Our Montessori Programs


We offer Primary, Elementary and Middle School programs for children age 3 to 15.


All of our progrtams are multi-year programs, and as such, each classroom is made up of students spanning multiple ages. This creates a unique and rich experience for the children.


We adhere to core Montessori principles as outlined by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).  This organization was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity and delivery of an authentic and complete Montessori program.


Our programs meet the the academic, cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and

non-religious spiritual needs of our students. The learning is self-paced and guided by the child's curiosity within an academic and community-based framework that connects all subjects to each other and to the Earth.






The Primary Program is for children age 3-6 years old.  It is a three-year program in which students start at 3 to 3.5 years of age.  Children will complete their Kindergarten year with us, and take on the role of leaders in the classroom during their third year.  Entry at age 4 and 5 years old is considered if transferring from another Montessori Program.  


Our Primary programs are available at Nanaimo and Parksville Campuses.  We are licensed through the Island Health Child Care Licensing authority. Our Nanaimo Campus licence is KRIS-AB5S6D; Parksville Campus license is TMGN-8FHS46.




The Elementary Program includes students age 6-12.  It is a six-year program with entry typically at the grade 1 point, age 6. Students complete the program at the end of grade 6. The elementary program offered from the Nanaimo Campus only. Our elementary program is delivered in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines under the Independent Schools Act.  




Our Middle School Program supports students 12-15 years of age, and is a three-year program encompassing grades 7-9.  Most students have completed a Montessori Elementary program prior to entry.  ** In 2021 we will offer our first late-entry Montessori for new students entering without Montessori experience into grade 7.


Our program is delivered in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines and the Independent Schools Act in BC.  Students exit the program after greade 9 into grade 10 in local schools, both public and independent.   A great fit for our students is The High School at VIU, an independent high school located on the university campus. 



Over the last 40 years, we have found that our students do well as they enter new systems after completing our programs. There is an expected transition as they become familiar with a more teacher-directed system.  Our students and families are well supported through this transition because of the strong social and academic foundation they receive at DMS.


At all levels, our teachers are developmental facilitators. This approach enables children to find their success and build confidence, independance, and resiliency.    

The Montessori environment provides strong foundational skill-set through offering many opportunities for hands-on and experiential learning.


Our unique and caring school culture helps students and their families feel supported and inspired about school!


Admissions Process


1. Adult Observation

Parents/guardians are invited to spend 30 minutes observing a class-in-action followed by a discussion and Q & A with our Admin team. Unfortunately, due to Covid, this process has been suspeded for the time being.


2. Child's Tour

This is an opportunity for the child to come in to see the classroom and meet the teacher.  It is a gentle introduction to school and is also a chance for the teacher to make sure the child is ready for the classroom environment.


3. Paperwork & Fees

Should a space become available the enrolment forms and fees are collected, and once received the spot is confirmed.

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