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Joliet Montessori School

Private | PK-9 | 136 students


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Posted January 27, 2014

My wife and I can't say enough positive things about JMS. We are amazed everyday by the growth of our children not only as students but as human beings. To our children, JMS isn't just school- it's home. Their teachers- family!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 15, 2013

Our daughter is a first year in the elementary program and I couldn't be happier with the teacher/directress she was assigned. My daughter has a food allergy and the procedures they have put in place in her classroom to ensure that she is safe throughout the day is above and beyond what my wife and I could have asked for. My daughter still feels very included all aspects of the classroom and learning how to be responsible for herself and her condition. The life lessons she is learning along with her academic lessons are irreplaceable. We couldn't be happier that we did not send her to a public school where she wouldn't have been able to have entire school body and staff looking out for her safety and made sure she was still included in all aspects of school life. Thank you for making her feel so loved and cared for.
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Posted November 15, 2013

I'm so happy to have found JMS! This is an ideal example of a Montessori program. New to the area, this school has allowed my son to transition well and I have found a place in the community through our school. We are truly thankful to be part of such an accepting and wonderful school. I could not ask for better teachers either!
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Posted November 15, 2013

My husband and children attended Joliet Montessori School. It was a great experience for us all. Both my children wrote college essays on the unique and valuable education they received at JMS and the positive impact it continues to have on their life and academic pathways. My son still proudly recalls mastering long division in kindergarten! His love of math continues today and he is exploring engineering as his field of study. The Montessori method promotes problem solving and analytical thinking, important tools for all students to learn for their future success. Moreover, it emphasizes development of the whole child as well as respect for others. The current Head of School is a dynamic leader who is actively engaged with staff and parents. The staff is highly trained and experienced. If you are looking for an unbelievable experience for your child, I would definitely consider the Joliet Montessori School. Your child will be introduced to the infinite aspects of the world will live in. Imagine your four year old discussing the lemurs that live on Madagascar and that the country's major export is vanilla! Mine did.

Posted November 15, 2013

Joliet Montessori School has been a great place for me to work for over 8 years. The children at the school are thriving; they are full of life and happily excelling. The school is dedicated to a classic Montessori education. It has been part of the community since 1966. JMS is known by the Association Montessori Internationale as a significant American school. I have been, and continue to be, proud to be a associated with it and the people who are its leaders..
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Posted November 14, 2013

We have been at Joliet Montessori School for 6 years now and are very satisfied. The Directresses, Staff and Head of School create the perfect and unique environment for the children to accel. We are so pleased with our daughters' progress. Thanks to JMS they are both very well rounded, mature and intelligent little people. The community as a whole is so rewarding. There are many events, clubs and activities outside of class for the families. Note: We live two blocks from another Montessori but choose JMS because of the above reasons. Signed - Very Satisfied Parents
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Posted November 14, 2013

My children attend Joliet Montessori School and I can say that I have found a family in this little school. The teachers are truly exceptional. I know their goal is to guide my children to a better understanding of not only academics but also the world and how they play a part in it. I see the difference this school has made in our lives and I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community.
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Posted July 18, 2013

My child attends Joliet Montessori School. New to the area, we are so happy to have found JMS. My son quickly adapted to his new school which help provide our family a nice transition to our new locale. The staff is accommodating and helpful in finding not just the right education but also making logistics for working parents fit.
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Posted March 12, 2013

What a waste of time and money! The principal is a complete joke. No idea how to connect with parents. Her only interest is money. Teachers are frustrated with her "leadership:" The place is falling apart. Long time teachers and families have left due to the lack of good ole fashion educational values and commitment to the children. Unfortunately I had to rate the school with 1 star. They do not even deserve that. What a shame. It was a great place years back.
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Posted November 8, 2011

Such an incredible school!!! The faculty, staff and the Head of School, Ms. Carol Andrew provide my daughter with the best learning environment we could EVER ask for in a school. My daughter is reading at a 2nd grade level and is five years old!! We are thrilled to have found this hidden gem!! I love the Montessori method!!! I cannot image giving a better gift to our children!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2011

This school is awesome. The teachers are nice. I am learning a lot from this school. Our work is fun. My favorite work is making maps. I suggest you pick this school for your kids like my Mom did.

Posted May 13, 2011

I have three children at Joliet Montessori School (JMS), two in the elementary program, one in the primary program. All started at JMS when they were three. Each of my children have and continue to thrive at JMS. JMS allows them the opportunity to work at their own pace with supervision. What this means for my children is that they continue to be challenged in their studies, while receiving the extra attention in the areas they haven't yet mastered. In addition to the academics, JMS also focuses on grace and courtesy lessons, teaching the children how to peacefully interact with others and conflict resolution skills at an early age. The school has recently added the Adolescent House, where the 7th and 8th graders have their own dedicated building for classroom space. In addition to the Adolescent House, JMS is completing work on the Outdoor Classroom, and incorporates Environmental Education into their program as appropriate. I would strongly recommend that prospective parents ask questions and learn about Maria Montessori and the Montessori Method of Education. I am very pleased with the education my children are receiving, and can not imagine them anywhere else.
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Posted March 10, 2011

DISAPPOINTED. Not in tune with my children unless I had a meeting scheduled with them. My 3rd grader was struggling and eventually started to pretend he was "working" on lessons. His teacher did not follow through on directions she gave him. They were told to do work before being given a lesson. After randomly reviewing his work in his cubby and more specific questions about what he did, read, and worked on; it became apparent that he was not working and/or reading what the teacher told me he was. When I questioned my child what he had researched and read a particular day; he told me. I had doubts. The teacher had confirmed his selection and reading that day. When I later asked my child about the subject matter and what page they were on, he knew virtually nothing. The book was too advanced for his reading level, therefore, he could not have sat in the reading area for any amount of time and read it, let alone used it for research. I found his teacher to be disconnected and preoccupied with her own hobbies and "favorites". This school may work for some, if I had to do it again, I would not. I did like the sense of community this school offered, but that only goes so far.

Posted April 27, 2005

My son has been at this school for 3 years. Started as a 3 year old and is preparing for graduation from K as a 6 year old. His teacher is wonderful! I am quite pleased with her. As for music, art, language, sports...these are not part of the general curriculum but offered as extracurricular activities at an additional charge after school. I am also pleased with the communication between Directress of the school and my family. Extended Day care is exceptional. I would highly recommend this Montessori school for any child/parent wanting a quality education for their child. Parental involvement is encouraged. Some parents are more involved than others.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Hispanic 7% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Carol Andrew
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  • Other Montessori


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Crest Hill, IL 60403
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