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Near North Montessori
ISACS Membership status: Fully Accredited Member School

Address: 1434 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Telephone: (773) 384-1434
Fax: (773) 384-2711
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Grade Levels: PK-8
Enrollment: 528
Boarding/Day: Day
Gender: Coed
School Description:

Our school was founded on an educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Through a scientific approach, she developed a method based on human development from birth to maturity – a unique combination of philosophy, psychology, educational theory, materials and methods. Today, Dr. Montessori’s approach is more relevant now than ever. At Near North Montessori, we focus on the development of the whole child to become an engaged learner and thinker for life. Taking our lead from Dr. Montessori, we believe independent thinking, self-sufficiency, cultural competency, and creative problem solving will prepare our students for the complicated, demanding world ahead.  Our academically challenging curriculum, our learning materials, our classrooms and our community are all designed to meet the needs of the whole child, presenting purposeful work for the head and the hand, as well as a preparation for life as a citizen in a dynamic, complex world.  At NNM, lessons in technology and STEAM are thoughtfully and intentionally introduced to students as learning tools to augment Montessori lessons. In this way, we stay true to the integrity of an authentic Montessori curriculum while preparing our students for life in this 21st century. Junior high students are responsible for managing all aspects of our Farm to Table Microeconomy program. This real work practicum occurs year-round in congruence with a sustainability and social justice based economics curriculum. Farm to Table is designed to meet the needs of the city adolescent while also providing school-wide economics and practical life learning opportunities.  Younger children, parents, teachers and staff learn to be active participants, contributors and stewards at the farm, by harvesting the vegetable garden and caring for the chickens, goats and bees.  

55 West Wacker, Suite 701 · Chicago, IL 60601 · Telephone (312) 750-1190 · Fax (312) 750-1193
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