We focus on the whole child in Montessori, not just the academics.  We focus on the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development of the child. The children who attend West Suburban Montessori School are on a path toward independence.  They are strong minded, outside of the box thinkers and full of confidence.  We also place a great emphasis on being respectful of others.  We value kindness and hard work.  We also value the spark or enthusiasm required for real learning to take place.

West Suburban Montessori School has been providing quality Montessori education in Oak Park for over 28 years. WSMS is an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) accredited school.  Our staff is highly trained, and all of our teachers have Master’s degrees in education.  What other criteria make a quality AMI Montessori program?

  • Montessori classrooms have mixed age classrooms:  Primary (ages 3-6) and elementary (ages 6-9, 9-12).    
  • Children actively engage in their learning.  The teacher gives lessons to the student and the student continues the work independently. 
  • Hands on learning happens in Montessori classrooms.  The Montessori materials are made to be touched and manipulated.
  • Montessori students have freedom of movement.  Movement is vital for all children.
  • A Montessori trained teacher in each classroom is key.   The teacher is prepared to guide the students through the lessons and to connect the subject areas seamlessly.  Montessori teachers focus on redirection, honest conversation and encouragement of their students. 
  • Uninterrupted work cycles are paramount to Montessori classrooms.  Students could choose to work on adding fractions for an entire work period (3 hours).  Students work at their own pace and can concentrate on their own interests. 

Patty Eggerding is the Head of School at West Suburban Montessori School, www.wsms.org.

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