Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School

Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School is a classic Montessori school for children 6 weeks to 15 years of age that follows both the method and the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
In the spirit of Montessori education, all children are treated with dignity and respect.
Care for ourselves, care for others and compassionate activism are the touchstones of belief at AGBMS. Here children are encouraged and challenged to develop their own unique gifts.
Teachers are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education and the American Montessori Society.
The school serves as an official practicum and observation site for Illinois State University and National Louis University.
It is also affiliated with and designated as a model by the American Montessori Society.
AGBMS is accredited by the American Montessori Society.  AGBMS is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
AGBMS is accredited by the National Council for Private School Accreditation.
AGBMS has received the Gold Circle of Quality from Excel eRate Illinois.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other school association(s)
National Council for Private School Accreditation
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDeaf and Hard of Hearing and Speech/Language Delays
Year Founded1984
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$250
Summer Program Cost Notes$250 per week ages 3-12 Partial enrollment allowed
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students100 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no dress code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition varies according to programs. Please see tuition info at
Admissions DirectorDebra Trude-Suter, PhD
Admissions AssociateKim Roscoe


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsDance, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballDanceField Hockey,
Flag FootballIndoor Soccer,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Cooking Club, Cue Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Kolor Me Kids

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Physical Education, Soccer, Yoga

School Notes

  • Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School is a classic Montessori school accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS). All AGBMS teachers are AMS certified. AGBMS was founded in 1986 by a group of dedicated educators and parents whose goal was to build a school where children could experience the very best Montessori education. These parents, some of whose children were hard-of-hearing, also wanted a place where all children could learn together regardless of their ability to hear. Today, about 10% of our students are deaf or hard of hearing and work side-by-side with hearing students, who make up the other 90% of our students.
  • We are named for the great inventor who was also a teacher of the deaf and married to a deaf woman, Mabel Hubbard Bell. Mr. Bell was a vigorous supporter of advances in education, and invited Dr. Maria Montessori to bring her progressive methods to the United States. The Bells started one of the first Montessori schools in the parlor of their home, with Mabel Bell as one of its first teachers. 
  • Whether you're looking for a preschool to jump start your child's education, or an alternative to traditional elementary school that provides a more individualized, holistic education, we invite you to come on in and explore all that Montessori has to offer children ages 6 weeks to 15 years.  Our student/teacher ratio is on average 15:1 - compared to a national average public school ratio of 18:1. Our enriched curriculum includes foreign language, music, art, physical education and individualized reading instruction. And our new state-of-the-art facility, completed in the fall of 2008, is both beautiful and respects the environment by adhering to 'green' building standards.
  • AGBMS has been designated as a model site by the American Montessori Society (AMS), and serves as an official practicum and observation site for National Louis University, Illinois State University, and Northern Illinois University.   Our teachers are all certified by the AMS, and many have won national awards for excellence. Read on- and then stop in for a visit!  Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, serving Wheeling, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Des Plaines, Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, Glenview and other surrounding communities.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Our children have attended AGBMS for several years and are very happy with their we are too. When we visited the school for the first time, we were impressed by the beautiful building and the warm and welcoming environment. The school has a large playground and lots of green space around it and chickens and other animals that the children take care of with the help of the teachers. The teachers are great and respond very individually to each child and we enjoy seeing our children grow and thrive here.
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We've taken our son from Northbrook school district and placed him at AGBMS. We worried that a cookie-cutter approach to education, even at a good public school, was not the best approach to our son's education and development. Although we transferred him during his school year, he acclimated to the new surroundings immediately. And how could he not? AGBMS is a warm, friendly, family-like place. Visiting the school prior to enrolling our son, I was impressed by the staff: down-to-earth (none of the private school pretentiousness), friendly, professional, engaged, and clearly loving what they do. But that was, more or less, what I expected. It's the children that I was not prepared for. I observed elementary- and middle- school children in the classroom. They were curious, self-assertive, helpful, and playful - going about their learning business with a sense of purpose and enjoying the process. They'd ask questions of the older students or offer help to the younger ones. They worked at their own pace at tasks they chose earlier in the day. The teachers offered help and direction, working with children individually or in small groups. I knew it was the right place for my son. He enjoys going to school now and talks about day's events excitedly, when I pick him up after school. Learning is now more fun than a chore for him.
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