Art and Liz Basler founded Montessori Academy in 1971.
Age 3-14 year olds (through 8th grade)
Administrative Staff and Lead
George Markham, Executive Director
Don Carlson, Lead Teacher and Guide, Adolescent Program, Ages 12-14
Bre Cullen and Brigitte Daly, Co-Lead Teachers and Guides, Upper Elementary, Ages 9-12
Castley Sierocuk, Lead Teacher and Guide, Lower Elementary, Ages 6-9
Joey Snyder, Lead Teacher and Guide, Primary, Ages 3-6
Jocelyn Scotty , Lead Teacher and Guide, Primary, Ages 3-6
Ray Cardenas, Physical Education and Health, Ages 5-14
Stacie Benjamin, Director of Administration
Elizabeth Boettcher, Director of Admissions
Average Teacher to Student
Ages 3-6 (Primary Pre-K – Kindergarten) 1:10
Ages 6-9 (1st, 2nd & 3rd grade) 1:12
Ages 9-12 (4th, 5th & 6th grade) 1:13
Ages 12-14 (7th & 8th grade) 1:6
Most classes have one lead teacher and one assistant teacher. Classes with less than 10 students may have only one certified lead teacher. All lead teachers are certified Montessori educators. The Montessori certification process is in addition to other early childhood credentials. Accepted accreditation can come from one of the following: Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), American Montessori Society (AMS) or North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA).
Montessori Academy Memberships
Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS)
American Montessori Society (AMS)
International Montessori Council (IMC)
North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA)
Our school community encourages diversity and respect for different cultures.
Religion is not a part of any activities at Montessori Academy, inside or outside school hours.
Arrival and Dismissal Flexibility
We offer flexibility for parents requiring specific arrival and dismissal times through our extended day programs and flexible hours for Primary, Pre-K students.
Tuition and Fees for the 2013 – 2014 School Year
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Elementary and Junior High
5 School Days Per Week (8:15 am to 3:00 pm): $1078 per month
5 School Days Per Week Extended Day PreK and K (7-10 Hours): $1143 per month
5 School Days Per Week Extended Day Elementary (7-10 Hours): $1156
Pre-Kindergarten Programs Only
5 Half School Days Per Week (3 Hour Mornings or Afternoons): $607 per month
4 Half School Days Per Week (3 Hour Mornings or Afternoons): $552 per month
4 Full School Days Per Week (8:15 am to 3:00 pm): $986 per month
4 School Days Per Week Extended Day (7-10 Hours): $1038 per month
Pre-Kindergarten Programs Only
3 Half School Days Per Week (3 Hour Mornings or Afternoons): $482 per month
3 Full School Days Per Week (8:15 am to 3:00 pm): $876 per month
3 Full School Days Per Week Extended Day (7-10 Hours): $925 per month
The school offers a Financial Aid program for qualified families in need.
Six Acres of Campus, Riverfront Wetland / Pond
Three Education Buildings
Computer Lab in Junior High Classroom
Computer Lab in Upper Elementary
Two Large Playgrounds
Organic Gardening Beds for Students
Foreign Language Room
In Class Libraries for Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Junior High
Adjacent Library for Primary Classes
Drama / Music Curtained Stage
Students participate in standardized testing from 3rd Grade, but tests do not drive curriculum.
All of our curriculums meet or exceed Illinois state academic requirements.
PE instruction is provided for all students five days per week.
Art is a big part of academic work in Montessori. Art study and theory is instructed twice a month.
String Orchestra Music Lessons: Violin, Cello, Viola, Bass: Ages 4 and up.
Mandarin: All Ages.
Chess: Ages 5 and up.
Yoga: All Ages.
Social / Emotional / Developmental Facts
Students must be potty trained to begin our Primary Program
Students come for a visit with our teachers before enrollment.
Effort is made to avoid allergic reactions entirely. We are a nut free school.
595 South River Street, Batavia, IL 60510
Located on the east bank of the Fox River on Rt. 25 in Batavia
Serving students from Batavia, Geneva, Aurora, North Aurora, St. Charles, Elburn, Wheaton, Yorkville; Kane and DuPage Counties.
595 S. River St., Batavia, IL 60510