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Last Updated: 7/22/2024 6:00:55 AM EST

School Overview

Selkirk Montessori is one of the few Montessori schools in the province providing Montessori programs for students from age three to 14, encompassing early primary, lower elementary, upper elementary and middle school. We offer a collaborative and collegial school team and a supportive and engaged school community.

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Why Teach At Selkirk Montessori School?

Selkirk Montessori School was created in 1980 by a group of parents who were interested in having an elementary Montessori option for their children in Victoria. Starting with preschool, kindergarten and grade one, they added a new grade every year until they reached grade seven.

From the original old wood-framed building to today’s a beautiful, purpose-built Montessori facility, Selkirk Montessori has thrived for over 40 years. We added Grade 8 to round off our middle school – as well as a two-storey addition in 2015 – and are now able to provide an enriched, continuous education from age three to age 14.

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MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

Our vision is to cultivate a lifelong love of learning in our children and inspire them to realize their full potential while enjoying life’s journey and positively contributing to the world around them. Guided by the Montessori philosophy, our mission is to provide a caring school community that nurtures every child’s natural curiosity for learning and supports the full development of their academic, social, artistic, physical and life skills.

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Being a member of the Selkirk Montessori community ROCKS! Our interactions, behaviours and problem-solving centre around:

  • Respect: We seek to understand each other, take care of our environment and work to create a positive environment.
  • Open-mindedness: We celebrate diversity, try new things, are flexible thinkers and approach collaboration with curiosity.
  • Communication: We actively listen, thoughtfully speak, honour and express our own feeling and ideas, and acknowledge and consider the feelings and ideas of others.
  • Kindness: We help and inspire others, include everyone, use compassion, solve problems and take great care with our community.
  • Success: We challenge ourselves and persevere when obstacles arise, make a difference in our community, work together to accomplish big things, participate in service work and are true to ourselves.

Draw for Employees

We are a community of diverse and enthusiastic learners, both students and staff. We believe in community, teamwork and bringing joy and interest to our learning. Our students have the advantage of a well-rounded program right from the age of three. They have, generally, developed a love of learning. Our teachers appreciate the flexibility and challenges of a collaborative teacher team to explore rich academic content and broad opportunities for creative studies.

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WHY YOU’ll Love it here

Selkirk Montessori School provides a team-teaching approach, which means that teaching responsibilities are shared. Having a “partner” helps to reduce the day-to-day stress of teaching. It also means that each teacher has more time to prepare and deliver lessons and provide follow-up with students who might be struggling.

We have good staff-to-student ratios, and our school-based team is second to none in supporting staff with student or classroom concerns. Specialists teach French, music, physical education and technology. Our entire school staff works as a team, and when something needs doing, it’s all hands on deck! We support each other personally and professionally.

Community & School Culture

At Selkirk Montessori, preschool, elementary and middle school children learn at their own pace through guided exploration. Learning from their personal experiences, they own the knowledge they have gained. Independence, confidence, self-discipline and a love of learning are qualities that distinguish Montessori students. Students leave Selkirk Montessori with a secure foundation for a successful transition to further studies.

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School community

We are an established school in an exciting waterfront setting that offers the full BC curriculum to Grade 8; Montessori-trained staff whose credentials exceed provincial standards; low student-teacher ratios; outstanding programs, including music and French; a beautiful school that is bright and fresh, full of colour and light; a safe earthquake-prepared and wheelchair-accessible building; and a vibrant school community.

Selkirk Montessori School is located next to the beautiful Gorge area of Victoria, close to downtown and major routes to the Saanich Peninsula and the West Shore. The Gorge is a unique waterway and is a favourite for kayakers, paddlers and rowers. We are also adjacent to the Galloping Goose trail, a very popular cycling and walking route.

There are nature walks, coffee shops and restaurants a step away.

Our community

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the homelands of the Songhees and Esquimalt People, Victoria is a forward-thinking, active community. Victoria is unique in that we are the capital of BC, with a rich history starting with the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples.

We are a tourism hub, welcoming visitors all year round, and we are a ferry ride away from Vancouver, Whistler and Seattle. We also have well-respected universities and colleges.

It’s a place where sustainability, health and well-being are the cornerstones of creating a prosperous and inclusive future.

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People are drawn to victoria for its natural beauty and outdoor recreation

Victoria has a vibrant arts and culture scene with its own symphony and opera companies. Live music and theatre are popular, as are our many ethnic restaurants. Greater Victoria is home to three critical care hospitals, numerous community centres, arenas that host live events and hockey, and more. Victoria’s good weather is another draw!

Victoria is well known as an outdoor mecca!

We garden, walk, run, hike, cycle, paddle, row, canoe, kayak, swim, camp, mountain bike, fish, hunt, off-road, horseback ride, mountain climb, ski, snowboard, play hockey – and much more!

Salary and Benefits

Salaries range from $41,859 to $64,516, depending on experience. We offer an excellent benefits package, including parking, extended benefits, dental, life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment. Staff are provided with 10 paid sick days per year and five paid personal days. We have a pension plan, and the school matches staff contributions.

We cover the costs of the annual practice fee to maintain a valid B.C. teaching certificate and other professional fees. Finally, the school also offers a $2,000 annual stipend for a master’s degree and other stipends for taking on specific responsibilities.

Opportunities for professional development

Selkirk Montessori School provides its staff with ongoing professional development, including opportunities to take their Montessori training.

Application requirements

You must hold or be eligible for a Certificate of Qualification or Independent School Teaching Certificate through the BC Ministry of Education’s Teacher Regulation Branch.

Although we prefer applicants who have completed accredited Montessori training, we are open to discussing the option of training while working.

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