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Date Founded

Ages Served
6 months old (Parent/Infant) through 8th grade

Audrey Perrott, Head of School
Chris Ambroso, Junior High Director
Anne Matern, Elementary Director
Reena Morgan, Primary Director
Jenelle Sullivan, Admissions Director
Diane Cohen, Advancement Director
Linda Rudnick, Finance Director
Robert Hart, Facilites & Operations Director
Mieko Yoshida, Facilities & Operations Director (transitional year with Robert)
Lauren Collins, Diversity Director
Janeen Cohen, Educational Technology Director
Carrie Berlacher, Human Resources Director
Kandyce Woods, Programs Director
Nate Lyons, PE/Athletic Director

Average Teacher to Student Ratio
Parent/Infant 1:6
Toddler 1:6
Level 3-6 (pre-K – Kindergarten) 1:10
Level 6-9 (1st, 2nd & 3rd grade) 1:14
Level 9-12 (4th, 5th & 6th grade) 1:16
Level 12-14 (7th & 8th grade) 1:13

All classes have at least one head teacher and one assistant teacher. Some classes, such as the 3-6 classes, have two assistants and a head teacher. All head teachers are either Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), American Montessori Society (AMS) or North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) certified.

Near North Montessori School Memberships and Accreditations
Professional Memberships:
Administrators of Illinois Montessori Society (AIMS)
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
American Montessori Society (AMS)
Illinois Montessori Society (IMS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA)

Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
Independent Schools of the Central States (ISACS)

Enrollment (as of 2016)
580 students

Racial/Ethnic Diversity
Black & Biracial 9.8%
Asian & Biracial 22.8%
Hispanic/Latino & Biracial 16.6%
Multiracial & Other 5.7%
White 45.2%

Tuition and Fees for the 2017 – 2018 School Year

Program Tuition
Parent/Infant (Friday) $ 4,465
Toddler – Four Day Half Day $ 13,880
Toddler – Five Day Full Day $ 21,000
3-6 Program 1/2 Day $ 16,105
3-6 Program 3/4 Day $ 18,165
Elementary (6-9, 9-12) $ 18,165
Jr. High (12-14) (includes trip fee) $ 19,400

The school offers a Financial Aid program for qualified families.

Operating Budget
$8.9 million

Sample of Recently Attended High Schools
Our graduates attend the top local independent and public high schools as well as suburban schools. Schools have included: British School, Chicago Academy of the Arts, Chicago High School for the Arts, Francis W. Parker, Jones College Prep, Lane Tech College Prep, Lincoln Park IB and Double Honors, Northside College Prep, St. Ignatius College Prep, University of Chicago Lab School, Walter Payton College Prep, Whitney Young and more.

Annual Reports
2016-2017 Report from the Head of School
2015-2016 Report from the Head of School

2014-2015 Report from the Head of School
2013-2014 Report from the Head of School
2012-2013 Report from the Head of School

Two gyms
Computer lab
Science lab
Four music practice rooms
Art and ceramic studios
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor ground level and rooftop playscapes
Urban farm

1434 W Division Chicago, IL 60642
In the vibrant Wicker Park neighborhood
Two blocks east of the Blue Line Division stop and on the 70 Division CTA bus route

Contact Us
1434 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60642