School Closure and COVID-19 Update

Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the greater Chicago area, the Archdiocese of Chicago is announcing a system-wide closure of Catholic schools, effective Monday, March 16. Find out more »


Thank you for your interest in Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy. Founded in 1998, our mission is to inspire, nurture, and empower children to live up to the full promise of their individual talents and capabilities through an educational model that combines a Montessori education within a Catholic environment.

We believe parents are the primary teachers of their child and our role is to support you by tapping into your child's intrinsic motivation to turn their natural interest into joyful learning.


Birth to Age 3

Our parent-child classes allow you to observe, support and encourage the natural development of your child.

Learn More

Transition Class (Age 3)

Helping your 3-year-old child transition successfully to a small class experience.

Learn More

Pre-K and Kindergarten Classes (Age 3-6)

Your child establish critical learning habits (concentration, self-discipline, persistence, creativity) for success.

Learn More

Elementary Education (Age 6-12)

Children in elementary school develop critical thinking skills through a creative, joyful learning experience that’s driven by their natural interests.

Learn More

Montessori Spotlight: E-Learning

Just because we’re not in school doesn’t mean we’re not still hard at work! Take a look at what some of our lovely students have been doing while e-learning! A major shoutout and thank you to our teachers and parents.

Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy in Lincoln Park, Chicago is now hiring Montessori Primary Directresses for the 2020_2021 school year!


Stay up-to-date with the latest CBMA news by viewing our latest posts.


Spend some time getting to know all of us by reading more about who we are.

Help us, O God, to enter into the secret of childhood, so that we may know, love, and serve the child in accordance with the laws of Thy justice and following Thy holy will.

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Why Montessori?

Watch this video to see how the Montessori method of education prepares children for academic success.

Thank you to Trevor Eissler for creating this video and allowing us to post it on our website.