“After the crisis of receiving a difficult diagnosis, the kindness of the teachers felt like a miracle, the first of many with this school. The staff worked as a team to teach and to love our son and they supported me in my process of coming to terms with his disabilities. They did this by getting to know our son – by recognizing his struggles, honouring his efforts and appreciating his charms.”

– Parent of three children including a child with an intellectual disability & speech disorder


“The staff at IMHS provides a loving, nurturing, stimulating, supportive and inclusive environment for so many children with such a wide variety of special needs.  They truly provide a safe environment for children who learn differently.   As true dedicated professionals, they continuously accept children into their program with various skills, and learning differences.  They are willing and quickly learn each student’s strengths and weaknesses and adapt the programs for the student.  In doing so, the staff at IMHS fosters a climate of tolerance and inclusion among the children they teach.”

– Parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


“The Directresses and SSAs at Island Montessori are very professional and dedicated to their students. This is evidenced by the way the children are taught as well as the skills they bring home. My son’s vocabulary and the appropriateness with which it is used has increased since he started school. In addition, his aggression towards other children has diminished and he is beginning to show interest in participating in some household activities…. as a parent of a child with ASD, this is very significant not only for our child but our entire family. I can think of no better place for my child to be learning.”

– Parent of a child with communication disorder along the autistic spectrum

 “Two years ago his many difficulties were contributing to a severe delay in development in all areas.  This had the potential to cripple him socially, academically and emotionally.  In addition to the clinical support provided by his therapy team, he has spent full days at IMHS for the last two years.  If this school had been unwilling to work with him and work alongside the other professionals involved it is very unlikely that he would have been able to achieve and prove his amazing potential.  I do believe that we have all now given him the strongest start possible”

– Therapist & Parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


“We owe the dedicated ladies a debt of gratitude as it was through their observation and concern that our son was tested and consequently identified with ASD at such an early age.  Our son has received early intervention sessions, both at home and at school, and these have made a world of difference in our lives and in our son’s life.  We are profoundly thankful.”

– Beth (parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum Disorder)


“In all that has happened since that day, I have still never forgotten that feeling:  The desperate feeling of wanting your child with special needs to be accepted as he is, and the incredible feeling of finding someone who will.  Although many people contend that this should not be a concern, it often is.  There are still many daycares, preschools, schools and other institutions that are unwilling to accept children with ASD or other developmental delays.  IMHS welcomes all children, regardless of ability and need.”

– Therapist & Parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum Disorder


“The school has made every effort to provide excellent programming for all of the children in their care regardless of abilities, or financial circumstances. They have contracted for services when these have not been available through public sources. The staff have availed themselves every opportunity to upgrade their skills in their own time and often at their own expense. Moreover they have worked well beyond the required hours to provide and enriched program.”

– Therapist


“To sum it up, I can’t think that there could be a better school environment for a child that at Island Montessori. The school has so many wonderfully positive things to offer the children and the community that I sincerely hope it will be able to continue to be offering those things long into the future.”

– Parent of “typical” children


 “I often remind myself of how lucky both he and I were the day that Sandy Einarson calmly nodded her head in acceptance.  My sincere hope is for this school, with its highly capable and talented staff, to flourish and continue to grow.  I hope they can continue to provide their superior ability to nurture and teach all children who enter their classrooms, including those who others find too difficult or intimidating.”

– Therapist & Parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder