Programs


50 years of operation under the direction of two generations of the Phippen family has seen Dearcroft evolve into a school of approximately 170 children operating on the Casa (Preschool), Elementary and Junior High levels.  Since 1968, Dearcroft, Oakville’s original Montessori School has developed a national reputation for academic excellence.  Our family-oriented setting, provides your child with a nurturing environment ensuring social, emotional and academic growth.

The school provides a favourable student/teacher ratio with support staff for specialty areas (such as access to computers).  Student progress is carefully tracked by teachers and is regularly reported to parents.

As a valued member of our school community, your child will be encouraged to develop friendships and learning skills to last a lifetime.  He/she will experience…

  • A national award winning curriculum
  • Bright, spacious, naturally lit classrooms with panaromic views of a beautifully wooded and historic estate property
  • Fully qualified, experienced Montessori teachers with an optimal teacher/student ratio
  • An intensive focus on the Great Lakes / Canadian Heritage River curriculum
  • Enriched French, computer technology and music programs
  • An extensive physical education program and an annual winter trip
  • Incredible outdoor education
  • First Nations studies and a special emphasis on the Group of Seven
  • Indoor and outdoor performing art stages
  • Model United Nations program with a trip to NY City
  • After school activities, clubs, lunch program, before/after school care
  • Travel opportunities

Before & After Care Program

Before care from 8:00 a.m. and after care until 6:00 p.m. (additional fees applicable)


The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”

Maria Montessori