At the Montessori Academy of Chicago, our goal is to develop engaged and independent thinkers who embrace community responsibility and leadership. Our teachers strive to inspire a joy of learning, academic success, emotional well-being, and creativity in each student, so they may advance from the Academy to make a difference in the world.

The Nursery Program is designed for the developmental needs of infants and toddlers.

There are two major components to the nursery program: a comfortable home-like environment for non-walking children, and an open space for the walking children to discover their world through exploration.

The space is created with your child’s need in mind to assist them in reaching their full potential. The furniture is child-sized and all materials provided are smaller versions of the real materials your child sees you using at home.


The Primary classroom offers children precision, exactness, and order through manipulation of materials. Preparation of the mathematical mind is crucial to further development of intellectual pursuits. Using concrete materials, we introduce abstract forms and calculations. Each particular quality of an abstract idea can be presented in isolation.

We support the natural drive for independence by encouraging children to choose activities of interest, without interruption. The resulting feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction engender respect from the children towards others.


The Montessori Elementary program offers an unrivaled option for the further development of your child. Designed for children between the ages of six and twelve, this program offers a planned environment that supports your child’s growing need for independence. Our Elementary program shapes not only academic skills, but also a child’s lifelong outlook on learning.


In the Montessori Middle School program, classrooms are treated as a community, of which students are vital members. As a member of this community, students are encouraged to remain respectful, honest, and held responsible for their commitments.

The multi-age grouping continues in Middle School, with classrooms of students ages twelve to fourteen. This grouping allows for peer mentorship, building leadership skills and self-confidence.


MAC News

Reading and Writing the Montessori Way

October 3, 2016 - Montessori Admin
Successful early literacy consists of development in listening comprehension, print knowledge, environmental print, alphabet knowledge, phonemic awareness, phonological short-term memory, rapid naming, visual memory and visual perceptual skills. These skills do not need to be taught separate of each other but rather integrated in oral language, knowledge of print and alphabet knowledge. The Montessori approach encompasses it all. Maria Montessori believed language acquisition began with the development of Spoken and Written language as pre-cursors to Reading. In the stages of early literacy children who are exposed to pre-reading and writing are building a solid foundation for reading and writing. The Montessori Primary environments prepare the child for reading the first year they enter the classrooms. The Montessori Method prepares the child for learning to read to reading to learn through indirect and direction preparations starting in the practical life and sensorial training. First year Primary children are immersed in the dynamics of their own language development while Second and Third Year Primary students learn to understand that sounds make words through exposure to phonics. Other materials follow which present the intricacies of non-phonetic spelling and grammar. The Montessori approach provides a carefully thought-out program to facilitate this process. All of these steps set the foundation for reading to learn; which is an essential part of the learning process in the Elementary classrooms. Please join Primary and Elementary teachers on October 13th from 5:30-7:00 as we reveal the unique steps to the process of reading the Montessori Way!

Sensitive Periods

June 10, 2016 - Montessori Admin
Dr. Maria Montessori observed that young children go through a number of different intensely-focused periods of learning and concentration. These periods are what we now call the "sensitive periods." Brain research from Stanford University Neurobiologist Eric Knudsen echoes Dr. Montessori's findings, stating “When the effect of experience on the brain is particularly strong during a limited period in development, this period is referred to as a sensitive period. Such periods allow experience to instruct neural circuits to process or represent information in a way that is adaptive for the individual” (Knudsen, 1412). The brain actually uses the information learned during a sensitive period to hard wire brain circuitry. These strong connections between the experience a child has and new brain function help build a positive “stability landscape”, leading to more efficient information processing capabilities. These brain connections must be used repeatedly to form and grow properly, leading to the repetition and concentration we see in the child experiencing a sensitive period.  Read more

Extracurricular Activities at the Academy

March 14, 2016 - Montessori Admin
Montessori Academy of Chicago students enjoy an array of after school extracurricular activities. These classes are scheduled at times that are convenient for families and optimal for student development. We also partner with North Shore Pediatric Therapy to offer small group activities centered around emotional awareness, fine motor control, and sensorial exploration. See below for some of the extracurriculars our Primary and Elementary students experience!  Read more


Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 18

Stepping Up! Elementary Open House for Kindergartners and More

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Join us for an informative night as our wonderful guides introduce
the beauty of the Elementary program. You will come to understand
the progression of the child’s statement, “Help me to help myself
so that I can help others.” This presentation will give a thorough
overview of our program, discuss the importance of the continuing
cycle of both the EI (6-9) and EII (9-12) classrooms, and provide you
with an opportunity to ask questions of the teachers about the
next developmental stage. As your child transitions from the 3-6
Primary Environment he/she now enters another level of physical
growth, academic ability, humor, and social justice.

Tuesday, January 23

Informational Coffee for Prospective Parents

9:00am - 10:30am

Please RSVP to

Thursday, February 1

Strengthening Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning Skills by Achievement and Resource Center (ARC) Team

5:30pm - 6:30pm

“Executive function and self-regulation skills are mental processes
that support our ability to plan, organize, control our impulses,
make safe, healthy choices, and engage in positive behavior.
They depend on three types of brain function: working memory,
mental flexibility, and self –control.” Some children require more
focused support to better develop executive functioning and
self-regulation skills. Meghan Greeley, Social Worker, and Sima
Rashidianfar, Occupational Therapist, will share strategies and
tools for promoting development of self-regulation and executive
functioning skills for Primary and school-aged students.

Tuesday, February 6

Informational Coffee for Prospective Parents

9:00am - 10:30am


Monday, February 19

Presidents’ Day- No School

12:00am - 11:59pm



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