Rogers Park Montessori School

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  • Rogers Park Montessori School was founded by ten Rogers Park parents in September of 1966 in a converted space at St. Ignatius parish and has provided quality education to the children of Chicago ever since. In 1975, the school moved its site to Bethany Lutheran Church at 1244 W.Thorndale.
  • RPMS gradually expanded to offer a Toddler class, five Children's House classrooms, and after school care for working families. The RPMS elementary program launched in 1991 and in three years, the class grew from its initial enrollment of 7 to 18 students.In 1994, RPMS opened a 9-12 program and a year later, with the continued growth of the elementary program, new space was leased at 1020 West Bryn Mawr in the Edgewater Presbyterian Church.
  • This building housed our 6-9 and 9-12 classrooms and after-school elementary program.
  • The combination of growth and separate buildings created the need to look for a single site to house both our programs.
  • This search spanned over 10 years.In 2004 RPMS purchased and began construction on our current home, a 47,000 sq.
  • ft.  educational facility at 1800 West Balmoral.  Thanks to the hard work, support, and continued energy of RPMS parents, a state-of-the-art school that incorporates the Montessori philosophy into its design opened in January 2006.
  • The facility includes Montessori programming from Toddler to Middle School, two gyms, library, green roof, playgrounds, and green space.As a result of enrollment demand and a desire to expand, the school developed plans for a 14,000 square foot addition to the existing building.
  • The expansion allowed the school to add a middle school wing with science stations, a central group presentation area, breakout learning spaces, and a rooftop recreation area.
  • The large gym was retrofitted with commercial grade lighting, sound, and audiovisual equipment for use in staging performances and hosting events.
  • The expansion also enabled the school to grow its lower and upper elementary program by renovating the existing building to add two new classrooms.  The expansion was completed in September 2015.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1966

Student Body

Total Students407 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 31%
Students by GradeRogers Park Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size23 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,160
Tuition NotesPreschool $12400 Ext Day/Kindergarten $16600 6-9 $16780 9-12 $18040 12-14 $19040
% on Financial Aid
25%
Acceptance Rate
50%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJulie Einstein

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Basketball, Bollywood Dance, Chess Club, CircEsteem, Girls on the Run, Lego Building, Music Appreciation, Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Vollyball, Yoga Basketball, Chess Club, CircEsteem, Lego Building, Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Vollyball, Yoga, Bollywood Dance,
Girls on the Run,
Music Appreciation,

School Notes

  • RPMS places the highest importance on serving the needs of the child.  We seek to create an intimate environment in an urban setting that nurtures all who are part of the community - children, parents, and staff.Our classes are a multi-age, three-year grouping, in keeping with the Montessori practice. The mixed age groups provide for peer teaching, role modeling, leadership experiences, and enhance the sense of community within the classroom.RPMS values arts education and provides resources for art, music, drama, and Spanish programming. All our students, from the youngest to oldest, are taught the values fundamental to Montessori education: peace; care of the environment; respecting and celebrating diversity; and engendering a sense of our place in the global community.A highly dedicated and skilled group of teachers and administrators create an educational program of the highest quality. We depend upon committed and involved parents to contribute time, talent, and financial resources. RPMS parents partner with the school to provide children with a nurturing and secure environment that gives them the stability they need to explore the world at large.

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