The Montessori Philosophy was established over 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori. Her method of education emphasizes and develops the potential of the child by utilizing special teaching materials, a prepared environment and teachers who have been specially trained.

The Montessori Casa program is a three-year cycle. Materials and exercises in the first year or two not only facilitate the child to achieve a direct, immediate goal, but also serve as an indirect purpose of laying the foundation for future work and discovery. The prepared environment allows students to explore freely on their own initiative and meet their individual needs through spontaneous activity.

Through self-directed activities in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Cultural Studies the child develops coordination, concentration, good work habits and self-discipline. In addition to our program, we offer French lessons, music, creative movement, an outdoor playtime, arts and crafts.

Hillside Montessori School is a CCMA accredited Montessori school.

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The Casa classroom is made up of children of mixed ages, three, four and five year olds all share the same environment. In this multi-age setting, the children learn from each other and they learn because of each other. Younger children get a chance to look ahead and see what is coming next by watching the older children. Older children have the opportunity to reinforce their knowledge by sharing it with the younger children.

In addition to being a child-centered community, the Montessori classroom is also a prepared surrounding. The environment is designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. Our classrooms are bright and spacious and each room is divided into five distinct areas: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language and cultural studies. Within these areas the child develops coordination, concentration, good work habits and self confidence.

Our Casa Program includes

  • French Lessons

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Outdoor Playground

  • School Trips

  • Music

  • Creative Movement

  • Hot Catered Lunch

  • Monthly In Class Visits

Give your child the head start on education they deserve at Hillside Montessori school.

Early registration is recommended to ensure enrollment.

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Our school year

Our School Year runs from September to June.

Casa Schedule

5 Full Days
8:30 am – 3:55 pm

5 Half Days
8:30 am – 11:25 am
1:00 pm – 3:55 pm

Casa Details

Parent teacher interviews in November and March
Parent classroom observations offered
Monthly slide shows of children’s work
Written report in June
Daily outdoor activities
Healthful lunch/snacks provided daily
Nut free lunch/facilities
Menu posted weekly

Program Admission Guidelines

  • This program is designed for students 3-6 (toilet trained).
  • New students are accepted into the program before their 4th birthday.
  • Children may start in our half day program at the age of 2½ and toilet trained.
  • Parents are obligated to give 2 months written notice if their child is to be withdrawn from the program.

*A non-refundable registration fee of $200.00 is required.  Fees are payable by cheque only.  Post dated cheques (payable to Hillside Montessori School) must be received at the time of enrollment and dated for the first day of each month.

About Us

Our schools goal is to provide a program that fosters within the child a positive attitude toward learning, a respect toward self, respect towards others and an understanding of one’s responsibility to the world around them.

All our teachers hold an age-appropriate diploma from an accredited Montessori training institute. Each class has one Montessori teacher along with a Montessori assistant. Classroom ratios are 1 teacher to 8 children.

We seek to inspire a passion to nurture curiosity and imagination. Through a well prepared environment and caring teachers, the children are able to be creative problem solvers, while developing their self-esteem and self confidence.

Dr. Maria Montessori was, in many ways, ahead of her time. Born in 1870 in Ancona Italy, she became the first female physician in Italy upon graduating from medical school in 1896. In her medical practice, the clinical observation led her to analyze how children learn, how they build themselves from what they find in their immediate environment. In 1896, she accepted the challenge to work with a group of sixty children of working parents in the San Lorenzo district of Rome.

It was there that she founded the first Casa dei Bambini, or “Children’s House.” What ultimately became the Montessori Method of education developed there, based upon Montessori’s scientific observations of these children’s almost effortless ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings. Every piece of equipment, every exercise, every method Montessori developed was based on what she observed children to do “naturally”, by themselves, unassisted by adults.

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    Hillside Montessori

    We are situated in a beautiful church surrounded by green space.

    Conveniently located Just North of Rathburn and East of Islington in the Humber Valley United Church.

    76 Anglesey Blvd, Etobicoke, ON, M9A 3C1, Canada

    Phone: 416-695-3466

    Email: info@hillsidemontessori.com