Alcuin Montessori School

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Alcuin Montessori: Offering Education for Life

Alcuin Montessori offers a community that is a child-centered learning environment built on trust in the natural development of mind and spirit. Our programs are designed to help each child become confident, curious, self-disciplined and motivated.  With an experienced staff of Montessori-certified teachers, Alcuin offers sensory-oriented materials encouraging discovery and classrooms inviting children from birth through 14 years to reach their full potential. We offer education for life.



Founded in 1961, Alcuin Montessori is one of the oldest Montessori schools in the Midwest. Our programs are designed to help each child become confident, curious, self-disciplined and motivated. The essence of the Montessori method is to allow for the development of a child's individual potential while also encouraging participation in a community that emphasizes respect and cultural awareness. Classrooms are filled with materials that encourage creativity, emphasize sensory experiences and provide opportunities for both verbal and non-verbal learning.


Classrooms operate on the principle of freedom within limits. Children, under the guidance of a teacher, work at their own pace with materials of their choosing. Each student may work alone or with others. Different levels of ability are expected and welcomed within each classroom.  Education occurs in multi-aged classrooms where children of various stages of development learn from and with each other.  Come and discover why Alcuin has been a Montessori tradition for over 50 years.

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Another highly satisfied family  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 5:33 PM

Our kids began attending Alcuin in 2001. Briefly tried local public school but it lacked so much in comparison. We sometimes wonder whether we parents are helped to learn as much as our kids are. The campus is so friendly, warm and historic. We value the school's mission and plans for the future, as well as its integration with the larger community through activities, field trips and the use of outside facilities. Both our kids will attend (very happily) through the 8th grade.

A Proud Alcuin Parent from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 3:30 PM

This school is amazing! I feel as though it is really a hidden gem that need to be discovered by everyone with school-aged children. The teachers have a tremendous grasp of the Montessori philosophy, the community spirit is wonderful and my child is nurtured, respected and given the tools to reach their academic potential. I can't say enough good things about Alcuin.