Midwest Montessori School

  • In September 1992, Midwest Montessori School opened its doors as the Demonstration School for the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center.
  • Each classroom is designed to be a model for the Montessori prepared environment, with a full complement of Montessori materials.
  • Each class is directed by a Master Montessori Teacher, who is assisted by Montessori interns.
  • The classrooms are observed regularly by teachers, students and interns from all over the Chicago area and the Midwest.
  • Midwest Montessori School is a not-for-profit institution, established to provide a Montessori School Community for families with programs that promote diversity, self-respect, independence and community responsibility.
  • Midwest Montessori School provides an environment of learning and discovery based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori.
  • We believe in an individualized Montessori curriculum designed to meet the needs of each child and promote self – motivation.
  • The foundation of the school's success is built upon a Community of children, parents and educators.
  • We endeavor to nurture the heart and challenge the intellect of each child through meaningful multi-sensory experiences.
  • We seek to foster in our students a positive awareness of the balance between her freedom to act and her social responsibility to others in the school community.
  • We will continue to enhance and expand our diverse learning community while maintaining the integrity of the Montessori prepared environment.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-1

Student Body

Total Students25 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Midwest Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

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We have had our three daughters go through Midwest Montessori. Two of them have graduated through kindergarten, and the third one will be in Kindergarten next year.We are the type of parents who will evaluate and compare all options before making a decision. We visited many other preschools, Montessori or not, public or not, in the Evanston/Wilmette area, and Midwest Montessori stood out.First, the teachers are exceptional. They are patient, encouraging and extremely knowledgeable. MMDS is a demonstration school, so the teachers are actually "master teachers" who are also role models for new teachers. The whole school is completely immersed in the Montessori philosophy, in the original sense: what Maria Montessori taught and wrote, not the edulcorated version that has been simplified or perverted to fit new pedagogical fads, that you may find at other Montessori schools. It is thus individualized to each child, at the same time making sure that the child is eager to learn new things. The kids learn courtesy, dispute resolution, and many useful practical skills. However, they also learn academic topics very efficiently, thanks to wonderful Montessori materials for Math as well as reading, writing, geography and science. When you enter the classroom, it is quiet and orderly. The students are busy, each on their own project, and they always put back their work in place after they finish it. Second, the school is small, with just two classrooms, both of which feel spacious and light with large windows. They only do pre-K to Kindergarten, so the little children do not feel overwhelmed by older ones, and they are the center of attention. Children are in mixed age groups, so the oldest ones mentor the younger ones, thereby creating role models for the youngest at the same time as it builds self-confidence for the Kindergartners.It is a diverse community, with children speaking Russian, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Hindi, and of all ethnicity. Because of its proximity to Northwestern University, it also tends to attract academically gifted children, who thrive in this self-paced environment.
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