Montessori School

A Montessori education sees the child, not as an empty bucket waiting to be filled with knowledge, but rather as a unique human being who most often has accurate instincts about what he or she needs in order to grow and to learn. Montessori school children undertake ambitious studies of their own initiative, show immense pride upon the completion of a project, and are eager to show what they have learned to others.

About Us

Our mission is to support each child’s emerging intellect and nurture his or her human spirit. The Forest Bluff educational environment fosters self-discipline through the opportunity to exercise freedom appropriate to the child’s developing sense of responsibility. As such, our students exhibit strong character, perseverance, integrity and respect for others, as well as a passion for life itself.

Our Programs

Forest Bluff School maintains that child development is not linear but occurs in four distinct “planes” of approximately six years each.  During each plane, the child possesses individual characteristics and needs best suited by a specific environment and supportive, well-trained adult. Children remain in the same classroom for approximately three years, allowing close and trusting relationships to develop.

A child in a Montessori Young Children's Community sews independently.
Two boys in a Montessori elementary classroom work on math using large bead frames.
Montessori Secondary Level students wear helmets on a camping trip.
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A Premier AMI Accredited Montessori School

“Perseverance, Risk, Trust, Independence, Leadership, Responsibility, Friendship.” These are the words chosen by students at their recent graduation ceremony to describe their years at Forest Bluff School. What kind of 14-year-olds could stand before parents, friends and classmates and share their most intimate thoughts and assessments about the whole of their education from its earliest years as two-year-olds to the present? And how could they do so with such ease, confidence, humor and obvious enthusiasm for life and learning? To answer these two questions is to understand both Forest Bluff School and traditional Montessori school education.

Forest Bluff School alumna

Forest Bluff fostered a love and fascination for learning that has helped me tremendously in high school. With my strong Montessori foundation, I can connect concepts on my own, which helps me understand material and makes learning more fun.

Mae Cody
Glencoe, IL


Curiosity is an important and powerful force at any age. In my experience, there isn't a better environment than Forest Bluff to allow a child's curiosity to thrive, helping them to want to learn and be positive, contributing members of their community.

Thom Back
Lake Bluff, Illinois

Forest Bluff School parent

The invaluable life skills our children acquired at Forest Bluff – work ethic, time management, leadership, collaboration, empathy, confidence, and respect for others – have had a profound impact on their success.

Connie and Tom Duckworth
Alumni Parents
Lake Forest, Illinois

A photo of Jeff Bell

In my 15 years of teaching, some of the best English students I have encountered have been Forest Bluff alumni. Their drive and excitement about learning, reading, and writing remained a constant. 

Jeff Bell
Head of School,
Cardinal Gibbons High School

Former English Dept. Chair, 
Lake Forest Academy