Here at MSE,

we’re bringing Montessori education back to its roots. 

  • Dr. Maria Montessori, one of Italy’s first female physicians, developed this hands-on method of primary education in the early twentieth century. Montessori education rests on the belief that children, particularly those under the age of six, are innate learners, brimming with curiosity. Given the right environment, tools and freedom, prekindergarten and kindergarten students will thrive on their own volition, with specially trained educators present to provide guidance and scaffolding. 

  • While Montessori education has an overwhelmingly white and affluent connotation in the U.S., that’s not the population for whom it was designed to serve. Dr. Montessori worked not with children of the privileged, but with low-income, urban youth, in underserved neighborhoods of Italy’s capital. After decades of developing her pedagogy, she took it global, teaching children in Russia, India, Indonesia and beyond. 

  • At the Montessori School of Englewood, we practice the methodology as it was originally created: for underserved communities. We believe that every child, regardless of economic status, race or gender, deserves the opportunity to receive a Montessori education. We believe that working with our hands, heads and hearts — that teaching the whole child — can lift up communities and build the architects of tomorrow. 

  • The Montessori School of Englewood is an elementary charter school within the Chicago Public School network. We are located in West Englewood, on Chicago’s South Side. MSE is an open enrollment, tuition-free school for children living within Chicago city limits. It was founded in 2012 by Rita Nolan (M. Ed), who still serves as the executive director.

Meet our Board of Directors

​Our Board is composed of local Chicago Montessorians, Englewood business owners, educators, and MSE parents. Reach more about the MSE Board of Directors here.

Our Mission

The Montessori School of Englewood, we believe meaningful education is rooted in trust. Each day, our students and faculty commit to a life of growth and fulfillment by trusting each other with their intellect, curiosity and creativity.