Mission and History


Provide a modern Montessori education that inspires independent, compassionate, and innovative thinkers.


Develop future generations of lifelong learners who effect change for a better world.


Core values are attributes that help define our School’s identity and purpose. At Chiaravalle, our core values reflect our vigilant commitment to Montessori education and principles.


How we do it about Core Values


History of Chiaravalle

Chiaravalle history graphic 2017 — Present


Modern Montessori

Chiaravalle is recognized as a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

Chiaravalle aims high in a strategic plan designed to guide us through 2022.

Key goals include:

  • Mastery through Modern Montessori
  • Equity and Global Citizenship
  • Community Enrichment
  • Sustaining our Vision
Chiaravalle history graphic 2014 — 2016


The North Wing Takes Flight

Chiaravalle breaks ground on the North Wing.

The North Wing opens.

Chiaravalle North Wing is awarded LEED Platinum status, making it the first independent school addition in Illinois and the first Montessori school in the country to achieve this honor.


Chiaravalle history graphic 2006 — 2013


A Permanent Home

The Middle School moves to rented space at the First Congregational Church of Evanston.

Chiaravalle purchases
425 Dempster from the city and finally owns its home, thanks to the donors of Phase I: Foundation.

Phase II: Transformation is launched to fund the North Wing Project.


Chiaravalle history graphic 1992 — 1998


Middle School Opens

The Middle School Program is inaugurated.

Chiaravalle receives full accreditation from the American Montessori Society and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

Chiaravalle receives a longterm lease to remain at 425 Dempster. The first Capital Campaign is launched for $500,000 to bring the building up to code and convert the attic into offices.


Chiaravalle history graphic 1976 — 1998


Elementary Program Begins

District 65 sells the former Miller School at 425 Dempster to the City of Evanston for $1.00.

Chiaravalle moves to 425 Dempster. The Elementary Program is initiated with a class of 20 Lower Elementary students.

Chiaravalle history graphic 1965 — 1975


Chiaravalle Montessori Founded

Chiaravalle Montessori is incorporated by nine couples. The first teacher, Mali Dhanidina, opens the doors to 18 half-day students in the basement of Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Wesley Avenue.

Chiaravalle leases space from Hemenway Methodist Church on Chicago Avenue.

Chiaravalle moves to renovated space at Covenant Methodist Church on Hartrey Avenue to accommodate growing enrollment.

Parent/Child and Toddler Programs begin. Full Day options are extended.