At a Glance
“Chiaravalle,” which means “valley of light,” is the name of the Italian town where the educator Maria Montessori was born.
Non-profit Independent Coeducational Day School
Toddler (16 months) through Grade 8
Parent/Infant & Child programs for parents and children ages 6-24 months
The school is located in Evanston, Illinois, just two blocks from Lake Michigan. The majority of school programs are housed in the historic building designed by architect Daniel Burnham. The school rents additional space for the Middle School from the First Congregational Church nearby.
10-month school year; optional summer programs
The Montessori curriculum focuses on supporting a child’s innate love of learning. Students have freedom of choice within well-defined limits. Highly qualified Montessori-trained teachers act as guides and catalysts, helping each individual child grow in self-confidence and become an independent learner.
Mixed-age classrooms allow younger students to learn from older peers; older students reinforce their knowledge by sharing it with younger classmates. The rich and varied curriculum is designed to promote self-discovery and the development of social skills as well as academic achievement.
Head Teachers complete an accredited Montessori certification program in addition to having at least a Bachelor's Degree. Teachers also have State Certification. There is an average of 10 years teaching experience among Head Teachers.
Varies by program: from five students to one faculty member; to 12 students to one faculty member.
40 Infant/Toddler [ages 0-3]
120 Early Childhood [ages 3-6]
150 Grades 1-8 [ages 6-14]
70% of students are from Evanston
15% are from Chicago
7% are from Wilmette
8% are from other area communities
[Highland Park, Morton Grove, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Winnetka]
28% [ethnic minority or multiracial]
National average at independent day schools is 21.4% [ethnic minority or multiracial]
We welcome students, families, faculty and staff with differences not limited to age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background; as well as learning styles, when reasonable accommodation can be made. Our goal is to understand human similarities and differences as a call for celebration and to empower ourselves, our children and our community for positive change.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
425 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Directed by a Board of Trustees comprised of current parents and community members