Chiaravalle Montessori

Opening the North Wing in Sepatember 2015, Chiaravalle became the first LEED Platinum Montessori school addition in the US and the first LEED Platinum independent school addition in Illinois.
Opening the North Wing in Sepatember 2015, Chiaravalle became the first LEED Platinum Montessori school addition in the US and the first LEED Platinum independent school addition in Illinois.
The North Wing features a green roof, geothermal heating and cooling system, and ecologically-conscious building materials throughout. This is more than building choices, it's a commitment to respect the earth's resources. By setting the bar so high, Chiaravalle challenges our community to make a difference in the world and for the future.
In Middle School, the day is divided into individual work and group work. Individual work shapes the skills, abilities, and interests of each student, working alone or in small, self-chosen groups. Group work is done in teams, which  reconfigured regularly, working together on academic tasks in the thematic units.
The Elementary school day is designed to prioritize the three-hour Montessori work cycle to protect flow and concentration. Children plan their time, balance their learning, be part of a community and find their passions. We give children time to dream, to search for fairness, to make decisions, to teach each other, to make mistakes and learn from them.
Our Early Childhood classrooms are inviting spaces designed to entice each child to move, touch and explore. Much learning at this age is processed through the hand. Children work independently and with peers, based on their interests and guided by their teachers. Montessori classrooms are identifiable by the iconic materials that teach foundational skills.
The Infant/Toddler program offers thoughtfully planned classrooms to enhance children's independence. The furniture and materials are toddler-sized. Children explore, moving from activity to activity as they like. If they choose to spend extended time in a concentrated work, they will not be interrupted. This way, meaning and dignity are given to a toddler's learning.
Early Childhood students cultivate herbs and vegetables
  • Chiaravalle Montessori School provides families with a quality child-centered education based upon the philosophy and methods of Maria Montessori.
  • Chiaravalle strives to provide a respectful, cooperative, and culturally diverse environment in which children may develop the full range of their abilities.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other Montessori association(s)
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1965

Student Body

Total Students325 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by GradeChiaravalle Montessori Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15
Admissions DirectorTiffany Jorgensen


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Art, Chess Club, Djembe Drumming, Drama, Imagineering, Spanish Club Art, Chess Club, Drama, Imagineering, Spanish Club, Djembe Drumming,

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