The Infant and Toddler Community is a bridge between home and school—and the beginning of your child's educational journey. Our classrooms are a nurturing environment with a variety of Montessori materials and activities to promote your child’s language, motor, social-emotional and cognitive development. Children are active contributors of the classroom, preparing food, washing tables, sorting shapes and more. Our curriculum is designed to build small and large motor coordination, refine the senses, expand vocabulary, and help each child learn to work as part of a community.
At the Primary level, children are integrated into a mixed-aged classroom, with students ranging from age 3 to 6. The classroom is thoughtfully balanced by age, gender and diversity. The 3-6 Montessori curriculum and materials allow for exploration and development through hands-on learning. Students follow lessons in five curricular areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Cultural Studies.
Near North's Elementary level is divided into two sections by age, 6-9 and 9-12. Elementary work builds on the concrete lessons of Early Childhood to develop abstract concepts and reasoning skills. 6-9 students explore the mysteries of our universe as they learn to place themselves within the context of modern civilization. Children in the 9-12 classes tackle hands-on, project-based lessons. Throughout Elementary, children eagerly take on more complex problems in mathematics, language, geography, botany, zoology, history, and the physical sciences.
Junior High is the culmination of the educational journey at Near North. Our seventh and eighth graders build upon the foundations of our lower levels to go far beyond a traditional education's scope. Adolescents enjoy seminar-style instruction as well as focused independent study, collaboration with their peers in and out of the classroom, and challenging experiential learning through the student-run, farm-to-table Sandwich Shoppe. Junior High students are role models for the entire community, demonstrating the greatness that awaits an NNM graduate in High School and beyond.
Near North is a Montessori school within the city of Chicago, AND it is a non-profit organization.
Inherently, as a part of this incredible community, you and your family are Near North Montessori Ambassadors. We are all philanthropists. Your role in our community is essential in establishing our Culture of Philanthropy and Community of Care.
If you ask twenty permaculturists the question "what is permaculture?," you will likely get twenty different answers. That's because the practice of permaculture is adapted depending on the unique set of resources and problems in a given system.
Anne Matern, Elementary Director, sat down at the end of last month with Cathy Price, Director of Student Wellness, to talk about how the transition into school has been for our Elementary Level students, what you can expect and what you might want to look out for.
Cathy and Anne have these sorts of chats on a regular basis, and they thought you might benefit from the takeaways of this discussion.
It is with great honor and humility that I serve as the Director of Equity and Inclusion at NNMS and represent this incredible community and powerful mission. In the short time that I’ve been here, I’m already present to the gift it is to work alongside such passionate and dedicated humans. I am excited for our future.
I’d like to share the story of our first and only sports games of the season that took place once the school was empty of students on the last day of the 2021 school year.
Last winter and into the spring, as we welcomed increasing numbers of students back into the building after a long year of screens, I reflected on one of the twelve principles of permaculture.
With 5 virtual events and over 400 registered participants, Big Night 2021 was more than just a Big Night — it was a Big Week supporting scholarship for our deserving students.
With our team, we have the privilege of being able to work with everyone. Every level, classroom, and program — from one-on-one meetings with students to consultations with teachers and parents. If something is happening with students, classroom dynamics, or the parent community — we are ready to help.
From remote learning, in-person learning, and all the learning that happened in between, this past year guided our teachers into new learning as much as it did our students. Hear from some of the teachers and educators from around the school.