programs_photoSchool Hours

AM Pre-school: 8:30 – 11:30 am
PM Pre-school: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Extended Day: 8:30 – 3:00 pm (lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm)
Elementary: 8:45 – 3:15 pm (lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Elementary: (9-12) 8:45 – 3:30 pm (lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm)

A complete Montessori education provides your child with an integrated, individualized, and academically challenging program that meets his/her changing developmental needs from year to year. We recognize that childhood happens once. A Montessori education ensures that your child will make the best of his/her experience.

In addition to the high standard of Montessori education that our school has established we offer a number of programs and services that supplement our core curriculum.

School Garden

In keeping with the central importance of ecology and genuine outdoor experience to the Montessori curriculum, the Elementary children participate in caring for a class garden; a native species garden and introduced mason bees and ladybugs to our little ecosystem. Preschool/Ext Day Classes plant potatoes, raise and release butterfly’s and care for their windows garden. Their year end market enables students to raise funds for charity.


Fund raising for charity and our city’s needy is an important part of the V.M.S. vision. With the initiative of our students our community has participated in various events to realise this goal. Together we have contributed to:

  • The Vancouver Food Bank
  • Red Cross campaigns as needed
  • Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter
  • Senior’s Groups
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Art for the BC Cancer Agency
  • Covenant House

The children have participated in bake sales, book and toy sales and craft fairs to raise funds for both their classrooms and charity.

Parent Volunteers

Vancouver Montessori School greatly appreciates the help we receive from parents, be it for classroom needs (laundry, flowers, donations, and field trip support). The Parent Committee is involved in many events that raise funds to enhance the children’s experience at school, such as Montessori materials, supplies, computer upgrades, garden project, playground, and school bus just to name a few.

Parent Information Meetings

In addition to our registration and parent information meetings we are pleased to offer to parents a selection of parent education talks that are offered throughout the school year.

Examples of Pre-school Topics include:

  • The Practical Life Area and the Link to the Home Environment
  • The Sensorial Area and its Impact on Further Studies
  • Mathematics from the Concrete to the Abstract
  • Language: Vocabulary Enrichment, Reading, Writing and Links to Cultural Subjects
  • Montessori Theory and Philosophy in the Casa Class

Examples of Elementary Topics Include:

  • Theory and Philosophy in the Montessori Elementary Class
  • Internet Safety
  • Body Science
  • The Creation of the Universe
  • The Coming of Life
  • The Coming of Humans (plus art and music in the Montessori setting)
  • The Story of Language
  • The Story of Numbers/ Geometry