Why Choose WMA for Elementary?

  • Welcome to Westside
    Montessori Academy

    “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

    Why Choose WMA?

    • WMA students learn the skills of everyday life in an atmosphere of kindness, community and respect.
    • Class sizes are important at WMA – we ensure that class sizes are kept small enough for each child to have the individual attention they need, while maintaining a substantial social group of peers.
    • WMA is a small school, which encourages relationships to be built between parents and teachers in supporting each child. Because our school is small, we also see a lot of friendships that are not based on age. There is no hierarchy based on grade level within students’ friendships and interactions.
    • The multi-aged classrooms at WMA allow for each child to experience peer mentoring.
    • The classroom and method allows for movement. Children are not expected to be sedentary all day.
    • Children are given a meaningful amount of responsibility over their own learning and the classroom culture, and therefore, they feel a strong sense of accomplishment and pride in their work and classroom.
    • Children can learn at their own pace, meaning they can move beyond a grade level or spend the time they need in reviewing a concept. Children are not forced to move forward because of the teachers daily lesson plans. This in turn leads to children being excited about school and enjoying the process of learning.
    • Children use specifically designed Montessori materials to understand a concept before doing it in the abstract.
    • Children learn how to plan out their own workday and learn time management skills.
    • Children learn through trial, error, discovery, and with regard to the learning style that best suits their needs.
    • Children learn to think and solve problems independently which in turn leads them to become goal directed and work towards acquiring skills they want to learn
    • We teach world geography, botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, history of the Earth, and geology. We do this from a young age to give the child a full picture of our Earth and how all things are interconnected.
    • We teach a second language beginning in our Casa dei Bambini (age 2.5 to 4), and at grade 5 we introduce a third language.
    • We teach about money and responsibility: The children organize and run fundraisers to raise money for things like a classroom pet, charity fundraisers and garden projects.
    • We offer specialist programs taught by professionals from each field in: yoga, music, theatre arts, art, table tennis.
    • Teachers plan many in-class and in situ field trips to reinforce topics learned about in the classroom and support learning experiences.
    • We offer a fun and active after school care program as well as after school clubs in a variety of subjects taught by experienced professionals.



  • Group 2 Independent School

    WMA is a Group 2 Independent School. We are monitored by the Independent School Board of BC and follow the BC Guide for Independent Schools. We are also required by the Ministry of Education to follow the Prescribed Learning Outcomes for each subject area. The Prescribed Learning Outcomes set the learning standards for the provincial K to 12 education system and form the prescribed curriculum for British Columbia. They are statements of what students are expected to know and do at the end of an indicated grade or course.

    WMA has the responsibility to ensure that all Prescribed Learning Outcomes in each IRP (Integrated Resource Package) are met; however, we have flexibility in determining how delivery of the Prescribed Learning Outcomes can best take place. It is expected that student achievement will vary in relation to the Prescribed Learning Outcomes.

    • Our children are thriving at this school. Their individual needs are respected by the highly committed teachers. The school creates a nurturing, engaging & challenging environment for learning and growing.

    • From the moment we walked into the Westside Montessori Academy preschool orientation we knew we had found a gem. The teachers are passionate about their program which is key in fostering a positive learning environment for children. They have found the perfect balance between presenting work to students individually and learning collaboratively in a group.

    • I am impressed by the organization and communication with me as a parent. I feel that I always know what is happening at the school, and more specifically, what is expected of my child while she is in class. The teachers have made a real effort to build a secure base for the children, meaning they too understand what is expected of them at school both in terms of work, and behaviour.

    • What I love the most about WMA (being a public school teacher) is that its program takes account of the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child. As a result, no one is constrained or criticised for what they do.

    • Our children love learning, they love school, they love thinking, growing, doing, and exploring and this is because of their strong relationships with their teachers at WMA.

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  • Mission Statement

    Westside Montessori Academy’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive educational environment that will nurture every child’s natural curiosity for learning. We are committed to providing the tools, the guides and the prepared environment necessary, to allow each child to reach his or her full potential both socially and academically.


    It is expected that all individuals (students and adults) treat each other with respect and courtesy and conduct themselves in a manner that will promote safety and security for all.

    It is expected that all students and staff individual needs are honored and accepted.

  • Our Principles


    • Every child is a unique person.
    • All children instinctively want to develop their skills and understanding
    • Children learn through discovery.
    • Children are capable of self-directed learning
    • Children are encouraged to work at their own pace, either individually or in co-operation with others.
    • Mixed age groups provide opportunities for the children to develop their social abilities and leadership skills.


      Meet Our Staff