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1800 West Balmoral Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

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(773) 271-1700
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April 15, 2015
Rogers park montessori is a nurturing and loving environment. The mixed age classrooms allow the older students to guide the younger children and become role models. This also validates their knowledge and skills. The parent community is very involved in many ways throughout the school year. My children love going to school at Rpms. The teachers and staff work well together. We are very fortunate to have found such a wonderful school for our family.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2015
I have 2 children that have attended RPMS from preschool through 8th grade. I can't recommend it enough. I've always felt that the students are working way above the level of students at other schools. They certainly are well prepared for high school. A very large percent are accepted at the top selective enrollment schools in Chicago. I've often heard from returning students that they have had easy time adjusting to high school. The teachers and other staff are all outstanding. The community as a whole was the biggest and best surprise for me. I have made many friends at RPMS that likely will remain my friends for life.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
September 09, 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
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).

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no rating 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
August 07, 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
June 07, 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
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
May 02, 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
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
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
no rating December 25, 2007
Not the school where you find community values or diversity among the student body and families.

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December 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
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
November 09, 2007
What I thought was a caring, collaborative community is not. Extremely disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
Great teachers in preschool, however,lack of leadership, organization and, DIVERSITY.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
We have been thrilled with the teachers, administration and fellow parents at RPMS. Decisions are based entirely on the Montessori philosophy and with the interest of the children in mind. We have been a part of the community for 3 years and look forward to being there for many more. Our kids are learning how to think through problems and how to work hard. They love being at school

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
They make no special accomodations for children at different levels. We've also found a very closed atmosphere here: parent involvement is non-existent. We are in the process of finding a new school.

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November 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
Have two children in the school now. They have had great teachers, and the administration is professional and accommodating. The tuition is middle of the road with many private schools much higher. The new building and site are beautiful. My older child has Spanish three times a week, art, drama, gym, and music class in addition to the basics. The student teacher ratio is 10 or 11 to one, which is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
Great preschool. Definitely not recommended for elementary. They cannot handle the psychology of the older child. The know what to do with preschoolers. Great for mainstream kids - not for either end of the spectrum. Administration is lacking - possibly going through growing pains associated with the new building.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
My child attended preschool and kindergarten here. The preschool was great and the teachers were wonderful but the administration was inept and really unprofessional.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2006
Our daughter attended there for three years. The program is excelent. Parents are very involved, and form a great group of friends. The new building is the best designed school I have seen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2006
This school has a beautiful program and a wonderful philosophy. Definitely worth checking into. The students seem very happy here.

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April 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2006
Our daughter has attended RPMS for 3 years so far and we are extremely happy. The teachers have a great rapport with the kids and have a good grasp of the children's strengths and weaknesses. Our daughter has flourished and matured, and we plan to send her sibling to the same school. Parents are very involved. The school has just moved into a new state-of-the-art building, which is also a big plus.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
My daughter has attended RPMS since the toddler program 3 years ago. She is now in the extended day/Kindergarten program. I have found the environment to be very nurturing and loving and respectful. She is reading at a 3rd grade level. The staff is incredibly well trained and organized and consistently professional. The cost, however, is prohibitive and we now have the daunting task of finding a more affordable private school or public school that will reinforce the positive montessori experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2005
Our child completed through 6th grade. Excellent program, great social development...our child is a problem solver and free thinker with manners and discipline. We could not have picked a better choice. Now that there is a 7th and 8th grade, the perfect solution is available.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
My child attended preschool through some primary grades here. Preschool was great, teachers are wonderful but administration is lacking and unprofessional. Would not recommend for elementary.

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Rogers Park Montessori School
1800 West Balmoral Avenue, Chicago, IL  60640
(773) 271-1700
Last modified Rogers Park Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Rogers Park Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top