Early Childhood Education in Surrey




To observe students in a working class - please call and make an appointment.


For wait list contact see email link below:

The Maria Montessori School

8597 156 Street Surrey B.C.  (school entrance 86th avenue)


Classes begin:  8:30 AM and 12:30 PM

(Extended hours for Kindergarten students)

Note: For the upcoming September 2019 term The Maria Montessori School is at full capacity.

If you wish your child to attend our Montessori Program we strongly encourage that you place your child's name on either of our wait lists for the 2020 or 2021 class. To be added to the September 2019 cancellation list, please email your request, unfortunately there can be no guarantee of placement .

Please send wait list requests to the email link below.

Wait List Link

The Maria Montessori School is a fully licensed Preschool, offering morning and afternoon programs. Our School offers you an authentic three year Montessori (International - AMI) Preschool and Kindergarten education program. For more information please send us an email.

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Notes to Parents:

The Maria Montessori School is an associated training facility for Montessori practicum students enrolled in the MONTESSORI TRAINING CENTRE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA – (AMI). Every year student teachers learn to apply Montessori International principles and methods within our school under the guidance of our Directress. 

Families have been associated with The Maria Montessori School now - in some cases - for more than 25 years.

Dr. Maria Montessori herself, and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) she founded in 1929, never sought to legally protect the name “Montessori”. And so today - the word “Montessori” is no assurance of authenticity or qualification or method - and parents are advised to carefully research before choosing. It is especially instructive to observe children within an actual working classroom.

The Maria Montessori School participated in last years 28th International Montessori Congress in Prague (CZ).


The Maria Montessori School: Staff

Directress: Mrs. Rosa van Meel

The classroom AMI Directress Rosa van Meel - born and raised in Vancouver B.C. - holds a Bachelor Degree of Science (BSc Agr), the Association Montessori Internationale Diploma (AMI),  ECE Certification, and she is a member of the Montessori Society of Canada. As the mother of three young adults, Rosa has always been passionate about working with children. As a teacher she uses the full pedagogical methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori to guide and develop the unique gifts and abilities of every child.

Assistant teacher: Harpreet K. Bains

Harpreet Bains was born and raised in India where she received her Bachelor of Arts with studies in Management of Creche and Nursery. After moving to Canada in 2005, she fulfilled the requirements to attain her ECE and Montessori Diploma (NAMC). Harpreet is the mother of two young daughters.

Staff are ECE and First Aid Certified.


See links below for MORE:

Please Note: The first link below quotes writings of Dr. Montessori now over 100 years old - terminology in common usage at that time is now considered archaic and is no longer used. The quotes do however, very clearly show her working towards a method which would benefit all children - very much a radical thought at that time.

What is the Montessori Method?

Dr. Maria Montessori

The Montessori Training Centre of BC

The Montessori Society of Canada

Association Montessori Internationale

The Founders of GOOGLE

Why Montessori?