Joliet Montessori School

  • Grades: PK-8
  • Student Enrollment: 157
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3.5 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
  • Address
  • 1600 Root St
  • Crest Hill, IL 60403
  • Phone
  • (815) 741-4180
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As you enter Joliet Montessori classrooms, you will see children actively engaged in learning.  The classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are able to interact and respond. The inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities under the guidance of a trained teacher (director.)

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3.5 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
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6 reviews for Joliet Montessori School

  • Reviewed by Parent or Guardian on February 08, 2011
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Our child attended three years of primary education. He learned a lot in a beuatiful unique Montessori way, although it was difficult and clearly stressful at times. First year elementary was disaterous and void of learning. Half way through the school year our child still could not tell you the answer to simple math problems when presented on a sheet of paper.Our child also put capital letters in the middle of printed words. Lots of catching up now to pick up the pieces. And this we paid dearly for...
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on March 31, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Both our children attended the Joliet Montessoir School through their mid elementary years, and we could not be happier with the wonderful education they received. They are thoughtful young adults prepared to tackle any challenge set before them. Yes, the building my be old; but what's a little outdated decor compared to the wonderful learning that goes on within its walls! Yes, they charge tuition; every private school does (and in comparison to most Montessori schools, the tuition at JMS is on the low end-check it out). And Yes, the extended care room is all ages; the classrooms are also multi-aged. It's a great convenience for working parents.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on March 30, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Wow! I am so surprised at the negative comments. My children's experience at JMS was phenomenal. I see in them even today, and my oldest is in college, how their education at JMS formed their critical thinking, time management, and prioritization skills. They are hard workers who enjoy other people and take an active role in their educations. It is true that the building is older, but I thought they did a nice job maintaining both the facility and the materials in the classrooms.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on March 29, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • What an amazing school! I am so grateful that my husband and I were able to provide our children with a Montessori education. Joliet Montessori school is the best of the best and our children are doing fantastic both academically and socially. Not only did they learn all the basics and then some but they learned about the care of their community and the environment. We have critical thinkers in our home thanks to JMS!!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on February 11, 2010
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Satisfied with the primary years for introducing education. HOWEVER, my now 5th grader started a new school with more struggles and challenges than I ever thought possible. Lacking necessary basic 5th grade reading, spelling and math skills has made for an incredibly challenging year at his new school. I have spent a great deal of money on needed tutoring since the new school year for 2009-10. I was disappointed on the lack of follow through from my child's teachers and what "outside" items would be allowed to be brought to school and accepted in class as "appropriate" learning tools outside of the graphs, bars, and other montessori materials. Extended care was available but seemed more appropriate for younger aged children. I, as well as my child, definitely enjoyed the primary years here, as they were encouraged to be independent, were challenged, and allowed to learn at their own pace. I did not find this to be true for my child as they progressed into their elementary years.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 26, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Kids that go to JMS really love to learn! The materials used to teach lessons are hands on so more can be learned at a younger age. The environment can be very stressful for some kids at the primary level because the materials look fun, but there is a specific way to use them. Extended day is available before and after school for parents who both work which is very convenient, but the room where the kids stay can get a little crowded and included all ages.

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 157
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 6.0
    Full-Time Teachers: 6
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 16.0
  • Percent Minority Students: 8.9%
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 73 (46.5%)
  • Females: 84 (53.5%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Joliet Montessori School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian--
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Joliet Montessori School
  Number Percent
1st Grade138.3%
2nd Grade117.0%
3rd Grade159.6%
4th Grade117.0%
5th Grade63.8%
6th Grade74.5%
7th Grade53.2%
8th Grade42.5%
Source: IL Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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