Chiaravalle Montessori School

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Basic Information

Address: 425 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60201
County: Cook
Phone Number: 847/864-2190
Fax Number: 847/864-2206

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Additional Information

President: Brenda Mizel
School Type: Independent
Founded: 1965
Ages/Grades: 6 mos-8th grade
School Size: 385
Classroom Size: Varies by program
Student/Teacher Ratio: Varies by program

$5,040 - $14,380

Financial Aid:

Need-based awards



Support Services:


Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
School Clubs:

Chess, Drama

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Neighborhood street parking only

Admissions Requirements:

Application, Parent observation of program required

Mission Statement:

Chiaravalle Montessori School provides families with a quality child-centered education based on the philosophy and methods of Maria Montessori.

Chiaravalle strives to provide a respectful, cooperative, diverse environment in which children may develop the full range of their abilities.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Chiaravalle Montessori School will be an outstanding community providing a complete educational experience in an optimally prepared environment where learning and diversity are cause for celebration.

School History:

In the fall of 1965, Chiaravalle (Care-a-Volley) Montessori School opened its doors to twelve preschoolers in a basement room at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Lake Street. The School was incorporated by nine couples committed to offering a Montessori education to children in the Rogers Park/Evanston area and is now one of the pre-eminent institutions in the nation.

Chiaravalle was named after Maria Montessori’s birthplace in Italy and means Valley of Light. The School moved a number of times in order to meet the community’s desire for additional programs. In 1970, the School leased space from the Hemenway Methodist Church on Chicago Avenue and expanded yet again in 1973 with its move to the Covenant Methodist Church site on Hartrey Avenue. There, parent/child and toddler classes were added and full day care options were enlarged.

On August 1, 1980, the School moved to its present location in the former H.H.C. Miller School at 425 Dempster Street, a historically significant building designed by eminent architect Daniel Burnham. With this final move, Chiaravalle’s elementary program was inaugurated. At the request of parents, the middle school program was added in 1992.

In the mid-1990s, Chiaravalle achieved full accreditation by the American Montessori Society and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. In 1998, the School was granted a long-term lease by the City of Evanston and the following year embarked on a $500,000 capital campaign to help finance a $2.5 million facility renovation.

Currently, the 385-member student body ranges from the age of six months in the parent/infant program to fourteen years in Middle School. Our student population draws from Evanston, Chicago’s north side, Wilmette, Skokie and other suburbs.

Notes/School Information:

Chiaravalle typically begins the academic year after Labor Day. We are closed for two weeks of winter break and one week of spring break, as well as major holidays during the academic year. Additionally, because we value faculty professional development, we   provide two full day and two half day in-service opportunities for faculty during the year.