Silver Maple Montessori Private School   

  • Milton, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (63 students)
Housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. Offering low teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on personal and social development of each child. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,800 to $12,900


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 6800

Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy (est. 2010)  

  • Caledon, Ontario
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • Day school (60 students)
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students a supportive environment, which allows them to discover their passions, all while reaching each individuals full potential! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $12,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 9000

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. (est. 1984)  

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
Our schools offer a maximum class size of 16 students for ages 4 & up. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,700 to $11,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed 9700

Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,800 to $15,490


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8800

St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)  

  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 Boys
  • Boarding school (6 students)
  • Day school (13 students)
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $29,000

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Elementary MiddleSchools Boarding Day Boys 8500

Wheatley School (est. 1986)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (160 students)
Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$5,900 to $13,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5900

Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus (est. 1995)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,700 to $17,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8700

J. Addison School (est. 2002)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$15,000 to $42,450


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 15000

Bannockburn (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS 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
$14,900 to $25,100


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 14900

Odyssey Heights School for Girls   

  • school closed, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
school closed [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$1

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Aurora Montessori School (est. 1989)  

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (370 students)
Aurora Montessori School offers a comprehensive, nurturing and enriched program for Toddler to Grade 8. Our enrolment of 375 day students has an average class size of 15 to 24. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
$10,500 to $16,200


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 10500

Liberty Prep School   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS 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
$12,000 to $16,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 12000

The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus (est. 1988)  

  • Nobleton, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school
For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,000 to $18,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 9000

Dearcroft Montessori School (est. 1968)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (170 students)
Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,800 to $21,250


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8800

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS 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
$9,000 to $18,150


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9000

Montessori School of Calgary   

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (85 students)
The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,440 to $14,250


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8440

Hatch House Montessori School (est. 2005)  

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school
The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,950 to $13,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9950

MontessoriWorks   

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to K Coed
  • Day school
MontessoriWorks provides half/full-day experiential learning programs, based in the Montessori method, conducted in a nurturing, cooperative, supportive environment, for children in preschool through senior kindergarten. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,000 to $13,000


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 7000

Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to PS 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


Preschool Day Coed 27600

Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school
Odyssey Montessori School is a private Montessori day school with two campuses. The Christie and Sorauren locations provide programs for students 18 months to 6 years old. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$9,500 to $17,500


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 9500

Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$6,390 to $12,500


Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 6390

Kaban Montessori School (est. 2002)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (147 students)
Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it! [View profile]
  • Montessori
$15,000 to $17,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 15000

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