at Evanston

Tours & Events
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Nido (6 weeks to 18 months)
Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)

1012 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201 US
Mariya Richard
Guidepost Montessori in Evanston is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Evanston, Illinois. Indoors, rooms are spacious, bright, and light-filled, creating a warm and calm space for children to work.
Mariya Richard . Head of School
Tours & Events

explore our programs.

Our approach is designed to empower each child to achieve independence by combining our hands-on curriculum with personalized learning to create an environment where curiosity flourishes, independence grows, and academic excellence is a natural outcome.

We want your child to see and believe: “I am capable!”

Nido .
For infants ages 6 weeks to 16 months old
For children ages 16 months to 2.5-3 years old
Children's House.
For children ages 2.5-3 to 6 years old
Guidepost at Home.
For children ages 0 to 12 years old

extended day programs.

We are pleased to offer engaging activities to inspire and excite children beyond the regular school day:

  • Spanish
  • Cooking
  • Science
  • Arts and Craft
  • Show and Tell

Our extended day activities provide a perfect mix of fun, learning, and personal growth, ensuring your child has a memorable and enriching experience every day.

what makes us stand out.

How is the Guidepost Montessori approach different from conventional education?.

At Guidepost, we join with parents on their mission to help their child grow and live well. Together, we design an education to empower each child to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needs to craft an independent, flourishing life.

Though there are many differences between the conventional approach and Guidepost, here are some of the most important:

Conventional Education vs Guidepost Montessori
What is the Guidepost Mission?.

At Guidepost, our mission is to support each child in achieving her own independence. To do this, we help her gain the knowledge, build the skills, and craft the personal character she needs to flourish. Above all, our goal is to cultivate joy—in the pursuit of knowledge, in effort applied to work worth doing, in the achievements of herself and others, and in taking the steps to author her own life.

Read more about the Guidepost Mission.

Learn about the key milestones we support—from infancy through high school.

Read more about why we educate for independence, and how we support independence for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.

What are the outcomes of your programs?.

Montessori education is known world-wide for having positive impacts on both academics and social and emotional skills.

At Guidepost Montessori, when we design an environment to meet the developmental needs and interests of children alongside personalized care and support, the child can learn advanced skills at an accelerated pace.

Our students, for example, regularly learn to read by the time they’re 4-years-old and can perform all four math operations with 4-digit numbers by the end of their Kindergarten year.

The language and math skills of our kindergartners are on a par with what children in conventional programs learn in 3rd grade or beyond! What’s more, our students learn advanced academics joyfully—while simultaneously developing deep focus, self-discipline, and positive social skills.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Language Curriculum in Children’s House.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Math Curriculum in Children’s House.

Do your programs include Kindergarten?.

Yes! The third year of our Children’s House program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, is the capstone kindergarten year. In this year, the child has been well-prepared to experience an explosion of literacy, learn advanced math concepts, and use her hard-won ability to focus, problem-solve, and persist through challenges to then make advanced gains across the curriculum. Children who continue with Guidepost through Kindergarten are often well-ahead of their peers when they enter 1st grade.

Learn more about the capstone Kindergarten year at Guidepost.

Learn more about the next exciting stage: the Guidepost elementary program.

Following elementary, students continue on to our Montessori middle and high school, the Academy of Thought & Industry: a school that combines a classical liberal arts emphasis on history and great books, and a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency.

How does Guidepost partner with parents?.

At Guidepost, we want to make the best education the best for children and parents. This is why we provide year-round, extended-day programming at no extra cost, enabling consistent and uninterrupted access to the care and developmental support parents expect. We invite you into your child’s world—with daily photo and video updates, regular milestone meetings, and parent-child events that showcase your child’s progress. We work to understand your unique context and needs, so that we can provide support for milestones at home as well as at school.

In everything we do, we strive to cultivate joy as you watch your child grow!

Read about Transparent Classroom, the app that provides a window into your child’s day.

Read about recent family events such as Grandparent’s Day, a cultural celebration, and a spring celebration.

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what parents are saying.

Katherine D.
Jan 3, 2023 on yelp
We've had our toddler at Guidepost Montessori for 6 months and have been blown away by how much he's been thriving in this program! He was previously...
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Elise T.
Jan 31, 2023 on yelp
I love Guidepost! Guidepost has been instrumental to my son's development, and working with the staff is a joy.
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Sarah Dreier
Jan 24, 2023 on google
We have attended Guidepost Montessori at Evanston for eight months and our son (who started at age 4 months) is loving every moment there. The Guides are so attentive and wonderful - they really care for your child and know the ins and outs of their personality, habits and needs. We have gotten the most comprehensive reports of our son and he is only one year old. The daily photos with links to tasks the children are working on are really great. The leadership staff is excellent and the school as a whole is so welcoming and provides many opportunities to gather as a community. We love the Evanston crew! Thank you for all you do!
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Lindsey Stern
Jan 22, 2023 on google
The toddler class is amazing here. The teachers are so nurturing and well equipped to teach. They know how to handle every situation, and our child was comfortable immediately upon starting to attend daycare here. The environment is so open and beautiful and really caters to children learning to take care of themselves and their space. The community is so wonderful too.
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Caitlin Zablotney
Jan 23, 2023 on google
Truly exceptional option for daycare and early childhood education. I’ve been a parent at Guidepost for a year and am consistently blown away by the well educated, dedicated teachers who are invested in the student experience. Operationally, the school also runs smoothly with apps for photos, daily tracking, payments, and signing in/out, making nanny or grandparent pickups seamless.
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John Cascio
Jan 23, 2023 on google
A wonderful school. The teachers and administrators have built an incredible community and safe space for growing kids. The facility is clean, organized, and perfect for children. The staff are all amazing. Our child loves going to school here - happy drop offs!
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Renato Shimabukuro
Jan 25, 2023 on google
My daughter has been going to Guidepost Evanston for a little over a year now we can definitely see an amazing improvement on her development. The staff has always been great with us and we couldn't ask for a better environment. I recommend the school to all parents!
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Our team of admissions specialists are ready to meet you and get you started on your journey within the Guidepost community. We're here to provide your family with the information and confidence you need to enroll in one of our programs.

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Read our enrollment guide.

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