At a Glance
“Chiaravalle,” which means “valley of light,” is the name of the Italian town where the educator Maria Montessori was born.
Chiaravalle Montessori is located in Evanston, Illinois, two blocks from Lake Michigan, in a historic school designed by architect Daniel Burnham and the LEED Platinum North Wing. The school leases additional space for Middle School one block north.
Non-profit Independent Coeducational Day School
16 months — Grade 8
Parent and child classes for ages 16-24 months
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.
Chiaravalle Montessori strives to nurture and develop diversity and equity by creating a learning environment that includes and values differing perspectives and welcomes students, families, faculty, and staff with identities not limited to age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. We are committed to creating a community that is inclusive and welcoming.
1:5 to 1:12
Varies by program
60 Infant/Toddler [ages 0-3]
125 Early Childhood [ages 3-6]
165 Grades 1-8 [ages 6-14]
8% other communities
30% students of color
National average at independent day schools is 21.4%
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Head of School
425 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Directed by a Board of Trustees comprised of current parents, alumni parents, and community members