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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 433 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,160
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
433 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Rogers Park Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
38 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
23 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Preschool $12400 Ext Day/Kindergarten $16600 6-9 $16780 9-12 $18040 12-14 $19040
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Julie Einstein


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Lego Building

Arts and Music Programs:
Bollywood Dance, Music Appreciation

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, CircEsteem, Girls on the Run, Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Vollyball, Yoga

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.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

I am the mom of a seven-year-old (second grade) daughter. My daughter has been at RPMS since age two when she started in the toddler program. We viewed the toddler program as a great way to try out the school before making decisions about preschool and elementary school. We chose RPMS because we knew several families with older kids at RPMS and their kids were all-around great people. After just a few months at RPMS, we knew it was the school for our family long-term and we could not be happier with the school community and our daughter's experience. In our parent-teacher conference in the toddler program, we had no idea what to expect -- after all, our daughter was only two! But her teacher detailed the different "work" (Montessori-speak for activities in the classroom that a child can select, all of which reinforce different skills or learning) that our daughter was doing and how those selections illustrated her development. Her teacher identified abstract concepts that our little girl had absorbed already and explained why the development of certain motor skills would help her with future academic learning. These are the kinds of things an RPMS teacher understands and nurtures out of their little students!Our experience has only gotten better with every year, although one thing has remained remarkably consistent -- every single teacher has taken the time to understand our daughter not just as a student, but as a person. They value her quirks, they know how to guide her out of a frustrating moment, they delight just as much at her acts of kindness as they do her academic progress. And this great in-school experience for our daughter is matched by the fabulous family experience my husband and I have found at RPMS as well. What we find ourselves saying most about the school is that every RPMS parent we meet is such a nice human being. The friendships we have built for ourselves are invaluable as well.If you are looking for a school that values community, that stretches your child but magically without any sense of competition of obligation, and that will welcome your entire family, I cannot recommend RPMS enough. And the work they have put in over the past year to have very safe, in-person learning during covid has been nothing short of extraordinary. We love RPMS.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 433 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,160
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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