Editor’s note: This story is part of the 2012 Winter Education and Enrichment Guide, a special advertising section produced by Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review. Click here to view the entire 2012 Winter Education Guide.

Founded in 1961, Alcuin Montessori School offers a cross-curricular learning environment successfully balancing academic and emotional intelligence.

We partner with parents and provide students the tools to become highly-skilled independent thinkers with a passion for knowledge. Our programs are designed to help each child become confident, curious, self-disciplined and motivated.

At Alcuin, classrooms operate on the principle of freedom within limits. Children, under the guidance of a directress, 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.

Families currently attending Alcuin come from Oak Park, as well as Berwyn, Broadview, Brookfield, Chicago, Cicero, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, River Forest, Riverside and River Grove.

We welcome all prospective parents to join us for our monthly informational Coffees. We will start with some good coffee, a short video on Montessori education and then take an in-depth look into all of our classrooms. At the end of the tour we hold a question and answer session, and explain our admissions process. Tours, for adults only, are held throughout the school year on Thursdays and take place 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please check our Web site for dates, complete details and to RSVP.
Our programs for ages 0-14 include:
  • Parent/Infant Fridays 8:45-10:30 a.m.
  • Toddler 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Primary 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Full-Day Kindergarten 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Junior & Senior Elementary 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
  • Middle School 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • Before and After School Care
  • Art, Theater, Orff and Spanish

To enroll in one of our tours, or for more information, please e-mail our Director of Advancement at avalera@alcuin.org or call 708.366.1882.

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