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Beverly Montessori School Celebrates 50 Years of Learning

Beverly Montessori School, 9916 S. Walden Pkwy., will be marking its 50th year of educating young students at a community block party on Sun., Sept. 10.

An important and enduring part of the Beverly/Morgan Park community, the school opened in Sept. 1967 and has educated more than 2,600 are children.

Beverly Montessori families and friends are invited to the celebration, which will feature food, entertainment, children’s activities, school tours and other family-friendly fun.


Council Oak Montessori School Moves to Blue Island

After calling Beverly/Morgan Park home for 27 years, Council Oak Montessori School is moving to 2521 Grove St., Blue Island in September.

Council Oak is registered with the Illinois State Board of Education as a private/independent school and serves children ages 3 through 14. The school is also a member of the American Montessori Society, the North American Montessori Teachers Association, the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools, and the International Montessori Foundation.

“We have been looking to provide our students with the full breadth of the Montessori curriculum, which includes programs like apprenticeships and farming, and now have a facility to do so,” said Lila Jokanovic, Council Oak Executive Director.

The school’s new facility not only enjoys a close proximity to the Cal-Sag Channel and its surrounding green space, but has a playground, full court gym and stage, full commercial kitchen and ample parking.

“This is an exciting time,” Jokanovic said. “Through the summer our students, families and staff are working on the gardens and classrooms to have them ready for the first day of school.”

Montessori schools follow a teaching philosophy that focuses on the child as an individual, providing a framework for children to make their own choices and to learn with a hands-on approach. There is an emphasis on students choosing their educational activities, long blocks of uninterrupted work time and collaboration between students from a range of grade levels.

Council Oak Montessori School has earned a reputation for practicing high-fidelity Montessori. All teachers are certified by an accredited Montessori training center and continue to receive professional development and training through the school year. The school exclusively follows the Montessori curriculum and philosophy.

Council Oak Montessori School will open in fall with an enrollment of 50 students and plans to grow gradually to about 110 students over the course of two years.  Information: 773-779-7606 or


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