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As a premier international school, GEMS World Academy – Chicago approaches learning from a global perspective that helps students develop an intuitive sense of their connections to people, ideas, and cultures. Our master teachers lead students through structured interactions with Chicago’s neighborhoods, institutions, and environment, empowering students to ask and answer deep questions. To know the world, you have to explore the world – up close and in focus.

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DEDICATED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHOLE CHILD Through play, children discover their surroundings – socially, emotionally, cognitively & physically. This is unique for each child at each stage of development. Sonnets Academy teachers celebrate diversity in their classrooms - understanding each child’s distinctive style of play and the cultural and developmental factors that contribute to these differences among children. Our teachers create classroom activities that each student can build upon in their own way – focusing on strengths.

“Our Pre-K class explores science with hands-on experiments that excite our five senses. Asking questions about our experiments furthers our curiosity and exploration to build a positive and exciting attitude toward scientific inquiry.”

Our play-based curriculum concentrates on the process through which children learn. Discovery-based play expands their imagination, encourages their sense of wonder and provides a diverse & comprehensive foundation for cognitive, social, emotional & creative growth that will shape their adolescence and adulthood. Children learn how to navigate their future interpersonal relationships from their social interactions in early childhood. When children play together, they learn to celebrate differences as they cooperate and collaborate - creating empathetic problem solvers. When a child’s play is guided and encouraged by their teacher, the child establishes trust, respect & confidence – essential to a lifelong love of learning.


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4 life lessons that start with early childhood education

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here’s no doubt that early childhood education is important, and all parents want their children to start their education off on the right foot with a positive first experience at school. While young students are being introduced to the concepts of letters and numbers at preschool, experts say that students are likely learning other lessons that will last a lifetime.


HOW TO BE PART OF A GROUP Early childhood educational experiences may be the first time that children are consistently part of a big group. Learning how

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to be part of a group involves acquiring a variety of ways to positively interact with others. “Having children in a group setting is one of the best natural ways to teach them how to be a good person,” says Sarah Cudnik, owner and executive director at Kids Work Chicago. “That includes learning how to contribute to a group, manage feelings, help friends, choose words appropriately, and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’” “We encourage team building activities to help children learn to negotiate their ideas with their peers,” says Laura Davis, executive director at Sonnets Academy in Chicago.

For instance, in the Pre-K classroom at Sonnets Academy-Lincoln Park, students were tasked with building a car together. They needed to collectively decide who would be responsible for each part, as well as what colors they would use to design their car. “This allowed the children the opportunity to share their ideas, but also understand that their idea may not be chosen. Every child was given a role in this activity, which instilled a sense of pride in the end,” Davis says. Cudnik highlights one other benefit to being part of a group: kids get to learn to have fun together. continued on page 8 MAKING THE GRADE 2016 7

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HOW TO FORM SECURE ATTACHMENTS WITH OTHERS In addition to being part of the group, children are also learning to interact one-on-one. Doing so successfully means learning to understand verbal and nonverbal signals, says Cassie Martin, director of admissions and community relations at Montessori Academy of Chicago. In addition, the first school experience for some children is the first opportunity to learn to develop ongoing, healthy relationships with individuals outside their family. “We work hard with parents and teachers to make sure everyone is promoting secure attachment, because that establishes a foundation for continued secure attachment with other adults as

our students grow,” Martin says.


HOW TO LEARN TO LOVE LEARNING “Progressive education honors the whole child, which translates to emphasizing the child’s role in the learning process. Ultimately, we believe that when children own their learning, especially at a young age, it instills a love of learning and helps them to flourish through their school years and beyond,” says Denise Boswell, director of teaching and learning at Baker Demonstration School in Wilmette. Alejandra Valera, director of advancement at Alcuin Montessori in Oak Park, says enrolling children in a quality early childhood program feeds their curiosity and fuels their desire to understand the world around them. “Children want to learn, they have this beautiful innate need to figure out how things work, why things work and have a spark within them to find out. You are never too young to start learning.” Special Advertising Supplement

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Boswell believes an integral part of progressive education is establishing a learning environment in which children are encouraged and inspired to explore, question, investigate, build, think critically and problemsolve. “For our youngest students, this begins with an early childhood education that is play-based, emergent, and exploratory,” she says. Davis agrees. “Children’s eyes light up with wonder as they explore, investigate, collaborate, and take ownership and pride in their work,” she says.


HOW TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE While little ones are learning letters and new words in English, many early childhood programs also give children an opportunity to learn a foreign language. Students at Alcuin Montessori,

for instance, learn Spanish. “Children at this age have a great absorbent mind, and this holds true for languages. Foreign language acquisition comes easily to young children,” Valera says. “Dr. Maria Montessori stressed the importance of children becoming citizens of the world, and what better way to do so than by learning a new language?” There is so very much more that children can learn in preschool, but each child learns in their own unique way. “It’s really important for people to remember that it’s our job to guide and teach our little ones, and that they should not fit a certain mold and learn a certain way and speed,” says Cudnik. “We value the fact that everyone is an individual with unique personalities and not just manage that but celebrate it.”

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The making of good choices

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arents of school-aged children know that their children’s classroom experience is very different from their own and that much has changed in education. Discipline is

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no exception. Schools now focus on reinforcing good choices and promoting good behavior rather than just spelling out the punitive measure kids face as the result of misbehaving. Lisa Diones, assistant director of teaching and learning of Quest Academy in Palatine,

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they are not given a negative punishment or consequence,” she says. “Instead, we actively help our students learn how to recognize the root of the problem or behavior and then collaboratively work towards creating a plan that facilitates positive change and growth.” Shalini Patel, co-founder and head of school of Inspire Girls Academy in Chicago, stresses that students have choices with natural and logical consequences. Inspire Girls Academy opens its doors this fall and is accepting admission applications now. “The goal of positive discipline is about teaching our girls the ability to problem solve and work together to solve goals, as well as to guide the development of self-control and selfesteem so they can function securely,” she says. The focus at St. James Lutheran School in Chicago is motivating students, particularly those in the early childhood program, to make good choices. “We want our students to recognize and value positive examples of excellence, goodness, kindness, perseverance, etc., when they see it and aspire to demonstrate it themselves,” says Kate Donovan, director of communications and admissions at St. James.

Positive discipline is very much a part of the school’s efforts to instill a love of learning in its students. “If the focus of discipline is on what not to do and what punishments to anticipate, students will neither enjoy learning nor take pride in what they do,” Donovan says. “Instead, they will simply learn the rules painfully well and discover means to work around them.” One benefit of positive discipline that Donovan has seen is additional time for learning, because there is less of a need for time administering punitive action or curbing inappropriate behavior. An increased connection and sense of community is another benefit of positive discipline that is particularly important to Patel. “As an educator, I’ve seen the impact that negative discipline, like sitting alone in the hall or writing out an individual apology letter, has on a child in terms of feeling alienated,” she says. “When the community is involved, discussing why it happened, how to fix it, they address the behavior not just for one child but for all.” Patel says that when students feel a strong sense of community and a connection to both teachers and peers, they are less likely to do

something that hurts that connection. Not all schools have adopted all aspects of positive discipline, but they still focus on good choices and Countryside Montessori School in Northbrook is a prime example. “Our approach to discipline is remarkably simple. If students make good choices, they enjoy the benefits of those good choices. When they make bad choices, and everyone does sometimes, they are held accountable,” says Wendy Calise, head of school at Countryside Montessori School. At Countryside Montessori, students making good choices are given more freedoms, including the ability to determine what they will work on, as well as when and with whom they will work. “If students don’t spend their time well or are disruptive, then their freedom is reduced and more structure is put in place for them,” Calise says. “We see our elementary students wanting to be treated as mature young people,” she says, adding that their approach helps foster that maturity as well as teaches kids that the consequences to poor choices are far less desirable than those that accompany good choices. Teachers getting the behavior they want by using natural positive consequences to reinforce good choices is a win-win approach.

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How to balance kids’ extracurricular activities School experts share their ideas on helping kids thrive in and out of school



occer. Swim lessons. Art classes. Choir practice. Dance recitals. Homework. Kids’ schedules fill up very quickly as parents seek out activities for their children that allow them a chance to be active, involved and well-rounded individuals — as well as have

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a little fun. But managing the activities can be an overwhelming job for parents, who must also make sure kids have sufficient time for school and homework while also making sure family time doesn’t suffer. Finding the right mix of extracurricular activities, however, can be a tricky balancing act, one that area school administrators have

struggled with both as educators and as parents. We asked them for their advice to parents on finding the right mix. MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS PARTICIPATE IN SOMETHING “Extracurricular activities are a great way continued on page 16 MAKING THE GRADE 2016 15

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for kids to figure out what they are passionate about and what works for them,” says Steven Coberly, interim upper school director at Latin School of Chicago. “Children learn the importance of lifelong skills such as teamwork, leadership, and time management. As long as the activities are designed for the appropriate age level, it is important for students in all grades to be involved in something outside of the school day,” says Michelle Bahr, a teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School in Chicago. DON’T LET THEM DO EVERYTHING While kids may want to try everything available, that doesn’t mean that they should. “Children and families are incredibly overscheduled, to the point of being fairly unrealistic,” says Robyn McCloud-Springer, head of school at Chiaravalle Montessori School in Evanston. And Bahr says the first thing that suffers is school work. “For some, they are just tired and then do not always give 100 percent to all areas. Still others begin to lose the passion they once had for something.”

When looking at all the possible activities, parents worry that they might miss a golden opportunity for a developing a child’s skill or interest. Coberly tries to relieve parents of that worry. “Interests and passions develop throughout a lifetime,” he says. “We want to raise kids to be adults who will discover things on their own in the next decades of their lives.” CONSIDER BOTH WHAT’S BEST FOR YOUR KID AND YOUR FAMILY Every family and each individual child is different, so a combination of activities that works for one child may not be ideal for another. “For some families, their children being involved in multiple activities keeps them focused and encouraged to work hard in all areas of their life,” Bahr says. “Important factors for families who have multiple extracurricular activities are parental support and travel distance. For some families, focusing on one activity is the perfect amount to expose that student to something and yet not overwhelm them.” Being realistic about the family schedule, including the activities of other children, is also really important, according to McCloudSpringer. Also remember that family time matters, too, Bahr says. It may be as simple as ordering

a pizza and watching a movie. While it is not necessary for every family every day, families do need to be able to recognize how often they need to “rest” so they can recharge. FREE TIME IS BENEFICIAL Downtime is important because it gives kids time for free play. “Play is important for children’s well-being. It is restorative and necessary for physical and mental health,” McCloud-Springer says. “There is a place for downtime and joy.” Coberly says that seeing how kids use their free time can give parents valuable insight into what their child is truly interested in, which can help determine what activities are a good fit and allow kids to explore and develop passions. “When kids are left to their own devices, what do they like thinking about, talking about, and doing? Those are all signs, and they reveal themselves during unstructured downtime,” he says. Educators agree that it’s worth the effort to find the right mix of activities that afford our kids beneficial experiences but also allows some downtime, for both children and their parents.

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Schools find innovative ways to incorporate technology

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omputers are no longer a one-sizefits-all teaching tool, confined to a designated “computer lab” within the school. Instead, schools are finding unique ways to enhance learning — and the ways these state-of-the-art teaching tools are being used are evolving as fast as the technology itself. “Technology is just one of the many tools that our teachers and students incorporate into the learning that goes on here at St. A’s,” says Mary Quish, assistant principal and technology director at St. Athanasius School in Evanston. Special Advertising Supplement

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At St. Athanasius School, students use technology in a variety of ways, from using a Bible app to engage second-graders in Biblical stories to using PowerPoint and other applications to create science fair projects. Smart Boards are used to reinforce concepts in classrooms, and even in physical education classes, iPhone apps are used to track students’ heart rates and videos are made to critique technique. And those are just a few ways that technology is integrated into the day-to-day activities of the students, Quish says. “When we first created our technology plan years ago, our goal was to create an environment where technology was integrated

seamlessly into the curriculum to enrich our students’ learning experience. … We are certainly well on our way to achieving that goal.” At Fusion Academy, where the student-toteacher ratio is one to one, technology is used to keep track of every student’s individualized learning plan through a personalized learning management system accessible by the students, teachers, parents and the students’ support team. “We are lovers of technology and use it in every class and classroom, but it differs from student to student,” says Lindsey Ciochina, head of school for Fusion Chicago’s downtown continued on page 20 MAKING THE GRADE 2016 19

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campus. Fusion has three campuses opening this year for sixththrough 12th-graders. “Everyone has access to laptops, and we have some pretty advanced technology in our science labs. But our learning management system has been completely tailored to how we teach.” In addition to academic goals, Fusion’s technology can track individualized goals, whether they are social, organizational goals, or executive functioning goals. At the end of the day, an email is generated for the parents and the students’ lead teachers. “What I think is so unique is that it allows goal-setting that’s not just academic, but also other elements of the students’ progress and wellness and long-term success,” Ciochina says. “It is essential to have a daily record and have transparent communication between the student, parent and whole

school community. Without this communication process, we would all sink.” At Roycemore School in Evanston, students in the 3-D Ambassadors Club talk with teachers about what they need for their classrooms and then use the 3-D printer to create things for their teachers. One example of this was a thirdgrade teacher who asked the club to create a model of an ear that she could use in a class. The students created a model of all the parts that illustrated how they all fit together, says Elizabeth Shutters, coordinator of educational technology and professional development. “Our vision for technology use is that it’s essential for today’s learning, and our mission for the school is that we want to prepare students for the future and help them meet their needs as learners,” she says. “To us, it’s not about the technology they use, but how they use it. The 3-D Ambassadors Club, for example, teaches students to work collaboratively with their

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teachers to find a need and then meet it.” In addition, several teachers are “flipping” their lessons, meaning students watch a video lecture at home and then use class time to do the more traditional “homework.” “When they get to school, they’ve already heard the lesson so at school, they can use their time better by doing projects and asking and answering questions,” she says. “In French class, for example, they can work on pronunciation of new words, or they have the ability to go back and watch lectures over again if they need to. It’s been very helpful for a lot of students.” At Catherine Cook School in Chicago, a 2,000-square-foot former library has become the IDEA Lab (Innovation, Design, Engineering and Art). It is filled with state-of-the-art technology, including 3-D printers, sewing machines, a laser cutter, and an interactive display wall made of 12 HD television sets. There are also traditional shop tools, as well as robotics equipment. “This has really become the hub of another stage of learning,” says JD Pirtle, director of innovation at Catherine Cook. “We start our 3-year-old, pre-literate learners on things like robotics and programming and circuitry. This isn’t just a place for older

students.” For example, 3-year-olds learned how to use iPads to create 3-D models of snowflakes they then printed, becoming a tangible object that was first created in their imagination. Older students were given a crank and bell and told to create a Rube Goldberg device. Fifth-grade math students sew quilts as they study perimeter and area. “This lab is really empowering and shows our students we are all perpetual learners. If we don’t know how to do something, we can figure it out together,” he says. At Resurrection High School in Chicago, the Innovation Lab is a “maker-space” for the students. “It’s a location for students to come in and participate in peer-to-peer learning, where they can try lots of different kinds of technology in a hands-on environment. They can learn through trial and error, and really be creative,” says Joe Lascon, instructional technologist at Resurrection. The tools include 3-D printers, robotics equipment, photo editing and graphic design technologies. “We wanted to make sure we had things that appealed to everyone, and not just students who were tech-savvy already.” The object of the lab is to give the students at the all-girls continued on page 22


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with our increased STEM offerings, including tech courses like Intro to Computer Science,” Lascon says. “We also have engineering principles, and a robotics club. We have a larger technology goal, but when we talk about technology here, we focus on how technology can help learn and develop skills. We want to move from being consumers of information to creative owners and producers of knowledge.”

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or decades, researchers have studied the brain and how students learn. Out of it came findings educators have implemented into the classroom to help children optimize their potential. At some schools throughout Chicago, modern research is only confirming the way they have been teaching for decades, while at other schools, new research is shaping what they are doing inside the classroom. Marsha Enright, president of the school board at Council Oak Montessori in Chicago, says modern research and studies keep confirming that the philosophies Maria Montessori began using more than a century ago still

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prove true today. “Research in neuropsychology and development has been confirming what we do in Montessori. Maria was an absolute genius scientist who was able to observe how children learned and acted and then came up with a program that uses things that modern researchers are still discovering today,” Enright says. Specifically, researchers like neuropsychologist Stephen Hughes and psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi are reinforcing Montessori’s belief in positive psychology and helping students achieve “flow.” Csikszentmihalyi believed that flow-state was one of increased concentration on a task that is so interesting you’re paying attention and working hard and when

you’re done, you have a pleasant tiredness. “This is how our lessons at Montessori function. We give students the materials they need to do the lesson, and they are just hard enough to be interesting and engaging and help them achieve that ‘flow state,’” Enright says. At Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, the staff is incorporating theories they learned at an in-service workshop by Wheatridge Ministries to help increase students’ learning. That workshop taught that “brain breaks” are essential to student learning, and therefore, teachers are regularly leading their students in kinesthetic activities in continued on page 26 MAKING THE GRADE 2016 25

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a few points because the physical activity helps keep them mentally focused.” The Chicago Grammar School preschool and junior kindergarten program is designed with opportunities for the children’s neuro-development in order to maximize those periods in which the brain responds to certain types of input to create or consolidate neural networks, says Phillip Jackson, executive director of the Chicago Grammar School. Scientists have firmly established — and progressive educators have long recognized — that learning and knowledge in children does not follow as an automatic result from what is taught. Learning is a consequence of their activities, problem solving and environment, that is, their experience, Jackson says. “At Chicago Grammar School, our program is designed to immerse the child in complex interactive experiences that are both rich and relevant to the child. The

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teacher’s role is to identify and plan for the experiences. They assume the responsibility of guiding the problem solving,” he says. “The teacher attentively adjusts the level of assistance and direction in response to the child’s level of performance, thereby either expanding or creating a new mental model to accommodate the experience.” This is reflected in numerous ways throughout the school: through a low student-teacher ratio; a classical education with a broad, integrated curriculum that stresses observation and experience; physical activity on a daily basis; and fields of study that begin in the grammar school stage and returned to in the later schooling years (logic stage). “For example, the familiarity with the ancient world gained by the CGS students in first grade enables them in fifth grade to make connections between their past learning and the new learning. The more connections made, the more likely the students will find sense and meaning in the new information, thereby greatly increasing the retention of their new learning,” he said. Educators at the Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines are working with researchers at the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center to implement a school-based executive function program for teachers and students. They believe executive functions, which are the cognitive processes that occur in the frontal lobe area of the brain, allow us to plan, organize, make decisions, pay attention and regulate behavior. They allow us to solve problems and evaluate the decisions we make. Current research suggests that the development of executive function skills is essential for success both in school and later in life. “While many executive function skills are thought to be acquired naturally, we believe that these skills need to be incorporated into the educational setting, so that they can be learned Special Advertising Supplement

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through a planned, intentional approach, which is integrated into the regular school curriculum,” says Dr. Georgia Bozeday, director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center. The program at Science & Arts Academy focuses on teaching students organizational skills, time management strategies, the ability to assess individual strengths, how to set goals, and the utilization of study skills to optimize a student’s academic and behavioral successes. There are many examples of how this is being implemented in the classroom. For example, students in the lower grades use a specialized daily assignment notebook, while middle school students use the MyHomework iPad app to stay organized, and all students use a color-coded binder system to manage all their homework and paperwork. Students also are taught time management techniques and study strategies as part of the program. They also set individual goals, called SMART Goals, in both academic and personal areas and then create steps to achieve them. “Working one on one with students and teaching them how to develop SMART goals gives them the opportunity to learn how to implement key strategies, so that they can strengthen their focus, develop their flexibility and learn how to plan, organize and prioritize,” says Tina Centineo, a third and fourth grade teacher at Science & Arts. “The program focuses on teaching step-by-step development of executive functions, based on a firm understanding of brain research in this arena, to enhance the acquisition of higher-order thinking skills, in an effort to optimize educational performance,” says Tim Costello, head of school. “Knowing how to develop a study plan reduces anxiety relative to the management of assignments and the student’s work load.

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Testing can be stressful for parents and students Some of the best Chicago educators offer advice on testing well By CARRIE RODOVICH


hether your children are in public school or private, few words inspire such a visceral reaction in parents as these two: “standardized testing.” But no matter what tests a school administers, there are things parents and students can do to make the process as stress-free as possible. The main thing is to maintain good study habits all year round, says Colleen Cannon, principal at St. Josaphat School in Chicago. “You can’t ramp up for the test,” she says. “At our school, we try to be low-key about testing because it can be so stressful.” Stress levels increase as the grade level does, with testing helping to determine what high school your child might attend. “We tell parents there are high schools for everyone, and the test is only one component of who (the children) are as the student. They are not the test. It’s just a way for us to see, over time, how they are doing,” she says. St. Josaphat now administers the Aspire test online, recently switching from the popular Terra Nova exam. The test, which looks at math, reading, soSpecial Advertising Supplement

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cial studies, science and English, is based on the Common Core and is a good way to challenge students and gauge where they are academically. Even though there is no way to perfectly measure a student’s readiness for college through a standardized test, there are things parents can do to help their students get ready for the tests, says Jimmy Kim, co-founder and education consultant with More than Scores and Tests, an education consulting company that helps combine tutoring and college consulting. For example, as your child studies for any tests, help them focus on reflecting their own understanding and misunderstandings, Kim says. That means helping them understand not only what the right answer is, but why it is right. “For example, as they practice solving an English or math problem, focus on why the right answer is the right answer, why they could eliminate other choices, and then focus on what they need to learn so you could make the right answer choices next time,” he said. Also, standardized tests should be used as a checkpoint in seeing where your students are

and where they could further improve, Kim says. A word of advice: “Be sure not to neglect their academics and their activities for the sake of the standardized tests,” he says. “Don’t treat the standardized tests as measuring sticks of your children’s value as students. Instead, treat them more like maintenance checkups with your car mechanic or health checkups with your doctor.” Testing should be used proactively to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses, says Janice DiVincenzo of Holy Cross School in Deerfield. Parents and teachers alike can work together to help students see tests as nonthreatening and non-stressful. “When students know that this is an opportunity to show what they know as well as show what they need, and when they then receive what they need on a consistent basis, test anxiety can be diminished. Approaching all testing as a normal part of life helps students put classroom assessment into perspective,” DiVincenzo says. Bennett Day School in Chicago focuses on hands-on learning, not testing, but its leaders continued on page 30 MAKING THE GRADE 2016 29

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know testing is a fact of life. The best way to prepare for testing is not to practice for taking a test, says Kate Cicchelli, co-founder, principal, and chief academic officer at Bennett Day School in Chicago. “The most important thing is to provide children with opportunities to engage their learning and understanding in novel circumstances. Rote practice of a skill does not improve test scores.” For instance, expose kids to what Cicchelli calls “incidental mathematics” regularly – such as calculating the cost of a can of peas in the grocery store or a tip at a restaurant. She says giving children opportunities to apply what they know in real-world instances not only builds their abilities, but gives them confidence when they encounter something new on a test. “I think we fall into the trap that if you know how to do a thing one way and you practice over and over again, you’ll excel on a test. But the test demands you think of things in new and different ways and we have to give kids that exposure.” Some schools, such as British International

School of Chicago, are trying to move away from traditional forms of standardized testing. The school follows the English National Curriculum and their assessment program, says Mel Curtis, principal of the school. “We don’t believe you have to test children to work out where they are,” Curtis says. “We believe with every opportunity, you assess where they are. So that can be a piece of writing or a mathematics piece.” The school follows the Assessment for Learning process, which says that every learning and teaching task offers assessment opportunities. Some of the key features include being clear about learning goals and how they will be assessed, using effective questioning techniques to provide opportunities to asses knowledge, and showing students that all responses are valued and even errors can be learning opportunities. It also stresses giving constructive feedback and encouraging students to reflect on their learning and monitor their own progress. Teachers should share learning goals and objectives with them in their language, Curtis says, and then support them as they strive to meet those goals. That means talking with children about a piece of work and asking them what they would do differently if they had to

do it again. Or ask them what they could do to move the piece to the next level. “(Standardized) assessments are one test, one day. They don’t help you imbed knowledge,” she says. “You need to make sure the children know how to improve their work. It’s not just learning a test for test-taking sake; you have to make sure they really understand what they’re learning.” Audrey Perrott, head of school at Near North Montessori School in Chicago, says the best thing teachers and parents can help students learn from testing is resilience and problem solving. For instance, rather than being thrown by a question on a test and give up, teachers at Near North teach students to think about parts of the question they do know and tease out the answer. Near North Montessori is participating in the Measuring Skills Assessment, which measures non-cognitive skills such as confidence, creativity and resilience. “Our hope is that these are the tests that ultimately are going to measure the skills that are important for success. Just giving kids knowledge and see if they can give it back is what we can find in Google. It’s really what can you do with that knowledge that’s so important,” Perrott says.

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For the farmer’s market, students drank lavender lemonade, and ate pickles and blueberry crumble. They worked to squeeze the lemons, cut the cucumbers and bake the crumble. Their hands got dirty digging and planting. Their anticipation was whetted when tiny plants began to reach toward the sun. Smiles grew wide as young farmers welcomed their parents and sold their farmed goods. This farmer’s market may have been just one day, but the path that led to the market was varied and filled with excitement and learning and purposeful play.


hen the grass is green and flowers are blooming in the spring at Mary Meyer School, we celebrate by hosting a farmer’s market. Our purposeful play curriculum has led us to this special day. In early spring and before the trees are budding, our Farmer-in-Residence works with our students to discuss worms and seeds and soil and planting. How does play fit into farming and how did we learn? • We read books about farming, worms, fruits and vegetables. • We planted grass in our sensory table which we “mowed” using classroom scissors. • We tilled the soil in our garden and planted seeds. • We watered and watched our crops grow. • We practiced buying and selling using real money. • We hosted parents and sold goods at our Farmer’s Market.

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955 West Grand Avenue, Chicago (312) bennett An independent, progressive grade school where children and teachers construct learning together. Bennett Day is the first PreK to 8th grade school in Chicago founded on the Reggio Emilia approach -- which emphasizes learning by doing and place-based education. Each student builds a digital portfolio over time, showcasing unique interests and talents. Bennett Day was the only progressive independent school nominated for the 2015 Chicago Innovation Awards. Our flagship elementary and middle school campus opens Fall 2016.

BREHM PREPARATORY SCHOOL 950 S. Brehm Lane, Carbondale (816) 457-0371 Brehm School is a coed familystyle boarding school for students, grades 6-12, with complex learning disabilities. Brehm offers a unique holistic program that addresses each student’s academic, emotional and social needs. The curriculum is college-preparatory with emphasis placed on becoming independent learners and developing self advocacy skills.

Be a part of something greater. At Northside Catholic Academy, you’ll find a challenging and diversified curriculum within a nurturing learning environment. Our dedicated and experienced faculty inspire NCA students to grow in intellect and character. Yet, what’s even greater, is the sense of belonging you’ll feel when you join our community. At NCA, your entire family will thrive. We invite you to be a part of something greater at Northside Catholic Academy. + Full & Half Day Preschool + Top-ranked Academics + Renaissance Programs + Enrichment Programs + Affordable Extended Care Celebrate Catholic Schools Week at our Open Houses: Primary Campus (PK-4) Sunday, January 31, 10am-1pm Middle School Campus (5-8) Thursday, February 4, 8:30-10:00am

BRIGHT HORIZONS Early Education and Preschool

(877) 624-4532 At Bright Horizons®, our carefully crafted programs for infants – kindergarten prep, are age appropriate, with the goal of encouraging curious, happy, and confident children, who, above all, fully experience the joys of childhood. Our curriculum and suite of enrichments are designed to stimulate each child’s innate curiosity and exploratory nature. Children move to elementary school socially prepared, excited to learn, and well-versed in the language, math, and science skills they’ll need to succeed.

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Jerusalem Lutheran School 6218 Capulina Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053 (847) 965-4750 •

Developing successful and well-rounded students from 2 years old through 8th grade in safe, caring environment Full Day Pre-K & Kindergarten Program Christian Religion & Biblical Growth Program Program consist of Art Education, Career Preparation, Technology that include Coding & Robotics, Music Enrichment, Physical Education, Science Exploration and much more!


9440 S.Vincennes Ave, Chicago, IL 60620 Phone: 773-779-9440 Website: Email:


Quality Education

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Jerusalem Lutheran School is an F-1 school, accepting all I-20 students. All International students welcome!

Excellent Programs Before School Care starting at 7:00 a.m.

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Pre-School and Pre-K Full and Half day Kindergarten Full day

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1st through 8th Grades After School Care 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 p.m.

Great Value

Grades 1-8 Please Call for Current Tuition Rates

In the Dominican Tradition

1515 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.5905 www.

Where Greatness Begins!  Faith formation and academic excellence  Innovative, technology-based curriculum including Smartboards and iPads  Early Childhood Program begins at age 3  Full day Kindergarten, full option for PreK  Exemplary test scores with students performing at exceptional achievement levels

Join us for our Open House

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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SCHOOL LISTINGS BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHICAGO BISC is the only Illinois school offering The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme, created in collaboration with The Juilliard School, a world leader in performing arts education. The music curriculum draws children into a Juilliard-curated repertoire of core works that encompass a range of genres and styles, opening doors to different cultures and historical periods. With our Juilliard collaboration, children gain the skills, curiosity and cultural literacy to engage with performing arts throughout their lives. BISC delivers differentiated, acclaimed and authentically international curricula to a diverse community of learners proudly under one roof in the vibrant South Loop.


814 W. Eastman Street Chicago (773) 506-2097 BISC-LP educates a community of learners to be innovative and ambitious through a rigorous, international academic program grounded in values and personalized learning.


1651 W. Diversey Parkway,

River Forest Community Center Early Childhood Learning Center **Please join us at our **

Early Childhood Open House

Wednesday, January 20th 6:30 pm —8:00 pm Half-Day & Full-Day: Preschool & Pre-K

 Before and After School Care

 Summer Camps  Parent and Tot Programs Full-Day Infant—Preschool Programs at our OPRF HS 8020 Madison Street River Forest , IL 60305 (708) 771-6159

Chicago (773) 975 6330 CBECC is a Catholic Montessori school located in Lincoln Park. Our programs include 3-6 preschool and 6- 9 elementary, as well as Extended care. Parent Infant /Toddler programs are offered for children 4 - 36 months. We provide a strong, quality education for young children in a setting that supports each child by using the Montessori approach to develop habits of curiosity, concentration, and life-long learning. We belong to the American Montessori Society.

CATHERINE COOK SCHOOL Preschool – 8th Grade

226 W. Schiller St., Chicago (312) 266-3381 The Catherine Cook School inspires children in a nurturing learning environment focused on the formative years of preschool through eighth grade. Thoughtful teachers engage children in

challenging, project-based learning experiences using computational thinking, supported by our innovative technology. Our focus on social development and encouraging personal excellence fosters a community of motivated learners. The result is a confident and ethical young person ready to succeed in high school and beyond.

CENTER FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT (CTD) AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 617 Dartmouth Pl., Evanston (847) 491-3782 CTD is dedicated to helping gifted students, age 4 through grade 12, reach full potential. We provide research-based assessment, advanced programs and resources to enhance a child’s schooling. Our dynamic pathways lead students on a journey of intellectual, emotional and social growth. CTD’s online, summer and weekend programs allow students to

Come See What Educational Excellence Looks Like

Saint Andrew School Pre-K to 8th Grade

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Witness Always Celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week | January 24-30, 2016 IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL


Preschool-8th grade

Preschool through 8th Grade

Delaine Schiestel, Principal 200 N. Plum Grove Road, Palatine

4300 N. Wichester Ave., Chicago




(773) 477-4824

Half-day sessions, 4 days per week for 3 to 5-year-olds.

Ages 3-14, extended care

(773) 525-0605

(847) 965-4750

Debbie Mytych, Director 3309 N. Seminary, Chicago


Duane Vance, Principal 6218 Capulina Ave., Morton Grove


Preschool - Eighth Grade

Pre-School through 8th grade

(773) 525-4990

(847) 885-3350

Warren Gast, Principal 2101 N. Fremont St., Chicago


Pre-School - Grade 8

4939 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago

(773) 736-1196


3 year-old preschool through eighth grade Mr. Bill Koehne, Principal 7300 Division, River Forest

(708) 366-6900

Steve Zielke, Principal 202 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg


3years-8th grade

Kathryn Craven, Administrator 1025 W. Lake St., Melrose Park

(708) 343-5000


Grade 9-12

James Craver, Head of Schools 900 W. Chicago Ave., Melrose Park

(708) 344-0404

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SCHOOL LISTINGS explore subjects of intrigue and connect them with a community of peers. CTD offers enrichment and credit courses in a range of subject areas.

CHESTERBROOK ACADEMY Naperville (877) 959-4182 Offers outstanding private education, from preschool through eighth grade, with a curriculum that prepares students for success. Our preschools offer the perfect balance of learning and play. Our elementary & middle school in Naperville continues to foster a love of learning by providing challenging academics along with specialty classes. Please call 877-959-4182 or visit our website,, to find a school near you!

Enrolling now for 2016-17. Come explore Chiaravalle Montessori and the North Wing, featuring LEED Platinum integrated learning spaces including a new gym, library, community gathering area, as well as performing and visual arts studios. LEED Platinum Construction features: Geothermal Energy System • Photovoltaic Energy Collection • Native Plants on a Green Roof • Sustainable Material Choices. Learn more at

CHICAGO CITY DAY SCHOOL 541 W. Hawthorne Place, Chicago (773) 327-0900 Chicago City Day School is an independent, co-educational, urban elementary school serving children in junior kindergarten through eighth grade. The School’s spectacular two-acre Chgo Parent 4c 2015-16.pdf 1 11/28/2014 1:14:21 PM campus is located on a tree-lined residential street in Chicago’s 425 Dempster St., Evanston Belmont Harbor neighborhood. (847) 864-2190 A rigorous academic program



What’s next for your child?


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We provide a nurturing and safe environment where students grow and acquire the skills needed for success. Our dedicated faculty, excellent curriculum, modern facility and small class sizes (one class per teacher, no double grade classes) help achieve a positive educational experience.

Eagle’s Nest – Extended Day Care Childcare is offered before school from 6:45am and after school until 6pm every school day

High School Prep Program

Is your child prepared for acceptance into the top high schools? Ours are! See our website, or talk to us today, and learn why our grads excel!

Pre-School thru Kindergarten 3, 4 & 5 year old program Monday - Friday Full or Half Days

Call or stop in today for a personal tour or see our website to learn more. Phone 773.736.1196 Twitter @stjohnsluthchicago Email Web

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DISCOUNT $500 will be deducted from the May 2016 tuition payment for a new family enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year. • New family only • One tuition discount per family • Other restrictions may apply • Call for details

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“Discover the dramatic difference a Catholic education can make in your child’s life!”

Stop Managing Your Child’s Academic Struggles and Start Eliminating Them! Brain Training:

We can remove the learning barriers and create new brain paths for efficient learning. Through brain training we can rewire the brain and create new neural pathways, which in turn will change how a person learns. It increases cognitive function.

It is life-changing! We use proven, effective, results-driven programs that work, thus eliminating the learning struggles.

See your child’s learning change in weeks - not years! ACT Prep Classes Enrolling Now. Call Connections Learning Center for a Consultation

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St. Mary of Gostyn Catholic School Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night Thursday, January 28, 2016 • 6:15-8 p.m. All-School Open House & Tours (Grades Prek-8th) Sunday, January 31, 2016 • 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. Pre-register for these events and learn more about our school: Take a peek into our classrooms: Why do our parents and students love SMG? Find out by listening to the Catholic School Spirit Show!

St Mary of Gostyn School

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SCHOOL LISTINGS encourages intellectual curiosity, aesthetic sensibility, critical thinking, joy in learning and a lasting commitment to physical activity and healthful living. Dedicated teachers and enthusiastic students work together in small groups with great success.


1246 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago (773) 442-2371 We offer an elementary education that nurtures a child’s character while cultivating intellectual curiosity. Children reflect, question and explore through multidisciplinary, project-based learning that fosters a solid foundation for critical thinking and a lifelong love of learning. Multiage classrooms and small class sizes ensure that instruction is academically challenging and developmentally appropriate. Children benefit from an integrated arts curriculum, daily recess, and

a school garden. Adding a grade yearly up to 8.

CHICAGO GRAMMAR SCHOOL 900 N. Franklin St., Ste. 104, Chicago (312) 944-5600 The Classical Curriculum is designed to train skills in critical thinking with a broad base of knowledge resulting in cultural literacy. CGS combines traditional learning with the creativity of progressive practices: project based work that integrates science, literature, history and the arts, is complemented with explicit instruction in reading, writing and math. Our Preschool program, full day and half day, is inspired by Reggio Emilia approach. The CGS program is designed for the academically talented or gifted student.

CHICAGO JEWISH DAY SCHOOL 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 271-2700

Pilgrim Lutheran

Academic Excellence with a Heart


Grace Lutheran School


Open House

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...where children grow in faith, academics and character

Open Houses: January 26 March 3 Tours: Every Tuesday at 10

See the Pilgrim Difference A whole child approach in a nurturing Christian environment starts with a play-based early childhood program and results in graduates thinking critically, acting responsibly and serving society justly at Chicago’s best high schools. For more information contact us: 4300 N. Winchester Chicago, IL 60613 773.477.4824 Special Advertising Supplement

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Classes from 3-year-old preschool through 8th grade

All-day kindergarten for 4- and 5-year-olds

Nurturing family environment

Experienced teachers

Support for individual learning styles

Music, art and sports teams

Before- and after-school care available

Bill Koehne, principal 7300 Division River Forest, Illinois

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Come for coffee and stay for twelve years! January 8 January 15 February 5 February 19 To reserve your spot at one of our school tours and information sessions, visit From the day we first opened our doors more than 50 years ago, we made a commitment to every student that here they will discover an extraordinary place to learn. This is a place that will give them not just challenging academics but the skills that will strengthen their humanity and set their moral compass in a committed, compassionate direction. Near North Montessori is a school where kids can soar.


What a way to learn.What a way to fly. 773.384.1434 1434 W. Division Street Chicago, Illinois 60642

junior kindergarten through grade eight

A multi-denominational community school

Come tour to learn why CJDS is an extraordinary place for your child and you! Tours are conducted every Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. Please call Cortney Stark Cope, Director of Admissions, at 773-271-2700 to schedule your tour.

Educating our children in the richness of their past, the diversity of their present, and the possibilities for their future.


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5959 North Sheridan Road Chicago, Illinois 60660

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SCHOOL LISTINGS CJDS is a multi-denominational community day school committed to celebrating and respecting the diversity of Jewish customs, philosophy and practice. At CJDS, we strive for learning to be authentic and meaningful and to inspire a passion for life-long learning. We develop critical thinking, social/emotional intelligence that enables each student to gain higher understanding in order to participate affectingly in the Jewish community and the greater community.

CHICAGO SCHOOL GPS (312) 324-GPS4 (4774) We can help you navigate the confusing school search process to find the best suited public and/or private schools in the Chicago area for your child. From pre-school through high school, school choices in Chicago are an ever-changing landscape and we continually explore all options to guide you to your school desti-

nation. Whether you are seeking general, gifted or special needs options, the expertise of Chicago School GPS will make your school search journey a smoother one.

CHICAGO WALDORF SCHOOL 1300 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago (773) 465-2371 At Chicago Waldorf, every child is an athlete, musician, scientist, an avid reader. Excellence is a given—It’s how we teach that changes everything. In early childhood, it’s the gift of simplicity. In the grades, unplugged means more connected. In High School, the right obstacle at the right time. Waldorf has a well-researched, clear picture of human development and learning. RSVP for a tour and see why we’re the fastest growing education in the world.

THE CHILDREN’S SCHOOL 1428 S. Wesley, Berwyn (708) 484-8033

Inquiry, Exploration, Analysis and Citizenship are hallmarks of a Children’s School education. Our progressive, independent, Kindergarten-8 th grade school engages students in project-based learning, creative problem solving and cooperative decision-making. Students work individually and collaboratively to explore topics within a literature-rich curriculum that nurtures innate curiosity and emphasizes community. Instruction includes Library, PE, Art, Music and Technology. Parents are welcome in our classrooms. Rolling admissions. Financial aid available. Tours by appointment or at monthly Open Houses.

CONCORDIA PLACE 3300 N. Whipple Ave., Chicago (773) 463-1600 3855 N. Seeley Ave., Chicago (773) 935-3739 Concordia Place is a vibrant nonprofit with proactive solutions to key social needs. Our focus is growth and opportunity through economically inclusive early childhood, teen leadership

and senior wellness programs. Our NAEYC accredited programs are full day, year-round, and you can apply anytime. All of our programs offer a sliding tuition scale. Concordia Place employs certified teachers that follow the Illinois Early Learning Standards and Teaching Strategies Gold curriculum.

CONNECTIONS LEARNING CENTER 2744 W 111th St., Chicago Connections specializes in cognitive educational therapy or cognitive brain training. This targets processing weaknesses which are almost always the cause of academic problems. We also offer professional educational tutoring for students of all ages and all subjects. All work is done one-on-one with a clinician, not a computer. Also available are prep classes for ACT/SAT , high school entrance exams and standardized testing. If your child is struggling in school, please call for a consultation.

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ACHIEVE At Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts, we inspire and enable our children to reach their full potential by providing a rigorous education combining academic excellence, an arts-integrated curriculum and a strong Catholic foundation.

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SCHOOL LISTINGS COUNCIL OAK MONTESSORI SCHOOL 11030 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago (773) 779-7606 A classic Montessori school, Council Oak has been educating children since 1990 with an extensive array of age appropriate Montessori materials for all students, from 3 to 14 years of age. Our highly qualified, dedicated staff provides a superb, authentic Montessori learning environment. Curriculum includes art, drama, camping, regular exercise, small business experience, and work internships for older students. In the historic Beverly Hills/ Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago, it is conveniently close to I57.


Your child is our mission. Strong in studies, serious in purpose, rich in the spirit of life and love. This is a Sacred Heart education. Enlightened by 200 years of wisdom & tradition.

Empowered by the most modern teaching & learning tools.

Sacred Heart is an independent school, K through 8th grade, rooted in the Catholic tradition. We offer a values-based education and single gender classrooms on a co-ed campus.

Join us for an Admissions Coffee Wed, January 13 • Wed, February 3 Wed, April 13 • Wed, May 4 9:30-11 am To register call (773) 681-8418 6250 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois 60660 46 Chicago MAKING 2016 ParentTHE 3.6” xGRADE 9.475” Dec 4, 2015

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1985 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook (847) 498-1105 Countryside students love coming to school because they experience rigorous academics in a community-like setting that teaches character and leadership skills. Equipped with the strong qualities of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness, Countryside students are better prepared to handle the joys and challenges of adult life. As a leader among North Shore independent schools for nearly 50 years, Countryside offers All Year/Full day/ Half day programs for students aged 18 months to 8th grade.


37W080 Hopps Road, Elgin (847) 841-7532 Da Vinci Academy is an ISACS accredited independent school serving intellectually gifted students and their families. We provide small classes and challenging academics for grades PK8, with teachers who understand the needs of gifted children. At DVA, each student is known, val-

ued, challenged, and engaged. Summer Camp and Saturday Enrichment programs are open to the public. Visit our website or schedule a tour to learn what makes DVA a place where bright minds take flight.

DEERFIELD PARK DISTRICT 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield (847) 572-2634 Deerfield Park District Preschool is a developmental program where children 2.5-5 years of age learn to play and play to learn. We believe that through play and problem solving, children learn the basic skills necessary to achieve –socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically and creatively. Our curriculum includes math, science, language, literacy, listening, dramatics, daily outdoor play and more. Part-time enrollment is available. Licensed by the State of Illinois. Contact us for a tour or more information.

ELGIN ACADEMY 350 Park Street, Elgin (847) 695-0303 Elgin Academy is a preschool12th grade, independent, collegepreparatory, coeducational day school committed to academic excellence and developing the full potential of each student. Through a proactive partnership among faculty, parents, and students in a nurturing, dynamic, challenging, and diverse community, the Academy creates an environment where students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become intellectually engaged and confident about their places in the world.

FOURTH CHURCH DAY SCHOOL 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago (312) 640-2579 The Fourth Church Day School offers a class- room environment encouraging cognitive development through play and planned activities. The school enrolls three and four-year-old children five mornings a week in the AM Special Advertising Supplement

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Old St. Patrick’s Campus (Preschool – 3rd grade)

120 S. Desplaines St., Chicago Holy Name Cathedral Campus (4th grade – 8th grade)

751 N. State St., Chicago (312) 268-2558 ,Admissions FXW School is driven by a vision of creating a unique urban educational program for the children of Chicago. As a Catholic school that embraces multi-faith values, teachers provide a high quality, value driven education to students of all ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Individual values of all children are respected, supported and encouraged. FXW’s rigorous curriculum enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision making skills.

FUSION CHICAGO – NEAR NORTH Chicago, IL (866) 330-9354

FUSION LAKE FOREST 840 S. Waukegan Road Suite 224, Lake Forest (866) 448-7843

FUSION OAK BROOK 3041 Butterfield Road Suite 200, Oak Brook (866) 526-6705 Fusion Academy is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom, we customize curriculum and teaching to students’ individual strengths, interests, and learning styles. Personalized scheduling allows stuSpecial Advertising Supplement

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dents to enroll and take classes at times that work for them. Fusion students are all unique but have one thing in common: traditional school doesn’t work. Three campuses coming to Chicago in 2016.

THE GARDNER SCHOOL Naperville 28 W 611 Ferry Rd. (630) 657-5029 Chicago-West Loop Campus: 1301 W. Madison St., Suite 100 (312) 229-4299 Northbrook: 2380 Waterview Dr. (847) 770-6260 Chicago-Bucktown Campus: 1612 W. North Ave. (773) 661-0151 Oak Brook: 17 W 642 E. Butterfield Rd. (630) 576-4740 Chicago-Lincoln Park Campus 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. (630) 639-1008 The Gardner School is an awardwinning, academically focused preschool that offers educational programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment for learning where you child can prepare for lifelong success and academic achievement. Our four-year degreed teachers, nationally recognized curriculum, focused enrichment programs in the arts, high-tech safety and security, and nutritious menus set The Gardner School apart.


Grades: preschool-12, now enrolling preschool-8th Grade

350 East South Water Street, Chicago (312) 300-6658 GEMS World Academy, a premier private school, brings a new model of education to Chicago based on an international curriculum and transdisciplinary approach that prepares students for leadership roles in careers, community, and the broader world. GEMS’ four core values — global

Building Strong Minds & Compassionate Hearts... One Child at a Time Preschool - 8th Grade Our school partners with parents to prepare each child for Christian learning and service, emphasizing spiritual and moral development, and academic excellence. To find out more about our school, our staff and our passion for children, please contact us at: 200 North Plum Grove Road • Palatine, IL 60067 847.359.1936 • 847.359.1583 (FAX) •

Have Fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! February 2, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Busy Brains Children’s Museum and their traveling exhibits will be on our campus and you’re invited to join in on this exciting interactive learning event. Light a creative spark! This event is free and open to the entire community. To pre-register, please contact Linda Stammer at 847-359-1936 or

Across the universe... to the corner store... to the bottom of the sea... and beyond!

Jeannie McQueenie Productions makes learning a fun, interactive and rich experience for children ages preschool through 4th grade. Life sized puppets, original music and high energy scripts take participants on journeys to places they’ve never been to before. Puppet shows, private parties, a kids’ rock band and puppet making classes are just some of our offerings. Jeannie McQueenie Productions is owned and operated by Jean Vanier, an Illinois-certified teacher who knows how to blend entertainment and education to create a rewarding experience.

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St. Margaret Mary School

Educating Children, Heart, Mind and Soul since 1921

St. Margaret Mary is dedicated to academic excellence and is committed to developing the whole child, spiritually, academically and socially. Our graduates go on to enjoy success at the finest schools in the Chicago area, including: Loyola Academy, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, Notre Dame, Resurrection, Josephinum, Northside College Prep, Lane Tech, Chi-Arts, Von Steuben and many others. • Personal and nurturing, educational environment • Optimal Student to Teacher Ratios in all classes • Our students perform well above the national average on standardized tests • Extended Care Program & Hot Lunch Programs • Strong Technology in Education programs • Diverse Student Population • Reading/Math Readiness Skills for PreKindergarten and Kindergarten • Flexible Scheduling for Pre-Kindergarten • Art/Music/Spanish/Physical Education for all students • Financial Assistance available

7318 N. Oakley, Chicago, IL 60645 (773) 764-0641 | The U.S. Department of Education recognized Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School with the 2013 National Blue Ribbon award for exemplary high performance. Queen of Angels was one of only 50 private schools in the nation to receive this honor. Located in the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhoods, Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School offers a strong core curriculum, enrichment programs, dedicated faculty and supportive parish community for students from Preschool to 8th grade. School Admission Tours 8:30 am on the following dates: • January 6th • February 3rd March 2nd • April 6th • May 4th Catholic School Week Open House Sunday, January 31st - 10:30am to 1:30pm 2015-2016 enrollment application process begins January 4th


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SCHOOL LISTINGS citizenship, growing by learning, pursuing excellence and leading through innovation — are woven into an international curriculum. With over 50 years of leadership internationally, the GEMS Education experience offers new ways to learn and meaningful connections to other cultures across a global network of schools.

GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CHICAGO 1447 W Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 880-8812 German International School Chicago (GISC) is an independent, not-for-profit, dual-language school that welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. GISC is accredited as a Provisional Member of ISACS, a Candidate School for the PYP of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and is recognized as a DSDSchool by the German ZfA (Central Agency for Schools Abroad). To learn more about German In-

ternational School Chicago or to schedule a visit, call (773) 880-8812 or email

GRACE LUTHERAN SCHOOL 7300 Division, River Forest (708) 366-6900 Grace Lutheran School, 7300 Division in River Forest, serves children from three-year-old preschool through eighth grade. Experienced teachers offer differentiated learning opportunities; resource teachers help students achieve their personal best. The curriculum includes robust arts education, and centers around daily worship and prayer. Tour the facility and meet the teachers at the Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Call 708366-6900 or visit for more information.


St. James Lutheran School a community where

Learning is for KIDS Knowledge • Inquiry • Discovery • Success

Inquiry-Based Learning with a Christian Worldview for Students in Pre-K – Eighth Grade

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Education is not just about what children learn. It’s also about who they become. At St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School, our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the whole child. Our dedicated faculty, staff, families, and students work together so that children can flourish.

Tiny Tots for 2 year olds Preschool 3 & 4 Excellent curriculum & academic achievement Superkids reading Inquiry-based science Honors & Title 1 programs Music, art, athletics & enrichment

learn more: 773-725-5133

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St. Robert Bellarmine

A vibrant Catholic education in the Jefferson-Portage Park area since 1931.

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Preschool through 8th Grade Guiding Bright & Gifted Children Onward & Upward

ST. JOHN BREBEUF SCHOOL Open House - January 31, 2016, 10 am to Noon

Early enrollment begins in February SJB School Offers:

• Pre-School for 3 & 4 year olds • A STEM rich K-8 curriculum including 1:1 computer devices Contact our main office for all students Monday - Friday • New state-of-the art science 8 am - 3:30 pm for more info programs for K-8 847-966-3266 • Before and after school care 8301 N. Harlem Ave available Niles, IL • Extracurricular sports and fine arts • Summer Camp 50 MAKING THE GRADE 2016

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Contact us for more information or to register for a tour: 630-969-0800

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HOLY CROSS SCHOOL 720 Elder Lane, Deerfield (847) 945-0135 Holy Cross School is proud to be a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, recognized for the second time for its academic excellence by the US Department of Education. We offer a supportive

and loving Catholic PreSchool through 8th grade program that nurtures a love for learning, faith and community service. We are proud of our 78 year heritage and the many accomplishments of our alumni, including two local valedictorians in two years!

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION GRADE SCHOOL 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst (630) 530-3490 As an educational ministry of Immaculate Conception Parish, we partner with parents to prepare students for lives as Catholic leaders. As Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit, we focus on formation through prayer, message, concern, and service to community. We teach students to live lives that embody these values, are centered in Christ, and strive for their greatest academic potential. We invite you to schedule a tour and take a closer look.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTIONST. JOSEPH SCHOOL 1431 N. North Park Ave. Chicago 363 W. Hill Street Chicago Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph is a Pre-K through 8th grade elementary school. The innovative and contemporary curriculum combines academic experiences with life skills to provide a high quality, value-driven education based in Catholic traditions

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL Preschool through 8th Grade

200 N. Plum Grove Road, Palatine (847)359-1936, Unsurpassed Education with Traditional Christian Values Since 1870. Immanuel provides a God-honoring combination of academics, religious education,

fine arts, and athletics. Immanuel grows and strengthens children’s faith lives, helping them make God-pleasing choices and learn the importance of service to others. Loving, caring teachers help each child to develop their full potential. Immanuel is accredited by National Lutheran Schools Accreditation and is a Recognized Non-public School by the State Board of Education.

INSPIRE GIRLS ACADEMY 358 W. Ontario St. (River North), Chicago An independent, all girls school offering a holistic education that taps into a girl’s individual strengths, character, and innate curiosity so she can discover her own passion for learning. Utilizing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) as a foundation for education, we will we will transform our students into confident girls who will ask questions, engage and explore. Please visit our website or join

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At Inspire Girls Academy, we strive to nurture talent and create an environment where that talent can thrive. To that end, we welcome people of every race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, philosophy, and sexual orientation. We seek to bring many different perspectives to the great problems our girls will strive to recognize and solve in the world. Diversity is not only an ideal, but an advantage to those schools who strive to achieve them. Our collective success mandates that we embrace these objectives of equity and inclusion.


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INTERCULTURAL MONTESSORI LANGUAGE SCHOOL 114 S. Racine, Chicago (312) 265-1514 301 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park (708) 838-6626 The Montessori method and dual-language immersion meet to develop citizens of the world. Students consistently demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, multicultural understanding, world-mindedness, confidence, compassion, collaboration, and independence -- becoming bilingual and bi-literate in an environment celebrating cultural differences. Programs for children 3 to 12; Chinese Mandarin/English, Japanese/English, Spanish/English. Chinese Mandarin/English and Spanish/English immersion programs for ages 3 to 6. In Oak Park. Call to visit.

JEANNIE MCQUEENIE PRODUCTIONS (773) 220-6693 Jeannie McQueenie makes learning a fun, interactive and rich experience for children ages preschool through 4th grade. Life sized puppets, original music and high energy scripts takes participants on journeys to new places. Puppet shows, private parties, a kids’ rock band and puppet making classes are just some offerings.

JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN SCHOOL 6218 Capulina Ave., Morton Grove (847) 965-4750 Jerusalem Lutheran School (JELS) welcomes all students in the Chicagoland area. JELS offers Preschool 3, Preschool 4, Full Day Kindergarten, and grades one to eight, all at very affordable prices. JELS’ goal is to teach all subjects in the light of God’s Word. When you enter the building, you will Special Advertising Supplement

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Buffalo Grove: 1700 Weiland Road (847) 279-0900 Chicago Lakeview: 1957 W. Grace Street (773) 281-2533 Chicago Wicker Park: 2129 W. North Avenue Opening Fall 2016 (773) 281-2533 Highland Park: 800 Clavey Road (847) 433-6001 Help your child build a strong foundation for the future at JCYS. Developmentally appropriate, play-based programs encourage children’s creativity, foster self-esteem and socialization, and establish a love of learning. Through Infant & Toddler Care, Preschool & Kindergarten Enrichment, Before & After School Programs, JCYS provides quality care and education through programs individually tailored to nurture and grow with each child. JCYS is proud to offer educational experiences to families of all religions and backgrounds.

JUF RIGHT START™JEWISH UNITED FUND/ JEWISH FEDERATION OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO (312) 444-2808 Help your child’s Jewish education get off to the Right Start! JUF Right Start™ provides up to $2,000 toward the tuition of your child to attend a Jewish early childhood program. Check online to view eligibility guidelines, apply for a gift, and find a Jewish preschool that’s right for your family!

to help you discover the joy of Jewish early childhood education. For eligibility information and to learn more, visit or call 312-357-4513. JUF Right Start is a program of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

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CHICAGO JEWISH DAY SCHOOL Grades Served: Jr.K-8th grade Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Head of School 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 271-2700

FOX VALLEY JEWISH SCHOOL Age 3 through 8th grade Attn. School Committee P.O. Box 346121 S. Third Street, Geneva (630) 465-0356


Toddler care starting at age 15 months, preschool, kinder concepts, before and after school child care for grades 1-5 Micky Baer, Director of North Shore Operations 800 Clavey Road, Highland Park (847) 433-6001


Infant and toddler care starting at age 6 weeks, preschool, kindergarten enrichment, before and after school child care for grades K-6 Jean Losek, Director of Chicago Operations 1957 W. Grace Street Chicago (773) 281-2533


Opening Fall 2016 Preschool starting at 15 months, after school child care for grades K-6 Jean Losek, Director of Chicago Operations 2129 W. North Avenue, Chicago (773) 281-2533


Infant and toddler care starting at age 6 weeks, preschool, kindergarten enrichment, before and after school child care for grades 1-5 Naomi Samuels, Director of Northwest Operations 1700 Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove (847) 279-0900


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THERAPEUTIC DAY SCHOOL AND YESHIVA AT JEWISH CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES K-12 Sandra Spicher, Principal Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center 3145 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago (773) 467-3900

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SCHOOL LISTINGS KIDS WORK CHICAGO 2608 W. Addison, Chicago (773) 572-0308

KIDS WORK CHICAGO TOO 2633 W. Addison, Chicago (773) 747-3200 At Kids Work we are devoted to creating a nurturing, stimulating and accepting learning environment that provides children with the tools they need for future happiness and success. Our research based program incorporates a variety of educational theories while embracing the whole child and allowing for hands on experiential learning.

LAKE FOREST ACADEMY 1500 W. Kennedy Rd. Lake Forest (847) 615-3267 Lake Forest Academy is an independent, co-educational, 9-12 college-preparatory school for 435 students. LFA attracts students looking for rich and rewarding

learning experiences and relationships. LFA enrolls students from around Chicago, 18 states and 36 countries. Both day and boarding students are given the chance to meet new challenges with openness and curiosity, and the confidence to stretch beyond comfort zones. LFA’s transformative experience is characterized by rigorous academics, a global outlook, and Midwestern values.


59 W. North Blvd., Chicago (312) 582-6000 (312) 582-6060 Admissions Latin School has set standards for academic excellence in Chicago for more than 126 years. We are committed to developing lifelong learners who succeed in college and beyond. Serving 1,154 students from 75 Chicago neighborhoods and 17 suburbs with a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1, Latin is a community where every student is known and valued. Vis-

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312 W. Belden Ave., Chicago (773) 665-0110 108 W. Germania Pl., Chicago (312) 482-9009 2150 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago (773) 248-3381 Play is the foundation for learning at NAEYC accredited Lincoln Park preschool & kindergarten. We believe that through play, children experience the joy of learning thus developing self-confidence and a passion for school. Our teachers have degrees in early childhood related programs and use their experience and knowledge to create dynamic, discovery based activities that nurture and grow each child individually.this growth is communicated daily and is essential to developing a strong home/ school connection. (lppbelden ages 2-5; lpp-germania ages 2-k; lpp-webster ages18

2301 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 361-3532 Little GEMS International is a preschool for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. It is the first GEMS Education preschool to open in the U.S. Our state-of-the-art facility features learning environments carefully designed for every stage of a child’s early development and capacity for learning. A child’s literacy and numeracy skills are developed in the classroom on stage or strolling through the indoor park. ‘Little GEMS’ are also acquainted with world languages and cultures at an early age.

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SCHOOL LISTINGS (773) 549-0870 For over 70 years children have passed through the doorway of this graystone schoolhouse located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Mary Meyer School offers two daily half-day programs for 3 and 4 year old students under the care of three teachers. This NAEYC accredited preschool inspires children to encounter the world with joy, curiosity and confidence. Call us to schedule a Prospective Parent Night visit to meet our parents, teachers and director.

MERIT SCHOOL OF MUSIC Joy Faith Knapp Music Center 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago (312) 786-9428 Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Merit School of Music, a nationally respected community music school, is known for providing access to high-quality music education. Merit offers a full range of music programs including early

childhood classes, instrumental music instruction, summer camps and private lessons. Advanced student musicians can audition for the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuitionfree Conservatory. Merit is devoted to giving students—especially those living in economically disadvantaged communities—the opportunity to grow through music.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOLHOUSE 1415 N. Dayton Chicago (773) 787-6769 At Metropolitan Schoolhouse, differentiated learning is taken to a new level by recognizing and nurturing the unique abilities and talents of each student. We believe that each and every one of us can learn and that we all learn best in various ways. Learning is a lifelong endeavor and school is a place to gain both knowledge and the skills necessary for a lifetime of learning. We maintain a 5:1 stu-


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MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF CHICAGO 1335 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 243-0977 At the Montessori Academy of Chicago, we are committed to academic excellence. From birth-8th grade, our students excel at their own pace and have a higher level of self-responsibility for their studies; often out-performing traditional school students on test scores, intellectual excitement and creativity. A low student/ certified-Montessori teacher ratio ensures academic success. Our goal is to develop engaged and independent thinkers who embrace community responsibility and leadership. Now accepting applications for all programs!


(708) 771-5030 Montessori Language Academy offers authentic Montessori program with Japanese-English dual language setting. Children learn developmentally appropriate Social Skills, Math Concepts, and Natural Science with hands-on Montessori materials. The program includes music class, art class and harmonica class. Optional piano lesson and Spanish class offered. The school is open 5 days a week and accepts children 3-6 years old. Summer program available. Teaching staff with American Montessori Society credentials. Award winning faculty.

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Valley offers quality education, affordable tuition, flexible schedules, training for today’s hottest jobs, and locations near you in Palos Hills, Blue Island and Tinley Park. You can earn your associate degree, take classes toward your bachelor’s degree, upgrade your job skills, or pursue new interests.

MORE THAN SCORES AND TESTS Education Consulting, Tutoring

(847) 481-9795 More Than Scores and Tests’ mission is to nurture every student for success, which goes beyond grades and test scores. We come alongside students and consider their unique needs and goals. We help students study smarter, do better in their school subjects, and get better scores on standardized tests and entrance exams — all with the goal of fostering lifelong learners. Find out more about our one-on-one study skills class; we’ll come to you.

NATURE EXPLORATION ACADEMY Orland Park, IL (773) 520-2716 info@natureexploration or Private Elementary School now accepting 2016-2017 school registration applications for 1st to 3rd Grade. We dedicate time to explore outdoors everyday. Our mission is focused on preserving, cultivating, and leveraging the joy of discovery that comes natural to all children. Through hands on, nature-based curriculum, we encourage our students to be creative and compassionate, inspire them to deepen their connection to the natural world, and empower them to lead and succeed at the next level.

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SCHOOL LISTINGS Near North Montessori is a powerful educational experience, serving infants through 8th grade. For over 50 years we have cultivated the three Rs - respect, responsibility and resilience while providing adventures for learning around every corner. Together, students, parents and teachers work together to create a warm, welcoming community where young hearts and minds take flight. This is Montessoaring. What a way to learn. What a way to fly.


Primary Campus: 6216 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago Middle School Campus: 5525 N. Magnolia Ave., Chicago (773) 743-6277 Start your child’s path to great learning and discovery at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA is the right choice for families who are looking for a challenging curriculum within a nurturing environment. We value educating the whole child: intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Our diversified curriculum, small class size, differentiated instruction and integrated technology sets NCA apart from other schools. Be a part of something greater at Northside Catholic Academy. Join us at our next Open House on Sunday, January 31, from 10:00am-1:00pm, and find out if NCA is the right fit for your family.


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4300 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago (773) 477-4824 Pilgrim believes in a whole child approach to education and creates a nurturing Christian community so that students learn to make positive contributions to our community. Our Early Childhood program is play-based. Pilgrim students transform how and why questions into critical thinking skills. Students learn core texts rather than a scripted program. Our focus is problemsolving for real world tasks. Service learning is key in making Pilgrim students courageous and active members of society.

QUEEN OF ANGELS SCHOOL 4520 N. Western, Chicago (773) 769-4211 Queen of Angels School nominated by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2013 Blue Ribbon School is located within the Chicago community of Lincoln Square with a commitment of providing a nurturing, inclusive, safe environment for families. The School’s mission is committed to the living of Catholic values, developing strong character and fostering excellence in academics with a challenging, differentiated and comprehensive curriculum. Queen of Angels celebrates the uniqueness of all students with a variety of educational and enrichment opportunities to build upon a lifetime of learning experiences in an ever changing world. Catholic School Week Open House on Sunday, January 25th, 2015 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Monthly tours available.

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SCHOOL LISTINGS QUEST ACADEMY 500 N. Benton St., Palatine (847) 202-8035 Quest Academy is an independent day school for gifted and talented students in preschool through eighth grade. Quest offers a traditional liberal arts education with equal emphasis in the sciences, humanities, and fine arts and a strong focus on character development. In class, work revolves around hands-on, interdisciplinary projects designed to allow students to delve into subjects. Our stellar faculty creates an atmosphere dedicated to joy in learning which fosters confidence, initiative, responsibility and leadership.



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Resurrection College Prep High School is the largest all-girls Catholic, Christian school on the north side of Chicago. Resurrection offers highly effective, faithbased, single-gender academic and athletic programs in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Entrance Exam on January 9, 2016 for 8th grade girls. “Experience Res” Day on February 12, 2016 for 7th grade girls. Summer 2015 Camps ~ Athletic Camps & Academic Enrichment for girls in grades 4-12 and Camp Invention Science Camp for girls & boys entering grades 1-6.

RESURRECTION PRESCHOOL 3309 N. Seminary, Chicago (773) 525-0605 Since 1970, Resurrection Preschool has offered the highest quality early childhood program in a warm, nurturing environment. Our philosophy is simple: as educators, we help each child gain a positive self-concept, a sense of competency, and a love of learning. Our classroom ac-

• Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8 • A spectacular two-acre, urban campus with state-of-the-art facilities • Challenging academic programs including laboratory science, foreign language (French or Spanish), and enriched visual and performing arts for all students

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SCHOOL LISTINGS tivities focus on the whole child, including each child’s social, emotional, language, cognitive, and physical development. Our daily schedule reflects a balance of free play time, large group time, small group time, and outside time. We are also a mixed-aged classroom of 3-5 year olds within a very large classroom space. Our teacherchild ratio is 1:6. We also enjoy our very own backyard play space including a large sand box, a wooden climbing structure and space to ride trikes or play basketball or soccer.

RIVER FOREST COMMUNITY CENTER EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER 8020 Madison St., River Forest (708) 771-6159 Offering an age appropriate curriculum designed to encourage positive group interaction as well as foster individual growth. Our teachers thrive on creating a safe and fun learning environment

through play in which children are encouraged to explore and develop their cognitive, language, social-intellectual, and motor skills.

ROGERS PARK MONTESSORI 1800 W. Balmoral, Chicago (773) 271-1700 Rogers Park Montessori School (in the Andersonville neighborhood) invites you for a personal tour to witness children ages 2-14 working in their respective classrooms. You will also see our state-of-theart expansion which includes new middle school space, a new library, drama room and music room. In addition to the acre of green space that our children have access to we’ve created a new roof-top play space and garden! Fully accredited with the American Montessori Society.


2031 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette (847) 256-2922 RKMS has been educating children 6 months – 6 years on the North Shore for over 50 years. The school has received the American Montessori Society accreditation three times, placing the school in a group of fewer than 10% of other Montessori schools nationwide. RKMS features many options: Parent Child, Toddler, and Primary classes, as well as lunch and enrichment programs such as Toddler, Math/Science, Art/ Spanish, Reading/Writing/Yoga. Full day options are also available.

ROYCEMORE SCHOOL 1200 Davis St., Evanston (847) 866-6055 From age 3-Grade 12, Roycemore’s college preparatory curriculum encourages intellectual curiosity no matter what age or grade level. In addition to core classes, there are many other opportunities for learning and discovery:

whether through differentiated instruction, acceleration, afterschool enrichment, creative electives, independent study, January Short Term projects, AP courses or classes at nearby Northwestern University. Our students are challenged to think both critically and creatively as they prepare for success in college and beyond.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL Extended-day JK, Full-day Kindergarten, Grades 1 – 8

1095 Gage St., Winnetka (847) 446-0005 We are a community of faculty and parents dedicated to educating the hearts and minds of children from preschool through eighth grade. High academic standards enable our students to be successful lifelong learners. As a pillar of our parish, we instill the values of our Catholic faith so that our children grow spiritually and intellectually. Sacred Heart students are surrounded by people who care about them and

Hands on, nature-based curriculum, that encourages students to be creative and compassionate, and inspires them to deepen their connection to the natural world. Nature Exploration Academy • Orland Park, IL 773-520-2716

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Illiana Christian High School Grades 9-12 Peter Boonstra, Principal Elly Makowski, Admissions Counselor 2261 Indiana Ave., Lansing (708) 474-0515 Oakdale Christian Academy and Child Care Center Serves children ages 2 years old through 8th grade The Principal: Brian J. Parker Child Care Director: Ca'Linda Williams 9440 South Vincennes Ave., Chicago (773) 779-9440

Palos Christian Preschool 3-5 year olds Lynn Hollender, Director & Kim Stoub, Assistant Director 7059 W. 127th Street Palos Heights (708) 448-0212 Walther Christian Academy 3years-8th grade Kathryn Craven, Administrator 1025 W. Lake St., Melrose Park (708) 343-5000 Walther Christian Academy Grade 9-12 James Craver, Head of Schools 900 W. Chicago Ave., Melrose Park (708) 344-0404 Interested in learning how you can provide your student with a Christian education at half the cost? Visit to learn more, or call Jeff Reisman at (847) 472-8921.

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Roycemore students are appreciated as individuals with many interests, talents and abilities. Our dedicated faculty sustain a nurturing college prep educational setting characterized by a strong sense of community, generous spirit, and emerging independence and personal responsibility. Call Amanda at 847-866-6055 or come to an Admissions Morning and see for yourself how our personal approach and supportive environment give students from age 3–Grade 12 great opportunities for success.

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Chesterbrook Academy


Private Preschools, Elementary School

Personalized learning in a nurturing community Chesterbrook Academy offers outstanding private education, from preschool through fifth grade, with a curriculum that prepares students for success. Our preschools offer the perfect balance of learning and play. Our elementary school in Naperville continues to foster a love of learning by providing challenging academics along with specialty classes.

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SACRED HEART SCHOOLS The Academy for Girls and Hardey Preparatory School for Boys

6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 681-8418 Independent, Catholic, K-8. Educating Chi¬cago children since 1876. Located on Lake Michigan, Sacred Heart Schools enroll 700 day students and are part of a worldwide network of nearly 150 Sacred Heart Schools. Kindergarten is coeducational. In grades 1-8, Sacred Heart offers single gender classes in a co-ed environment. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, Sacred Heart Schools is dedicated to a values based program con-cerned with the education of the whole child.

SAFARI LAND 701 W. North Ave., Villa Park Party options and pricing for all ages. Exciting attractions. State of the art and retro video games are sure to please XBOX 360 or PS3 players. Offer custom packages for groups and special rates for tax-exempt organizations. A minimum of 15 paid participants is necessary and advance reservations are required, except for Rainy Day outings.


1710 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 248-2500 Saint Andrew is a safe and supportive school for the whole child, promoting academic success, spiritual awareness and service for the common good. Saint Andrew has a rich history and a strong presence in today’s educational community. Its SpiritStudy-Service values are woven into every facet of life. It is the expression of self-sacrificing, good hearted people that make the community of Saint Andrew so special. Special Advertising Supplement

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SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS 7033 N. Moselle Ave., Chicago (773) 763-7577 Located on the northwest side of Chicago since 1952, St. Mary of the Woods is dedicated to providing a Catholic education to advance and promote the academic, spiritual, physical and social growth of students from preschool through 8th grade. SMOW is a USDOE National Blue Ribbon School that provides a rigorous curriculum, enrichment classes and exposure to computer programs, applications as well as programming and coding. Our community of faith, knowledge and service also incorporates monthly service projects and student-led masses.

SAINT CONSTANCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL 5841 W. Strong St., Chicago (773) 283-2311 An Investment for the Future. The Right Choice for Today. St. Constance School provides a dedicated and professional faculty committed to the development of each student’s academic, spiritual and social growth. With the skills, values and knowledge acquired, our students will become respectful, responsible and capable citizens embracing lifelong learning. We offer a variety of after school programs including: Homework Help, Lego Club, Young Rembrandts Art Classes, Martial Arts, Ballroom Dancing and more.

SCIENCE & ARTS ACADEMY THE GIFTED CHOICE ® 1825 Miner Street, Des Plaines (847) 827-7880 Science & Arts Academy educates gifted children – Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade – in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child. Our supportive community encourages students to embrace their potenMAKING THE GRADE 2016 65

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CALL FOR FUTURE OPEN HOUSE DATES Japanese Language Immersion Montessori Program 3-6 yrs. old • 6-14 yrs. old • Piano in Japanese Available • Spanish lessons offered • Music and Art classes included in regular program American Montessori Society Certified Teachers Emphasis of Academics, Japanese & English Language Yoko Avramov, M. Ed. - Director

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SCHOOL LISTINGS tial and cultivates their academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth. To learn more about SAA, please attend our Open House on January 23rd at 1:00pm, or call to schedule a tour.

SKOKIE MONTESSORI SCHOOL 8401 N. Karlov Ave., Skokie (847) 679-4614 We offer toddler, 3-6 and Kindergarten programs and 1st through 6th grade. We continue to maintain a high standard of teaching, consistent with a high level of learning. The Montessori philosophy is a method proven to assist every child’s needs, however, is only as effective as the approach of the individual instructors applying it. Our teachers are highly knowledgeable and experienced in providing the ideal environment for each child.

SONNETS ACADEMY (312) 951-5439 Sonnets Academy celebrates

the individuality of children and inspires boundless learning through play in its discoverybased curriculum & enrichment programs for children six weeks to six years. A first educational experience from Sonnets Academy instills confidence so that students can play, learn, grow & succeed to their fullest potential. Our teachers track growth and developmental milestones in the following categories: fine and gross motor skills, language, creative expression, cognitive development, and social & emotional skills.

ST. ATHANASIUS SCHOOL 2510 Ashland Avenue, Evanston (847) 864-2650 Inspiring both the minds and hearts of our students, St. Athanasius School nurtures the whole child. With a challenging curriculum that combines the arts, sciences, math, service, language and technology — we integrate a

love of learning, a respect for one other, and a compassion for the world around us. St. Athanasius welcomes all to its vibrant community. For a closer look at Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade, call today for a private tour.

ST. BENEDICT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 3900 N Leavitt St, Chicago (773) 539-0066 Located in the thriving North Center community, SBPS provides quality, faith-based education PreK-12th grade. A comprehensive curriculum, innovative technology, small class size, extra-curricular activities, and a challenging college-prep program combine to provide each student the opportunity to excel. Core curriculum subjects are supplemented with Spanish, Art, Music, Computer, and Physical Education. Portfolio Assessment at all grade levels document the mastery of grade level standards. Full day and half day preschool

options are available. Call for tour information.

ST. CELESTINE SCHOOL 3017 N. 77th Ave., Elmwood Park (708) 453-8234 Catholic school serving Elmwood Park, Chicago and beyond, fostering academic, physical, spiritual development Pre-K-8th. iPads/ Chromebooks for each child, Art, Music, Spanish, Reading Resource, Speech Therapy, Learning Disabilities teacher. H.S. Academic Contests, Jr. High Science Fair, Speech Contest, and National Geography Bee. Sports programs, instructional and competitive, student clubs. Full Day Preschool, Kindergarten, Half Day Preschool, Hot Lunch and low cost Before & After School Care. A place to believe, achieve, succeed!

ST. CLEMENT SCHOOL 2524 N. Orchard, Chicago (773) 348-8212

FOURTH CHURCH DAY SCHOOL Ruth L. Hornaday, Director

> A half-day Nursery School program serving 3- and 4-year-olds and their families since 1968. > A Twos-and-Parents program with parent participation serving 2-year-olds and their families since 1992.

126 E. Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611.2094 (312) 640-2579

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SCHOOL LISTINGS Saint Clement School offers a rigorous curriculum that challenges our students’ intellect, promotes service, and inspires each and every child to recognize his or her own unique gifts. Our students’ rich experience of faith, service and intellectual discovery enables them to enter the high schools of their choice as compassionate leaders who serve the common good and respond with confidence to the challenges of the day. Explore our website and attend an Admission Coffee to get a more in-depth experience of our vibrant and multifaceted school.

ST. JAMES LUTHERAN 2101 N. Fremont Street, Chicago (773) 525-4990 As the oldest, continuously operating school in Chicago, St. James has been preparing students for success since 1857. We educate the whole child by offering inquiry-based learning with a Christian worldview to students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. St. James students develop criti-

cal thinking skills and problem solving strategies while growing into responsible young adults guided by God’s love.

ST. JOHN BREBEUF SCHOOL 8301 Harlem Avenue, Niles (847) 966-3266 SJB is dedicated to unlocking the potential of each student by developing confident, independent learners. To build student learning, students in grades K-8 have their own Chromebooks or tablets in the classrooms. SJB strives to provide a nurturing faith community where students can build lifelong friendships with classmates, teachers and administrators. We are dedicated to the spiritual development of youth through rayer, reflection, service, and celebration. We live the Catholic faith in our daily lives.

ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN SCHOOL 4939 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago

(773) 736-1196 Want to hear how to prepare your child for the top high schools, see your student excel in core subjects? Get an edge in life? Ask about our quality programs: foreign languages (2), music (handbells, choirs, band, musicals), phys-ed (health, sports programs, recess), extracurricular activities, extended care hours, and more. Come see our 10,000 volume library, bowling alley, playgrounds, and labs (computers, science) –“God’s Love in Action”: A great way to raise a child – since 1876.

ST. JOSAPHAT SCHOOL 2245 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 549-0909 Enlighten. Empower. Excel. St. Josaphat School in Lincoln Park provides a comprehensive preschool thru 8th grade Catholic education. SJS offers individualized instruction, low student-teacher ratio, rigorous core curriculum

enhanced with technology, foreign languages, music, art, physical education, boys’ & girls’ sports teams. Honors, off-campus retreats, after-school enrichment classes, extended day program. Call to sign up for school tour on Wednesday January 20th.

ST. MARGARET MARY 7318 N. Oakley, Chicago (773) 764-0641 St. Margaret Mary School, located in Chicago’s Rogers Park, is dedicated to academic excellence and is committed to developing the whole child, spiritually, academically and socially. We have much to offer including: a strong community, optimal student-teacher ratios, strong academic programming, excellent extended care program, technology in the classrooms and reading/math readiness for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Tours are available at any time. For more information call (773) 764-0641 or visit

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440 Prairie Avenue Downers Grove (630) 968-6155 We make a difference in the lives of our children, families, parish and community. As Downers Grove’s first Catholic school, we have provided a superior faithbased education for families in the area since 1897. We partner with parents to ensure each child reaches his full potential and graduates with academic skills and life tools to achieve life-long success. Discover how we can make a difference in your child’s life by visiting us today!

ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS SCHOOL Preschool 3 - 8th Grade

1810 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago (773) 486-0119 St. Mary of the Angels School

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is committed to truth and the whole person. Our learning environment radiates family warmth, encouragement, and authentic love, while stimulating intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a lifelong love for learning. Parents and teachers collaborate in the wonderful blossoming of each child’s gift of freedom as they discover their own personal vocation to live for others: to make a difference in the world by making a difference in other people’s lives.

ST. MATTHIAS SCHOOL 4910 N. Claremont, Chicago (773) 784-0999 St. Matthias School, a partnership of families and teachers, develops students who think critically, value diversity, and act with a compassionate worldview. Guided by our Catholic faith, we respect and respond to each child’s needs through interdisciplinary instruction that challenges our students to apply their learning beyond



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SCHOOL LISTINGS the classroom. We provide a caring atmosphere that fosters each student’s individual growth according to his or her unique talents and abilities. Certified IB World School, Middle Years Programme.

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS 140 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge (847) 825-6366 Part of the Park Ridge community since 1925, St. Paul of the Cross School provides an education of the highest standards while embracing each child within the Roman Catholic tradition. From 3-year old preschool through eighth grade, your child will receive an outstanding foundation grounded in faith, service, and academic excellence. Come for a visit, tour our campus, and talk with our faculty and students to see why SPC is the place to be!



2-yr. old program, 3 yr. Prek through 8th grade, Extended Care, Summer Program

6036 W. Eastwood Avenue, Chicago (773) 725-5133 Since 1931, St. Robert Bellarmine has been providing the Jefferson Park–Portage Park area with a vibrant Catholic education that addresses the needs of the whole child: spiritual, emotional, academic, physical, and social. More information about our community, Tiny Tots for 2 year olds, Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds, excellent curriculum with inquiry-based science and honors classes, athletics, test scores, Summer Program and more, visit or contact Principal Carrie Mijal: 773-725-5133,


(773) 278-4560 St. Stan’s will provide your child with a rich and rewarding education with a philosophy grounded with a unique blend of academic preparation and social/emotional learning for a lifetime of success beyond school years. Everyday Math of the University of Chicago, Reading & Writing Program of Columbia University, Leader in Me, the kids version of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Open Houses: 1/15/16 & 1/31/16. RSVP today. Call 773-278-4560. Priority application deadline in January.


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(708) 771-5905 Committed to academic excellence and Catholic values for 75 years, St. Vincent’s currently serves families from 8 surrounding villages and the city of Chicago. Our technology-driven curriculum includes an interac-

tive smartboard in every classroom and iPads for assignments including digital textbooks. Our exemplary Early Childhood Education program begins at age 3 and offers half and full day, as well as 3 and 5 day options. Our Kindergarten is full day. This is Where Greatness Begins!

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Chicago Intercultural Montessori Language School 114 S. Racine, Ste. 100 Chicago 312.265.1514

Dual-language Montessori programs for ages 3-12 in Spanish, Japanese & Chinese. Oak Park campus as well.

Montessori Academy of Chicago 1335 W. Randolph St. Chicago 312.243.0977 Accredited programming for infants through 8th grade.

Montessori Foundations of Chicago 3575 S. Archer, Chicago 773.254.5437

Chicago North/ Northwest Rogers Park Montessori School 1800 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago 773.271.1700

Countryside Montessori School 1985 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook 847.498.1105 Academic excellence. Personal Accountability. 18 months to 8th grade. All-Year/Full day/Half day.

Est. 1966 serving children ages 2 through 14; Forest Bluff School Full day, half day, early arrival. 8 W Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff Fully Accredited.

Brickton Montessori School 8622 West Catalpa Ave., Chicago 773.714.0646

Good thinking begins at Brickton Montessori School, with programs for students 24 months through Middle School, accredited by AMS and the ISACS.

Suburban South Montessori School of Lemont 16427 W. 135th St., Lemont 815.834.0607

Providing a quality Montessori education to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years at an affordable price.

Est. in 1979; Preschool - 8th grade offering Spanish, Mandarin and After School Programs on 7 acres with natural playground, chicken coop and nature trails

Near North Montessori 1434 W. Division St. Chicago 773.384.1434

Montessori Children's Schoolhouse 5935 Hohman Ave. Hammond, IN 219.932.5666 847.295.8338

AMI Accredited 1982. Birth to 14 years. Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Jessen founders.

Midwest Montessori Demonstration School 926 Noyes St., Evanston 847.328.6630

Southwest Suburban Montessori 8800 W. 119th St. Palos Park 708.448.5332

Est. 1970. Beautiful woodland setting. Traditional Montessori experience set in the Serving children 2 - 6 years; am & pm, heart of the city. Birth - 9 years old, AMS full-day Kindergarten. Spanish, Gym, Yoga, Music & Summer school. Accredited by Full Member School. NAEYC.

University Village Montessori School 1304 S. Halsted St. Chicago 773.800.9780

Suburban North Chiaravalle Montessori 425 Dempster St., Evanston 847.864.2190

Serving children ages 2 months to 6 years Parent/Infant & Child, Full & Partial Day old. Offering Half, School and Full-day Toddler and Early Childhood, 1st through programs with enrichment classes available. 8th grades

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Providing a quality education for two decades using a foolproof equation: Highly experienced Certified Teachers, the Montessori Method, & Love.

Suburban West Alcuin Montessori 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 708.366.1882

Est. 1961: ages 0-14, Spanish, art, theater, swim, before/after school. Come to a monthly tour.

Greenbrook Montessori School 1675 Greenbrook Blvd., Hanover Park Demonstration School (MMTTC) ages 3 - 6 630.830.1675 years, full and part time. Skokie Montessori School 8401 Karlov Ave., Skokie 847.679.4614

Serving children 15 months through Kindergarten all day, every day.

Montessori Language Academy 314 Circle Ave., Forest Park 708.771.5030

Serving children ages 2 - 12; toddler, 3 - 6, elementary programs, full day and half-day, Japanese-English dual language, 3 through summer programs available. Kindergarten. Art, Music, Spanish, Piano & Harmonica. Vernon Hills Montessori

21 Hawthorn Parkway Vernon Hills, IL 60061

15 months - 6 years; afterschool, summer Est. 1963 serving children 6 mos - 14 years; AMS accredited (22 months - 14 years), Early morning, Afterschool & summer middle school, before & after care available. camp, private piano & voice; semi-private programs. Fully Accredited. karate & music Est. 1968

South Loop Montessori School 47 W. Polk St., Ste G15 Chicago 312.431.8050

Montessori Academy of Illinois 418 W. Touhy Ave. Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Seton Montessori School 5728 Virginia Ave., Clarendon Hills 630.655.1066

Est. 1965, a Lab School serving students 2 months - 12 years; accredited by AMS and NAEYC; offering full and half day, summer programs and Parent-Child class.

Buffalo Grove Montessori School 950 Ellen Dr., Buffalo Grove 847.541.8111

AMS accredited serving infants through kindergarten, Providing a lifetime foundation for 40 years.

Childrens Learning World, A Montessori School, Inc. 8101 Golf Rd., Niles 847.470.0370

6 weeks - 12 years, open year round.

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