Denise Pope - Senior Lecturer, Stanford University
My visit to Montcrest began with a student led tour. When I asked about the student’s favorite thing about the school, my tour guide replied: “That is such a hard question because I love so many things about Montcrest!”. I have to agree. The school provides a caring and nurturing environment that seeks to meet the needs of each individual learner. The teachers bring learning to life with exciting and challenging projects, discussions, dramatic performances, and so much more. We know from research that this kind of personalized, vibrant, and engaging learning community offers a strong foundation for success in high school and beyond.
We wanted to express our deepest gratitude to all of the dedicated, brilliant and inspiring staff at Montcrest for welcoming our family with open arms into your amazing community. Montcrest has been everything we hoped it would be and so very much more.
Montcrest is truly a special and unique school. We truly feel that our child has received the most comprehensive education in these last few months; from the engaging and challenging academics, to the inclusive and exciting sports teams and the meaningful and enriching co-curriculars. Every aspect and detail of school life has been rich with substance and experience.
My son is a new student this year, and I wanted to let you know he feels loved and safe in his new environment. When getting ready for school, he said, "I'm sooooooo excited." We asked what he was excited for, and he smiled and said, "I get to go to school today!" This brought tears to our eyes knowing that he was truly in the right place.
Your unique ability to honour each child's individuality and challenging them to realize their full potential is amazing.
Excerpt from a Grade 8’s application to high school:
I enjoy many things about Montcrest. Primarily, I love the fact that it is smaller compared to most independent schools. For me, it creates a greater sense of community which is important because it allows me to create a stronger bond between my teachers and peers. The teachers at Montcrest are spectacular. I feel that they genuinely want me to thrive, which encourages me to try my best because I know someone believes in me and supports me.
As a mother all you want is for your child to feel confident, secure, and happy in their environment. The teachers are amazing! He's thinking differently. He's challenged, and he's enjoying school for the first time. Many thanks to you and all your efforts in making Montcrest such an amazing school!
We have really enjoyed our first year at Montcrest. The feeling of community that we saw on our initial tour of the school is steady throughout the year.
A Visiting Educational Consultant
So fantastic to tour Montcrest, I was truly "blown" away. Montcrest is very impressive on many fronts, and I left wishing I was either back at school or wishing my children went to school there!
As our kids grow up, we parents are less and less involved, and consequently, the teachers see less and less of us. I have not had an adequate opportunity to express my gratitude for all that you do with the kids. Please know that the profound effect of your work is evident, and I’m truly, truly grateful.
I am not a religious person, but I feel something, dare I say, spiritual about Montcrest. Something bigger than myself that makes me want to give back as much as I can for all the goodness my kids receive from the school. I think this is very rare, and my eyes and heart are open to it all. My family is so lucky to be a part of this place and everything and everyone that makes it that 'one-in-a-million Montcrest'.