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West Suburban Montessori School

1039 South East Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304

(708) 848-2662


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"West Suburban Montessori School’s mission is to provide quality Montessori education and childcare in a safe and stable environment.

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation and inner discipline of the child. Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher prepares the environment, guides the activity, and offers the child stimulation. Ultimately, though, the child who learns is motivated through the work to persist in a given task, and not solely dependent upon the personality of the teacher or the instruction provided. Dr. Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. She must do it herself or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years spent in the classroom because she is motivated by a natural curiosity and love of knowledge. Dr. Maria Montessori felt the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate a natural desire to learn.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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