Century Private School
Since 1994, Century Private School has offered a safe, pleasant, and nurturing environment for students from Montessori preschool to high school. We are dedicated in providing first-class education to embrace the vision of our students achieving excellence through their experience at Century Private School.
The Montessori Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary campus, co-founded in 1994, is now located in the Loyal True Blue and Orange Home in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Century Private School is home to students from the preschool level (2 1/2 years) to grade twelve.
Century is housed in a historic landmark (circa 1922), rich in tradition and connections to the Town of Richmond Hill. Our updated facility boasts bright classrooms, small class sizes, and an integrated and enriched curriculum encompassing the Montessori method of education up to age six (6), followed by an enriched version of the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum, to grade twelve (12).
The foundation of learning at Century Private School is built on three pillars – Leadership, Character Development and Community Service.
Our elementary students enjoy a large playground with areas specifically designed for children, always putting their safety first. Secondary students have access to a variety of outdoor sports and activities including, three soccer fields and a basketball court.
A supervised homework program is available at the end of the school day for all elementary and secondary students who wish to achieve excellence in their studies. This, in addition to a variety of extra-curricular activities, gives our students opportunities for social interaction and building lifelong friendships.
Our Leadership Team
Founder and Montessori Consultant
Ms. Taylor founded Century Montessori Schools in 1994 (Casa) and 1997 (Casa and Elementary). Ms. Taylor has trained students in Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Spain over the last 36 years. She founded Newborough Teacher Training Institute in 2009 where she continues training teachers in Montessori Early Childhood Education (MACTE Accredited). In December 2015, Ms. Taylor was one of the recipients of the Wisdom of the Elders awards presented during the MACTE Symposium in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A.
Mr. Pereira has dedicated 22 years to the education of children at Century Private School. We honour his commitment to our students and are pleased to award him with the title Director Emeritus.
Being heavily immersed in a desire to educate, inspire and direct students towards their full potential, Elizabeth Pereira brings over 15 years of personal and professional experience to her role as Academic Dean.
Mrs. Pereira brings a background of study - Clinical Psychology of Young Children and Adults at the University of Edinburgh, Child Nutrition through Stanford University, and Chemicals and Health at John Hopkins University.
Mrs. Pereira has used her experiences and knowledge to aid children of all abilities at various grade levels.
She is an accomplished academic advisor to students and faculty alike. She continues to dedicate herself to personal, professional and academic growth. Her invaluable expertise, not only with regard to education and academics, but also the health, wellness, safety and well-being of children and their development as a whole, provides Century Private School with key component for ongoing success.
Elementary School Principal
Charlene Cannito holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from York University, an Honours Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education (MACTE) from Newborough Teacher Training Institute, and a specialist certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESOL/TEFL)
Mrs. Cannito has been a part of the Century family for over 15 years, teaching Primary French, Casa Montessori, Grade 1, and English as a Second Language. Her passion for teaching is fuelled by her commitment to ensure that all students reach their potential and achieve personal development and academic success.
Secondary School Principal
Ms. Savo, a member of The Ontario College of Teachers, has a Masters of Education with a focus on Literacy. In her role as an educator, she has been an Elementary and Secondary Teacher, Guidance Counsellor, and Principal.
She shares her experience as a classroom teacher, Guidance Counsellor, teacher of English Language Learners, and leadership as a Principal to create a positive and collaborative learning environment that enhances student learning and success.
Secondary School Vice Principal
Mrs. Augustynek is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers with over 40 years experience in education. She has been an Elementary and Secondary school teacher, department head, arts consultant and principal.
Mrs. Augustynek has taught the Additional Qualifications Course for teachers at York University and implemented a variety of arts education workshops for students and teachers.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and Bachelor of Education from Queen's University, and a Masters of Education with a focus on Arts Education from Durham University, England.
Mrs. Augustynek is committed to helping all students reach their academic and personal goals.
Century Private School Advisory Board
Chair of the Advisory Board
Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet from 2001 to 2003
Minister of Culture from 2002 to 2003
Solicitor General from 1999 to 2001
Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations from 1996 to 1999
Minister of Community and Social Services from 1995 to 1996
Member of Provincial Parliament – Markham from 1995 to 2003
Honorary Consul General of Mongolia from 2012-2016
Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Recipient of Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) Lifetime Achievement Award and
Diversity Award, NAAAP 100 from the North American Association of Asian Professionals.
Advisory Board Member
Trustee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board from 1994 to 2003, and from 2014 to present
Chair of the Toronto Catholic District School Board from 2000 to 2001, and from 2014 to 2015
Chair of the Budget Committee of the City of Toronto from 2010 to 2012
Toronto City Councillor, representing Ward 39 Scarborough—Agincourt from 2003 to 2014
Director of Toronto Scarborough Hospital from 2007 to 2012
Chair of the Scarborough Community Council from 2004 to 2005
Dr. Bill Hogarth
Advisory Board Member
Honourary Doctorate, York University
Director, York Region District School Board (1993 to 2009)
Chair of the Board of Governors of Seneca College (2006 to 2008)
Member of the Senate, Guelph University (2016 to present)
Board member Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH (2012 to present)
Superintendent of Schools North York Board of Education (1988 to 1993)
Teacher, Program Consultant & Principal, North York Board of Education (1968 – 1987)
Advisory Board Member
President and CEO of Colleges Ontario
Former President, Wine Council of Ontario
Former Chief of Staff for an Ontario cabinet minister
Member of the board of directors of Ontario Place
Member of the board of directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Linda was named Niagara’s Business Person of the Year, and she was also awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medal for her contribution to the advancement of the Ontario wine industry.