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Brickton Montessori School

Private | PK-8 | 140 students

Fully accredited Montessori School
 
 

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $130,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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Posted July 12, 2012

I searched specifically for a good Montessori school, and Brickton definitely stood out. There is a strong sense of community that even the youngest children appreciate. The tuition is on par with other private schools, which is to say it is expensive, however Brickton does offer financial aid to those in need. We have only been at the school for about a year, but in that short time we have come to feel like part of the Brickton family. My older son will be 3 in the fall. When we first enrolled I wasn't sure we would stay past age 6, but now I can't imagine sending him someplace else. I have even started parent/infant classes with my 9 month old, and I can tell he already feels at home in his classroom. Overall we have had a wonderful experience with all of the teachers and staff. It is obvious that everybody involved has the best interest of the children in mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2012

We were a Brickton family for many years. In addition to being creative, sensitive educators, Brickton's teachers excelled at giving us a complete picture of the different factors of our children's social and emotional development as well as how they fit in to the classroom dynamic. We really appreciated how strong the communication was between teachers, giving us confidence that the big picture was never lost in the details of the moment. Additionally, the sense of community and, by extension, the awareness of personal responsibility and one's impact on others gave Brickton students great maturity. It is a respectful, supportive environment where students are empowered to respond to challenges with creativity, flexibility, and tenacity. It's exciting to watch Brickton's children grow--from toddlers discovering all of the interesting things they can do, to preschoolers intrigued by numbers and language (Montessori math rocks, btw), to elementary students mastering academic challenges, to middle schoolers demonstrating maturity, depth, and resilience. It's not always a conventional path, but Brickton's students are certainly on a valuable journey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

The programs are OK but not outstanding. Considering the price tag they charge, not sure about the real value. You get a decent education up to Kindergarten, but anything beyond that is questionable. As a matter of fact, they never dare to release test scores. So if academic performance is of priority, look else where - you better off enroll your kids in top neighborhood schools plus private tutoring. Also, be prepared of that they will constantly ask for annual fund and all sorts of contributions...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

Brickton has good teacher/student ratio and up-to-date curriculums. However, the school is way too compact - there is no real estate for even a decent gym. Not sure if this is universal, but somehow the way parents are treated is often associated with how much they contribute to annul funds. They also try their best to close as many days as possible in the form of club days, conferences etc., and charge as much as they can. The commercial atmosphere is a bit too much from time to time. Do your homework before making your decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

I have three children and two of them go to Brickton; my third daughter will be part of the school in two years. We have been part of the Brickton community for the past three years and it has been wonderful. Not only do my kids love to learn and be at school, but Brickton is also fun and inclusive for parents and friends of the students. The experience at Brickton goes beyond the school hours. It truly is a community in which children thrive in ways I could not have imagined. They learn to be part of the "world"community, to be responsible, independent thinkers, helpful and kind people. I strongly encourage anyone who wants their child to maintain the love and excitement of learning to consider Brickton to become part of their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Both of my sons are Brickton graduates. The lessons they learned here went far beyond the 3 R's. They learned how to cope with the good and difficult times in their lives. From College scholarships to getting over the loss of their home in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina chased them away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2010

As an employee, I know that Brickton is all about the child , their development, education and growth. The desire to learn becomes a natural as breathing.


Posted February 6, 2010

My daughter has been in the Toddler House (2 and 3 years olds) this year (09-10). I am so impressed by how much this school stresses independence, my daughter's ability to do things for herself and how very gentle, peaceful and kind the staff is. It is a small school, so there are no strangers. It is warm, respectful and calm. Toward the end of her first year, my daughter is 2.5 years, she shakes hands with adults she meets and looks them in the eye. She cleans up after herself. She plays well with others. And she is happy. What more is there?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

Both of my children have attended Brickton since they were 3 years old ( now 1st grade and 4th grade) and we couldn't be happier. It is such a wonderful learning environment - my kids LOVE school and are thriving academically and socially. Great extended hours, lots of after school activities. I can't say enough good things about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

Best school I have ever attended. Peaceful community, enough freedom, and you actually get to interact with everyone there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2008

My son started here in Children's House at the age of 4. He struggled at a traditional preschool so we knew he needed an alternative solution. He has made tremendous strides - he was behind in a lot of areas but his teachers worked with him at his pace continually encouraging him. He has come out of his shell and looks forward to school. The school is a community which makes you feel you are part of a big family. Everyone talks to each other - it really goes beyond a traditional school environment. ALthough it is very expensive it is worth every penny to see how much my son looks forward to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

Having had the privledge of being a student myself and now the parent of children attending the school, I have a unique appreciation of this particular montessori program. I attended BMS from it's opening until I graduated 6th grade. At the time, the current middle school program was just a dream. I currently have 2 children attending the school, one in the Toddler program (ages 2-3) and another in the Children's House program (ages 3-6). I love that my children begin a program with the help and guidance of not only the well qualified and caring teachers but also the older children in the class, and as they grow, they become helpers to the younger children. It is quite a unique experience. The after-school programs are on-site, which is lovely, and they correspond nicely with their after-school program. Parents can be as invloved as they like. Overall, this school is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

Brickton Montessori is a wonderful school where kids actually look forward to learning. My child is discovering and understanding concepts that I didn't figure out (in my traditional schooling) until much later. It's incredible. The student teacher ratio is quite good, each child is valued for his/her own uniqueness and contributions. Extracurricular activities are offered after school, on school premises which makes it convenient for working parents who can't schlep their children to/from drama or band or art classes. Gym class consists of a series of swimming lessons, ice skating lessons, soccer and usually some kind of dance lessons -- last year it was Flamenco. It's pure joy for my child to go to Brickton. She began at 2 1/2 years old and is now a 5th year student. She feels safe, respected and part of the Brickton community in a way we could have never gotten at ourlocal public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

Academics and discipline are good. Strict adherence to Montessori principals. My daughter has thrived there (has attended from age 2 1/2 until age 6). Very expensive. No athletic programs. Great field trips. Caring staff. Excellent extended care options. Diverse cultural student mix. If you can comfortably afford it, the best option on the Northwest side of Chicago.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 17, 2006

Wonderful option for pre-k through K. Also offers Elementary but we haven't gotten there yet. Small class size, individual attention, can't say enough about how comforted I felt leaving my little girl there knowing she would be well cared for and she has learned so much! Tuition is pricey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

quality of academic program - very high. available of music for all children and also school band ,music lessons, a lot of extraculliculum activities- art classes, yoga swimming lessons included in regular program. parent are involved in all activities.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Hispanic 4% 24%
Black 1% 18%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Polish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Polish
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Cheryl LaCost
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMS
Fax number
  • (773) 714-9361

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • CPS
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Brickton Montessori School is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society and ISACS. Brickton offers extended day, year-round programs for students ages 2-8th grade (Toddlers do not need to be toilet trained – partial week option available for 2 & 3 year-olds). A hands-on, individualized learning experience is enhanced by low student-teacher ratios, excellent enrichment classes, and a variety of on-site extracurricular activities. Brickton is located on the Northwest side of Chicago
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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
40
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
50

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$9000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
CPS Selective Enrollment Schools
Local Private High Schools
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8622 West Catalpa Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656
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Phone: (773) 714-0646

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