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Rogers Park Montessori School

Private | PK-8 | 376 students

Quality Montessori Education
 
 

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $220,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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Posted August 15, 2013

My children attended from preschool into elementary. I think the preschool is fine but the elementary is lacking. After wonderful reviews in preschool, my children got into elementary and the struggles began. We would have meetings on what to do and the follow through was weak at best. We were constantly told we needed tutors which became expensive especially considering we were already paying for private school. I wouldn't recommend for elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

We joined RPMS last year in mid stream for Montessori and my daughter will be entering 1st grade next year. We have found the staff to be absolutely the best and she loves her teachers and the classrooms. We have made some incredible friends at the school both from the teacher side and and the parents. You will not meet a more committed team who really cares about the kids and growing them. Once you meet the kids who have gone through the program and gotten into the best schools in Chicago you will see why I recommend this school so highly. Of course my daughter is having a great time as well and her best friends are her classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2010

We have been at this school for years and all our children attend. We are consistently surprised by not only the academic level at which our children are working but also their social skills. We've recommended this school to everyone we meet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

This is a fantastic school. The parents are involved, the teachers patient, caring and smart, and the facility is fantastic. The student body is thoughtful, articulate and caring. And the academics rock (once you get used to the less traditional format, which can be unnerving for some, it was for me). My children LOVED it -- they were so proud of the 'work' they did every day. The parent community is very nice, smart and friendly -- it is not the place to go if you aren't excited to be involved and participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

This is a Great School! Our child has been there since Kindergarten and is about to enter the 4th Grade. Teachers are Caring, highly trained, and always there for private consult or extra attention when needed. Administration seems to know every child and their background. info , We are blessed to have been there for all these years! Also national Test Scores in the 95th and 99th percentiles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

I am in 7th grade at RPMS and am quite surprised by all of the negative comments. The ones that say that we lack in parent involvement are completely off. Parents are almost constantly present at the school and involved in projects. I was also particularly surprised by the reviews saying that we the school doesn't have a good elementary. Not only do we do well in class, we have a voice in what we learn which means that we are interested in what we are learning in school. I happen to know that all of the 7th graders got in the high 90's (scored out of 99, and the score meaning that the student scored higher than that that percent of students his or her age that took the test) on the IOWA standardized tests.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2009

Excellent school with wonderful staff who's strenghts lie in their ability to individualize instruction while adhering to a true Montessori model. My children have blossomed at this school. It is a warm and caring community. We tried other schools and were sorely disappointed. If you are looking for a school that will nurture your child's development from an academic, emotional and social perspective RPMS is the place to go. A very well rounded education from preschool through grade school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

I loved this school, and though it seemed very easy compared to public school, the transfer was surprisingly easy and the methods of hands-on learning when I was younger helped me understand more when I was forced into textbook learning. I must say from a first person point of view, it was amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2008

MEDIOCRE. the early childhood program was nice, but grade school is underwhelming, esp. given tuition. Leadership and governance was already weak and poor, (note early posts). Mismanagement and recent missteps further impaired leadership's ability to run a school. There are much better alternatives, (incl. public schools).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

Excellent school, model Montessori classrooms. Low student staff ratio allows teachers to individualize instruction to suit each child. The teachers we have encountered are outstanding, I could not ask for a better environment for my children. Parent participation strongly encouraged. RPMS is warm, welcoming and nurturing environment for families interested in their child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

Great school, professional teaching staff and principal. They are nurturing, know all of the kids and the school if very family centered. They hit a rough patch because more and more families are wanting to stay for elementary now (not just for preschool) and they don't have room for everyone that wants to stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

Agree with previous post---the new building is lovely and the early childhood classes are nice. But for those seeking a well-developed montessori program, this is no Near North. Administration and leadership seem to not have a handle on growth. There also is a grave disconnect between the montessori philosophy of inclusiveness and actions recently taken---a very disingenuous group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

Nice school for pre-k-aged children and beautiful building. Beyond that not a strong academic environment as demonstrated by the micro sizes of the upper-classes. (this is not by design.) Administration is also quite lackluster and not interested in long-term education of child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

Very inexperienced teachers and an administration more focused on your $$ than your child. What does $10K get you? A nice looking building, not much else. Avoid this school for elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

This school served my children well, both teenagers now. They both attended through 6th grade and are confident, smart and caring children. Class size is a lot smaller here than you will find at other montessori schools in the city - as many as 6-10 fewer children per class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

This school cannot attend to children who are exceptionally bright. This school, since it has grown and gotten anew building is only in it for the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2007

Not the school where you find community values or diversity among the student body and families.
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Posted November 19, 2007

I have children in school now and some that have moved on to high school. The Montessori philosophy here is strong and the staff is child focused. Each child I have encountered has been educated as a 'whole child' and at very specfic levels, regardless of 'norms'. My children have gone on to much success that I attribute to the wonderful, supportive community they spent their first 12 years in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

What I thought was a caring, collaborative community is not. Extremely disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

Great teachers in preschool, however,lack of leadership, organization and, DIVERSITY.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Hispanic 2% 24%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 18%
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)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Russian
Japanese
Italian
American sign language
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Debra Senoff Langford
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

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Montessori
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Girls on the run
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor 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
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
40
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
130

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$9000 - $15000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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Lane Tech
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1800 West Balmoral Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
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Phone: (773) 271-1700

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