Joliet Montessori School

  • Joliet Montessori School implements a philosophy and an educational method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, whose observations and theories continue to provide the foundation for a deeper understanding of how children learn.
  • The basic idea in her approach is that every child carries, unseen within, the person he/she will become.
  • In order for children to reach their physical, intellectual and social potential, they must have freedom within established boundaries; a freedom achieved through order and self-discipline.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Association Montessori International (AMI)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-9
Year Founded1966
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesPlease call 815-741-4180 for more information on summer camp or check website.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students66 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Joliet Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition rates depend on program. Call 815-741-4180 for details.
Admissions DirectorHeidi Geiger
Admissions AssociateEileen Kozlowski

School Notes

  • At Joliet Montessori School, children are placed with the goal of meeting the individual needs of each child and balancing age and gender within each classroom; consequently, placements are not first-come, first-served. All children must be fully toilet-trained prior to attending. Newly placed three year olds will receive their individual start dates directly from their directress. Because it is in the best interests of each child and the class to stagger initial start dates, September start dates are not tuition prorated. Tuition payments hold the child's place in class.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Joliet
    Grades: PK-8 | 291 students
    2.6 miles
    130 Woodlawn Ave
    Joliet, IL 60435
    (815) 725-3390
    2.6 PK-8
  • Joliet
    St. Jude School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 159 students
    3.4 miles
    2204 McDonough St
    Joliet, IL 60436
    (815) 729-0288
    3.4 PK-8
  • Shorewood
    Holy Family School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 312 students
    4.6 miles
    600 Brook Forest Ave
    Shorewood, IL 60404
    (815) 725-8149
    4.6 PK-8
  • Joliet
    Grades: PK-8 | 444 students
    2.2 miles
    608 N Raynor Ave
    Joliet, IL 60435
    (815) 722-6626
    2.2 PK-8
  • Joliet
    Mokena Montessori
    Montessori School
    Grades: NS | 4 students
    2.8 miles
    3010 Harris Dr
    Joliet, IL 60431
    (708) 478-0860
    2.8 NS

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
We are fairly new to Montessori school, my children are only 2 and 3, but I am completely sold. Both boys went through the parent toddler class, which was a 1 or 2 day a week class with me, to help familiarize them with a school atmosphere. My 3yo began half-day school 5 days a week this year. Both boys have made amazing leaps this year. My 3yo is dramatic and can be difficult, but the teachers there have dealt with him well and the Montessori environment has helped him figure out how to focus a bit more. The staff are amazing, the culture and environment is unmatched. So glad we found our school home.
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We have been a JMS family for over 12 years and, as the resident skeptic when we first arrived there, I cannot recommend JMS and Montessori education enough. I have a straight-A sophomore in an acclaimed public high school AP and honors program as evidence of the phenomenal foundation that JMS provides. I have 2 thoughtful, curious and self-confident grade-schoolers to confirm that the school continues to grow and improve with each passing year. JMS provides the education that our children OUGHT to get.
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For the past 8 years, my son has thrived in an environment that is set up for his personal success. He's independent, a critical thinker, a confident communicator, and passionate learner. My son's teacher keeps thoughtful records of his academic progress. This does not mean he gets traditional grades for homework and tests. Instead, I see how he masters abstract concepts through hands on work. He has been bringing home reports and research for debates since he was in 1st grade. What I really love about my son's Montessori education is that he is given the time to grown and develop independent of his peers. This means, there is no limit to how far he can go in areas he has a natural interest/ability, and he does not feel bad about himself if he needs more time to work out concepts that may seem difficult to him. He's not burdened by homework for the sake of homework. He's happy and loves what he learns.
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I'm proud to have our daughter at Joliet Montessori School. She amazes me by showing how conscientious she is with everyone. Montessori schools teach children how to motivate themselves and how to discover things on their own, and it shows very well in our daughter. When looking at the surrounding schools, Joliet Montessori has the finest program providing Montessori methods to children ages 3 to 15, so our daughter will learn under the same roof all the way to high school. Teachers also spend their entire careers at Joliet Montessori, it seems. I know several teachers have been at JMS for over 10 years. It is hard to find that kind of stability in any school. And JMS offers THE ONLY parent-toddler learning program in this area for children under 3 years of age. I can hardly wait to get our second child into the school.
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We have been at JMS now for 5 years. My daughter transferred in first grade from another area Montessori school (we had just moved into the area). We have been very happy with the level of education here. . The faculty and staff truly employ Maria Montessori's philosophy, strongly adhering to the dignity of the child, choice within appropriate limits, community living and learning. Because of this amazing learning community my daughter is well spoken, community minded, confident, independent and self motivated and most importantly, the love of learning has not been "educated" out of her.
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The teachers are attentive. Classroom setting allow child growth and independent learning
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