at Schaumburg

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

Nido (6 weeks to 15 months)
Young Toddler (15 months to 2 years)
Toddler (2 to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)

22 Kristin Dr, Schaumburg, IL 60195 US
Krista Reed
Guidepost Montessori in Schaumburg is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Schaumburg, Illinois. Indoors, rooms are spacious, bright, and light-filled, creating a warm and calm space for children to work.
Krista Reed . 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.

meet our school team .

Krista Reed.
Head of School
Jordan Billingsley.
Assistant Head of School
Hetal Gandhi.
Nido Lead Guide
Anum Athar.
Young Toddler / Toddler Lead Guide
Molly Larson .
Children's House Lead Guide
Madison Scarnegie.
Children's House Lead Guide
Jamie Grafer.
Children's House Assistant Guide

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what parents are saying.

Jessie O.
Dec 8, 2022 on yelp
My oldest daughter has been with Guidepost since they opened, and my youngest since she was 10 weeks old. To say I've been happy there is an understatement....
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Erin McCabe
Jun 4, 2022 on google
I am a curriculum specialist and have worked in public schools for 12 years. I’ve been directly mentored by MAJOR education gurus, such as one of John Hattie’s co-authors and other amazing researchers out of UVA (where we used to live) and California. With my background and high expectations, I didn’t think I’d find any school I deemed “good enough” for my daughter (now 3). My daughter tried a different daycare in the fall. I toured upwards of 20 schools in the area. We were on the waitlist for quite a while, I admit that stunk. But from our first walk through to the end of my daughters first month in school here, I am astounded and so appreciative of the care she’s receiving. I 100% believe in the Montessori method, and the exposure to learning my daughter is having. She went to other programs while we were on the waitlist and I had pulled her because of the major safety concerns elsewhere. Here, my daughter is safe, loved, cared for in a way I believe in, and taught… REALlY taught. Not the old school comply or be scared of timeout, but actual research based, get down to her level and speak to her like she is a human, taught. She rarely comes home in a disregulated state like she did daily from her other school. Have we been sent home for Covid exposure? Yes. Of course. Until CDC guidelines update ALL schools are doing this, you should have seen what our public school went through this past year! Are they understaffed (per other reviews)?? Not in any ways that I’ve experienced so far. I’d rather get a few pictures a week instead of 20 a day. Children should be learning interaction, which they ensure, rather than having cameras, iPads, devices stuck in their faces all day. The bottom line is- I have 0 worries about my daughters safety, well-being and development while she’s in this school. It’s the best place for her, and I highly recommend it to parents who are committed to raising healthy children with a focus on learning and brain development. Also, Mrs Molly is AMAZING! Robin and Natalie too!! Always helpful, professional, caring and kind.
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Serap Saylak
Sep 17, 2021 on google
I don't have anthing but GREAT things to say about this school. Everyone from guides to principal are amazing. They are very professional and absolutely so friendly. We have had very bad school experiences in the past but sending my son here was the BEST decision we have ever made!!! My son is very happy and we are never worried.
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