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Guidepost Montessori at Wicker Park

Guidepost Montessori develops a fundamental love of learning and equips each child with the knowledge, confidence, and tools they need to reach their highest potential as they grow into independent adults.

1530 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 US

School: 773-663-4732
Admissions: 773-938-6002
Email: wickerpark@guidepostmontessori.com
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Programs For:

Toddlers (2 to 3 years old)

Children's House (3 to 6 years old)

Spanish Immersion Offered

Our school in Test School is expected to be open by Winter 2024. We are now accepting pre-registration deposits for first-priority placement in our programs! Guidepost Montessori in Wicker Park is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Chicago, aptly named after the beautiful urban park space across the street from our campus. Our school occupies two stories in a historic brick building in the centre of our vibrant neighbourhood. Indoors, rooms are spacious, bright and light-filled creating a warm and calm space for children to work.

Explore Our Programs

What are the Montessori equivalent names for preschool and kindergarten? The preschool years correspond to our Toddler program, and the kindergarten years correspond to our Children's House program. Click each image below to read a program overview and discover what your child will learn when they join our school.

Hear what parents have to say about Guidepost Montessori

Changing the world, one student at a time

We are a school where children find the joy in learning — and thus make it possible for them to continue learning for the rest of their lives.

To think mathematically.
To solve problems.
To create things.
To encounter great literature that inspires their character development.
To build themselves as capable, efficacious beings.
To place themselves in history and in society.
To spark meaningful friendships and deep personal values that last a lifetime.

Our goal at Guidepost Montessori is to serve each individual child, to help them realize their limitless potential, and the opportunities they will have to create real and lasting change throughout their lifetime.

Hear from our Wicker Park Families

From the moment you enter the building you are greeted with calm, warm and loving faces from all the staff in a clean, beautiful and organized environment. The administration and guides genuinely care about the children and love seeing them learn and grow in a true Montessori environment. After only being in the Toddler Spanish Immersion program for five months, our daughter can understand simple sentences in Spanish, is more polite (says things like, “are you ok?” “Do you need a hug?”) and even likes to help us set up the table for dinner (she is only 2.5 years old!)

"Guidepost Wicker Park is by far the most impressive"

Our family has been attending Guidepost Montessori in Wicker Park since July 2018 and we have nothing but wonderful things to say about the administration, guides, and other families. This is a place that emphasizes true child led learning, community, and respect for the individual. The guides show an immense amount of love for the children and genuinely enjoy their work. I can say this from experience with other programs as this is our 4th school after moving to different cities/states over the years. Guidepost Wicker Park is by far the most impressive. I wish all children had the privilege of attending such a strong school.

"My daughter loved her time there"

Guidepost is a wonderful school with caring and attentive staff and administration. You can tell they truly love working with children and are excited to help them learn and grow. My daughter loved her time there and the extended day programming was especially fun for her! Highly recommend.

Meet Our School Team

Head of School

Nicole Shemroske

Assistant Head of School

Karissa Foltz

Toddler Spanish Immersion Lead Guide

Gladys Contreras

Language Immersion Options

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.

Continuing Education for Middle and High School

We are also pleased to offer in-person, virtual school and home school learning options for Middle school and High school students through the Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI).

The Academy of Thought and Industry combines the best of a classical education with personalized learning based on interest, passion, and curiosity. Our programs deliver a powerful education for independence and help to develop curious, self-motivated students who thrive in school and in life.

Learn more about the Academy of Thought and Industry here.

Montessori for Military

We are committed to bridging financial assistance, community, and continuity of education to our nation’s heroes and their families. When duty calls, we firmly believe that your child’s education should not be a sacrifice.

We can offer a seamless transfer process from one location to another, replacing disruption with stability. To date, more than 30+ of our campuses based in the U.S. are located within 30 miles of military installations and have joined Child Care Aware of America’s fee-assistance program, bridging early childhood tuition assistance to eligible families off-base.

Learn more about Montessori for Military here.

Stay connected to your child's learning

Thanks to our app Transparent Classroom, you get a window into your child’s experience of school daily.

Your child’s Lead Guide will share what your child is learning and what their real-time assessments are - this way you can very closely follow your child’s development throughout the day, months, and years you stay within the Guidepost network. If you transfer from one of our locations to the next, your child’s progress and continuity will be tracked in the app and readily accessible. Read more about Transparent Classroom here.

In this app you will see important notes and milestones such as:

  • Daily toileting, eating (bottle feeding for infants), and sleeping habits
  • Curriculum introduction, progress, and completion
  • End of day summary of all activities
  • Notes such as bringing in more diapers or a new set of clothes
  • Reminders for upcoming classroom events like birthdays, holidays, or special occasions

Interested in becoming a room parent? Let your child's Lead guide know!

What sets us apart from traditional schools

As the largest network of Montessori schools in the U.S., Guidepost Montessori is recognized for its outstanding academic standards, its steadfast commitment to Montessori education, and its deep respect for the potential in every child. At Guidepost, it is our mission to empower and equip your child with the knowledge, confidence and agency needed to reach their highest potential.

Education for life

Our education provides the freedom and guidance needed to construct a sense of self and purpose through joyful, meaningful work. We support your child in all areas of their development – social, emotional, physical, academic, and beyond.

Deeply individualized learning

Lessons are carefully structured and designed to appeal to each student's level of development and needs. Our proprietary curriculum gives students increasing responsibility over their learning as they grow

Dedicated teachers supported by industry experts

Our programming has been designed by leading education experts, and is implemented by passionate, qualified teachers. All of our Lead Guides are required to be AMI, AMS, or PMI Montessori certified and recieve ongoing training and professional development.

Carefully prepared environment

At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in environments prepared for them. Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.

Year-round programming

We think the education of our students is stronger when we can serve the whole family which is why we are commited to very few closures throughout the school year, and offer extended day options for families.

Continuity and mobility

Our schools offer a continuing Montessori education for children as young as 10 weeks through to 18 years old. With a growing network of 100+ schools across the U.S., China and Europe - combined with our virtual and homeschool options - we can support continuity and consistency in your child's education to meet your family's changing needs.

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Giving children the keys to life

Guidepost Montessori enables children to understand the world and choose their place within it.

With over 80 campuses across the US and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs serving more than 7,000 families worldwide, Guidepost is the world’s largest Montessori network.

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