The goal of Strathcona Montessori is to help children develop creatively, intellectually, emotionally and socially, in order to prepare them for kindergarten. Our two year program introduces children to a strong foundation of skills. We welcome young minds and families to the joy of a Montessori education.
Montessori methodology is child directed with the teacher as a guide, rather than other early childhood programs which are directed by the adults. The Montessori approach fosters independence which promotes self-confidence. The confident child is more resilient, is able to problem solve, and is able to take learning and creative risks. Self motivated learning is the core of the Montessori program and philosophy. Students in our classroom move about freely, with our belief that children need to move, touch and experience in order to learn. Socialization is also a major focus, guiding children on appropriate ways to make and keep friendships. Along with traditional Montessori materials, we blend other inspirational teaching tools to merge and compliment the Montessori framework. Our program is further enriched by our own cultural studies curriculum, making ours a distinct and unique program.
Traditionally, Montessori preschool had a three-year cycle which included Kindergarten. The inception of all day Kindergarten has shortened preschool programs to two years. Due to the reduced time frame, we offer a morning program for three-year-olds and an afternoon Kindergarten Prep class for four year-olds. The Kindergarten Prep class is about preparing and adapting for that leap forward to big school. First year morning students are given priority for registration into the K-Prep class. The Prep class has been consistently popular for current and returning families for over ten years. Space is limited.
Strathcona Montessori preschool is nestled within the gated community of the Mau Dan Co-op Gardens in the historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Located at 377 Keefer Street, we are centrally located with easy access from the East Village at Nanaimo and Hastings, Chinatown, Yaletown, Gastown and Vancouver City Centre.
Two day space is currently available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Our afternoon Kindergarten Prep class is currently at capacity. Families with children born in 2015 are welcome to contact us and join the wait list. As families move or needs change, spaces can open.
Registration for returning students, siblings and returning families, occurs every January for the following September. Registration for new students opens in late January. New families may leave a completed registration package at the school before registration dates. Early registrations will be assigned a space as it soon as it becomes available.
We hold an Open House once a year in early February. If you miss the Open House, families are welcome to make an appointment to visit on another day. Appointments are on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons, from 3:15pm to 4pm, when staff are available. We do not make appointments for September, December or January.
Morning classes run from 8:45am to 11:30am, with choices of five mornings a week, or intro preschool of two (Tues & Thurs) or three (Mon-Wed-Fri) mornings per week.
Our Kindergarten Prep class runs from 12:30pm to 3pm. The afternoon K-Prep class is only open to children who will be entering Kindergarten the following September.
Even after enrolment is full, families move and openings become available. If you would like more information, a direct email link is located on our contact page, or you may call the preschool at the phone number listed below.
telephone: (604) 569.2169