J. Kechichian (Principal)

Letter from the Principal.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely welcome you to Ecole Montessori International (EMI). I founded this school in 1996 out of sincere respect and love for Dr. Maria Montessori’s wonderful method of education. Like Dr. Montessori, I too, have a special fondness for children and share her vision of educating the whole child in all areas of his/her development: emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually. This is why the program we implement at EMI is true to Montessori’s philosophy where all the child’s needs are considered.

At EMI Blainville, we believe that we are unique, in that, we are the only Montessori in Québec offering programs for children from pre-primary (daycare: 2 – 3 years, preschool: 4 years and kindergarten: 5-6 years) to Grade 6. In addition to teaching in the well known Montessori way, our curriculum is tailored to the demands of today’s competitive world. Our program is enriched with traditional and modern Montessori materials and providing our students with a wonderful learning experience.

Our school is situated in a culturally diverse community and we encourage the enrolment of students of all backgrounds. We treat all children equally and uphold Montessori’s beliefs. Our bilingual (French/English) program, to which we add Spanish from Kindergarten to grade 6, is also enriched with activities such as music, ballet and more.

Like Dr. Montessori’s first school in Rome (“Casa de Bambini” or “Children’s House”), we consider ourselves to be a real family at EMI Blainville. We care for, and support our students as if they were our own children, and ensure that you will feel comfortable leaving your child with us each morning.

Although we are proud and excited that our Institution will become the first in Quebec to introduce a Montessori Junior High, this is only an initial step, since we sincerely hope to excel and, gradually, establish a full range Montessori experience from preschool to high school.

Our objectif is singular : to enhance each individual’s full potential. With strong parental support, we work towards that goal precisely to impart an education that values life-long learning.

With this next step, creating the 7th and 8th grades (Junior High) Montessori International Blainville fulfills a pledge to all its current students, and parents. We continue in our quest to become a premier institution in our category, seldom wavering from the target to enhance each individual’s learning pace, while maintaining the highest possible standards. We fulfill all Ministry of Education requirements and even go beyond to best prepare our students for their high school years. In as much as our bilingual curriculum prepares them to navigate with relative ease all French and English curricular requirements, we are confident that our graduates will easily be qualified to make eventual switches as necessary, having benefited from everything that a Montessori education provides. We will not rest until each and every laureate reaches his or her optimum level.

Ours is a long-term proposition that will enhance our students’ healthy interactions that aspire for excellence.

I will be more than happy to answer any of your questions or listen to any of your concerns.

Jeanette Kechichian

From its creation until today.

École Montessori International (EMI) a eu et a encore un développement rapide depuis sa création en 1996 et se développe année après année parce que le programme répond aux besoins de nombreuses familles, nationaux et étrangers. Le programme fonctionne en conjonction avec les étudiants et est la première école internationale Montessori à Montréal. L’objectif est de permettre aux enfants de participer à un programme Montessori dans leur école, de la maternelle à la 6e année Les premiers enfants jouissent de l’éducation bilingue (français et anglais), et ils commencent l’étude de l’espagnol à l’école maternelle. Pour être appliqué dans toute sa richesse, le programme Montessori nécessite de petites structures. La faculté EMI MONTESSORI BLAINVILLE est composée d’éducateurs français et anglo-saxon.

L’Ecole Internationale Montessori Blainville a été ouverte en Août 2006 , avec moins d’une centaine d’ étudiants pour l’année scolaire 2006-2007. L’inscription n’a cessé de croître depuis, lentement mais sûrement. En Septembre 2010, nous avons ouvert notre garderie au profit de nos parents qui avaient déjà un enfant inscrit à l’école et les gens de la région. L’inscription est ouverte en tout temps.

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