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Maria Montessori was a devout Catholic who designed the Montessori program to not only educate children, but also to cultivate their spiritual lives. The Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy is the only school in Chicago who implements Maria Montessori's wholistic vision of child development.
This is our first year at CBMA. We've been very happy with the teaching staff, the leadership, and our fellow parents. Many school stakeholders believe, as I do, that the Montessori method is truly superior to all other methods of educating children. That passion motivates the school community towards continuous improvement of an already strong program.
- Top notch education, with a fantastic teaching staff fully trained in Montessori instruction
- Emphasis on moral development, through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and virtue training
- As with most Catholic Private Schools, the tuition is insanely affordable relative to competing secular offerings (e.g., Near North Montessori).
- Large campus provides expansive indoor / outdoor play areas, classroom space, and parking.
I enrolled my son in the Parent-Toddler class and was extremely impressed with the program. The program was very well thought out, focused on many different aspects of child development, and more importantly, my son really enjoyed it. I saw a positive impact in his behavior when interacting with his surroundings and with people of different ages, including his peers. He now attends the transition class and continues to enjoy it. The program has allowed him to learn and grow at his own pace and I look forward to him starting full time school shortly.
As an educator and non profit professional I am impressed with the program and opportunities that the school has for students and their parents. Cardinal Bernardin takes Montessori and Catholic education seriously. It is also reasonably priced and more importantly a great value.
Our 5 year old has attended the PK program for two years now and is thriving. She’s even starting to read — which is SO amazing. The teachers, staff, and families are wonderful and very understanding and they’ve allowed for my child to grow at her own pace while encouraging all of the great skills both a Catholic and Montessori school can offer. My daughter and our family has made some life long friends in CBMA and I’m forever grateful for this!
I discovered Montessori just last year for myself , and fell in love the moment I toured the school, at the moment I was on a waitlist, however as soon as I got a call for an open spot I did not waste a minute to enroll my 5 year old. this is our first year with the school and in a montessori, I cant thank the teachers enough for their skills and how they have helped my daughter adjust to this unique method of learning. I love that my child works per her potential and is infact doing well for her age. She is already reading level one books and started with addition tables. My daughter is thriving and loves going her teachers and school. Blessed to have found this gem.
CBMA is the perfect school if you want your child to be cared for, encouraged to learn at their own pace, make friends, learn from their peers as well as their teachers, and come home every day eager to share what they did and excited to return the next day. As an educator I know that not every school is perfect for every child, but I encourage you to visit CBMA and see and feel for yourself. Every time I visit I leave feeling happier and I feel blessed my daughter attends this school. Just since September she has learned one to one counting, recognizes her letters and numbers and is more independent and resilient than ever before. If you want your child to love school and learning then CBMA is the right choice for you.
Our Great Niece Bernice attends your school..
She is very happy there and is anxious to tell us
what she does at school.. Being in our 70’s & living
in Aurora, we love your website so we can see all the
fun & educational things you do with your students..
Merry Christmas & Blessings for the New Year
The infant and toddler classes are our absolute favorite baby classes in the city. We have 3 little boys ages 1, 3 and 6 and have attended many classes all around town. CBMA takes the cake for me because I love the learn at your own pace Montessori approach. It allows my boys to explore on their own and for longer periods of time if they are showing interest in a specific area before we come together as a group later on in class.
When we were touring preschools I wasn’t sure exactly what to look for... and chose Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy because I left the tour with a “warm and fuzzy” feeling. I wanted a sweet, kind and loving environment for my oldest son who was very nervous to attend school without me! He is now thriving in Kindergarten. We love that our kids are getting an education that is specifically tailored to their strengths and needs.
I have two children attending Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy. My oldest son completed the primary 3-year cycle and is now in the elementary program. His experience in the primary classroom laid a strong foundation for his elementary years. He is truly a product of this wonderful environment that differentiates learning for each child, has highly qualified and supportive teachers, and fosters a true love for learning. My youngest son is in the second year of the 3-6 program. He is also thriving in this nurturing environment and is excited each and every day to go to school! We see all the pieces coming together for him and we are looking forward to a successful kindergarten year!
It’s our first year at Montessori Academy and we are already in love with it! All staff is incredibly caring and children learn and play in a most peaceful and constructive atmosphere. Wouldn’t change anything!