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Montessori
2021-2022 Registration is now open!
The registration for Montessori Education will be available for students entering Preschool and Kindergarten.
2021-2022 Registration is now open!

The registration for Montessori Education will be available for students entering Preschool and Kindergarten.

​The registration for Montessori Education is available for students entering Preschool (3 to 5 years old) and Kindergarten (Born in 2016).

2021-2022 Busing Applications are now available!
​The final deadline to submit your child's busing application is Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  To find out if your child qualifies for busing, please click the link to  check your child's busing eligibility ! To learn more about School Busing, please visit the  Transportation page .
2021-2022 Busing Applications are now available!

​The final deadline to submit your child's busing application is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. To find out if your child qualifies for busing, please click the link to check your child's busing eligibility! To learn more about School Busing, please visit the Transportation page.

​The final deadline to submit your child's busing application is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. To find out if your child qualifies for busing, please click the link to check your child's busing eligibility! To learn more about School Busing, please visit the Transportation page.

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What is Montessori?

Developed by Italian educator, Maria Montessori, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Montessori method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activities on the part of the child. It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level. The Montessori Method is:

  • Child-directed
  • Individualized
  • Hands-on with tactile materials
  • A process of exploration and discovery
  • Focused on nurturing a natural curiosity and love of learning in a social environment

Dr. Montessori's observations of children led by her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials that facilitate the learning of new skills.​

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Our Montessori Programming Features

  • Multi-aged groupings (3-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-12 years)
  • Individually prepared lessons (small groups of 2-6 children)
  • Uninterrupted work periods (2-3 hours)
  • Children working and learning together
  • A sensory-rich environment with hands-on learning.
  • Carefully prepared environments
  • Long blocks of uninterrupted, student-directed work periods.
  • Individualized curricula
  • Program staff with specialized Montessori training (North American Montessori Centre) and certified Alberta teachers

Casa dei Bambini

The Parkside Montessori Casa dei Bambini is for children aged 3 to 6 and encompasses Pre-school and Kindergarten.

Preschool Options:

Montessori Preschool runs in 2 hours and 50 minutes half-day sessions.

3-year-old Preschool:

  • Monday/Wednesday mornings or afternoons
  • Tuesday/Thursday mornings or afternoons
4 and 5-year-old Preschool:
  • Monday/Wednesday mornings or afternoons
  • Tuesday/Thursday mornings or afternoons
  • Monday to Thursday mornings or afternoons
  • Monday to Friday mornings or afternoons
  • Monday/Wednesday full day
  • Tuesday/Thursday full day
  • Friday half day can be added to Monday/Wednesday half-day or Tuesday/Thursday half day
  • Friday half-day or full-day can be added to Monday/Wednesday full day or Tuesday/Thursday full day

Cost: Preschool, $32/session with a minimum of 2 sessions per week, monthly payments made by P.A.D (Pre-Authorized Debit)

To register, please bring the following items:
  • Proof of Age: Child's birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration
  • Alberta Health Number
  • Void Cheque or Banking information to set-up P.A.D agreement (Pre-Authorized Debit)

Kindergarten:

Montessori Kindergarten is a half-day Monday to Friday program with a choice of mornings or afternoons.  Sessions are 2 hours and 50 minutes long.

Note:

  • Kindergarten children have the option of adding paid Preschool sessions to their half-day Kindergarten program.  Kindergarten children may add up to 5 half-day sessions.  Kindergarten students who add Preschool sessions will remain at the school throughout the lunch break between morning and afternoon sessions.

Please note that tuition fees are applicable-see tuition payment schedule for more information.

Registration Requirements:

  • Complete the online student registration application (see the links below for New Families to GPPSD and Current Families of GPPSD)
  • Proof of age such as a child’s birth certificate or immigration documentation (for newcomers)
  • Your child’s Alberta Health Number
  • Copies of any court orders affecting student
  • Give us a call for help at 780-532-4491

Program Fees

As a Program of Choice there are the following Montessori Program Fees:
  • Preschool - $32 per session with a minimum of 2 sessions per week.
  • Kindergarten - $250 per year
  • Elementary (Grade 1 to 6) - $450 per year

Register New Families

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Parents are required to create a SchoolEngage account and complete the online registration, where they will indicate their Overall Program Choice as Montessori within the New Student Registration form.

Help links for new parents:

Register Current Families

Sign in to PowerSchool

Click the button above to register a new member of your family by go to the PowerSchool ParentPortal and access SchoolEngage on the left-hand menu.

Help links for current GPPSD parents:

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