At what age do the children start at Rotherglen School?

Children can begin at four years of age (Junior Kindergarten age – turning 4 years old by December 31 of their year of entry) in our Montessori Casa (JK/SK) program. As Rotherglen’s Primary Campus is considered an Elementary School, our Casa classrooms do not have preschool-aged children attending, freeing our teachers to dive deeper into the Curriculum with their students.

Do students wear uniforms?

Yes. Casa students (JK/SK) can wear a navy crested tunic with a white blouse or button-down shirt, or grey dress pants with a white button-down shirt. Elementary students (Grades 1 -8) wear a kilt or grey dress pants, a white oxford shirt, and a tie. The uniform also includes a red crested vest, v-neck pullover, or cardigan for all students. Casa and elementary students also require a gym uniform. There is an optional summer uniform that can be worn during the warmer months. All uniform components can be purchased through our uniform supplier.

When is a good time to enroll my child?

It is never too early to start the admissions process as there are times when parents are disappointed when they proceed to enroll their child and learn that there is a waiting list. We encourage you to contact our admissions office to set up a personal tour and speak with administrators. This will give you the opportunity to see the campus when school is in session, and ask any questions you may have.

How do the multi-age Casa classrooms work? How can teachers work with so many different children at different levels?

“Follow the child” is a basic principle of Montessori education. It focuses on an individualized approach to learning where teachers direct individual students toward particular work and activities. Concepts are explained when readiness is shown. Students then apply the concepts using their own curiosity and creativity. They work at their own pace and understand they are responsible for completing their own work. Our teachers have specialized Montessori education and are trained to observe their students, stepping in when a child is “stuck” or ready to learn a new skill. The teacher’s primary focus is observing how your child learns and tapping into those styles and approaches that work best for your child.

What are the qualifications of Rotherglen teachers?

All Montessori teachers are required to hold a teaching certificate in Montessori education, and most also have one or more undergraduate degrees. Teachers in grades four through eight all hold a Certificate of Qualification from the Ontario College of Teachers.

What do you have to offer that my child can’t get at other local schools?

Rotherglen provides a solid Montessori education emphasizing learning through self-discovery and creating independence. Rotherglen’s Primary Campus is a learning environment where our youngest students are encouraged to work at their own pace with individual lessons and guidance from highly trained teachers. Rotherglen offers an enriching and nurturing environment that provides enhanced programming not offered at other schools, including early French language instruction, Physical Education, and character education programs.

What makes your school unique?

At Rotherglen, we pride ourselves in providing a welcoming, nurturing, and stimulating educational environment that promotes not only intellectual growth, but positive social growth as well. We encourage and have implemented comprehensive “safe school” initiatives that promote not only the physical safety of your child, but emotional safety as well. Beginning with our youngest students, we teach inclusivity of all students and celebrate the uniqueness and acceptance of all students.

Are you a nut/peanut free facility?

Rotherglen has comprehensive allergy aware policy that is clearly communicated to parents. We ask that families do not send food containing peanuts, tree nuts or shellfish to school,  and focus on avoidance and prevention. Our school anaphylaxis plan conforms to the Halton Catholic DSB and Halton DSB’s Anaphylaxis Protocol. The plan is designed to ensure that students at risk are identified, strategies are in place to minimize the potential for accidental exposure and staff and key volunteers are trained to respond in an emergency situation. Although Rotherglen is proud to be an Allergy Aware school, we do not and cannot guarantee a nut-free or shellfish free environment.