American Montessori Academy, formerly South Loop Montessori School, has announced that it has rebranded to better reflect its growing community of families, educators and students and commitment to the Montessori philosophy, as well as developments within the schools and an additional campus set to open in Chicago’s Uptown-Andersonville neighborhood this fall.
“We are excited to reintroduce families to our schools with an identity that celebrates our Montessori way of life,” said Mahdi Dadrass, Executive Director and Co-Founder of American Montessori Academy. “Our updated brand reflects growth and the strength of our community who not only persevered through pandemic-related challenges, but uncovered innovations in Montessori education and helped bring new concepts to life that cultivate meaningful and rewarding school experiences for children.”
Our School offers year-round, all-day programs for children 8 weeks to 9 years of age in a stimulating learning facility. We are located in the heart of the South Loop, just steps from Downtown Chicago in a reimagined space at the historic Dearborn Station. New architecture and state-of-the-art classrooms are designed as Dr. Maria Montessori envisioned it herself — as a children’s house or “Casa dei Bambini” — providing an enriching, nurturing and diverse education environment.
The South Loop Montessori School opened in the Winter of 2012 and was expanded in 2016 as part of a ‘campus transformation’ that modernized the entire facility and invites more families to a 21st century learning environment in which their children will grow to their fullest potential.
The heart of learning at AMA’s South Loop School thrives in orderly and beautiful environments in which our AMS / AMI Montessori Certified educators promote the development of each child’s true potential and ensure success for life-long learning. Each classroom was custom designed, uniquely suited to the needs of its students with defined spaces for each part of the curriculum and fully equipped with learning materials and child-sized features, such as reachable shelves, low sinks, chairs and tables — which are hallmarks of a Montessori classroom.
Outside, our expansive natural playground serves as an extension of the Montessori classroom, promoting safer, collaborative and more natural play and learning opportunities with ecosystem exploration and study.
At AMA South Loop, we enjoy an excellent student to teacher ratio across all programs, in which skills of independence, self-discipline, problem-solving and a secure foundation of early academic knowledge develop spontaneously within our unique learning environments.