NNM Programs

Infant and toddler


The Infant and Pre-Primary 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.

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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.

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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.

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Junior High

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.

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MLK with his wife and children

Next Monday, January 17, NNM will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On this day, we encourage you to not only celebrate the life of this remarkable activist but to reflect on your own responsibility for learning, taking on, and living out his unfinished work towards peace, equality, and social justice. We recognize that this day is just one stop on our collective journey to dismantle white supremacy culture and cultivate spaces, learning, and relationships that affirm, love, and honor Black lives; this work is never-ending. 

Read Story about MLK And Our Collective Journey to Dismantle White Supremacy
Brian and Onyx

How often do you get a chance to think about how many different hats you wear in a day?

As I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many of you, I would guess that some of your hats might look like mine: parent to your children, partner to your significant other, friend, coworker, leader, listener – truly, our hats would stack to the sky if we named them all. 

So again, you might relate, but it’s not always clear which hat I have to wear and when. And sometimes I have to wear many hats at once.

As Head of School and a parent here at Near North, this tricky balance is always front and center for me.

Read Story about The Tricky Balance of Care
NNM Learning Support Team

It's no secret that reading can transport us from our own world to another. Reading allows children to become immersed in the lives of others. It opens their minds to different cultures, identities, and individuals and parallels and relationships between their own lives and the world surrounding them.

As such, the effects of reading on child development are monumental, and supporting your child to read at home can have critical, lasting effects. Reading to and with your child helps them to develop language, value books and storytelling, be imaginative, and develop focus, communication, and socialization skills. As parents, you are in a great position to ensure reading is a foundational part of your child’s daily routine by supporting the work they do each day at school in the home. 

Read Story about A Parent’s Guide to Develop Young Readers

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. 

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Anne and Cathy Chat

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.

Read Story about Montessori Chat with Anne and Cathy