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Who We Are

Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.
— Maria Montessori

Gateway Montessori is a small, family-centered, not-for-profit educational institution located in a vibrant, multi-cultural Chicago neighborhood. Our school currently has one Community (ages 15 months to 3 years), two Children’s Houses (ages 3 to 6 years), one Elementary (ages 6-12) and a Saturday morning Parent-Child Class (3 to 18 months).

Part of our commitment to quality Montessori education is to mentor and/or sponsor interested persons in becoming trained. To date, Gateway has helped 6 persons acquire their Montessori diplomas.

All our guides (teachers) hold Montessori diplomas as well as college degrees, and all our classrooms are equipped with AMI-approved Montessori materials. Gateway is licensed by both the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services and the City of Chicago. The school is accredited from birth through age 12 by the by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the organization founded by Dr. Maria Montessori herself in 1929.

Gateway Montessori is an excellent school that provides a high-quality, Montessori-based, child-centered education by nurturing the potential within each child.