"Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as done for the Lord...
- Colossians 3:23-24
Welcome to Academia Stella Maris!
I am Stephanie Montojo, Ontario certified teacher, founder and principal of ASM. Five years ago, the Lord invited me on this journey of founding His learning hub with the help of my right arm and my rock: my husband.
When I started my career as a teacher in 2004, I knew there was a bigger purpose to my calling as an educator. In 2016 I founded Academia Stella Maris, a place where parents are the primary educators of their children. It was in the basement of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish that ASM saw its beginning. It was in different parish basements that we offered workshops for homeschoolers one day a week from September 2016 to June 2018. Thank-you to these parish priests who believed in our mission and vision and helped us during our humble beginnings! We are now blessed with a beautiful space where we offer one-of-a-kind full-time and hybrid programs.
Academia Stella Maris offers an environment where the Holy Spirit is invited and where the beauty of the Liturgy and the Eucharist is presented. It is also a place where the children can identify their God-given gifts and where we instil in our students the truth that they can change the world with God by their side.
This is our home. This is God's home. This is where children are the "Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World". This is Academia Stella Maris!
Come celebrate with us this blessing!
In His Service,
ASM exists to assist Catholic parents in the education of their children by offering flexible, faithful, bilingual learning opportunities for both full-time and hybrid school families.
ASM envisions a student-centred learning environment inspired by God’s truth which promotes the development of the whole child: in their academic, spiritual, physical and emotional growth.
ASM aims to support each student along their path to academic and personal success through the development of their intellect and God-given gifts while promoting virtue and strong character as the foundation of their purpose-filled life in Christ.
Depending on the age and subject matter, our curriculum utilizes aspects of the well-known Montessori, Charlotte Mason and Classical Education models as students develop a strong foundation in mathematics, classical literature, phonics and language arts, memory work, music and art, science, history and cursive writing.
Younger students receive instruction based on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) and Montessori Practical Life Activities, while older students follow material based on the Baltimore Catechism and other faithful Catholic resources while being given many opportunities throughout the year to expand their leadership and community servant skills.
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ASM is pleased to offer families both full-time and hybrid (or “part-time”) schooling options for Kindergarten to Grade 10. Full-time students attend Monday-Friday for the full day (8:30am-2:30pm) and receive the benefits of the entire ASM curriculum program.
Each day of the week is given a particular focus or theme which allows the schools to support full-time students while also welcome part-time students who select between 1-4 full days of the week to attend, supplementing their home-based education program already administered by their own family.
Options include the Investigation, Artistic, Exploration and Critical Thinking days (see Academics) with limited spaces available depending on enrolment.
Before and after school care available on-site through an independent day-care.