The origins of Mildenhall Montessori Schools date back to 1977 when two young parents felt that their daughter needed "more" in her early years than at home daycare. Unsure what this "more" was, they explored the options in the neighbourhood, leading to the discovery of High Park Montessori (then located on Runnymede Rd). An at-home admissions interview was an imposing but convincing start to their Montessori education. Later, an observation day would change their lives. In 1993, this same family became the owners of the School, and the very same young daughter is now our Head of Schools.
Brent Lisowski and Brenda Hebert have had successful careers as senior partners at two of Canada’s major law firms, but the schools have been their pride and joy for the last 30 years.
They have dedicated their efforts to ensuring that the Schools are providing a program that is optimal for the children, are flexible and responsive to parental requests, are staffed by highly qualified and experienced educators, and are sustainable for generations. They have expanded the School into three locations across the city which educate children from 18months to 14 years.
Our school family makes up one of the largest Montessori schools in Ontario, with over 300 students and 65 teachers and staff. We are also one of the oldest Montessori schools in Ontario and a founding school of the CCMA which works towards ensuring best practices and authentic Montessori through accreditation. We are proud and honoured to continue to build a legacy of authentic Montessori in Canada.
Vision, Mission & Values.
Our vision is a world of individuals who thrive in a diverse, ever changing, global community.
Mildenhall Montessori Schools are guided by an aspiration to prepare each child for the challenges and opportunities of life. Our mission is to
Provide an authentic high fidelity Montessori program for children ages 18 months to 14 years
Attract, develop, and retain high quality (com)passionate teachers
Build an active, diverse learning community of parents, teachers, students, neighbours, and the natural environment.
From the carefully constructed environments to the mindful interactions of the teachers to the mixed age classrooms to the three year learning cycles, our schools focus on preparing our children academically, socially, and emotionally to be entirely future friendly.
We are a diverse community that recognizes and celebrates diversity of ethnic and racial backgrounds, religions, sexual orientation, cultures, genders, learning styles, and physical and cognitive abilities. We actively create inclusive environments that foster understanding and appreciation of differences. Our faculty, staff, students and families represent a wide range of backgrounds, abilities, experiences, and languages.
Our guiding values are trust, respect, connection, accountability, and challenge.
Our teachers trust that the child will achieve beyond any set standards if given the opportunity to do so.
Our education is founded on respect for every individual’s diversity, independence, and curiosity.
The environment and skilled teachers create deep connection which supports self-initiative and self-confidence.
The guidance towards independence and self-discipline invites children from 18 months to 14 years of age to actively participate in the world with increasing accountability for their learning, relationships, and environment.
Challenge is a welcome experience in our classrooms and promotes skill development and resiliency.
The result of the process from early years to middle school is a well prepared, confident, independent, and thoughtful learner, who can excel not only in school but in life.
“Education of even a small child does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”
- Maria Montessori
Accreditation and Licensing.
Each of our schools is proudly accredited by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA).
The CCMA is a not-for-profit corporation committed to supporting Canadian Montessori administrators and schools and ensuring the authenticity and quality of the Montessori education.
The CCMA sets standards of accreditation in order to establish a consistency of practices and the preservation of the Montessori philosophy of education.
CCMA provides information to parents about authentic Montessori education. They also provide direction related to school selection and how to best support their children in a Montessori school.
The CCMA is also a great source of information about the history of Montessori, research, recommendations, and other resources.
Each of our schools is also proudly licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA).
Licensed child care centres must meet and maintain specific provincial standards. These standards address items that affect quality in a licensed child care centre, such as staff/child ratios, physical environment, staff qualifications, and children’s health and wellbeing.