Are you considering a free Montessori education for your child? Please keep in mind that children begin their Montessori education at the age of three. And Chicago Public Schools applications should be submitted the previous year when your child will be only two years old.
In 2010 Chicago there are five public schools offering Montessori education for children from the age of three to the age of six, which is the first level of Montessori education. As a parent you need to know this because you will probably have to apply to these schools during the autumn that your child is two; that is, the autumn a year before your child would be starting school. At present these public Montessori schools are of two kinds, two are neighborhood schools, and three are magnet schools.
In order for your child to attend a neighborhood school, by definition, you should live in that neighborhood. The two Chicago Public Schools offering Montessori primary programs are Clissold Elementary School in the Morgan Park/Beverly neighborhood and Stagg Elementary School in the Englewood neighborhood. If you are free to live where you please, you might consider moving to either of these neighborhoods.
The three magnet Montessori schools that CPS also offers are Drummond Montessori School in the Bucktown neighborhood, Oscar Mayer Magnet School in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and Suder Montessori Magnet School in the West Haven community. These schools enroll children from the entire city of Chicago with an extra percentage of children enrolled from their immediate surrounding neighborhoods. Be forewarned: competition is fierce.
Here is contact information for the five schools above:
Ms. Arsenault, Montessori teacher
Mrs. O'Conner, Montessori teacher
Mrs. Pietrus, Montessori teacher
Ms. Grimm-Grason principal
Clissold Montessori Program
2350 W. 110th Place
Chicago, IL 60643
Mrs. Ruth Miller, Principal
Mrs. Aisha K. McCarthy, Ass't Principal
Stagg Elementary School
7424 S. Morgan Av
Chicago, IL 60621
Mark Neidlinger, Montessori Director
Drummond Elementary School
1845 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60622
Katie B. Konieczny, Principal
Africa D. Thomas, Assistant Principal
Barbara Baldini, Montessori Coordinator
Oscar Mayer Magnet Elementary
2250 N. Clifton
Chicago, IL 60614
Stephanie Bloom-Washofsky, Principal
Maria Luisa Gonzalez, Montessori Director
Suder Montessori Elementary Magnet School
2022 W. Washington Blvd.