Why Near North Montessori?

This is the place where kids can soar.

Here you will not find the traditional lineup of desks in rows, textbooks and mind-numbing rote memorization. What you will find are dynamic learning laboratories – a school alive with students exploring questions about the world around them. Classrooms are vibrant communities, each organized by age levels, where students spend three years learning and growing together. Little ones watch older students as they master new skills. Older ones take the time to mentor younger students as they work through new challenges.

Around every corner is another learning adventure, ready to be explored. Serving as a guide, the teacher carefully orchestrates this journey, with the trajectory of each individual student carefully fine-tuned prior to launch. Here, teachers question, challenge, and inspire students. They look for ways to spark creativity and imagination. They cultivate the three Rs: respect, responsibility and resilience. They help students navigate challenging academic work and celebrate those teachable moments where students stand on the precipice of trying something new.

In the classroom and as a community, we take a purposeful, fearless look at ourselves, our differences, and our connections. Here, diversity can be race, ethnicity, religion, gender, economic status or learning differences. Our commitment to diversity promotes an environment of respect based on equity and inclusion in which students become allies for each other while developing awareness of social and global justice issues.

Near North Montessori is a powerful educational experience, drawing its energy and inspiration from the students, families and teachers who call this school home. Together, we work to create a warm, welcoming community where young hearts and minds take flight.

Our Guiding Principles

Near North creates curious, motivated, and accomplished lifelong learners through an environment and Montessori approach unique to our school. We achieve these outcomes by adhering to the following principles:

We hope you enjoy this brief video that provides a look inside our school.

This video explores the questions of how students learn and how advancements are measured in a Montessori environment. Featuring former NNM Head of School Audrey Perrott, as well as an alum and parent of three former students at the school, this feature sheds light on how we are unique and provides an inside look to the work being done at NNM.