North Shore School Guide: Montessori & Steiner Schools

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Looking for a school on the North Shore that offers a Montessori or Steiner education for your child? Our North Shore Montessori & Steiner School Guide showcases some wonderful local options for your child.


North Shore Montessori & Steiner Schools

What is a Montessori School?

An excerpt from Montessori Australia website:

Montessori is an approach to supporting the full development of the human being. The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an ‘aid to life’. As an educational system, it is used in over 22,000 schools worldwide, and has a longer track record of success than any other educational approach in the world.

The Montessori approach to education, inspires children towards a lifelong love of learning, by following their natural developmental trajectory. Children become confident, responsible, independent learners, who trust in their own abilities. The inclusivity and positive social development facilitated by the Montessori program forms the basis for a persistent attachment to learning and knowledge.

Montessori classrooms provide a specially crafted learning environment where children are able to respond to their natural tendency to work. Children have an innate passion for learning, and the Montessori classroom encourages this by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities. Read more… 

What is a Steiner School?

An excerpt from Steiner Education Australia website:

A Steiner education fosters the human spirit in children and young adults, allowing them to flourish in a holistic learning environment that is oriented towards moral growth, social consciousness and citizenship.

Typically located in beautiful surrounds, our schools seek to nurture each individual and connect them to the reverence and awe of the natural environment, one another, and the world around them. Schools are grounded in working artistically, spiritually, practically and intellectually. As well as being integrated, the curriculum is broadly based, interdisciplinary and culturally rich.

We cherish the right of children to childhood – and this is reflected in the staging of the Australian Steiner Curriculum which is recognised by ACARA.

In early learning, we nurture a child’s development by facilitating creative, self-directed play, as we believe that the initiative, imagination and flexibility awakened underpin later academic learning and are the basis for innovative thought in adult life.

In primary school, the core approach is through artistic presentation of material by the class teacher which promotes engagement, inspires deep learning and supports developing imaginations.

In secondary school, we develop students’ awakening capacity for discernment by fostering initiative and independent, flexible thinking. Read more…

North Shore Private Co-ed School Guide

North Shore Private Girls’ School Guide

North Shore Private Boys’ School Guide

North Shore Public School Guide


North Shore Montessori Schools

Northside Montessori School, Pymble

Northside Montessori School Pymble

Northside Montessori School

About Northside Montessori School

Northside Montessori School is a vibrant community on the North Shore where children are nurtured and love learning. While many schools motivate children to learn through promises of various rewards, Montessori philosophy is based on the belief that if you develop an interest and take responsibility of your own learning, you learn better and more thoroughly. It is deeply tied to the natural developmental path of the child.

Northside Montessori School is a co-educational, non-denominational school for children aged 6 months-12 years. They have multiple programs to cater for the different age groups.  Montessori education produces happy, social, disciplined, independent young people with a true love of learning.

  • Ages: Pre-school – Year 6
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Education Style: Montessori
  • Boarding: No
  • Extracurricular activities offered: Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Gymnastics, Montessori Football, Art, Tae Kwon Do, Origami, Lego Robotics, Chess, Mandarin, French, Japanese, Yoga, Spanish, Tutoring in Piano, Brass, Guitar, Woodwind
  • Transport Options: School bus from Pennant Hills train station via Fox Valley Road, Kissing Point Road and Turramurra train station.
  • Fees: Preschool fees commence at $14,756 (CCS available). Primary fees commence at $15,260. High School fees commence at $16,500.

Northside Montessori School Open Days & Tours

  • Open Day: Saturday 7 May & Saturday 20 August, 10am-1pm
  • School Tours: Northside offer private enrolment tours to families. To book a private tour, contact Bec Talty, Enrolments Registrar on (02) 9144 2835

Contact Northside Montessori School

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Cameragal Montessori School

Cameragal Montessori School

About Cameragal Montessori School

Cameragal Montessori School has provided an Authentic Montessori Education for over 40 years, delivered by an exceptional Montessori trained Staff. Cameragal is committed to fostering independence and a lifelong love of learning in children.

Cameragal Montessori School offers programs for children ages from birth to 12 years of age. Each stage of development is catered for in its own unique learning environment to develop academic, social and emotional skills while guiding each child to their full potential. Cameragal has campuses in both Neutral Bay and Lavender Bay.

  • Ages: Pre-school – Year 6
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Education Style: Montessori
  • Boarding: No
  • Extracurricular activities offered: Swimming, gymnastics, sport, surfing, bushwalking and drama.
  • Fees: $3,824 per term 

    Cameragal Montessori School Open Days & Tours

    • Open Day: their Annual Open Day will be held at our Forsyth Park Campus (2B Montpelier Street, Neutral Bay) on Saturday 5 March 10am – 12pm.
    • School Tours: conducted throughout the year by appointment.

    Contact Cameragal Montessori School

    Forestville Montessori School, Forestville

    About Forestville Montessori

    Forestville Montessori School (FMS) is an Independent School, 0-12 years, located in the picturesque suburb of Forestville on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. At FMS, they embrace your child’s individuality while nurturing ways to explore a deep and meaningful understanding of the world around them. They seek adventures to ignite their natural curiosity, independence and joy for lifelong learning.

    Your child will be offered hands-on, self-paced, collaborative learning. They play to your child’s innate strengths – regardless of their age or ability, without competitive pressure. They cultivate thinking outside the box, expanding their horizons, taking them beyond accomplished.

    • Ages:  Preschool – Year 6
    • Gender: Co-ed
    • Education Style: Montessori
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered: Swimming, Surfing, Art Classes, Suzuki Music Classes, Japanese Lessons, Stephanie Alexander ‘Seed to Plate’ Program, Sport Program (Cricket, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer), Sustainability Program, caring for the FMS Animals.
    • Transport Options:
      • Bus: FMS is located close to two bus stops on Warringah Road, Forestville. Their location makes it easy for students to catch public transport heading towards Chatswood, the city or the Northern Beaches. Students are accompanied to the Warringah Road bus stops by one of their teachers.
    • Fees:  View fee schedule.

    Forestville Montessori Open Days & Tours

    • School Tours: Families can select a time for a one-on-one discussion with Principal, Denice Scala. Following your chat, a time will be arranged for you to come in for a one-on-one tour of your program of interest. Book Your Tour.

    Contact Forestville Montessori

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    North Shore Steiner Schools

    Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner, Middle Cove

    About Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School

    For 65 years, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School has helped children and young adults find meaning and direction in their lives. Through a considered balance of academic, aesthetic, artisan, altruistic and active wilderness (outdoor education) they equip students with the foundation they need to lead a life of character and contribution.

    • Ages: Preschool – Year 12
    • Gender: Co-ed
    • Education Style: Steiner Education
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered:
      • AFL, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, fencing, frisbee, netball, soccer, yoga
    • Notable Alumni: Caitlin Fitsimmons, Jonathan Bliss Notely, Dr Andrew Keyworth, Stephen Ormandy, Scott Needham, Taelor-Jane
    • Transport Options:
      • Private Bus: Glenaeon Charter Buses run from Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, Northern Beaches, Inner West and through Balmain/Lane Cove area to two of their three campuses in Castlecrag (K-Class 2) and Middle Cove (Class 3-Year 12).
      • Bus: Sydney Buses originating in Manly, Northbridge, Castlecrag, Chatswood & Wynyard. Forest Coaches service the areas of Belrose, Castlecove, Davidson, Killarney Heights and Warringah Mall.
    • Scholarships: Glenaeon offers various scholarships for new and existing High School students, including a general scholarship (Year 7 entry), a music scholarship (Years 7 to 10 entry) and an academic merit scholarship (Year 11 entry). The closing date for Glenaeon Year 7, 2023 scholarship is 28 February 2022.
    • Fees: $17,200 (Kindergarten) – $28,535 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

    Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Open Days & Tours

    • Open Day: Friday 29 April, 9am-10:30am. Guests must pre-register for this event via website.
    • School Tours: Run across their Willoughby, Middle Cove and Castlecrag campuses throughout the year. Event details.

    Contact Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School

    Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School, Belrose

    About Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School

    Alongside a very high standard of academic education, Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School’s curriculum places great importance on imagination and creativity and fully engages the child. It is designed to instill confidence in self and provide a sense of social and environmental responsibility.

    Based on Steiner principles, Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School offers a nurturing environment to address the changing needs and capabilities of children at each stage of their development. Their curriculum and method of teaching enhances a deep and rounded learning.

    • Ages:  Prep/Preschool – Year 6
    • Gender: Co-ed
    • Education Style: Steiner
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered: Music, language, craft, sport, chess, Claymation
    • Transport Options: view their buses and transport options here.
    • Fees: from $2,865 per term

    Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School Open Days & Tours

    • School Tours: register for one of their regular tours here.

    Contact Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School

    North Shore Private Co-ed School Guide

    North Shore Private Girls’ School Guide

    North Shore Private Boys’ School Guide

    North Shore Public School Guide


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