9800 N. Lawler
Skokie, IL 60077


Executive Director of CLW @ Niles North and Niles West
Mary O'Connor [email protected]

Director of CLW @ Niles North
Tara Zacharia t[email protected]

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world." (Maria Montessori)


Illinois DCFS, Associate Member - American Montessori Society, Member - Association of Illinois Montessori Schools


6 weeks to 6 years


7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday Same schedule as District 219 Schools: Closed summer, State/Federal holidays, two weeks in December/January, one week in March, and on District 219 non-attendance days.


Application fee: Non-refundable $50.00. Refundable deposit: $100/$200. Admission throughout the year as space permits. An annual District 219 User Fee is required in addition to tuition to be paid in two installments (August/December). Tuition credit is given for 3 weeks per year when school is closed. All District 219 employees' children and grandchildren are eligible to enroll. Priority is given to District 219 employees, Skokie feeder school staff, and Skokie/Morton Grove/Lincolnwood/Golf/Niles community residents. Families in the following school districts are eligible to enroll:District 67 (Golf School), District 68 (Old Orchard Jr. High), District 69 (Madison Elementary)District 70 (Park View/Morton Grove School), District 71 (Culver), District 72 (Fairview), District 73 1/2 (McCracken/Middleton), District 74 (Lincolnwood School).


Located on high school campus 24 hour security Organic lunches and snacks (vegetarian)Peanut-free schools Niles West: five classrooms – Infant, Toddler, Twos, Young Preschool, 3-6 years Niles North: four classrooms – Infant, Toddler, Twos, 3-6 years


Montessori-based curriculum for infants through two years old. AMS Montessori curriculum at the two-year-old level. Multi-age 3-6 year old class enable peer-to-peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. Montessori materials are a part of the child-directed environment. The teacher prepares the environment with activities that promote independent and group learning in the areas of practical life, sensorial, math, language and cultural studies, art, music and more. Both 3-6 classes at Niles West and Niles North are used as lab for District 219 high school students to learn Montessori curriculum.

Additional info

Onsite enrichment: Kohl Children's Museum, Storytellers, Traveling Zoo, Mad Science, and Language Stars (Spanish). Faculty: Certified AMS Montessori teachers at the birth to three and 3-6 level. All teachers First Aid/CPR trained with at least 6 hours of early childhood education credit.