Programs and fees (reviewed and updated December 2022)

Our Centre focus is providing year-round learning opportunities for the aspiring learner. Begin with complete Montessori programming in Nido (8 months to 15 months at entry), and see your child excel through our Bambini (19 months to 3.3 years) and Junior and Senior Casa (3 through 6 yrs) classrooms. Our enhanced Kindergarten program provides accelerated learning for children ages 4.9+ years. All programs are tuition funded; meal programs are available as an add-on to most campus-based programs.

Placement into Bambini and Casa class levels is based on a weighting of age, toileting, prior out-of-home-care experience, academic experience, and social / emotional development; and is at the discretion of the Centre.

Nido is year-round programming only. Bambini, Casa and Kindergarten programs can be either attended from September - June only, or year-round.

Our small class sizes and limited enrolment promote individual attention. All materials are sanitized regularly throughout the day, with our spaces commercially cleaned, for your peace of mind in our changing world. A strict illness policy is rigorously applied at all levels.

All of our campuses are uniformed environments via Elegant Design Uniforms in Calgary. A typical uniform set plus extra pieces for one student costs between $350 - $400, with ongoing expenses to replace outgrown items. (Our Nido environment offers a modified uniform to allow ease in movement and exploration.)

 

Interested families are asked to review our Centre Policies to ensure our Centre is the best fit for your family before applying. 

Download our 2023-2024 tuition fees, then contact admissions@aspenhillmontessori.ca 
to learn more about when Pre-Application Interviews begin for next season.

 

For more information on the Province's new Childcare Grants and Funding announcement, please download our guide or visit https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-child-care-grant-funding-program.aspx.

In event of discrepancy, the current policies and fees held at the Centre will be taken as rule.

Nido (ages 8 months - 15 months on entry)

Our infant program is offered as an immersive exploration, care and Montessori preparation program for working parents. Download our program brochure to explore, or visit our dedicated program website. This is a diaper-based program. Children benefit from a floor-level environment with natural light, a home-like space, and very low caregiver ratio to create independence and joy in learning from an early age. Please note, children who graduate our Nido programs must be recommended for placement in our Bambini programs; placement is not guaranteed. This program is limited to eight children per day, and is offered at our Strathcona campus.

4 or 5 full days*                    9:00am - 3:30pm

Before and after care as well as meal programs are available, please inquire.
*Please note, availability of 4 day schedules is limited each learning season.

 

Junior Bambini (ages 19 months - 26 months on entry)

Senior Bambini (ages 26 months - ~40 months on entry)

Our Bambini programs are offered as an emergent philosophy care Centre and Montessori-focused preparation program. Children who are new to our programs and on the bridge of 3 years will be placed in Senior Bambini. Children began the year with play and are introduced to increasing Montessori work as the year progresses. Curriculum activities focus on developing classroom skills, working independently, and expanding inquiry-building. Children may be in diapers. We do not offer part-time schedules as our program is immersive to promote an optimal environment for child development. Placement into a Senior Bambini or Junior Casa classroom is based on a weighting of age, out-of-home experience, and social / emotional development; and is at the discretion of the Centre.  Please note, children who graduate our Bambini programs must be recommended for placement in our Casa programs the following year; placement is not guaranteed. Campus placement is dependant on Admissions recommendation and availability.

5 full days                     9:00am - 3:30pm, with lunch supervision

Before and after care may be available, please inquire. 

 

Junior Casa (ages ~36 months - 4 years on entry)

Senior Casa (ages ~4 - 6 years on entry)

Our dedicated Montessori stream is a focused academic program that also develops the social and emotional growth of your child. Children work independently and with small cohorts in five areas of learning - Math, Science / Culture, Language, Sensorial, and Practical Life. Specialized materials based on cognitive, social and emotional development are guided by trained educators, with a focus on an individual progression path. Nature and outdoor programming is incorporated throughout the day.

 

Previous Montessori experience is not required to join our Casa program, however, previous non-parented care outside of the home is required for children over 4 years of age or children entering mid-year. Children must attend and complete a successful Pre-Application Interview via ZOOM to be considered for the program. Independent toileting (no diapers or PullUps) is expected in this program.

 

We do not offer part-time schedules as our program is immersive to promote an optimal environment for child development. Placement into a Junior Casa or Senior Casa classroom is based on a weighting of age, out-of-home experience, academic experience, and social / emotional development; and is at the discretion of the Centre.  Campus placement is dependant on Admissions recommendation and availability.

5 full days                     9:00am - 3:30pm, with lunch supervision 

Before and after care is available, please inquire​. 


Kindergarten (turning age 5 before Dec. 31 2022) 

This program is registered through Alberta Education, delivering the kindergarten curriculum with integrated Montessori lessons. The kindergarten curriculum bridges into Grade One expectations with advanced math work, writing and pencil control skills, and teacher-led small group lessons. Children who register for kindergarten must move on to Grade One for Fall 2025. 

5 full days                     9:00am - 3:30pm, with lunch supervision

Before and after care is available, please inquire​. 

Before / after care (for enrolled students only)

Our before and after care program is available on a pre-arranged basis only.  Before and after care operates at all campuses. Hours of operation are 7:30am - 8:40am AND 3:30pm - 5:30pm; fees vary by program level. Due to demand, partial attendance schedules cannot be pro-rated.

Meal plans (optional, in addition to tuition)

Our meal plans are provided in partnership with Saffron Catering, a local Calgary provider focused on delicious and healthy options! Meals are available at the Strathcona and Christie Crossing campuses for Nido through Casa programs.

Summer Program (year-round schooling)

Our programs in July and August offer Montessori learning + science, language and arts exploration in a relaxed uniformed environment that maintains the grace and courtesy of the Montessori philosophy. Registration for Summer Program is currently restricted to enrolled Sept - June students while space is available.

 

A separate public program, if offered, is for ages 3-6 only. To learn more about our public summer programs, visit https://www.aspenhillsummer.ca between Feb. 1 and Apr 1 each year. 

  

Look forward to Fall 2023!

Admissions for the 2022-2023 season are now closed. Join us at an upcoming information session to learn more about our programs.

 

To be added to our waitlist for mid-year entry, or to ask questions, contact admissions@aspenhillmontessori.ca.

 

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