Life at Montessori School of Montreal

A stimulating environment

We offer varied activities to promote curiosity among our students

Code of conduct

The Montessori School of Montreal’s code of conduct was created to promote an environment that is safe, and fosters learning and harmonious relationships. The code outlines the behaviors that the students are expected to adopt; emphasis is placed on how to maintain a pleasant atmosphere and achieve academic success. We believe in autonomy, respect for one’s self, others and the environment, and in establishing an awareness of safety.

We encourage our students to demonstrate proper manners and gestures. To this end, exemplary behaviour is rewarded and highlighted by the teacher, encouraging others to follow.

Computer science at Montessori School of Montreal, a private elementary school

Dress code

Our coed school requires all students to wear a specific uniform, which consists of:

  • Grey pants or skirt
  • White dress shirt with short or long sleeves and tie
  • White polo shirt with short sleeves
  • Black sweater or vest with school crest
  • Black jacket
  • Black or grey socks or tights
  • Black streak-free leather shoes

The physical education uniform consists of: grey shorts or sweatpants, white t-shirt, grey sweater with hood and comfortable non-streak running shoes. All articles of clothing bear the Montessori School of Montreal crest.

The company Flip Design provides all clothing articles. In the month of May, employees from the company visit the school to take measurements and register orders. In the month of August, before the start of the new school year, previously placed orders are delivered to the school for pick-up on a designated day. In addition, parents can place orders on-line at any time throughout the year and the orders will be shipped to the school.

Meals and nutrition at Montessori School of Montréal, a private elementary school

Meals and nutrition

At the Montessori School of Montreal, our chef prepares all snacks and hot lunches on the premises, on a daily basis. The chef uses only the highest quality, most nutritious ingredients. Fresh fruits and vegetables accompany every meal and milk is the main beverage; a vegetarian meal is also available.

We believe that serving a nutritious meal on a daily basis provides our students with the energy they need to excel academically and encourages them to develop healthy eating habits.

Musical education at Montessori School of Montréal, a private elementary school

Community services

The Montessori School of Montreal believes in giving back to others, both locally and internationally. Throughout the school year, students embark on various projects that increase their awareness of serious issues close to home and abroad. We stress the importance of doing daily gestures that help protect our planet and improve the living conditions of people everywhere.

Our community service initiatives include:

  • Terry Fox Marathon: students participate in the annual ‘Marathon of Hope’ to raise funds for cancer research.
  • Free the Children: students participate in conferences that sensitize them to the reality that one third of the children in the world do not have the privilege of going to school. Our students raise funds for children in various countries to help them achieve their dream of receiving an education.
  • Christmas Bake Sale: students and their parents bake treats and sell them right before the holidays. All funds that are raised are donated to various children’s hospitals in Montreal.
  • Choir performance: our choir students visit a senior citizens home to sing for them, reminding them that they are important members of our community.
  • Food banks: students and their parents generously donate non-perishable foods in the springtime for individuals in need in our community.
  • Dictée P.G.L.: students participate in an international French dictation competition. Students receive pledges for every correct word they spell. All funds are then donated to the Paul Gerin-Lajoie Foundation to support educational programs for children—and literary and vocational projects for young adults—in Haiti, Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin and Senegal.

Study period

No homework at home
At the Montessori School of Montreal, we believe that teaching is most effective when students are rested and excited to learn. We believe this can be achieved by adequate rest and relaxation after school—without the stress of homework, students enjoy a better quality of life.  To this end, we have implemented an obligatory study period from 3:10 pm to 4:00 pm, supervised by our dedicated teachers.

No to bullying! (bill 56)

Our private primary school promotes a peaceful learning environment, grounded in respect for others and one’s surroundings. From kindergarten to grade six, students are taught to resolve conflict in a non-aggressive manner.

The students are encouraged to use precise and positive words to express themselves when faced with difficult situations.

To this end, our coed establishment has implemented the Pacific Path Program, which aims to reduce all forms of violence (physical, verbal, psychological) in schools. This program has been recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Furthermore, the administration and teachers ensure immediate and rigorous follow-up when resolving conflicts; they work tirelessly to ensure a respectful and happy school life for all at the Montessori School of Montreal.

We demonstrate zero tolerance for all forms of bullying. To reinforce our commitment to this policy and build awareness, anti-bullying conferences and workshops are organized numerous times throughout the school year.

Morning and after-school services at Montessori School of Montréal, a private elementary school

Extracurricular Activities

At the Montessori School of Montreal, we believe that a student’s free time should be both fun and challenging. A student may register for one or more activities from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Various activities are offered throughout the school year, including:

  • Checkers
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Drama
  • Arts
  • Private piano or violin lessons
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Dynamix (team games)
  • Fusion sports
  • Choir
  • Soccer
  • Dancing

Musical education at Montessori School of Montréal, a private elementary school

Library

At the Montessori School of Montreal, the library contains hundreds of storybooks and novels for all ages and is home to a state-of-the-art computer lab. The students visit the library once a week to borrow books in French, English and Spanish and to use the lab for research and projects.

Physical education at Montessori School of Montréal, a private elementary school

Projects, special activities, contests, and competitions

The Montessori School of Montreal provides its students with varied opportunities to discover their talents and experience success. Students are continuously encouraged to participate in numerous activities, contests and competitions, including:

  • Drama (grades K – 5): students prepare a theatrical production that they present to their parents in the month of March. With the help of their teacher, students memorize passages, design the set and prepare for their debut as actors and actresses.
  • Public Speaking/Debate (grade 6): with their teacher’s guidance, students reflect on world issues of current interest. They then prepare their main arguments and present them in front of their parents and classmates during the month of March.
  • Christmas Show/End-of-Year Performance: students from kindergarten to Grade 6 participate in the preparation of two major concerts during the school year. Each concert combines lively singing, dancing, music and theater, allowing students with different interests the chance to show off their talents!
  • French Mathematics Competitions (grades 3 – 6): our private elementary establishment takes mathematics very seriously. Indeed, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared that learning mathematics through problem-solving activities is the most effective way for students to develop the skills they will need to address the challenges of tomorrow. Consequently, we participate in several math competitions organized by the company Mathematica Centrum, including: Thales Contest (grade 3), Byron-Germain Contest (grade 4), Fibonacci Contest (grade 5) and Pythagoras Contest (grade 6).
  • English Poetry Contest (all grade levels): the Poetic Power Contest is offered by Creative Communications on an annual basis. This company promotes writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. The aim is to motivate young creative writers to explore the literary world.
  • Trilingual science fair: all Montessori primary students, in collaboration with their teachers, participate in the annual science fair, which is held in May. The French, English, Spanish and science teachers help prepare the students to present their experiments to their parents.
  • Chess competition: students registered in the after-school chess program have the opportunity to put their skills to the test at the annual team chess tournament held at College Jean-de-Brébeuf and hosted by Association Échecs et Maths.

Extracurricular activities at Montessori School of Montréal, a private elementary school

Morning and After school services

Morning and after-school services are included in the school fees. The morning service begins at 7:30 am, while the after-school program begins after classes end and runs until 5:30 pm. The teachers and educators ensure the proper functioning of these services. After school, the students can socialize and enjoy themselves while moving around freely in designated areas (gym or library). The students may play in the gym, draw, use the computers, play board games with friends or read. When the weather is pleasant, the students are permitted to socialize and play outside.

Field trips at Montessori School of Montréal, a private elementary school