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Alexander Graham Bell Montessori

Private | PK-6 | 125 students

AGBMS mainstreams deaf or hard of hearing children into their programs.
 
 

 

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Posted June 24, 2014

Thank you for taking time to visit the Great Schools website. I am excited about the prospect of your family joining our school and reaping the benefits of all we have to offer. We have an extraordinary school that produces strong minds while creating a sense of responsibility and respect for the environment. As you know, providing a child with a Montessori education gives a child all the tools necessary to become a strong, vibrant, caring adult. Children innately reach out to experience and understand the world. Our Montessori classroom presents the possibilities for this exploration. Our Directress' have all graduated from academically rich Montessori programs and are certified teachers. Our Directress' and teachers: have acquired comprehensive knowledge of Montessori instructional methods and materials appropriate to specific age groups; most have both a Montessori certification along with a bachelor's and/or master's degree in education; are able to articulate the relationship of learning at a specific age group to the broader continuum of human development; are able to apply knowledge to the design integrated and interdisciplinary curricula; have developed the academic, professional, and personal skills to independently direct a Montessori classroom; have demonstrated their ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize research; consistently practice facilitation skills to elicit independent student activity and exploration; consistently demonstrate consideration and respect for each child as an intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual being; have developed community building skills based upon a fundamental respect for children and adults; and, advocate for the rights of all children. I look forward to hearing from you soon about your decision.

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Posted June 23, 2014

Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School is a remarkable environment to be in. I had the opportunity to have a summer internship with this school last summer. Not only did I have the chance to interact with the students every day and help out with their summer program, but I was able to learn so much about the Montessori curriculum. In addition, being exposed to cue speech was great. After having a wonderful experience the first time, this summer I returned as a receptionist for the school and I enjoy being able to communicate with parents on a daily basis. The teachers, broad, and administration are phenomenal and are always willing to answer any questions. I would strongly recommend parents to come visit AGBMS if they are interested in enrolling their children at a Montessori school.


Posted May 18, 2014

Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School is a wonderful school. Our school was preparing to close and the AGBMS principal offered us a new home. Their generosity has been remarkable. My two children are happy and thriving. The administration, board, and teachers are to be commended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2014

This is a wonderful school with wonderful leadership. I am thrilled that the founding families are still a vibrant part of this school and continue to be invested in what they began 27 years ago. Their dedication and continued support speaks volumes for the school and the leadership they have put in place. Sandy Mosetick is the Board president and had two children graduate from this school. She was the major player in building the new "green" school in Wheeling and continues to advocate for the deaf services program using cued speech as well as the Montessori programs which partner with this so well. I applaud this school, the highly qualified teaching staff, the leadership, the Board, and all of us who help fund this amazing school. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a full-inclusion school for their hearing or non-hearing children. Also, this school is home to children from around the world. All you have to do is walk in the front door and look at the map on the wall which illustrates all of the countries represented at AGBMS-AEHI. It is truly a remarkable school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2014

I love the teachers in this school. They are so involved with the children and the different activities and education they provide.


Posted April 16, 2014

Our son has been at AGBMS for 3 years and we have always been happy with his education and the way the staff treats us. After reading these reviews, I am saddened that people post things without knowing the facts. First, the current executive director came to the school from The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and holds a pHd. Second, the communication with the Parents Association since the staff turnover has been great. Third, there seems to be very good reasons why the staff and teachers were let go. The school should be and is now all about the children and the education, not politics. The new language and physical education programs only strengthen the curriculum and we always enjoy the special events. We have recommended the school to friends that have enrolled their children, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2014

I have sent three children to this school over the past 7 years, starting at the old location. It was a lovely school with a strong curriculum and a great community feel. With the beautiful new building came financial difficulties that impacted the quality of the school greatly the last 2 years. I am posting because I have seen a huge improvement this year. They have added 2 foreign language programs and physical education back, the communication has been more open and forthright, and the curriculum and instruction continues to be strong. Most importantly, my son loves going to school each day. The school continues to have a diverse student population and many special family events. I would recommend visiting this school if you are looking for a Montessori school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2013

We joined this school last year and absolutely love it. The growth we have seen has been incredible and we are happy with the school's commitment to our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2010

We love this school! My daughter started in Our Nest in the summer! AGBMS fits all our requirements for a great Montessori school without paying a lot of money! The new building was designed by the staff so it's very spacious and child friendly! The teachers are experienced, knowledgeable and friendly! The school program is an authentic Montessori curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

I had 2 kids in this monessori and they were full time, but after a year I pulled them out. I think they did a horrible job of keeping my younger child challenged through the day, and the staff didn't communicate well with me or my younger child. Overall it was just a waste of money....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2006

This school definitely feels like a second home to children. It's very small,but quality of education is good compared to other private schools. The school mainstreams deaf and hard of hearing children with hearing children, BUT it is by no means a school for deaf children. Authentic Montessori materials are used throughout Children's House and Elementary. Presently, the drawback is lack of space, so if you have a very active child, this is not the place to be, but there is good news! The school will be building a brand new building and has high hopes of increase enrollment. The staff is not always professional, but somehow things get done/ Definitely recommended for age 3-6, and depending on the child, elementary may work as well IF there are many in the same age group. If there is only 1 twelve year old in the whole school, it's not a healthy sign.
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Posted February 25, 2005

My son has been in the Children's House program at AGBMS since September of 2003. What he has learned in this short amount of time is truly amazing. He has developed at a rate I didn't realize was even possible. But that is largely due to the great teacher/child ratio in the classroom and the teachers ability to educate and guide the students in a manner that truly fosters a genuine desire to learn. The school is small and I wouldn't let the size deter you because the quality of the teachers and the education, both in Children's House and the Elementary program is top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(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 French
Russian
Spanish
Urdu
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • SWANCC Award (2014)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • 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
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Debra Trude-Suter
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
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
  • Other Montessori
Fax number
  • (847) 850-5493

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Special education
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • 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)
  • 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
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Illinois State University
  • National Louis University
  • Illinois School for the Deaf
  • National Cued Speech Association
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • YOGA
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • YOGA

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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
  • 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
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
69
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
73

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

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9300 Capitol Dr
Wheeling, IL 60090
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Phone: (847) 850-5490

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