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Near North Montessori School

Private | PK-8 | 565 students

Near North Montessori School educates the human potential.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $330,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,080.

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Posted June 6, 2014

We have completed our first year at Near North Montessori and are totally pleased. The children at this school are learning to be dynamic, innovative, adaptable and well -educated thinkers that CARE about themselves, others and the environment. The curriculum fosters independence, responsibility, accountability and compassion through the "work" children complete daily, and their interactions with one another. The style of education truly prepares these children to enter into the global community as resilient, positive individuals. The administrative team is approachable and attentive to any issues that may arise during the year. Our daughter has grown in ways the we could never have imagined one year ago; and Near North has had a big part in supporting our efforts at home to continue to encourage her journey to flourish to her true potential and blossom into a confident, generous and kind human being. Thank you Near North for an awesome year, and we are already excited about next fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2014

We've been at this school for 11 years. My daughter started at two and graduated last year. We have had a perfect experience the entire time. My kids are happy, engaged and have acquired a very broad knowledge base. My daughter got into her first choice of high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

This is our 3rd year at NNMS and we couldn't be happier with our choice of school or our daughter's progress. Montessori is the epitome of differentiated instruction and NNMS are pros at it. My daughter has thrived in this environment because the teachers are so well-trained to recognize strengths AND weaknesses. We can't say enough positive things about the mixed-aged classes and the benefits of mentor/mentee relationships we see forged everyday. In addition, the administration, faculty, and staff really strive to communicate and involve parents. We love NNMS's commitment to diversity. The parent community is extremely active and engaged. We certainly have high expectations from the school and believe they provide an excellent alternative education method from a traditional setting. That said, some parents still need hard numbers to be convinced. Our daughter reads at least 2-3 levels above her grade and her most recent test scores were 99/reading and 97/math. This might make her a success on paper, but the true testament is that she LOVES her school. Learning at NNMS is joy -- for all of us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

This school has no formal curriculum. There is no focus on academics at all. If you want your child to learn more about how to get along with others and less about reading fundamentals and mathematics than this is the school for you. The parent community is nice provided you adhere to a very liberal view point and don't complain about the lack of academics. They think they're preparing kids here for life. Okay sure, but how about preparing them for high school?! Stay away from this school unless you plan to transfer mid-year, a common occurrence here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

With 9 years in and 6 to go before our youngest finishes, we continue to be amazed and impressed at what a wonder place NNM is. We feel truly privileged to be able to give this experience to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

Most people love montessori for little kids, but now that my children are in middle school, I can assure you that montessori is even better as children grow into adolescence. Unlike stories I've heard from friends with children at other schools, my children literally RUN into the school when I drop them off in the morning. My children are age 9 and up and they LOVE school. What more could I ask for? Looking ahead, I recently saw the list of high schools where our students have been accepted over the past few years and it was impressive -- mostly selective enrollment and top-tier schools. We are very grateful to be a part of this supportive, soulful community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

My family was a part of NNMS for over 12 years. It has been & continues to be the best experience we could have had as a family pursuing a unique academic experience. I have observed that when parents do NOT partner with the school, but seek to impose thier own academic understanding to this proven Montessori approach, they tend to be disappointed. I have never felt that my children were compelled to compete, except with themselves. The one brilliant gift that NNMS gave my chlldren was thier own unique sense of curiosity and nutured in them a sincere desire to learn. My husband and I put ourselves into the hands of the gifted and caring individuals, the teachers, directors, office and maintenance staff. We always felt in true partnership with NNMS and our children have grown into thinkers and doers, still eager to learn and teach! Bravo!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

Montessori education focuses on creating a healthy community that teaches children not just how to take tests but how to live productively in this changing world. Near North is the best of the best in the Montessori world, a national showcase. Teachers are guides, not lecturers, children are leaders and the home life is integrated with the education. It is a beautiful way to learn and grow up. It's hard to consider standard education when you see the depth of learning that goes on at Near North.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2010

Wonderful place to spend your days. Incredible staff, amazing teachers, fortunate children and cool parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 19, 2010

My four children went to NNM and it was a great experience for each of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

I am kicking myself for not checking this page earlier - I wondered if I was all alone. I absolutely agree with the other reviewers comments noted below. The executive staff do not seem to practice what they preach, which is problematic for the Community as a whole, but it definitely trickles down to the kids as well. I'm considering other alternatives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2010

This is a great school. The Montessori method is finely tuned at this school. It is a happy place, with creative kids that have fun and enjoy learning. The parents are very friendly. The facility is being improved, thanks to generous parents. The administration is in transition but seems to be doing well. There is no doubt though that the school succeeds because of the outstanding teachers very committed folks. My only concern is that the fees are getting higher in a souring economy and some families have to move. Because of the long waiting list, it doesn t ultimately hurt the school finances, but it is unfortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2009

We have 3 children at NNMS and couldn't be happier. Yes, the school has been undergoing some growing pains, but I am thrilled that my kids can have all the benefits of an authentic montessori education while also being part of a community big enough to participate in sports like basketball, swimming, volleyball, etc. The music program is also outstanding. I think they have 3 different bands beginning in 4th grade!! And the children can take their lesson during the school day which is terrific...the after-school activities are also amazing. Most importantly, our children aren't overloaded with homework every day so they go to school eager to learn and are always coming up with new experiments and research projects....beginning in 1st grade! I also find the school population to be increasingly diverse...which is hard to find in a private school. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

We sent two kids all the way through NNM. There were many times we thought about changing schools for academic reasons, but we didn't because we really like the school community. In hind sight, we should have. Its a great school for kids who would be inclined to do well in school anywhere, but sorely lacking for anyone who is not naturally gifted. Most disappointing was the jr. high. Stakes are high in the Chicago HS derby. NNM responds by focusing on the top students to make sure they 'get in', while neglecting the others. Administration is quixotic and sets a very poor example of fair and rationale behavior -- again, Jr high. Others are too young to pick up on this, but Jr high kids have a heightened sense of 'justice'. Lots of lost learning opportunities. Take Away Lesson: 'sometimes life just isn't fair.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

Another reviewer took the words right out of my mouth. The changes in the school are extremely detrimental. Especially the executive staff members. It is becoming an authoritarian establishment- very un-Montessori. In my belief the school has become too high on it's success and now seems to want only children that fit a mold. I have been an active parent within the school community and most the staff is exceptional but once you need to deal with the executive staff or parent board things get very political, inflexible, and sometimes down right mean. Our search is on for a new school but we will miss the truly wonderful parents and kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

I was a student at Near North for many years and at a different Montessori school before that. I would strongly recommend sending your child there. It was a great experience and I have learned more here than I did in high school. The teachers are great. The principal knows almost all the students and parents names. The most important thing in your child s education is getting involved. It really makes a difference. I wish NNM went up to high school. There is before and after school, so parents can go to work. I will hope to send my children there some day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2008

NNMS is one of the best kept secrets in all of Chicago. The community of parents, children and teachers create a tremendous learning environment that cannot be matched. Children emerge from that environment as responsible, engaged, well-balanced, respectful and curious lifelong learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

While I love the teachers and the programs, it's administration I have a HUGE issue with. In the past few years there have been a couple changes that have really impacted the feel of the school. The current administration is making the school too sports-orientated and competative with the testing and the sports and that is not what Montessori is about. Many families who have been there for years have recently pulled their children out. My child is almost done there, but I think I may be pulling her out before then. The teachers and assistants are wonderful, however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

we are a moroccan family. our daughter have been going to near north for three years. we did search a lot of schools before deciding and this one and we feel that we are very lucky to be part of such welcoming community. we praise her teacher and the assistants for their kindness, support and commitment. our daughter is happy where she is and we couldn't ask for more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

I have been going to this school since I was two years old, now it is time for me to graduate, I am excited to go to High School but am sad to leave this great place. Although I am a little bummed that the year that I am an eigth grade is the year that the administration decided to turn into 'experiment year', I will tough it out. We do lack diversity I have to say. The staff here has always been around to help me and I have always been grateful of this. The teachers really do pay attention to each student indiviudaly. Over all I think this school is wonderful, but I am ready for my next step in life.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 51%
Two or more races 19% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Hispanic 7% 24%
Black 6% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Audrey Perrott
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • nnms.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMI
  • AMS
  • Other Montessori
Fax number
  • (773) 384-1430

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • History of Near North Montessori School: http://www.nnms.org/about-us/history-of-near-north-montessori-school/
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1434 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642
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Phone: (773) 384-1434

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