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324 N Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302

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(708) 366-1882
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July 09, 2015
My son is in his last year of the Primary program at Alcuin Montessori. He loves it and is thriving. The school is a true Montessori community that fosters the independence, confidence and initiative that you would hope to see for your child. Their curriculum (which you can see in it's entirety on their website) is robust and your child will have every opportunity to learn at their own pace/level (a benefit of a multi-age classroom, in my opinion). Alcuin also offers a variety of enrichment programs as well, from music to theatre... truly making a well-rounded Montessori education available to any child.

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March 03, 2015
Alcuin Montessori is a top notch school. Two of our children are in the Junior Elementary (1st - 3rd grade) program and our third is in her second year of the Primary program (pre-school). We could not be happier with our decision to keep our children at Alcuin. The teachers are top notch. The Montessori philosophy has each child with the same teacher for 3 years. As a result, they really get to know your children and their interests, strengths and weaknesses. They provide a nurturing and caring environment, without losing the academic rigor. Our children love to learn and are always wanting to "research" new topics they find interesting. I love that every work they have in the classroom, even at the Primary age, has a purpose. Another wonderful aspect of Alcuin is their enrichment programs. They are exposed to Spanish, Art and Music in the Primary level. As they move to Junior Elementary, they students go to swimming, gym, theater and art once a week. The assistant teacher in the Junior Elementary program is fluent in Spanish, so they children are learning Spanish everyday.

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February 26, 2015
Our two boys have attended Alcuin for 3 years and we have been very happy with all aspects of the school. Although we were initially on the fence as to whether or not Montessori and Alcuin were the right choice for our children, we have been very pleased with our decision, as have our children. The staff are top notch, the learning environment is warm and caring, and the extended Alcuin community is strong. Following the Montessori philosophy, the learning methods are somewhat self-directed, but the teachers are always cognizant of the works with which my children are working, potential areas for development, and finding ways to encourage them to continue to develop those skills. Our children enjoy the Alcuin community, they enjoy their teachers, and they enjoy being respected as independent, capable individuals within their classrooms. I am happy to see the confidence they are building in themselves and how they are already applying this confidence and independence in other areas of their lives. I look forward to many more years as part of the Alcuin community.

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February 18, 2015
What's not to love about Alcuin? Caring teachers and staff, an amazing in-depth curriculum that prepares students for life (as opposed to just equipping them with book smarts), and a fabulous parent community to boot. Check it out!

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October 23, 2014
I've looked at just about every Montessori school in the area, and Alcuin is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of providing a nurturing environment for the children and a commitment to the Montessori philosophy. We have one child currently in the preschool and one in elementary. All of their friends who go to Mann and elsewhere always seem so negative about having to go to school, but our kids just love going to Alcuin - no negativity there! Our children are so loved by all of the teachers and staff. They are all so warm and caring! Alcuin recruits and retains the very best, and the leadership has such a strong commitment to professional development for their staff. I'm in no hurry for my kids to grow up, but when they do, I know that Alcuin's Middle School will be the best place for them to navigate the complexities of those teenage years. It's such a safe, caring, family-like environment, especially compared to the other middle schools in the area. You can spend countless hours researching schools in the area just like we did, but once you set foot inside of Alcuin's door and do an observation of the classrooms, you'll know you've found something truly special.

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July 25, 2014
I can't say enough about Mrs. Quigley and what she has taught our son. Her kindness and steady guidance allowed our son to flourish in a time most needed.

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October 03, 2013
This bad review is for Pat Ellis who is the Business Manager, with whom parents will work for contract and money. Our daughter was in Alcuin 2011-2012. Our family had to leave U.S. before the school year ends for some reason and sent notice to all the involved PIC in Alcuin, telling them our departure date. We had a refund check from the school, but Pat mailed it out 10 DAYS after it was issued and that was 3 days after we left the country. We had no chance to receive or deposit the check and it expired after 120 days. This summer, we moved back from overseas. We sent email to Alcuin requesting a renewed check of refund, but nobody replied after 10 days until I had to put the principle in the mail exchange. It did work. I got an immediate reply from PAT saying she would issue a new check to us. In my mail I advised our address change and requested the check payable to me, not my husband, because he was on business trip and will not be back in 2 months. While, PAT still issued it payable both of our names and sent it to our previous address. Apparently, PAT has no interest reading the email from their customer and did not to give me any convenience in depositing the check.

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September 12, 2013
Our daughter attended from parent-infant through the toddler community. Wonderful experience. The teachers are outstanding! Truly Outstanding! The administration is attentive, approachable and responsive. Our bright daughter was well supported and during her time there, increased her confidence and self-reliance. The emphasis on community, peace and compassion are essential skills to encourage and develop in our youngest learners, this is a routine part of the curriculum. Alciun exceeded our expectations!

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November 24, 2011
My daughter went to this school for 3 years, and I could not have wished for a better start to her education. The teachers are awesome, every thing and every one excelled in all fronts. Great job guys... and happy thanksgiving.

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April 15, 2011
Love, love, love. There is nothing more I can say about the school. The Executive Director is always available to parents, the admissions/marketing person is very communicative and easy to talk to. Plus the teachers are AMAZING! I can't say enough good things about this place. Our son has never been happier.

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January 18, 2011
My son is currently in Alcuin's extended day program (kindergarten) I can't imagine not having him here all the way through 8th grade. At Alcuin, he is respected as a human being, and appreciated as a child. The school realizes that everyone learns at their own pace. The new Executive Director is full of inspiring ideas, has an open door policy and embraces parent ideas and suggestions. The Admissions Director is well informed, polite, funny (humor counts for alot in my book) and keeps the parents in the loop with up to date information. We love our son's teacher for her patience and knowledge. Like I said, we can't imagine not having our son here till her graduates 8th grade.

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October 14, 2010
We moved to Oak Park so that our son could attend Alcuin. The teachers, staff, parents and students are amazing. It is an amazing environment for a child to develop a love of learning. Why should you consider Alcuin for your child - From their site "Alcuin students are learning how to think, how to make decisions, how to manage their time, work independently, and most importantly, how to be a respectful and compassionate human being" Our son is in his second year and we are extremely happy with our decision to send him to Alcuin. I feel the school does a great job at communicating with the parents about what is happening at the school and in the class room. Contact anyone listed on the school's site at http://alcuin.org/ to learn more. Come join this passionate community and provide this amazing educational experience for your children.

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January 14, 2010
We have 2 kids at Alcuin. Our fifth grader has been here since she was 2, and our little one also started at 2. We expect both kids to attend through middle school because we and they are so happy with the faculty, the (recently improved) staff and even the wonderful old facility. It's the oldest Montessori school west of Boston and its history has made it resilient as well as special. What it lacks in facilities is more than balanced by the rich breadth of program.

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November 18, 2009
Both of my children attended Alcuin s primary program and I could not have been more satisfied. The teaching is exceptional and I also found the administration to be professional and dedicated. The Executive Director is top-notch. Teacher turnover is virtually nonexistent and the (rather small) turnover in the administrative office has allowed Alcuin to acquire some excellent new team members, including a communications specialist! Donations of time and money are components to every private school experience so I did not find this out of the ordinary.

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November 11, 2009
Alcuin Montessori offers a fabulous Montessori education to students from toddler - Middle School. I have one son in 6th grade and one in 8th and am so thankful for the school. Not only are my children academically engaged and prepared, but they are involved in the Oak Park community and have become active students and stewards. Their social skills and conflict resolution skills have been supported and developed - they are truly learning how to learn and learning how to live.

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November 10, 2009
As a former Montessori teacher and administrator, I have been thrilled with the experience my children and my family have had in our 4 years at Alcuin Montessori school. The faculty is loving, dedicated, and philosophically exceptional. Having the choice between sending my children to a top notch city Montessori school and Alcuin, in Oak Park, I have found Alcuin offers the best of both worlds. My children are safe, yet independent, inquisitively respectful, joyfully challenged, and learning and growing at their own pace. I would encourage anyone interested in providing their children with the best of what education has to offer, to explore Alcuin Montessori School and enroll!

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November 05, 2009
My child loves his teacher (she's wonderful and has so much patience and love) and he truly looks forward to going to school every day. The admininstrative staff is always available and open to answer any questions with a smile.

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October 25, 2009
My children have been at Alcuin since they were 3 and 4 years old. They are now in 3rd and 5th grades and flourishing, academically and emotionally. They exhibit confidence and grace in the things they do at school, home and elsewhere. I attribute so much of this to the Montessori education they are receiving. Most importantly, my eldest attended 1st and 2nd grades at the Oak Park public schools, and we found the education at Alcuin so much more invigorating. I know my children will reap the benefits of this type of educational inquiry for many years to come.

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October 22, 2009
We have two children who attend Alcuin one in elementary and one in primary and the teachers are wonderful. Our experience with the administrative staff has been first rate.

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October 16, 2009
My daughter has been here for 5 years and I'm constantly impressed with how she grown academically, emotionally and intellectually while at Alcuin.

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September 30, 2009
My son was at another Montessori school for two years and struggled the entire time. I had just about given up with Montessori when I enrolled him at Alcuin. In the month he's been here, he's already begun early reading and cursive. He's accomplished more in one month here than two years at the other school. I am ecstatic and grateful.

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September 18, 2009
my daughter has been going there 3 years (parent/infant through 1st year primary) she loves it and is an articulate well adjusted kid for a 3 year old.

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August 26, 2009
Though this school has had some rocky administrative changes in the past few years, that has not prevented the teachers from being incredibly committed, knowledgeable and excellent. A new facility would certainly help increase the appeal of the school, but the quality of education is fantastic and the partnership between parents and teachers to support children is of the highest caliber.

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November 24, 2008
This school's leadership has incredibly low standards. Communication with parents and among staff is virtually non-existent. No one in the administrative staff takes responsibility for running the school so most of the work is left to the parents. The long-time teachers are great, which is the only positive element. There has been increasingly high staff turnover in the past five years, though. Tuition is overpriced and pressure to donate on top of tuition and required volunteer time is outrageous.

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October 22, 2008
This school has a lot of promise, but it currently is in decline. On the upside, the institution recently expanded to include a middle school program. The teachers involved are wonderful. The primary teachers are wonderful, too. On the downside, the administrative office is in complete disarray. There is no organization or communication. Problems are not handled effectively. There also has been a lot of turnover in faculty at the elementary level, which has had a negative impact on classrooms because there is no consistency.

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September 21, 2007
This school provides every student with an excellent elementary education so kids can go on and be succesful

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March 11, 2006
Our son has attended for more than 3 years. The school's academic approach is pure Montessori, and the teaching staff to have excellent academic credentials and respect for the students as individuals. School goes up through middle school and tries to build a diverse student body. The building is currently an old church with limited facilities. Make great use of the parents and community resources. Works to highlight the many cultures and languages of the student families as well as Yoga, Art, Language, Cooking, etc. There is a full-time 'learning expert' that provides tutoring and individual attention, who is thought by some to be a little quick to suspect learning challenges like ADD, ADHD, etc. No fenced playground or parking, and a school neighbor has been waging a years-long effort to have the school moved. The tuition is high end of national average but they offer financial aid.

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Celebrating over 50 years of Montessori excellence, Alcuin Montessori is among the oldest Montessori schools in the United States. Located in historic Oak Park, Illinois (the homes of Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright), Alcuin Montessori’s mission is to inspire a lifelong commitment to intellectual exploration and personal excellence by providing an outstanding educational community founded on rigorous academics, independent thought and individual development.

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Alcuin Montessori School
324 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL  60302
(708) 366-1882
Last modified Alcuin Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Alcuin Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top