Art and Liz Basler founded Montessori Academy in 1971.
Age 3-14 year olds (through 8th grade)
Administrative Staff and Lead Teachers
Jocelyn Scotty, Head of School
Stacie Benjamin, Director of Administration
Elizabeth Boettcher, Director of Admissions
Visit the Our Staff page for a list of our teachers and their qualifications.
Average Teacher to Student Ratio
Ages 3-6 (Primary Pre-K – Kindergarten) 1:10
Ages 6-9 (1st, 2nd & 3rd grade) 1:15
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 and education 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 and Accreditations
Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS)
American Montessori Society (AMS)
International Montessori Council (IMC)
North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA)
Enrollment (for Fall 2014)
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. Traditions may be discussed as a part of cultural studies, but our curriculum covers a wide variety of world traditions and cultures.
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 2014-2015 School Year
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Elementary and Junior High
5 School Days Per Week (8:15 am to 3:00 pm): $1132 per month
5 School Days Per Week Extended Day (School Day +$64 for Before / Aftercare or 7-10 Hour Days): $1196 per month
Pre-Kindergarten Programs Only
5 Half School Days Per Week (3 Hour Mornings or Afternoons): $639 per month
4 Half School Days Per Week (3 Hour Mornings or Afternoons): $571 per month
4 Full School Days Per Week (8:15 am to 3:00 pm): $1021 per month
Pre-Kindergarten Programs Only
3 Half School Days Per Week (3 Hour Mornings or Afternoons): $499 per month
3 Full School Days Per Week (8:15 am to 3:00 pm): $907 per month
Tuition for more time configurations available upon request.
The school offers a Financial Aid program for qualified families in need.
Six Acres of Campus, Riverfront Wetland / Pond
Three Education Buildings
Chromebooks supplied per student in Upper Elementary / Middle School Classroom
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 students K-8th grade five days per week.
Art is a big part of academic work in Montessori. Art study includes a visit from a local artist once per month featuring one medium and famous artist. Students integrate new skills into daily work.
String Orchestra Music Lessons: Violin, Cello, Viola, Bass: Ages 4 and up.
Spanish: All Ages.
Smart Start Chess: Ages 3-5
Chess Scholars: Ages 5 and up.
Yoga: All Ages.
Let's Build It Engineering: Age 2nd grade and up.
Social / Emotional / Developmental Facts
Students must be potty trained to begin our Primary Program
Students come for a visit with our teachers before enrollment.
Every effort is made at Montessori Academy to protect our students from exposure to anaphylactic allergens.
Montessori Academy is a nut free campus for both students and staff.
We follow the policies and procedures outlined by the CDC available at foodallergy.org.
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
School Main Line: 630-879-2586
Admissions Hotline: 630-448-0824