BHMS at a Glance

BHMS is a not-for-profit, independent school which was established in 1983, employs 45 staff and over 200 students. BHMS is a Charitable Organization with charitable status, registration number 11924-9225-RR0001. The School receives some provincial funding for general operations for our daycare licensed programming and subsidized daycare from the City of Ottawa. BHMS is one of only two CCMA accredited Montessori schools in the Ottawa area.

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School admits students of any race, colour, religion, gender and national or ethnic origin. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin in the administration of employment or admissions programs or policies. Hours: 7.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Office hours: 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School was founded in January 1983 with six preschool students. The school fell under the jurisdiction of the Ottawa Anglican School Society. The Society was incorporated on October 7, 1981 by Anglicans concerned about the adequacy of Christian nurturing for students.

The School is named after the first Anglican bishop of Ottawa, the Right Reverend Charles Hamilton. Among his other qualities, Bishop Hamilton is remembered for his happy relationship with children. In several addresses to the synod he stressed the desirability of denominational schools affiliated with the public system, where Christian faith and nurture could be part of a child’s daily education.

Program Statement

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School’s (BHMS) interpretation of Montessori pedagogy and programming is consistent with the Minister of Education’s Policy Statement as set out in “How Does Learning Happen (HDLH)?”

BHMS holds the view that all children are competent, capable, curious, and rich in potential. Montessori pedagogy places the child at the centre of the learning environment with staff and materials as a means of taking on the mantle of their own development... Read more   

School Prayer

Almighty God, You have committed to Your holy church the care and nurture of Your children. Grant the staff, children, and community of Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, the grace of gentleness and joy. Enlighten them with Your wisdom, that, rejoicing in Your truth, they may worship You and serve You all the days of their lives. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

School Motto

Where Mind and Spirit go Hand in Hand


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