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Near North Montessori

1434 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 384-1434


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

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Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Describe how teachers work with children who are "behind," "excelling" or "different" from the majority of students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Montessori education is based on the work of Italian pediatrician Dr. Maria Montessori, whose research in the first half of the century gave birth to an educational system that has grown worldwide. With her scientific training, Dr. Montessori developed a philosophy based on the natural development of children and their intrinsic desire to explore, discover, and learn from the world around them.

Dr. Montessori saw education not as an end in itself but as an aid to life. Thus, learning to be kind and courteous is as important as learning the sounds of letters. Learning to prepare a simple snack and clean up afterward is as important as learning to count. Montessori education addresses not only the academic, but also the physical, emotional, and social development of the child."

--taken from school website (

A Typical Day

"Programs for Primary (ages 2-6)

*Promotes mastery of self and environment, self-discipline, and social competence
* Places emphasis on learning the valuable life-skills of research, critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving
*Moves children from concrete to abstract learning
*Fosters competency and mastery of skills through repetitive, successful experience while minimizing failure
*Develops social awareness on global and local levels
*Creates a miniature community in the classroom where children are responsible for their own behavior and learn to observe classroom rules necessary for a peaceful and harmonious coexistence "

--taken from school website (

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Please describe the ways in which you communicate with parents about their child, the school's learning goals, their child's progress, and activities parents can be doing outside of school to foster their child's development.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Handling Separation: From the Director

Please describe how your school handles children with separation anxiety.