Cultivating excellence

Since 1960

Our School Program

Montessori School of Montreal Required by the Ministry of Education
Teaching time
1725 minutes/week
1500 minutes/week
Physical education
4 times/week
2 times/week
Outdoor activities
3 times/day
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English
Every day as first language
1 time/week
Music
1 time/week + extra-curricular (optional)
1 time/week
Arts
1 time/week + extra-curricular (optional)
1 time/week
Spanish
1 time/week (all grades)
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A unique and superior curriculum

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Language education

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. 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. 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.
science ed

Mathematics, science & technology

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. 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 biodiversity of the St- Lawrence River, located just minutes away from the school. 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. 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

Area of the social universe

Beginning in kindergarten, children are introduced to geography and history in relation to the themes of the month. In the first cycle of elementary school, students become familiar with their immediate environment: their neighbourhood, their city, their family, etc. They also take a brief overview of several major historical periods and a few regions of the world. Finally, in Cycles 2 and 3, the concepts studied are those included in the Quebec Education Program. In addition, each year, Cycle 3 students take a short historical trip to Ottawa or Quebec City.
arts

Field of arts

Music classes are taught in French for one hour per week. Elementary students learn to identify and read musical notes at an early age. Music theory and learning to play an instrument are important parts of this course. In addition, students are introduced to various famous composers and their music. The music room is equipped with keyboards, violins, guitars, a piano, xylophones and several percussion instruments. Students have the opportunity to work with several instruments and sing in preparation for performances in front of their parents a few times during the school year. Art classes are taught in French for one hour per week. Several projects are proposed to the students to allow them to observe, analyze and describe several works of art. The children collaborate with their teachers and peers to create original works of art. Through these creations, elementary students develop self-confidence and a sense of pride. Several media are used during the year: paint, pastels, ink, clay, pencils, etc. Students also have the opportunity to participate in contests.
educational program

Area of personal development

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 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. 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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