Choosing a School
How does Crystal Lake Montessori compare to public and private school alternatives?
Determining the best investment in your child’s education is one of the most critical decisions that you will make. A key part of that choice is evaluating the educational concepts and approaches that a school employs. The advantages of the Montessori system were discussed in the earlier sections Why Montessori and About Montessori. There are also a number of solid metrics that are important when comparing schools.
The national average for public school is 16 to 1
The national average for private school is 12 to 1
The ratio for Crystal Lake Montessori is 8:1
National average for public school class is 25.
National average for private school is 19.
Crystal Lake Montessori class size is 14.8
More Hours of Instruction per Day
3.6 wooded Acres with Playground & Chickens
32,000 square foot building
Full Gymnasium & Stage
Special Programs Offered
Financial challenges have impacted many public school programs in the Arts, Music, Language and Physical Education. Crystal Lake Montessori offers substantially more hours of instruction at the Early Childhood and Elementary age groups.
Standard of Accreditation
Crystal Lake Montessori is in the top 2% of American Montessori Society schools when comparing school size, breadth of the program, having every age level accredited and being DCFS (Department of Child Family Services) certified. See Accreditation.
You already know choosing a school for your child is an important task. You want to set them on a course for success and provide them with a place of learning that will best suit them. Asking yourself some key questions may be helpful in your search:
What kind of learner is my child?
Does your child enjoy completing tasks independently? Are they socially driven? Do they rely on their senses to help them explore the world around them? What are their areas of strengths and areas in which they may need more support?
What values are important in a school?
Different schools emphasize different dominant values. What is most important for you and your family? Academic rigor or academic choice? Individual growth or community strength? Consider what combination or balance of values you would most like to cultivate in your child.
How do we define success?
For many people, definitions of success have changed over time. What is the ultimate goal of a quality education? Do you want your child to pursue a high-paying career? Should they find a way to contribute to their society? Do you want them to follow their own path to success?
How can a school prepare my child for a changing world?
Traditional models of education were developed to prepare people for a workforce of the past. The way people work is different, and it can be difficult to predict how it will continue to evolve. Does a school have the ability to teach children to be both independent and cooperative? Are they learning to think critically and creatively? How is innovation fostered?
It is a good idea to consider logistics. Is the location of a school a benefit? If the school is tuition-based, how can your family find ways to make that work?
Visiting a school and asking questions can help families make informed decisions. Call us today at (815)338-0013 to schedule a tour and see if our school might be a good fit for your child.