At the Montessori Academy of Chicago, we provide a foundation for academic and personal excellence. We encourage the love of learning inherent in every student through participation and engagement. Experienced, Montessori-certified teachers ensure each student’s success in a caring and structured environment, which includes:

Premium Education Programming – for ages six weeks through eighth grade

Certified Montessori Teachers – most classrooms with co-teachers

Full Day Programming – including before and after-school care

Year Round Programming – available for all levels

Low Student-Teacher Ratio – ensuring individualized instruction

State-of-the-Art Facility – conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop

Child-Sized Tools – from furniture to flatware, encouraging self-reliance

Self-Correcting Classroom Materials – specialized for each level of development

Catered Lunches & Snacks – Fresh, organic food catered locally by Organic Life

Student-Led Service Projects – to strengthen our communities

Enrichment Programming – included in tuition for Primary & Elementary students

Extracurricular Programs – tailored to student interest, available year round

AMS Accreditation

The Academy was established by Bill and Fosca White in 2005 in response to the lack of high-quality, full-time childcare and educational options for their two young sons. The school opened in the West Loop with 43 students and now welcomes more than 250 students to its facility on a daily basis. The White family is committed to maintaining a staff of the finest Montessori teachers and continues to expand the school’s educational offerings.

Our school remains the only program in the city of Chicago that is accredited by the American Montessori Society serving children six weeks through sixth grade on a full-day, year-round basis.


NSPT Partnership

The Academy is partnered with North Shore Pediatric Therapy (NSPT) to provide in-school support for our students in order to promote even greater academic success. We’ve chosen to partner with NSPT because of the broad range of services they are able to make available to our families- ranging from homework assistance and subject-oriented tutoring to pediatric and adult nutritional counseling. Additionally, we’re thrilled to welcome Therapy Program Manager and Social Worker, Meghan Greely LCSW, as a full-time Academy faculty member.

For our youngest students, we offer Early Intervention screenings and services to assess basic physical, social, cognitive, communication, and self-help skills. In addition, we will be able to screen and serve students 7 years and older for Dyslexia. Occupational therapy screenings will identify possible challenges with fine motor coordination, handwriting performance, gross motor coordination, visual-motor skills, self-care skills, sensory processing and self-regulation, and executive functioning. Speech-language screenings will be able to identify possible challenges with receptive language, expressive language, pragmatics, and articulation difficulties.


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