Maria Montessori

We are a Silver Quality Rated School in ExceleRate Illinois.   The Quality Rating System was established in Illinois to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in Early Childhood programs. When a school receives a Quality Level Award it means that the program has met defined standards, above and beyond the Department of Children and Family Services standards, and is of higher quality.  ExceleRate Illinois is a voluntary program and we participate because we care about high quality for our children in our school.   As of July 2009, we have met the Level qualifications for excellence in early childhood education and are only the few in McHenry to qualify.

The components of high-quality care and education are: 

1.  Well-educated teachers, knowledgeable about child development, Montessori Philosophy and the curriculum

2.  Caring and compassionate staff, able to provide positive interactions, connecting with the children and families, Consistent staff to ensure continuity in care

3.  Professional development of staff, continuous education and training

4.  Clear objectives and educational goals with flexibility to address children's individual strengths and needs

5.  A family focus, stressing parental involvement.  Parent nights, conferences, volunteers.

Please read the following Announcement letter from the Illinois Department of Human Services which further explains our Star Level  Award: