As parent of a young girl and boy who have been attending Alive Montessori for several years, I am writing this letter to chronicle my experiences with the amazing accomplishments that Julia Simon and her staff have achieved with my children.
My son was originally at another Montessori school, where he did not fit in. Max was always “getting into trouble” with other children, and we, his parents, were constantly called in to talk to the administration about his behavior. He did not like going to school.
When Max came to Alive Montessori something very fundamental changed. He now runs to school, instead of being dragged by the hand. He has friends. He is happy. He loves to read despite his young age and this is fostered by the teachers. This night-and-day transformation was a wonder to behold and he is doing very well now.
When my daughter first came to Alive Montessori, Maya was shy and introverted. Her pediatrician was concerned that she might be autistic. Through consistent care and incredible devotion, Julia and her team have worked with her and she came alive in ways that I only initially only hoped and dreamed were possible. She went from being introverted and focusing only on her own universe to someone who is always reaching out to other children and adults. It really is amazing to see the change in her life that happened here.
On a scholastic level, Maya is consistently reading well above grade level. She enjoys reading books with an ever increasing level of difficulty. She sings, plays musical instruments and draws pictures with a skill and talent beyond her years. I truly feel that everything Maya goes on to accomplish in her life will be in no small part to the amazing start in life she received from Julia and her team. This is a priceless gift that I personally will be eternally grateful for.
Alive Montessori and Julia Simon have my sincere recommendation for any parent who has children and is looking for an exceptional environment where kids can grow and become themselves.
Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart.

- W.S.

Dear Ms. Simon,
I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to your school. I really love your school and the many services it provides. I am just amazed at how much Jonathan has learned in such a short time; it has really exceeded my expectations. I love the fact that Jonathan is being exposed to so many different things and he seems to be enjoying all of it.

- Sincerely, Michelle Plummer

When asked why we have chosen Julia’s school as the educational facility for our children, the answer is quite simple. It is without a doubt the best school in the GTA that is available to toddlers, pre-schoolers and grade schoolers.
This school lives up to its mission of creating a fun, enriched learning environment that honours and nurtures children’s minds, bodies and spirits as they explore and express themselves through their unique gifts and talents. Because of Julia’s school’s solid commitment to this mission, we have seen the benefits in our children’s academic, artistic, social and physical development.

- Mr. & Mrs. Gaskin

There are no words to match my gratitude,
Above all else, you’ve shaped my attitude,
Nurturing me with discipline and light.
Knowledge is the least of what you’ve taught,
Yet that least at least prepared my head.
Out of your heart I’ve learned the things I ought,
Underscoring words you never said.

- Student

Hi, Ms. Julia Simon,
I just wanted to drop you a note to wish you a successful school year … Since 2002, your school has been instrumental in my children’s lives. It was there that they were introduced to so many life changing experiences and challenges. Your school truly is a great place to start the educational journey. Please keep in touch.

- Amanda

I want to thank you for everything you did for my son Jason. In your school, Jason learned great manners in addition to academic skills. He demonstrated an eagerness to learn and he thoroughly enjoyed all sports activities and field trips. I am recommending your school to any parents with pre-school and elementary age children. And I congratulate you for a job well done!

- Haiyum Wang

I like Alive Montessori School because it teaches children about stuff that I am supposed to learn in 8th grade.

- Alessandra, Grade 4 Student