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Parkside Montessori
​​The Grande Prairie Public School District is pleased to offer the Montessori Casa dei Bambini (Preschool and Kindergarten) and Elementary Montessori Program (Grades 1 to 6) at the first dedicated Montessori School in Grande Prairie, 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 by her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials that facilitate the learning of new skills.

Our Montessori Program 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
  • 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 three to six and encompasses Preschool and Kindergarten.

Preschool Options:

Montessori Preschool runs in three hour sessions:

  • Monday/Wednesday Mornings (8:40 A.M. – 11:40 A.M.)
  • Monday/Wednesday Afternoons (12:05 P.M. – 3:05 P.M.)
  • Tuesday/Thursday Mornings (8:40 A.M. – 11:40 A.M) 
  • Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons (12:05 P.M. – 3:05 P.M.)
  • Full days are also offered (8:40 A.M. – 3:05 P.M.)

Please note that tuition fees are applicable- $32/session with a minimum of two sessions per week.  (See tuition payment schedule for more information after March 22/17)

*Exact session times for the 2017-2018 school year have yet to be finalized.  Times shown are from the current year, 2016-2017.  Any changes will be announced before the end of this school year (June 2017).


Montessori Kindergarten is a half-day Monday to Thursday program. Morning classes run from 8:40am to 11:40am and afternoon classes run from 12:05pm to 3:05pm. For Kindergarten students there is a Montessori supply fee of $125.00 for the year.

Elementary Montessori Program

The Parkside Montessori Program is for children Grades 1 to 6. The program brings together the Alberta curriculum along with the Montessori philosophy and outcomes.

Children entering this program must have Montessori experience.  There is a a $250.00 Montessori supply fee for the year. The Elementary Montessori follows the same hours and calendar as the rest of the school.

NEW Families interested in the Parkside Montessori Program may join us for our Information & Registration Night, Wednesday, March 22 @ 5 p.m. where we will be taking NEW registrations for the 2017-2018 school year.   Registration continues after this date until the start of the new school year in September.  For more information please contact our school office, 780-532-7429 or Email:  


Additional Program Features

  • Students have freedom of choice as to what they will work with under the Guide's direction
  • Students experience the full range of school life which includes music, library time, physical activity, and field trips into the community
  • Exploration and discovery of their world is an essential element to their experience
  • Students benefit from educational "best practices" of individualized, hands on learning
  • The Montessori environment encourages self-discipline
  • Students learn independently through carefully selected materials
  • Materials have control-of- error which encourages students to self-correct
  • The environment naturally lends itself to inquiry-based learning
  • Within the classroom and school, socialization is central to creating a caring community
  • Children and their needs are at the heart of the classroom and school
  • Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects and activities that may include: Language, Mathematics, Geography, Arts and Culture, Botany, Zoology, Health Sciences, Astronomy and Matter, History, and Practical Life.
  • The complete Alberta Curriculum is covered by students in kindergarten and up​