Near North’s curriculum is built around teaching the entire child —mind and body. Younger students are given practical life work, integrating large-motor activities that build the capacity for future small-motor activities. All primary and elementary students are encouraged to take part in developmental gym—structured physical education activities to help with self-regulation, expelling excess energy, and returning focus.

As young students build cognitive strength through whole-body motions, our older students learn to develop their physical abilities and social skills through team sports. NNM teams play in Chicago-Area Montessori Sports league.

Athletics are offered all-year round and are divided into three seasons:

  • Fall: Girls Volleyball (6-8th grade); Boys Flag Football (6-8th grade); Boys Soccer (6-8th grade) Co Ed Cross country 5th-8th grade. Co-Ed swim team 4th-8th grade
  • Winter: Girls and Boys Basketball (6-8th grade); Girls and Boys Basketball (4-5th grade) Co-Ed Swim team 4th-8th grade
  • Spring: Co-ed Track (4-8th grade); Girls Soccer (6-8th grade); Boys Volleyball (6-8th grade)

"I love everything about Near North. I love the sports teams, the curriculum, and all the life skills that they teach you. I feel like every week there is a new graduate coming back to say 'hi' to all of their teachers and coaches and that says everything about this place."

—2020 Near North Alum

Coach Nate speaks to the Near North girls volleyball team

Stories from Athletics

Nate Lyons (right)

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.