Principal: Deb Dilks

Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8th Grade, Fine Arts Magnet
Kankakee,  IL 60901 
240 Warren Avenue
(815) 802-4801
(815) 933-0710 fax

School Hours: 9:00 a.m. -3:40 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
What is Montessori?
  • Montessori is a personalized approach to learning which recognizes that each child learns with a unique style and pace.
  • Children learn best in a prepared environment which supports and respects their individual development.
  • It is also based on the premise that the intellectual, physical and social needs of children are inseparable and equally important.
  • The century-old Montessori education method is based on how children learn naturally and many believe it is the way every child should have the opportunity to learn.
  • Montessori students develop positive attitudes about learning, a positive image of themselves as a learner and a strong sense of independence and responsibility.
  • Montessori experience produces self-motivated, independent learners with characteristics that benefit them throughout their school years and into adulthood.


  • Montessori children move from concrete to the abstract. The basic skills learned in the primary classrooms are polished in the elementary classrooms.
  • Children go on to pursue their passions for learning. They are ready to explore culture, science, the arts, and the universe.
  • Students learn to take responsibility for their own learning and initiate their own experiences.

Cultural Education 

  • All students participate in the schools annual project fair.
  • Children become aware of the history and the needs all people share.
  • Students gain global awareness. 


  • Units of study cover topics in the life and physical sciences, characteristics and classification of living things, life cycles, botany, matter, energy, the solar system and weather.

Language Arts

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Word Building
  • Phonics Instruction through district and Montessori Materials
  • Grammar/Sentence Analysis
  • Guided/Shared Reading Instruction-90 minute


  • Students work from concrete to abstract
  • Montessori math materials enhance math curriculum
  • Math Curriculum is hands-on problem solving
  • Junior high students take Pre-Algebra and Algebra course work

How is Montessori Different than the Traditional Classroom?



Teacher Centered
Student Centered;
Students choose activities to work on
Direct InstructionTeacher prepares the environment and acts as the facilitator
AbstractConcrete to Abstract
Single Grade ClassroomsMulti-Grade classrooms
What to ThinkHow to Think
Teacher as AuthoritarianTeacher as Guide; Peer helpers
AssignmentsWork plans and projects