Montessori School

Traditional environment

Smaller teacher to child ratio.Teacher to child ration is about 1:20.
Lessons are planned to meet the natural development of each child.Lessons are planned based on the provincial curriculum guidelines.
Students are encouraged to follow their own interests in the classroom.Students are confined to standardized learning from a curriculum set by the province for everyone.
Students are free to learn at their own pace.Each lesson is taught within a predetermined timeline.
Students enjoy an uninterrupted work cycle.Students move from lesson to lesson based on blocked time slots (periods).
Lesson material is made available for all students throughout the school year to allow for repetition and internalization if necessary.Lessons for each grade level are taught during a predetermined period, and three is no opportunity for students to review material taught in a previous term.
Students work in collaboration with their teachers.The classroom is led only by a teacher.
Students enjoy access to specially-designed, self-directed materials to explore and learn independently.Students are taught materials only by their teacher.
The learning environment itself becomes the third teacher in the classroom.Students are taught only by their teacher.



Students are free to roam about the classroom.Students have an assigned desk/ workspace.
Performance is celebrated and evaluated based on each individual child’s previous performance.Performance is celebrated and evaluated based on standards and expectations set by the province.
Montessori Schools have multi-aged classrooms.Single-graded classrooms.
Holistic curriculums.Standardized subject-focused curriculums.
Students are given free personal time after school.Homework is often assigned for after school.