Brickton Montessori School

8622 W Catalpa Ave
Chicago, IL 60656-0606
Tel: (773)714-0646
Grades: NS-8 | 141 students
Children's House
Children's House
Brickton Montessori School is located at the far northwest side of Chicago, at 8622 West Catalpa, Chicago, IL.  We are a five minute drive from O’Hare International Airport and a 10 minute walk to the CTA Blue Line train.
Brickton Montessori School is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), and is a full member of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS).  We are registered and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as a Non-Public School and area member of the Illinois Non-Public School Association.  We hold licenses from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the City of Chicago.  Brickton is a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a non-sectarian, non-profit, corporation managed by a board of directors.
How we came to be In the summer of 1986, a group of dedicated Montessori parents and Montessori teachers met together to explore the possibility of establishing a new school.  Idealistic and imbued with pioneering energy, they were determined to make it work.  Brickton Montessori School was first born in the basement of St. Anselm’s church in Park Ridge, IL.  Later that summer the school moved into a vacant space within Pennoyer Elementary School, located in the nearby town of Norridge.
To facilitate growth, in August 1989, Brickton moved to its current location on West Catalpa.  As newly constructed office space, we had the flexibility to design a space to meet our needs as a Montessori school.   At our new site, we began with one toddler class, two 3-6 classes, and one 6-12 class.
Continuing to grow steadily, we added classrooms, filling our building to capacity with one toddler classroom, three Children’s House (3-6) classrooms, one Lower Elementary (6-9) class, one Upper Elementary (9-12) class and one Middle School (12 – 15) class.
Our Mission Brickton Montessori School is a community of learners working together to provide a Montessori educational experience that engages and inspires students to become life-long learners, and responsible participants in our diverse global community.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded 1986

Student Body

Total Students 141 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Brickton Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 20 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling

School Notes:

  • Brickton Montessori School, located on Chicago's Northwest Side, is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). This is a voluntary accreditation in which schools are measured against the highest possible standards in all areas including faculty and staff, curriculum and facilities. Brickton has demonstrated our commitment to quality and growth through participation in these accreditations. Celebrating over 25 years of excellence, Brickton offers a hands-on learning experience enhanced by low student to teacher ratios, extended hours, and a variety of on-site extra-curricular classes. Educating children ages 24 months through Middle School. To find out more about Brickton or to schedule an admissions conversation and tour - visit us at or email

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

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The nearest high school is Resurrection High School (1.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St. Sava Academy (0.7 miles away)
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