At a Glance

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

Location/Facilities
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.

Founded
1965

Affiliation
Non-profit Independent Coeducational Day School

Grade Levels
16 months — Grade 8
Parent and child classes for ages 16-24 months

Academic Calendar
10-month school year
Optional summer programs

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

Enrollment
356 students
60 Infant/Toddler [ages 0-3]
125 Early Childhood [ages 3-6]
173 Grades 1-8 [ages 6-14]

Geographic Representation
70% Evanston
15% Chicago
7% Wilmette
8% other communities

Student Diversity
36.5% students of color
National average at independent day schools is 21.4%


Chiaravalle 8th grade graduates:

High-Schools
63% select public 
High-Schools
31% select private  
High-Schools
6% select boarding 

Chiaravalle is accredited by:

amshq.org

isacs.org

Chiaravalle is recognized by:

Illinois State Board of Education

Toddler Programs are licensed by:

Department of Children & Family Services

Chiaravalle is recognized as:

Chiaravalle is a member of:

nais.org

isminc.com

 


Robyn McCloud-Springer, Head of School

 

Head of School
Robyn McCloud-Springer

Mailing Address
425 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone
847.864.2190 Reception

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