The Element was developed by its parent school, OMS Montessori, in operation since 1966, one of the longest standing Montessori schools in Ottawa. The Element opened its doors in 2003 as a Junior High program for Grades 7 and 8. In 2009, The Element High School became a strategic goal and in 2012 this goal was implemented. In 2015, The Element High School moved to its current location, Lansdowne Park, where students are immersed in the vibrant Glebe community. 

When we are ‘in our element’ we are focused, engaged, internally motivated, fulfilled and strive to do our best. This is the basis of a Montessori education. The Element High School, a not-for-profit private school, provides conditions that will put youth ‘in their element,’ in school and beyond.

What engages us depends on our stage of development and so there are two programs at The Element High School, e1 for Grades 7 to 8 and e2 for Grades 9 to 12, each responsive to two unique stages of development. Each of these programs takes advantage of the intersection of youth’s developmental characteristics and the requirements of the real world. This creates the conditions for focused engagement that lead to personal excellence.

A Montessori background is not required to attend The Element. However, a passion for life is. If you are interested in experiencing life now and have the determination to work with teachers in an independent and mature way, then this program may be for you.