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The Grande Prairie Public School Division offers two preschool (French Immersion and Montessori) programs to better meet – or to support the needs of our students and their families.

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French Immersion Preschool

Learn a second language through fun, exploration and discovery.  Our gentle-approach to language acquisition, offered in the school setting of École Montrose is the perfect opportunity for your 3 and 4-year-old to learn and grow.  Staff are fully bilingual and ready to support your child’s development.  Students in this program have access to all school facilities.  Exploratory field trips are part of programming.

Montessori Preschool

The Grande Prairie Public School Division is pleased to offer the Montessori Casa dei Bambini (Preschool and Kindergarten) and Elementary Montessori Program (Grades 1 to 5) our Montessori School - Parkside Montessori.
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 her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials that facilitate the learning of new skills.

Casa dei Bambini is for children 3 to 5 years old. Children must be three years old as of Sept. 1 of the year of enrollment. Children must have self-sufficient toileting skills.