Toronto Montessori Schools

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Toronto Montessori Schools (TMS School)
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8569 Bayview Avenue (Lower School)

500 Elgin Mills Road East (Upper School)
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Coordinates 43°50′30″N 79°24′21″W / 43.841535°N 79.405725°W / 43.841535; -79.405725Coordinates: 43°50′30″N 79°24′21″W / 43.841535°N 79.405725°W / 43.841535; -79.405725
School type Private
Founded 1961
Principal Mr. David Young
Schedule type Block, 6-period
Programs University Preparation, International Baccalaureate

Toronto Montessori Schools, now rebranded to "TMS School", is one of the oldest Montessori schools in Canada. Founded by Helma Trass in 1961, it still remains the most well-known Montessori school in Ontario. The school's Bayview Campus (18 months to Grade 6 students) and the Elgin Mills Campus (Grades 7 to 12) are conveniently located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. The Head of School is currently Mr. David Young. The school's first location was in Toronto,[1] which is why, despite being located now in Richmond Hill, it maintained its name 'Toronto Montessori Schools'.[2]

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 an IB facility for students in TMS Upper School (Grades 7 to 12) - an IB World School with both the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB 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[edit]

At the Bayview Campus there are a large variety of clubs and sports teams including Friends of the Community, the Upper Elementary play, and the Lower Elementary choirs. Both the Bayview and Elgin Mills Campus offers a variety of extracurricular activities such as 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 complete a minimum amount of community service hours. TMS School is of the SSAF (Small Schools Athletic Federation). Competitive sports at TMS include:


In Grade 7, when students enter TMS School, College Program, they are assigned to one of six Houses. These Houses are:

  • Lions
  • Thunderbirds
  • Mustangs
  • Huskies
  • Stingers
  • Varsity Blues

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.


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  2. ^ The history of TMS School from the Toronto Montessori Schools website

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