The Montessori School of Montreal offers a unique and superior curriculum

Montessori School of Montreal

Required by the Ministry of Education

Teaching time

1725 minutes/week

1500 minutes/week

Physical education

4 times/week

twice/week

Outdoor Activities

3 times/day

    

English

Every day as first language

once/week

Music

1 time/week + extra-curricular (optional)

once/week

Arts

1 time/week + extra-curricular (optional)

once/week

Spanish

1 time/week (all grades)

    

Our private elementary school offers a curriculum that exceeds the requirements of the Ministry of Education of Quebec. In order to best prepare our children for an increasingly diverse and globalized tomorrow, we offer an enriched trilingual program for all grade levels (KG-6). Our program was designed so that children of all aptitudes and abilities can excel.

French taught as a first language

The Montessori School of Montreal offers its students an enriched French program. Students are encouraged to develop their French skills on a daily basis, through guided oral, reading and written assignments and activities. Specifically, these consist of reading comprehension exercises as well as oral presentations, conducted individually and in groups. Our goal is for our students to master the French language so that they can use it effectively in their daily lives.

Mathematics

At the Montessori School of Montreal, our students learn to assimilate key mathematical concepts, all within an intimate private school environment. Our educators make math fun by using the interactive board, computers, the latest textbooks and other educational tools. Furthermore, the Montessori method encourages the use of materials for the teaching of more abstract topics, allowing students to manipulate materials with the use of their senses to improve understanding. Finally, primary school students of all grade levels are instructed to approach problem-solving through a step-by step process and to clearly explain the different steps.

English taught as a first language

Our coed establishment offers its students an enriched English program. Students learn to master the English language through challenging exercises, oral presentations, book reviews and well-developed grammar lessons. To best prepare our students for the challenging academic and business environments of tomorrow, we aim for mastery of the English language.

Spanish

Our private elementary school provides one hour of Spanish instruction per week, from kindergarten to grade six. Early on, students begin to develop a solid vocabulary. Moreover, as they progress from one grade to the next, they are tasked with increasingly challenging exercises, learning to conjugate verbs and eventually write paragraphs. Our goal is to get them to be able to communicate well in Spanish, both orally and in writing, by the end of their primary studies.

Physical Education

At the Montessori School of Montreal, we embrace the philosophy that healthy bodies nurture the development of healthy minds and a positive attitude towards learning. To this end, we offer coed physical education classes four times a week, with an optional fifth class. Physical education is taught in English and sports vary by season. Kindergarten and cycle one students participate in preparatory activities prior to selecting a sport that they will partake in.

Our private elementary school offers handball, tchoukball, badminton, volleyball, soccer, omnikin and touch football, in addition to  fitness, dance, jungle gym and gymnastics. Through physical education, the students are instilled with the values of sportsmanship and team spirit.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Terry Fox Marathon, the LaSalle Run (1 km) and in various ball hockey and soccer tournaments against other private elementary schools in Montreal.

Science

Science class is a time to develop one’s sense of curiosity through observation and experiments, hypothesis-testing and analysis. Moreover, weekly experiments are performed to reinforce theoretical concepts that are explored in class. Specifically, KG and cycle one primary students learn about planet earth, life and the physical sciences. Students in cycle two learn about the water cycle and animals—including their habitats and offspring—while cycle three students focus on electricity, gravity, fire, natural disasters and environmental issues. Our school hosts an annual science fair in May where students present their projects to their parents and teachers.

With the collaboration of naturalists from the organization Héritage Laurentien, students participate in nature excursions and in-class workshops on the bio-diversity of the St- Lawrence River, located just minutes away from the school.

Robotics

Our primary school curriculum also features a Robotics Program, offered during science class from kindergarten to grade six. The mission of the Robotics Program is to inspire our students to pursue further studies and careers in science, technology and engineering. Assisted by expert adult mentors, students work in teams to build, program and manipulate robots. Eventually, the students take part in coeducational tournaments and competitions, held throughout the school year.

Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC)

At the Montessori School of Montreal, ERC classes are taught in English from the 1st to the 3rd cycle (once per week); this course is required by the Ministry of Education of Quebec. In these classes, students develop a general understanding of the six major religions of the world. Additionally, character development and reasoning ability are encouraged through the presentation of real-world ethical problems and the exploration of potential solutions.

This class also explores the themes of honesty, compassion, perseverance, fairness, open-mindedness and peace-seeking. Peace-seeking is taught at all grades through the Pacific Path Program, a UNESCO recognized program that aims to reduce violence in schools.

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Art

At the Montessori School of Montreal, art classes are taught in French once a week. Students embark on numerous projects that allow them to observe and describe, analyze and interpret great works of art. Using various mediums such as ink, pastels, paints and clay, students collaborate with their teachers and classmates to create original artistic works. Our aim is to build confidence and nurture a sense of pride in one’s ability to create. Students are also encouraged to participate in various art competitions.

Music

Music classes are taught in French once a week. Students learn to identify and read musical notes in kindergarten. They also learn about music theory and instruments, develop an appreciation for famous music pieces and composers.

The music room at the Montessori School of Montreal is equipped with recorders, keyboards, violins, guitars, xylophones, a piano and several percussion instruments.
Students are given the chance to work with several instruments and develop their singing capacity. Their talents are then presented to their parents at various musical performances, held throughout the year.

Computer technology

Our private primary school fosters a life-long love and curiosity for all things tech. As such, computers and learning technologies are used for instruction and student-driven projects.

Students are provided with daily access to the computer lab (located in the library). Every classroom, including the library, has an interactive board which is used by teachers and students throughout the day. Tablets are also available for individual instruction and the reinforcement of concepts taught in class.

In addition, a special program was designed for our school by a computer specialist with experience in pedagogy in order to guide our teachers and students in the development of this important competency.

Social studies

Our coeducational establishment introduces students to geography and history through thematic units from kindergarten onwards. Cycle one students become familiar with their immediate environment: their family, neighborhood and city. Later on, they learn about various historical periods and global regions. Cycle two and three students study topics defined in the Programme de formation de l’école québécoise. Every year, cycle three students take a historical trip to Ottawa or Quebec City.