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From 16 Months to 8th Grade

At A Glance

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“Chiaravalle,” which means “valley of light,” is the name of the Italian town where the educator Maria Montessori was born. Pronunciation: CARE-uh-VOLLEY


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

Grade Levels

16 months — Grade 8

Academic Calendar

10-month school year
Optional summer programs

Students at the Community Meeting

Educational Philosophy

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.

Student/Faculty Ratio

1:5 to 1:12 varies by program

Learn more about our faculty


330 students

  • 50 Toddler
    (ages 0-3)
  • 110 Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
  • 170 Grades 1-8
    (ages 6-14)

Geographic Representation

73% Evanston
8% Chicago
8% Wilmette
4% Skokie
7% other communities

Student Diversity

37% students of color

In 22-23, the national median at independent day schools was 31.5%

Since 2010, Chiaravalle 8th grade graduates select:


67% Public High School


32% Private High School


1% Boarding High School


School Leadership

Robyn McCloud-Springer, Head of School

Head of School
Robyn McCloud-Springer

Mailing Address
425 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60201

847.864.2190 Reception


Directed by a Board of Trustees comprised of current parents, alumni parents, and community members



American Montessori Society logo
Independent Schools Association of the Central States logo

Recognized by:

Illinois State Board of Education logo

Toddler licensed by:

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services logo

Recognized as:

2016 LEED Platinum recognition
2017 Green Ribbon Schools award winner
Certified Wildlife Habitat


National Association of Independent Schools logo
Independent School Management logo
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools logo
Association of Illinois Montessori Schools Logo
Charter for Compassion logo
Evanston Chamber of Commerce logo