What is Montessori?

Montessori is a unique approach to education that focuses on individual discovery as opposed to a lecture formatted classroom. Established by educator and doctor Maria Montessori in 1907, Montessori educational theory has been at work in over 20,000 schools worldwide over more than 100 years. That’s a lot of students!

The Montessori approach is considered revolutionary because it is based on the understanding that each person learns differently and if given the opportunity to discover rather than asked to adapt to an unnatural learning environment, we will excel. One of the many reasons that we love our jobs is that we have the daily thrill of seeing each student’s self confidence grow as learning becomes encouraging and creative.

To learn more about the history of Montessori, please visit The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators.

Famous Montessorians

We feel that each one of our students achieves great things every day and as they grow, will only continue to do so. As a little inspiration, here are a few famous people who were taught using the Montessori approach.

  • Larry Page

    Co-Founder of Google

  • Sergey Brin

    Co-Founder of Google

  • Craig and Marc Kielburger

    Child Rights Advocates and Founders of Free the Children and Leaders Today

  • Jacky Kennedy

    Former First Lady

  • Sean Combs

    Entertainment Mogul

  • Prince William and Prince Harry

    Royal Family

  • Julia Child

    Chef

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Nobel Prize Winning Author

  • Anne Frank

    Nobel Prize Winning Author

  • Jimmy Wales

    Founder of Wikipedia

  • Jeff Bezos

    Founder of Amazon

  • David Blaine

    Magician

  • Helen Hunt

    Academy Award Winning Actress

  • Dakota Fanning

    Academy Award Winning Actress

  • Katherine Graham

    Former Owner of the Washington Post

  • Taylor Swift

    Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter

  • Beyonce Knowles

    Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter

  • Joshua Bell

    Grammy Award Winning Violinist

  • George Clooney

    Academy Award-Winning Actor, Director, Producer & Humanitarian

  • William Wright

    Creator of SIMS

  • Anne Hathaway

    Actress

Notable Supporters

  • Alexander Graham Bell

    Provided Financial Spport to Maria Montessori and Helped to Establish the First Montessori class in Canada

  • Erik Erikson

    Founded a Montessori School

  • Jean Piaget

    Noted Anthropologist, Author and Trained Montessori Teacher

  • Mister Rogers

    Children’s Television Personality and Strong Supporter of Montessori Education

  • Thomas Edison

    Noted Swiss Psychologist and Head of the Swiss Montessori Society

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