Welcome To mia montessori academy
Established in 2004, we offer Primary & Elementary Programs that follow the AMI (Association Montessori International) Montessori philosophy.
Accredited under Canada’s Montessori Quality Assurance (MQA) program.
Mia is one of only five AMI member schools in the Lower Mainland, and the only one in Richmond.
We are committed to an educational environment that follows a true and fully certified montessori approach, which is designed to ensure the student is the owner of their education.
our name, consistent with our vision, uses italian as an homage to Maria Montessori’s roots. ‘mia’ means ‘my’ in Italian.
What does the montessori approach and our school instil in each student?
A sense of ownership over learning,
a sense that it is “Mia Education”.
Dr. Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female doctor, used her medical qualifications to understand and educate children. She had a particular genius for observing children as they really are, rather than as adults wish them to be. As a result, the Montessori philosophy encompasses the environment that will maximise learning dependent on the child’s stage of development.
The Montessori Philosophy
Montessori believed that no human being can be entirely educated by another person. They must also aim to do it themselves or it will never truly be done. A truly educated individual therefore continues learning long after the hours and years in the classroom environment because they are motivated within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. This is the fundamental difference between Montessori and other education systems. Rather than education being something that is done to them, the child must see it as ‘Mia education’… “my education, my journey, my future”.
mixed-age primary and elementary programs
In line with the AMI Montessori philosophy, our Primary program is for children aged 2.5 to 6 years old. Younger children have the option of attending either a Morning or Afternoon program. Older children have the option of the Extended Day or Kindergarten program.
Our Elementary program is for children aged 6 to 12 years old.