Forest Bluff Montessori School

8 W Scranton Ave,
Lake Bluff, IL, 60044-0600
Tel: (847)295-8338
Forest Bluff School, located near downtown Lake Bluff, Illinois and Lake Forest, Illinois, is the internationally renowned Montessori school founded in 1982 by Paula Polk Lillard, the author of Montessori Today and other classic texts on Montessori education.
The private, AMI-accredited school serves 140 children, from 18 months to 14 years.
A teacher-run school that adheres to the educational approach developed by Dr.
Maria Montessori, Forest Bluff strives to help every student reach his or her full human potential in all areas of life.
Our graduates have been accepted at top-rated high schools, such as The Thacher School, St. Paul's, Exeter, Andover, and Lake Forest Academy.
Recent college choices include MIT, Yale, Stanford, Middlebury, Williams, Dartmouth, Duke and UVA.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association Montessori International (AMI)
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 8
Year Founded 1982

Student Body

Total Students 150 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 9%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 99%

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Lynn Lillard Jessen

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Daisys Resource Optional School (3.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Dearhaven Childcare & Learning Center (1.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Lake Forest Country Day School (3 miles away)
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  • Lake Forest Dearhaven Childcare & Learning Center
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    1100 N Westmoreland Rd
    Lake Forest , IL , 60045
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    1.8  mi  |  157  students  |  Gr.  K
  • Lake Forest
    Honored for National Blue Ribbon Award School Of St. Mary
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    185 E Illinois Rd
    Lake Forest , IL , 60045
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    2.1  mi  |  588  students  |  Gr.  K-9
  • Lake Forest
    Lake Forest Country Day School
    145 S Green Bay Road
    Lake Forest , IL , 60045
    3  mi  |  381  students  |  Gr.  PK-8
  • Lake Forest
    Montessori School Of Lake Forest
    Montessori School
    13700 W Laurel Dr
    Lake Forest , IL , 60045
    Montessori School
    3  mi  |  174  students  |  Gr.  PK-9
  • Lake Forest
    East Lake Academy
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    13911 W. Laurel Drive
    Lake Forest , IL , 60045
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    3.1  mi  |  152  students  |  Gr.  PK-8

School Reviews

  • Recommended February 19, 2013 - Forest Bluff is known internationally as a model Montessori school, and as a parent I''ve found that its reputation is deserved. The teachers are thoughtful, caring and intelligent, the building and grounds are beautiful, and this school has committed to a fully realized vision of Montessori education. Most families stay all the way through 8th grade. - Posted by Parent

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