Meeting the needs of the child is a key principle in Montessori education and is something we strive for at Avalon. Choosing the best environment for your child is very important. At Avalon Children’s Montessori School, we believe this decision should not be taken lightly, by the family or by the school.
The Casa Program is for children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years of age. We offer full time and part time options.
The Elementary Program is designed to meet the needs of the child during the second stage of development, for children 6 years and older. Within the Elementary environment, we offer 2 multi-aged classes – Lower and Upper Elementary.
Avalon is the first Montessori school in the Beach to offer a Senior School program. Upon completion at 14 years of age, senior students graduate prepared to meet the expectations of secondary school.
Learning Support Program. Some elementary students in grades 1 through 8, who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and require additional support in a classroom environment, may be able to use the services of our Learning Support Program. The Learning Support Program provides an opportunity for the student to receive the extra time and attention needed to achieve success academically. We are unable to support children requiring one on one support. Space in this program is very limited. Please to speak to us for more information.
Uniforms are mandatory for all elementary and senior level students. We believe a uniform instills respect for self, for peers and for the learning environment. A uniform eliminates stereotypes among peers.
Extended Care is offered beyond regular school hours. We offer before school care from 8-8:30 am and after school care from 4-5 pm daily. Monthly fees are reasonable and available upon request. Please note that unfortunately we will not be able to offer the Extended Care program when we head back in September 2020. This is a temporary decision but we hope to resume this service for our families once circumstances and guidelines change surrounding COVID-19.
We offer a hot catered nutritious lunch for all full time Casa and Lower Elementary students. As students move up through the Upper Elementary and Senior programs, parents are responsible for providing a nutritious packed lunch daily but there are opportunities each month, for these older students to purchase food from the local neighbourhood as well.
Extracurricular activities are offered during and after school hours and provide a rich and diverse learning environment. These activities vary from year to year and depend upon the interests of the students. Over the years, extracurricular activitieshave included chess club, piano, drama, cross country running, dancing, karate and homework club.
Field trips and classroom visitors are fun ways to explore and learn and also allow parents opportunities to participate within the school. We utilize many of the resources available within our community and beyond to augment the curriculum at all levels.
At Avalon, one of the many benefits of a small school setting is the level of communication between the school and the families, providing a great sense of community and love of learning for everyone involved. To get a sense of our school, listen here as School Director Sherry VanDerKooi speaks on Newstalk 1010 in April 2020.