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Near North Montessori has had a remarkable 56-year history. We have experienced tremendous growth in our programs and services, and offer an educational experience that creates curious, motivated, and accomplished lifelong learners. Now is a pivotal time for Near North; hundreds of families before us had a vision for the futures of their children and worked tirelessly to make it a reality.

To continue to provide a truly exceptional educational experience, Near North will create a state-of-the-art building on the current playscape to house an Innovation Hub, as well as additional spaces for teaching, learning, meeting, and gathering. We will also relocate the Farmessori from Wood Street to the roof of the new building. This expansion will allow our students to engage with STEAM learning in new, expansive, and creative ways.

To make this project a reality, Near North has launched an ambitious, yet attainable, $6 million campaign that will allow us to build a place for our children to create, imagine, iterate, explore, and develop skills for a successful future. Your support in this Campaign is the next step to create a truly prepared environment where your child will bring their Montessori curriculum to life by collaborating, exploring, making, and creating. Now is our time to be change makers for our children's future.




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Campaign Updates

The wind huffed and it puffed, but it couldn't blow down our exciting NNM Innovates Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 12!

The event was a fantastic showcase of the entire NNM community. Parents shared their excitement for the future; student, staff, and teacher contributions to the time capsules were on display; and a check from Audrey Perrott was presented for $1000 — a match to the amount that was raised by the students since February.

Even journalists from NNM's student newspaper made their appearance, taking interviews and snapping photos along with parent photographer Adam Glickman. You can see his beautiful photos from the event here.

We might have lost a few hardhats and a banner to the wind, but nothing could blow out the collective community excitement that was on display!

From Our Community

“I am so excited about the new space. It will provide more room and opportunities for our NNM children to add to their already rich and varied experiences as they continue to become the best versions of themselves. Bravo, Near North! Maria Montessori would be proud.”

Wendy Toan, Teacher

“Near North Montessori invests its heart and soul into my children every day, and it is joyous and exciting to see our community come together to bring this new project to fruition. NNM students will have infinite opportunities to collaborate and bring their imaginative ideas to life.”

Jeannette Schar, Current Parent

“I can’t wait for the new building, especially the metal workshop. It is going to be awesome.”

Ishaan, 6-9 Student

“We’re very excited about the plans for the Innovation Lab. It’ll take Montessori independent learning and creativity to a whole new level”

Brad Suster and Tom Hernandez, Current Parents

Campaign Information

How did the project originate?

In 2015, Near North Montessori embarked on a 5-year strategic school improvement plan. Two goals were added to the plan: align Montessori curriculum with lessons in STEAM fields of education and enhance both indoor and outdoor facilities to reflect the quality of NNM.

Originally, the plan was to build on the Bosworth Lot, which was purchased in 2016. However, after receiving feedback about the efficiency of space and cost, it was determined it was best to expand the existing building and connect the two spaces.

What will be in the new building?

On the first floor, the new addition will house a large welcoming reception area and lobby, a larger and brighter community room, and a chef’s kitchen for classes and demonstrations to the community.

The Innovation Studios will be housed on the 2nd floor in a large, open, and communal space. Here there will be an Arts and Textile Studio, a Tech Studio, two black boxes for video and sound production, a small theater space, and a woodworking zone.

The rooftop will be home to 5,000 extra square feet of Farmessori for lessons in sustainable and experimental growing methods. The proximity of the Farmessori to the classrooms will allow for easier access for our students and provide opportunities for spontaneous learning.

A new entrance on Division and larger lobby area will give the school a much desired heart that will improve access for families, yet offer increased security for the school.

Do you know what the building will look like?

It is our intention to have bright, open, and airy spaces created for our students. Plans continue to be finalized, but here are images of what the spaces could look like.

When is the expected completion date?

The project is expected to take 6 months from demo to completion. As of today, the expected date the building opens is November 2019.

What does this mean for the future of the school?

This expansion will transform how Near North serves its students by providing authentic learning laboratories to further engage in STEAM through the Innovation Hub and expanded opportunities at the Farmessori. Moving from real-world experiences into the real world, the adaptable skill set of these formative lessons provide a backdrop against which to ask even bigger questions and tackle more ambitious projects. It’s a future filled with exploration, taking risks, and forging exciting new paths.

How will this be funded?

Near North has an ambitious yet attainable goal of $6 million for this project. Reaching our goal will only be possible with the support of our entire community.

What will happen to the Bosworth Lot?

Today, the Bosworth Lot is home to our playscape, providing more room for our students to play than ever before. This will remain the children’s place of play for the next two school years. After that, NNM plans to convert all 20,800 square feet into green playspace and Farmessori. There will also be parking available for NNM parents and guests located on that lot.

How can my family be included?

There will be several opportunities to be involved in this exciting effort, including a future beam signing and celebration events. If you’re interested in learning more about how to make a financial commitment that is meaningful to your family, please reach out to Audrey Perrott or Sarah Cutrara.

What is the difference between the Annual Giving Campaign and the Capital Campaign?

Like virtually every independent school in the country, tuition at NNM does not cover the entire cost of educating each child. The Annual Giving Campaign raises money every year to help pay for the additional resources that make NNM such a special place. These dollars are used to support every aspect of the school — from the Farmessori and other outdoor learning opportunities to professional development for teachers and staff, the purchase of new technology and computers, new books for the library, and so much more.

The NNM Innovates Campaign Briefing Book

Giving Levels, Naming, Recognition


In recognition of the collective contributions of the entire community, all gifts will be recognized in a mural or piece of art located in the main lobby.

Gifts of $2,500 and more will be recognized on a wall inside the Community Center

Giving Levels

Founder $200,000 +
Pillar $100,000–$199,999
Leader $50,000–99,999
Builder $25,000–49,999
Steward $10,000–24,999
Friend $2,500–9,999


For gifts of $50,000+, naming rights will be available for a variety of spaces within the new building.

Giving Options

Gifts may be pledged over 3 or 5 years make it easier. Payments can be made annually, quarterly, monthly— whatever works for you and via checks, credit cards or stock. Here are some examples:

Join The Innovation

To learn more about the Campaign, contact Sarah Cutrara, Advancement Director, at and 773-269-6211

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