Below are some FAQs to help you decide if Montessori Gifted Prep is right for your child.
Where is the school located?
Montessori Gifted Prep in Lincoln Square is located at Berry Church at 4754 North Leavitt Street, Chicago, IL 60625. Although Montessori Gifted Prep is not affiliated with the church, they are gracious and outstanding landlords.
How old does my child have to be to attend MGP?
We offer a Montessori Parent Child Class for children between the ages of 12-24 months. This class meets once per week,and a guardian must attend with the child. Please see our website labeled "Parent Child" to learn more.
We provide full time school for a Toddler class for 2 year old children and a Primary class for children 3-6 years old.
Is there a half-day program?
Do you offer classes 2 days a week?
No. We believe that children should be in class 5 days a week. Everything about Montessori Gifted Prep's design helps students to achieve high academic standards.
What is the tuition?
Tuition is outlined on the program tuition sheet.
Tuition covers experienced Montessori certified teachers, a personalized learning plan for each child, snacks, individualized coaching for test preparation, and an opportunity for parents to work in partnership with educators to shape the student experience. Montessori Gifted Prep offers a la cart options including Fall-Spring personalized classes, Extended Day Programs, and Summer School.
Core School Full Day tuition rates are based on a full-time 9-month schedule, Monday through Friday. The a la cart options must be chosen upon enrollment and cannot be changed during the school year. The Extended Day Program is only offered to families enrolled in the Fall-Spring or Summer classes.
Families may choose to enroll their child in Summer School but not Fall-Spring classes.
Will Montessori Gifted Prep be hosting any local info sessions?
Yes. We are holding an informational sessions. Please email us at email@example.com and include
your child's age, and indicate interest in the Extended Day (before and/or after school program) and/or summer program.
What is your admissions process?
We have small, intimate classes (max class size consists of 16-20 children) and we specialize in relationships. The application process is highly selective.
- Student Visit: Bring your child in to spend time with one of our educators in a play environment and talk to other parents (45 minutes)
- Request via email an application so we can get to know your child and family (20 minutes)
- Submit application and $300 non-refundable application fee
- Parent Interview: Meet with our admissions staff (1 hour)
- Admission Decision: Receive admissions decision from Montessori Gifted Prep
- Submit a $400 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space in the class
How many classrooms do you have at your Lincoln Square location?
Two classrooms consisting of (1) 16 toddlers, and (2) 20 Primary children.
What is the teacher to student ratio for your classrooms?
Parent-Child (12-24 months): 4 students and 4 guardians per classroom; Child to Teacher ratio is 4:1
Toddler (2- 3 years of age): 16 students per classroom; Child to Teacher ratio is 4:1
Primary (3- 6 years of age): 20 students per classroom; Child to Teacher ratio is 5:1
What is the Montessori Gifted Prep application calendar?
Montessori Gifted Prep accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Is there a school uniform?
School uniforms are compulsory. Our focus is on developing a child’s intrinsic motivation – behavior that is driven from within. We all want our children to enjoy learning because they find it interesting, and be self-motivated to become the best that they can be. It is our goal to (1) not have clothing define a child, and (2) not have children motivated to express themselves by an external item such as clothing. Children at MGP will first learn to get to know themselves from within, without the interference of external expressions of oneself such as dressing styles (usually imposed on them by others), or face peer pressure (negative consequences) from classmates. We believe that the early childhood phase of life focuses on individual development of self, and post preschool focuses on outward development /social expression with friends. The uniform is one form to reduce extrinsic motivation - doing something for external rewards or to avoid negative consequences. MGP has witnessed many children want designer clothing because others like it, or dislike themselves because others dismiss their clothing. Our classroom environment is purposefully built to be simple for a child so a child can focus within, and uniforms adhere to simplifying the environment so young children can focus on getting to know themselves from within, and building intrinsic motivation.
In summary, based on our experience and the vision we have for our school, we believe that uniforms help (1) build self-confidence. Children focus on making friends because of inner traits rather than external material manifestations or rewards, (2) create a community and place of belonging for all children, regardless of where they might come from socio-economically. All children usually feel a very strong sense of where they belong and who their community is, (3) set memorable milestones in the life of a child. Similar to the British Commonwealth education system (Great Britain, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) we believe that wearing a school uniform is a big milestone in a child’s life, marking the transition of a child's life to a period of conscious learning, and (4) As part of our commitment to helping parents have more free time, uniforms help families to simplify daily decisions about what their child will wear each day.
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Is lunch and snack included?
Lunch and snack are extra and are provided by Gourmet Gorilla (local and organic food for children).
Can you tell us more about Montessori Gifted Prep?
If you wish to learn more about our hidden gem, please click here to read the interview conducted by Voyage Chicago Magazine.
Other questions we can help answer?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 293-7794