What is the tuition?
Tuition is $9562.50 per school year with a 5% discount for a second child and a 10% discount for a third child. There is also an annual activity fee of $100 per child, an annual registration fee of $25 per child and an annual society of $25 per family.
Tuition may be paid monthly or as a lump sum.
For more information about the tuition please see our Parent Handbook.
Does Yukon Montessori School follow Yukon’s Department of Education curriculum?
Yukon Montessori School follows BC curriculum. All curriculum objectives set forth by Yukon’s Department of Education are met within a Montessori style of education. In addition children in Grade 4 and Grade 7 participate in Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA) testing on literacy and numeracy done by the Department of Education.
A comprehensive curriculum outline can be found here – YMS Curriculum Program for 2017.
Does Yukon Montessori School teach French?
Yes! Both of the teachers, upper and lower elementary, are fluent in both English and French. French vocabulary and grammar are emphasized in lower elementary with an increase in French language skills into the upper elementary years with an intensive French offering for students in Grade 6.
How much physical education do student’s receive?
Children have one full hour of unstructured physical activity every day at Shipyard’s Park. In addition students utilize Mount Mac for cross-country skiing as well as Polarettes Gymnastics gym and the Canada Games Centre. When the weather cooperates students do their physical education outside playing kickball, baseball, soccer, and running.
How does Yukon Montessori School differ from Yukon’s public schools?
Yukon Montessori School offers a complete elementary education taught in the hands-on independence focused Montessori style. Children complete all curriculum requirements with a focus on independent learning. That means children may move at their own pace and tailor their own learning to their independent interests. Children are also taught how they fit into the community as a whole and spend a lot of time within the larger community of Whitehorse. It is not uncommon to see our students using the city transit system or at the grocery store buying ingredients to bake for the class.
Children at Yukon Montessori School are also responsible for their working environment. They are required to share classroom responsibilities, such as doing dishes, laundry, dusting, sweeping, and general cleaning up. They are also responsible for respecting the classroom environment which means working respectively, and quietly, in groups as well as mentoring and helping younger students with their lessons.
How is it the same?
Children at Yukon Montessori school meet all curriculum requirements as set out by Yukon’s Department of Education. They also participate in many school events such as the school wide wrestling tournament, spring running races and often collaborate with other schools for events such as United Nation’s forums and the Shakespeare Festival.
May I see it in action?
We very much encourage, not only families of prospective students, to observe the classroom but also families of current students! If you are interested in Yukon Montessori School, please contact us to arrange a time to observe the classroom. The observation usually generates many questions from families and a follow-up meeting with either the upper or lower elementary teacher (or both) is encouraged so that you may discuss our program in more detail. Please take the time to read our Parent Observation Handbook to make the most of your time observing in the classroom.
In addition we host multiple open house nights during the year which you are more than welcome to also attend.
As a parent may I volunteer in the classroom?
Yes! There are a variety of opportunities in which parents can volunteer at the school. Please feel free to contact the school to see what volunteer opportunities fit you best and see our Parent Volunteer Handbook for further information.