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.

Our school is proud to be a Full Member School under both the American Montessori Society and the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools. We welcome the opportunity to share more about our mission and background. Please also visit us during our informational coffees to learn more.



The Montessori Academy of Chicago welcomes students from six weeks old through eighth grade.

The Academy offers Nursery programming for Infant, Toddler, Pre-Primary-aged students as well as a Primary program, for children ages three to six years old. Additionally, the Academy Elementary program educates children up to through eighth grade. These Montessori programs educate children through the use of activities that progress steadily from simple to complex. Learning is reinforced internally through comprehension and demonstrating mastery by teaching others.

Classrooms are grouped in three-year mixed-age cycles (with the exception of our Infant and Toddler programs). By collaborating with children of mixed age levels, children are encouraged to become mentors, thus reinforcing leadership skills.

Experienced educators are the backbone of our success.

All Academy teachers are Montessori trained and certified from well-established national and international Montessori programs. Teachers will work closely with your child, giving guidance when needed. Our staff is trained to observe the individual interests and needs of each child, demonstrate the correct use of classroom materials, and guide them into appropriate activities.

Continuing education for our teachers is encouraged and funded by the Friends of the Montessori Academy of Chicago. Staff complete paraprofessional courses at certified Montessori educational centers. All assistants are placed with a certified teacher.

To apply for a position at the Montessori Academy of Chicago, please download an application



Located in the West Loop

The Montessori Academy of Chicago is located in the heart of the West Loop of Chicago at 1335 West Randolph Street, just a few blocks west of I-90/94.

The Academy is easily accessible by public transportation or car. When driving, simply take the Randolph Street exit from either Lake Shore Drive or I-90/94. If you plan to use public transportation, check the RTA website to plan the best route for your trip.

The only accredited Montessori school in Chicago serving Infants - Middle School