Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and strength, use it to create.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

About Us

A Journey in Education

Your child will receive the educational journey of a lifetime where he/she will be encouraged and allowed to be an independent, confident, creative and happy scholar. Please join us for a few peaceful minutes, a delightful day, or an educational lifetime. We look forward to meeting you.

Individuality, Curiosity, and Development

Our mission is to prepare children for life. We celebrate each child’s individuality and help them discover how they can best contribute to our world and culture. All children are naturally curious and love to learn; we support this innate drive by providing environments that meet children’s developmental needs, by creating a staff of loving and well-prepared adults and by building a community of families that actively support our mission.

The Crystal Lake Montessori School (CLMS) is a private school located on 3.6 acres of beautiful property along Country Club Road near Woodstock, Illinois.  It was founded in 1981 and was housed in a small building in Ridgefield, Illinois until 1985 when the current property was purchased and construction of the new school began. 

By 2001, the school contained 13 Montessori classrooms serving infants through middle school students. Additional rooms for art, music, and drama along with a full gym and stage were included.   A large grassy and wooded area with playground equipment completes this lovely bucolic setting. CLMS serves students in the region of McHenry County, western Lake County, and even up into Wisconsin.  CLMS has achieved recognition as an International Peace site and as a Certified Wildlife Habitat and is one of few Montessori schools fully accredited by the American Montessori Society.

We Are an International Peace Site

“Peace is what every man has been craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Crystal Lake Montessori school became an International Peace Site in 2004.  Partnering with World Citizen, we embrace their mission to empower communities to educate for a just and peaceful world.

Being an International Peace Site means that CLMS is committed to the following 5 PEACE ACTIONS:


  • SEEK peace within yourself and others
  • REACH OUT in service
  • PROTECT the environment
  • RESPECT diversity
  • BE a responsible citizen of the world

These activities are evident in every classroom though out the school year curriculum in addition to school wide events and community outreach.

We welcome parents, students and staff to share ideas on ways to bring these actions to life at school, home and in the community.  We strive to serve as living examples of these 5 PEACE ACTIONS.  PEACE REQUIRES ACTION.  There is no better time than the present moment.

The History of Montessori Schools

Montessori education dates back to 1907, when Maria Montessori opened the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House, in a low-income district of Rome. Her unique philosophy sparked the interest of educators worldwide, and in the following decades Montessori schools opened throughout Europe, in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Countless books and articles about Montessori have been published in nearly every language.  Dr. Montessori first described her approach in Il Metodo della Pedagogia Scientifica applicator all’educazione infantile nelle Case dei Bambini, published in 1909.  The book’s English-language version, succinctly titled The Montessori Method, was a ringing success on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 1929 Dr. Montessori established the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) to support the growth of Montessori schools, teacher education programs, and national organizations around the world.

In 1960 Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch launched the American Montessori Society (AMS), the first—and still the largest—of several modern-era organizations supporting Montessori in America.

Learn more about Dr. Maria Montessori and her work or visit our Montessori Resources and Links.

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Crystal Lake Montessori School

3013 S. Country Club Rd

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 338-0013