A brief overview of Chicago’s Montessori schools
By Chicago Defender Staff
Like shopping at Sears in the 80s and 90s or Apple during the 1990s, Montessori schools are based on the philosophy and strict application of education for each student. As a result, many of these schools, though privately-run, are considered public schools.
Students are encouraged to take exams that will measure both professional and personal success. There are several levels of progress with each level of success. The most challenging levels tend to be tougher. The curriculum is based on the Montessori theory that taught its students to be masters of observation, observation and evaluation.
A variety of Montessori schools exist throughout Chicago, but their locations usually have a Montessori method to it. These schools are typically located within public or private schools and open as a tuition-free, public school. They provide a rare education that can provide the love of learning while also developing individuals as people. Most Montessori schools require applicants to have a high school degree but are open to those who want to learn at an earlier age with support from adults.
But these schools are still highly specialized in different fields such as: healthcare, fine arts, mechanics, law, business, mathematics, engineering, librarians, catering, education, technology, and education.
It is rare to see open public schools that offer either Montessori teaching or pedagogy for educators. In many of these schools, there is a dual emphasis on teaching and skills. That being said, we thought we’d take a look at the public high schools in Chicago. We compared the schools’ respective profiles and provided information about each school.
The schools were chosen based on student age, distance from home, geographical area, demographic, compatibility of students and their interest to learn Montessori education, and programs like dance, debate, agriculture, and music. They are ranked on their academics, student involvement and participation, and their Montessori education.
Chicago Public Schools will not currently offer an alternative program that could provide students with a high-quality Montessori education. Illinois law also forbids it.
Currently, the majority of CPS schools offer an options like International Baccalaureate, IB global placement, and dual immersion. These are individualized bilingual programs and are more rigorous than traditional instructional programs. Most of these are partially funded through grant money.
A very small percentage of all CPS schools offer a full Montessori education. In fact, there are no schools in Chicago that offer both a preschool and high school program.
CPS operates a 24-location Montessori school system and there are 20 public schools that offer Montessori education.
Below is a breakdown of the Chicago area schools that offers Montessori education or dual immersion programs.