What are the ages of children that can attend your school?
We accept children ages 15 months to 6 years.
What is your tuition?
Please see the payment schedule section in application form.
Do you provide auxiliary programs such as Before/After Care or Camps?
Yes. Our auxiliary programs are extended to the students who are enrolled in our school with payment of additional fees. Before Care is from 7 to 8:15 am, and After Care is from 3 to 6 pm. Snack is provided during After Care. After Care usually incorporates time on the playground should weather permit, Art, Science, Group Games and Practical Life activities. Our camps are hosted during our winter, spring, and summer breaks. These programs are lead by classroom assistants implementing Montessori principles, such as independence and creating a community-like environment.
Must the child be potty-trained?
The Young Toddler (15-24 months program) and Pre-Primary (2-3 year program) incorporates toileting; however parents are expected to aid in the process by training at home and sending the child in diapering items that they can easily manipulate, such as pull-ups or training pants.
Children in the Primary program, need to be three year old and independent with their toilet needs. Parents should be advised that there is no physical assiatnce provided to child for toilet needs. They may bring flushable wipes to aid in self-cleaning and they may change themselves into a pull-up during nap time.
Do the children nap?
Yes. All children in Young Toddler and Pre-Primary program, and 3 year old children in Primary Program nap during the afternoon in their respective rooms. Children younger than 3 year usually nap from 12:30 until 2:30 pm. Three year old children nap from 1:00 until 2:30 pm.
Does the school provide lunch or snack?
Yes. Each child enrolled in our Young Toddler, Pre-Primary and Primary Program will receive hot lunch, provided by a catering company. Lunch for Primary program is served family style, where the food is set up in serving dishes and the children prepare their own plates. The children then wash their dishes and neatly stack them to be returned into the kitchen to be loaded in dishwasher. Lunch is served with 1% milk and water for beverages. Pre-Primary children will be provided with a healthy snack containing a starch and a fruit or vegetable. Children in the Primary program are asked to provide snacks. This Practical Life lesson is taken home so that the child is able to participate in grocery shopping. The item is then brought to school and the children are taught how to prepare the item for eating. It may be washing, slicing, etc. Parents will receive a snack list every two to three weeks.
Does the school accommodate dietary restrictions?
Yes. Please inform the school of any restrictions in advance.
Can children bring their own lunch?
Pre-Primary Program: For 2-3 years old children enrolled in our Pre-Primary program for full day, must participate in the hot lunch program, unless they have dietary restrictions. In such cases, the school will provide reasonable accommodation for supplemental food items (vegetarian/no dairy etc.). No food should be brought from home unless specified by medical need. Doctor's note is required for food allergy specification.
Primary Program: Hot lunch is provided for children 3-6 years old, who are enrolled in our Primary program for full day. Children who have dietary restrictions may bring food from home, however given that family-style lunch is a part of the Montessori curriculum, we prefer that children participate as it is considered a lesson.
How is the child evaluated?
Our directresses prepare the children at their individual paces, ensuring that the child meets benchmarks in Practical Life, which incorporates daily living skill development; Sensorial Lessons, which include culture, geography, science and beginning mathematics; advanced Mathematics; and Language that includes Reading. Upon completion of the Primary Program (3 year period), the children will meet and commonly exceed the academic and social expectations of the traditional kindergarten student.
Evaluations for the Elementary program involve adhering to the Common Core State Standards for Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Using this guideline, the Elementary teacher is able to assure that the children are meeting the standard for their grade level. Children are not tested and are not given homework. Lessons are given in the classroom on an individual or small group basis. When our directresses are not engaged in a lesson, they are making observations of the children as they work. These observations are a part of their evaluation tools, where they are able to gauge whether the child understands the concepts being taught, needs to be re-taught, or is able to assist or teach another child who needs clarity. Based on their evaluations, the directress will teach the next lesson or re-teach the current in the area of concentration.
What is the transitioning process like?
Individuals of any age must take time to adjust to a new environment. The greatest challenge for children coming into a Montessori program from a traditional program is harnessing his or her independence. Many children have grown accustomed to being directed by an adult, and struggle when given the choice of lessons for the day or even choosing where he or she would like to sit. The Montessori style of teaching is considered a "Child-Centered" approach, where the directress guides and facilitates for the child. The children are able to move about the classroom and explore their environment more freely. Most children, once they understand the freedom of choice and become comfortable with their independence, transition quite well. For those who have a harder time, their classmates and directress have a special way of supporting them.
When a child leaves the Montessori School to join a traditional, the opposite is required. The child then has to learn to be directed, and adjust to more structured environment from the freedom given in the Montessori environment. Montessori students are used to working together and helping their peers, and used to being able to move on to a new lesson/activity when they are ready for that information or ask for permission to use a washroom. It may take some time for them to adjust to classroom where they aren't allowed to move freely, to work with others to find solutions to their problems and have to follow same structure as others.
Montessori children are unusually adaptable to work in different environment and used to work independently or in groups. They are independent learners with initiative and a thirst for learning, which helps them adopt well to traditional school with initial adjustment period.