at Lincoln Park

Tours & Events
Lincoln Park.
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)
Spanish Immersion Offered for Toddler & Children's House

2301 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 US
Boryana Georgieva
Guidepost Montessori in Lincoln Park is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Chicago, Illinois. Indoors, rooms are spacious, bright, and light-filled, creating a warm and calm space for children to work. Our school is conveniently located in the Belden Centre, off of N Clark St and Belden Ave.
Boryana Georgieva . 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!”

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.

discover the benefits of our spanish immersion programs.

Children under the age of six absorb language effortlessly, which is why we are pleased to offer bilingual environments. In our Spanish Immersion program, children learn both Spanish and English literacy skills, however, the prevailing language spoken throughout the day is Spanish. The overall emphasis on Spanish rapidly increases fluency, as children feel naturally compelled to communicate with their Spanish-speaking guides. Learn more about our Spanish Immersion program here

The gift of language: Spanish Immersion at Guidepost Montessori

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what parents are saying.

Asena U.
Mar 24, 2022 on yelp
We love this place. The staff and teachers are truly kind, knowledgeable and loving. We send our 5 month old and 2 year old. They learn a new skill every...
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Jamie A.
Aug 17, 2022 on yelp
We love Guidepost Montessori! Our 4-year-old has thrived there over the past year. We love the independent learning model. The classrooms are clean and...
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Jessica Dadosky
Jul 12, 2023 on google
We have had the best experience at this school as a family. Guidepost has the most caring and competent teachers and is focused on a whole-child curriculum, giving our kids practical life, emotional, and academic skills to thrive in any environment. Highly recommend!
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Jamie Jackson
Aug 17, 2022 on google
We love Guidepost Montessori! Our 4-year-old has thrived there over the past year. We love the independent learning model. The classrooms are clean and constructive to learning. The location is great, they take frequent walks through LP zoo! The teachers are the best and the staff is all amazing. Can’t say enough positive things about Guidepost Montessori!
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Tiffini Hyatt
Apr 19, 2021 on google
We have had nothing short of an incredible experience at Guidepost Montessori - Lincoln Park. Ann and Christina, the administrative team, are wonderful and take time to get to know each family. We really felt like we were part of a community! Our toddlers had wonderful teachers in Ms. Victoria and Ms. Becca, although we were impressed by all of the teachers we saw, even in passing. The teachers and staff are very communicative and really do prioritize building trust with families. The only reason we left is due to a move, but we miss this school every day! Highly, highly recommend to anyone looking for daycare/preschool options in the area!
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Rachel Dillion
Mar 25, 2023 on google
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