Strathcona Montessori preschool is nestled within the gated community of the Mau Dan Gardens in the historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Located at 377 Keefer Street, we are centrally located with less than a ten minute drive to the East Village at Nanaimo and Hastings, and five minutes to Yaletown and Vancouver City Centre.
Montessori methodology is a child-centred approach and is the core of our program and philosophy. Along with a traditional Montessori education, we blend other inspired teaching materials, guiding strategies, and quality tools to merge and compliment the Montessori curriculum and framework. Our program is further enriched by our own original materials, specialized curriculum, cultural studies and world celebrations, to make ours a distinct and unique program. Families have called our program “the best kept secret in east Vancouver”. Our teachers and staff love learning and teaching and it shows.
Traditionally, a Montessori preschool program had a three-year cycle which included Kindergarten. The inception of all day kindergarten has shortened preschool programs to a two-year time frame. Because of this, we offer the afternoon Kindergarten Prep class which focuses on children who will be entering Kindergarten the following year, and helping them to prepare and adapt for that big leap forward. Children already in attendance are given first priority for registration in the K-Prep class. Because of this, capacity for enrolment fills quickly, and fills before the first year morning class. This program has continued to be extremely popular with second year students and their parents over the years. The Prep class has a strong following for returning families for their second, third, and sometimes fourth child . Space for the afternoon class is limited. We do not offer intro two day registration for the Kindergarten Prep class.
The goal of Strathcona Montessori is to help children develop creatively, intellectually, socially and emotionally in order to prepare them for kindergarten. Our two year program introduces children to independence, problem solving skills and resiliency, giving them a strong foundation of skills for their future. We welcome young minds to the joys of a Montessori education.
Families have moved away and morning introduction to preschool space is now available starting September 2019 (for children born in 2016). Intro classes are two days a week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, or three days a week for Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Our afternoon Kindergarten Prep class is currently at capacity. New families to our program wishing to help their children (children born in 2015) prepare for Kindergarten are welcome to join the wait list. Families do move and spaces can open.
Registration for returning students, siblings and returning families, occurs in January for the following September. Registration for new students opens after the returning students due date, in late January. New families may leave a completed registration package at the school before registration dates. These packages will be placed in queue according to when the registration was received. Early registrations will be assigned a space as it soon as it becomes available.
Morning classes run from 8:45am to 11:30am, with choices of five mornings a week, or intro classes of two or three classes per week. Our afternoon Kindergarten Prep class times are 12:30pm to 3pm. The afternoon Kindergarten Prep class is only open to children who will be entering Kindergarten the following September.
Even after enrolment is full, families grow and families move, and openings do come available. Please keep in touch with us to learn about any recent availability. Wait lists are only held for the current school year. We start a fresh wait list each year after registration is at capacity. Wait lists are current and not rolled over from year to year.
We hold an Open House once a year in early February. If you miss the Open House, families can make an appointment to come and visit. We book visits on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons, from 3:15pm to 4pm, when staff are available. Appointments for family visits start in October and end in early June. We do not make appointments for September, December or January. 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
Please contact us for information on possible available space.