Toronto Montessori Schools
|Toronto Montessori Schools|
|8569 Bayview Avenue (Main Campus)|
|Principal||Dr Glenn Zederayko|
|Schedule type||Block, 6-period|
|Programs||AP, University Preparation, International Baccalaureate|
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Toronto Montessori Schools, now rebranded to "TMS School", was the first Montessori school in Canada. Founded by Helma Trass in 1961, it still remains the most well-known Montessori school in Ontario. The school is now expanded into a high school and includes students from 18 months (Toddler) to grade 12. The Head of Schools is currently Dr. Glenn Zederayko. The school's first location was in Toronto, which is why, despite being located now in Richmond Hill, it maintained its name 'Toronto Montessori Schools'.
TMS School has two campuses in Richmond Hill. The TMS School Bayview Campus is located at 8569 Bayview Avenue and is one of the flagship Montessori schools for students aged 18 months to grade 6. The TMS School Elgin Mills Campus, which opened its doors in September 2009, is the new IB facility for students in TMS Schools' College Program (grades 7 to 12) - an IB World School with both the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. Also located at the Bayview Campus address is the Toronto Montessori Institute (TMI), founded in 1971 and one of the oldest teacher training Montessori schools in Canada.
TMS School remains a flagship Montessori school (18 months to grade 6) and IB world school (grades 7 to 12) and has been internationally recognized since 1961.
Clubs and Teams
At the Bayview Campus, there are a large variety of clubs and sports teams on offer for students, including Friends of the Community, the Upper Elementary play, and the Lower Elementary choirs. There are extra-curriculars available after school. In TMS College, there are also many clubs. Students' choices range from Students for Social Justice to JAM (a cover band). College students are required to take part in at least one sport, one arts club/program, and two community-related activities a year.
TMS School is part of the SSAF (Small Schools Athletic Federation). Competitive sports at TMS include:
- Track and Field
- Ball Hockey
In grade 7, when students enter TMS School, College Program, they are assigned to one of six houses. These houses are:
- Lions (red)
- Thunderbirds (light blue)
- Mustangs (purple)
- Huskies (green)
- Stingers (black)
- Varsity Blues (navy blue)
The houses are named after the athletics teams of different Canadian universities- York University (Lions), University of British Columbia (Thunderbirds), University of Western Ontario (Mustangs), University of Saskatchewan (Huskies), Concordia University (Stingers), and University of Toronto (Varsity Blues).
Students take part in activities with their houses which may vary from basketball tournaments to laser tag. House membership helps to build community spirit and leadership among the students. Each house has two faculty house leaders.
- The history of TMS School from the Toronto Montessori Schools website