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MONTESSORI PROGRAMS
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Early Montessori is a program of choice offered by School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) at the Kindergarten to Grade 5 levels.

  • The program provides;
    • a rich learning environment for students based on Montessori principles and fulfills the expectations of the Ministry of Education.‚Äč
    • ‚Äčan approach that supports continuous progress, as students learn to work on personal goals and academic challenges.
  • Students learn to work independently, in small groups and as peer leaders.
  • The program is delivered following the Montessori philosophy of learning.
  • Students make use of a variety of information sources in their project work, including explorations, technology, print and human resources.
  • The program supports students in becoming lifelong learners and global citizens.‚Äč

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Which schools offer t‚Äč‚Äčhe Early Entry Montessori Program?‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčAspenwood Elementary (K-5)
‚ÄčHarbour View Elementary‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč (K-5)
‚ÄčSeaview Elementary (K-5)
‚ÄčBaker Drive Elementary (K-5)
‚ÄčJames Park Elementary (K-5)

‚ÄčHampton Park Elementary (K-5)
‚Äč‚ÄčMiller Park Elementary‚Äč (K-5)
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LATE ENTRY MONTESSORI

‚Äč‚ÄčLate Entry Montessori is a program of choice offered by School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) at the Grades 6 to 8 levels. 

  • The Late Montessori Program provides a rich learning environment for students. It is based on Montessori principles and fulfills the expectations of the Ministry of Education.
  • The Montessori approach supports continuous progress, as students learn to work on personal goals and academic challenges.
  • Students learn to work independently, in small groups and as peer leaders.
  • The program is delivered following the Montessori philosophy of learning.
  • Students make use of a variety of information sources in their project work, including explorations, technology, print and human resources.
  • Montessori at middle school emphasizes critical and creative thinking, community service and student-initiated learning with in-depth studies.
  • The program supports students in becoming lifelong learners and global citizens.


Which schools offer the L‚Äčate En‚Äč‚Äčtry Montessori Program?

‚ÄčMontgomery Middle School (6-8)
‚ÄčScott Creek Middle School (6-8)

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Application Process for Early and Late Entry Montessori

  • Children entering Kindergarten in September 2021 must apply through the Programs of Choice online. 
  • Students entering Grade 1 (currently in Kindergarten) wishing to enroll should contact the school directly and should not apply online.
  • ‚ÄčStudents currently in Grade 5 interested in continuing must still apply online. ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč
  • Kindergarten children with siblings in the program must still apply online on the main page of our website and will be given highest priority (provided the sibling will still be in attendance the following school year) if space is available.
  • Children with siblings in a Program of Choice must still apply online.
  • Applications will be processed on a RANDOM DRAW BASIS. ‚Äč


To apply for:


Early Montessori for September 2021
Apply on the main page o‚Äčf our website, starting ‚ÄčThursday, January 7, 2021 at 9 a‚Äč.m. to Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 4 p.m. ‚Äč‚Äč

Late Montessori for September 2021
Apply on the main page of our website, starting ‚ÄčFriday, January 8, 2021 at 9 a.m. to Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 4 p.m. ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

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‚ÄčFor more information on applying to the Montessori 

P‚Äčrogram, please contact: 

‚ÄčMontgomery Middle Principal, Sarah Husband (604-939-7367montgomery@sd43.bc.ca)

Scott Creek Middle Principal, Lisa Rinke (604-945-0156; ScottCreek@sd43.bc.ca)



 Montessori Program FAQs

  • Q1.What are the chances that my child who is not in Montessori will get into the program? [+]

    ‚ÄčFor the past three years we have only been able to accommodate students who attended a K-5 Montessori  program. Every year is different so there is not way to predict what will happen in 2021. 

  • Q2.Will my child who is currently attending a grade 5 Montessori program get a space in the middle level program? [+]

    ‚ÄčThis will be based on the number of applications that we have. Children currently in the program get priority over those that are not in the program.

    For the past three years we have been able to accommodate all children who attended a Montessori program by the start of the school year, due to changes in enrollment (such as a student moving).

    Every year is different so there is not way to predict what will happen in 2021. 

  • Q3. It sounds like a lot of freedom and choice - do the kids just do what they want all day? [+]

    ‚ÄčLike any classroom, the Montessori teacher initially supports the development of routines, expectations, and planning skills. The teacher explicitly teachers the children these skills, scaffolding for success, and then offers the learners opportunities to practice freedom and choice within specific limitations/constraints. Once learners demonstrate continued success, they are offered more choice and more freedom. Each child is unique and Montessori seeks to honour that each child will develop at their own pace. All that said, the teacher‚Äôs job is to support, guide, teach, and redirect learners when they need it and their level of choice will reflect those needs.‚Äč

  • Q4. My child has specific learning needs and challenges (learning disability, ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, etc‚Ķ) - is Montessori a good fit for them? [+]

    ‚ÄčYes! Montessori is for every child because it seeks to support each learner as an individual with unique needs, challenges, and interests. This means that a Montessori teacher will meet your child wherever they are in their journey, with whatever interests they have, and whatever strengths and stretches they have while also supporting their involvement with a group making connections, learning to collaborate, and developing social responsibility.‚Äč

  • Q5. Is parent involvement required? [+]

    ‚ÄčLike any program, the more involved you are in your child‚Äôs learning the more holistic the process becomes. In addition to classroom involvement, there are also opportunities to become involved with the Coquitlam Montessori Society (A volunteer parent group) and help provide input about the program‚Äôs future development and current success.‚Äč

  • Q6. What type of training do Montessori teacher need to have? [+]

    ‚ÄčEvery Montessori teacher in SD43 must meet the criteria set forth by the Ministry of Education to teach, just like every other teacher in the province. In addition to this foundational teacher training, Montessori teachers are also invited to work towards Montessori credentials that are specific to the Montessori educational philosophy.‚Äč

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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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