Rogers Park Montessori School

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 (2024)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 339 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,720
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Rogers Park Montessori School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
339 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
20 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
2023-2024 Tuition Rates: Toddler (2-year old) Half-Day $12,720; Preschool (3-4 year olds) Half Day $16,200; Kindergarten $21,400; Lower Elementary (6-9) $21,600; Upper Elementary (9-12) $23,400; Middle School (12-14) $24,500; Daycare available until 6 p.m. at every level - Contact for daycare pricing
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kristen Mark
Admissions Associate
Nicole Vigil


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
15 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Crochet Club, Magic The Gathering Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Creative Writing, Jewelry Making, Music Appreciation, Play Writing, Scenic Design, Woodworking

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, CircEsteem, Cross Country, Taekwondo, Track & Field, Volleyball

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, Innovation Studio (includes design thinking and woodworking), 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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Rogers Park Montessori School cost?
Rogers Park Montessori School's tuition is approximately $12,720 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Rogers Park Montessori School?
The acceptance rate of Rogers Park Montessori School is 50%, which is lower than the national average of 90%. Rogers Park Montessori School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Illinois with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Rogers Park Montessori School offer?
Rogers Park Montessori School offers 5 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Martial Arts, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Rogers Park Montessori School's ranking?
Rogers Park Montessori School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Rogers Park Montessori School?
The application deadline for Rogers Park Montessori School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Rogers Park Montessori School located?
Rogers Park Montessori School is located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, IL. There are 9 other private schools located in Lincoln Square.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
Our son knew from the moment we toured RPMS that this was the environment for him. He had spent his first few years of elementary at a public school and it just never felt like the right fit. He is neurodiverse and needed an environment that was more engaging and warm, and that offered more interaction with his teachers. We switched to RPMS in 3rd grade and cannot say enough about this amazing school. He's allowed to be himself here, and has teachers who truly care about him and his progress. He's grown so much in the past few years and we credit this wonderful place for the change. I remember telling the principal when we first came to RPMS that I wanted my son to know how smart he is and I can definitely say that he knows that now, thanks to this school.
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Our son is in the Toddler program at RPMS and we love the school. The culture at the school is amazing, as there's a strong sense of community and a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the building. The teachers are deeply committed, knowledgeable, and caring and we've been really impressed with the Principal and other staff that we've met. There's a thoughtfulness to activities, be it movie nights or inviting parents to come into the class to read our toddler's favorite book on his birthday, that we really appreciate. The building facility itself is beautiful and was clearly designed with a vision of maximizing the educational potential and aesthetic of the space with lots of sunlight wood and natural materials. The "grace and courtesy" social-emotional curriculum provides an excellent foundation for life-long lessons in social skills. We're very grateful that our son has had such a wonderful start to his education. There's so much that we're looking forward to in future years, including the "Innovation Studio" that teaches students everything from using power tools to computer programming. Our son loves it there and there's no place we'd rather have him be.
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We did a mid-school year transfer to this school after various frustrations attending another school. RPMS has been the most welcoming school. Our children had a seamless transition to their new school environment and getting to know the administrators, teachers and staff has been so natural. It's a place where we feel like our children are seen and our family is known, welcomed and understood. Our kids are thriving academically, socially and emotionally. Communication with teachers is frequent, informative and natural. They have incredible arts, music, drama and innovation programs as well as foreign language, services opportunities and athletics. We feel very glad to be part of this community!
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As a parent, there's nothing more heartwarming than seeing your child happy and thriving. This has been our experience since enrolling our son in his first year at Rogers Park Montessori School as a toddler. Every morning, he's eager and excited to go to school, which speaks volumes about the nurturing and engaging environment the school provides.The progress he has made in just one year is remarkable. His social skills have blossomed; he's more confident in his interactions and has developed a wonderful sense of curiosity and love for learning. The teachers are exceptionally attentive and skilled, fostering a warm and educational atmosphere that caters to the individual needs of each child.Rogers Park Montessori School has not only provided our son with a solid educational foundation but has also played a pivotal role in his overall development. We are incredibly grateful for the positive impact this school has had on our family and highly recommend it to any parent looking for a caring, educational, and enriching environment for their child
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We have had the pleasure of being in the RPMS community for over 9 years. Both our 6th graders and 1st graders started at the school in the toddler program at 2 years old. They learned independence, playtime, and the Montessori way at a very early age. The school is located in a quiet and wonderful neighborhood and we couldn't be happier how well the boys have flourished in this environment. The school teaches them leadership, group work, and conflict resolution in such a beautiful way. Given the small classroom sizes and teacher-to-student ratio, the teachers can support the students however they need including advanced work. The before and after-school programs are wonderful for working parents and the kids don't want to leave school. The growing athletics program is fantastic and the community of parents and staff is amazing.
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We live in the neighborhood and had walked by the beautiful RPMS building almost every day before sending our son. When our neighbors mentioned their kids attended RPMS and loved it, we thought we would give it a try. Our son is in third grade and skips into school every morning. We weren't sure if Montessori would suit us or him, but he is thriving both emotionally and academically. The teachers really get to know each child and have garnered our kiddo's trust through the three-year class cycle which is incredibly special and unique to a Montessori education. We couldn't be more pleased with our choice.
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Why choose our school for your child? Please read about the efficacy of the Montessori method, about learning by doing, mixed-age classrooms, and adaptable curriculums. I want to share why we happily chose Rogers Park Montessori School (RPMS) about 5 years ago. In our experience, the faculty and staff are warm and knowledgeable about development, always approachable and happy to be their jobs. The extra training that our teachers receive is significant and noticeable. The teachers are really true educational guides at this school. They have given us keen observations over the three-year cycle and we really get to know each other to work to assist our child.We've found our classrooms and the campus to be beautiful. It's a great location as a city school and it is tucked away for outdoor space and education. Yes, the student-to-teacher ratio is excellent. And the family community is involved and active. But our favorite thing about RPMS is that our children are both happy and are both thriving in the areas that are important to our family like academics, service, social grace and curiosity.We are so grateful that our two students can attend RPMS. I highly recommend meeting the admission staffer and learning more if you have any interest!
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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 (2024)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 339 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,720
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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