My children have been in the pre-school program for 2 years and have built a great foundation. At DuPage Montessori, your children and your family are not treated like a number. The teachers and administrators really care about the kids as if they are an extension of their own family. My kids have had a wonderful experience and they have forged strong friendships and relationships.
My son is just leaving DMS after two wonderful years of growth and development. He has been in the 3-6 year old class with Ms. Chris and Ms. Prahba. He will now be starting kindergarten and his abilities are far advanced from where he would be if we would have kept him in a typical daycare setting. The one-on-one attention and adaption to individual abilities is unmatched! Outside of academics, there is much personal responsibility placed on each child and an overall environment for respect (both teachers and peers). I feel my child has been provided an excellent well-rounded base that will last him a lifetime!
I am a former parent of children that attended both campuses. This is an excellent school! I have never met such caring, attentive, and supportive teachers and administrators. This school is a model of how education should be in this country.
My 5-year-old is entering his third year in the 3-6 program, and I have a duaghter the todder program. We are very happy with the school. I'd like to respond to a few of the comments below and add some of my own. --Broad age range within a classroom: This is typical of many montessori schools. I find it creates a flexible learning environment where younger children are motivated by their older peers, and the older students master the material they've learned by "teaching" the younger students. (This happens during "partner time" and doesn't replace teacher instruction.) --Flexible learning approach: One of the things that I love about the montessori approach and this particular school is its flexibility towards the learning styles and levels of different students. When my son was ready to read, they started him on Bob books. He's slower to write, so they are finding other, OT-like approaches to strengthening his grip and coordination. --Range of activities: I actually find there are a lot of activities available. If a child is doing a lot of a particular activity, it is because she is working to master it (and become more focused, which is key to doing other work.)