About AMA


American Montessori Academy is dedicated to Nurturing the Full Human Potential.




About AMA


American Montessori Academy is dedicated to Nurturing the Full Human Potential.




We invite you to become acquainted with our Montessori way of life.


American Montessori Academy delivers the highest standard of Montessori education by meeting the academic, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of children 8 weeks to 9 years of age. We are a network of independent Montessori schools that offers year-round, all-day programs based upon the Montessori Method in stimulating learning facilities, located in the South Loop, Andersonville (opening in 2021), affiliates on the North Shore, and online through engaging remote learning curriculum.

Our main objectives are to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which helps children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. When engaged in well-structured tasks, the students experience a deep inner satisfaction which leaves them with an overall positive attitude toward the joy of learning.


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We invite you to become acquainted with our Montessori way of life.


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American Montessori Academy delivers the highest standard of Montessori education by meeting the academic, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of children 8 weeks to 9 years of age. We are a network of independent Montessori schools that offers year-round, all-day programs based upon the Montessori Method in stimulating learning facilities, located in the South Loop, Andersonville (opening in 2021), affiliates on the North Shore, and online through engaging remote learning curriculum.

Our main objectives are to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which helps children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. When engaged in well-structured tasks, the students experience a deep inner satisfaction which leaves them with an overall positive attitude toward the joy of learning.



Through the dynamic partnership of child, parent and educator in the school, home and community, a consistent Montessori framework to learning is developed, thus educating the full human capacity.




Our Mission

The mission of American Montessori Academy is to foster an enriching and challenging educational environment where each child is encouraged to grow to his or her fullest academic, emotional and social potential. Through the dynamic partnership of child, parent and educator in the school and home, a consistent Montessori framework for learning is developed, thus educating the full human capacity.




Our Mission

The mission of American Montessori Academy is to foster an enriching and challenging educational environment where each child is encouraged to grow to his or her fullest academic, emotional and social potential. Through the dynamic partnership of child, parent and educator in the school and home, a consistent Montessori framework for learning is developed, thus educating the full human capacity.


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Our History

The Dadrass family brings more than four decades of experience in Montessori-based education to Chicago-area schools and now an expanding online community of families. Mahdi Dadrass, prior to becoming our CEO & Executive Director, served his family’s existing schools as director of operations for eight years, overseeing the expansion of classrooms, enrollment and programs offered during such times.

Our South Loop School opened in the Winter of 2012 and has experienced great growth and transformation over the years, including numerous campus expansions and modernization projects in the historic Dearborn Station. Our Andersonville School is set to open in the summer of 2021.


Our History

The Dadrass family brings more than four decades of experience in Montessori-based education to Chicago-area schools and now an expanding online community of families. Mahdi Dadrass, prior to becoming our CEO & Executive Director, served his family’s existing schools as director of operations for eight years, overseeing the expansion of classrooms, enrollment and programs offered during such times.

Our South Loop School opened in the Winter of 2012 and has experienced great growth and transformation over the years, including numerous campus expansions and modernization projects in the historic Dearborn Station. Our Andersonville School is set to open in the summer of 2021.


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Our Values


Dedication & Passionate to the Montessori Philosophy.

Peace & Respect by creating a positive environment through communication.

Mindfulness embracing self-awareness, empathy, patience, positivity, calm and lightheartedness.

Diversity & Inclusion shaping our classrooms to reflect our community and celebrate our individuality.

Leadership through modeling and ownership, consistency, learning & growing.



What Sets AMA Ahead


Outdoor Activities in Our Large, Private Playground that Reconnect Children to Nature

Experienced, Certified Montessori Teachers in Every Classroom and Across Every Remote Lesson

Range of Programs and Schedules (All Day (7:30am—6:30pm), School Day (8am—3:30pm) and Half Day (8am—12:30pm)) to help meet the needs of working parents

Community Demographics and Classrooms that reflect our Diverse and Inclusive community

Experienced, Certified Montessori Teachers in Every Classroom and Across Every Remote Lesson

Advanced Curriculum and Remote Learning Resources

Low Student-to-Teacher Ratio for a Tailored Program

State-of-the-Art Facilities built to provide an Unmatched, Authentic Montessori Learning Environment

Self-correcting Classroom Materials Specialized for Each Level of Development based upon the Montessori Method

Child-sized tools — from furniture to flatware — encouraging self-reliance

Fresh, organic lunch program, catered locally by Gourmet Gorilla

Special Emphasis on Global Concepts

Expansive array of Extracurricular Programming tailored to Student Interest, including Art, Spanish, Music, Cooking, Science and Child Yoga

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