Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.

- Maria Montessori

The secret of all nature is to be found in the soul of a child.

- Maria Montessori

Through working by themselves, children acquire an active discipline, a practical independence, and a gradual increase in knowledge.

- Maria Montessori

Every child carries within him (unseen) the person he will become. In order to develop the physical, intellectual and spiritual powers to the fullest, he must have freedom, a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline.

- Maria Montessori

The world of the child is filled with sights and sounds, which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order and learn to distinguish among impressions that assail her senses, slowly, but surely gaining mastery of herself and her environment.

- Maria Montessori


Buffalo Grove Montessori School Inc. began as the Arlington Heights Little People Montessori School in 1975. The school was founded by Deborah and Victor LaPorte. In 1984 the school moved to Buffalo Grove. In 1988 we moved to our current and permanent location at 950 Ellen Drive in Buffalo Grove. We currently serve approximately 100 families. Children enrolled range from six weeks old through kindergarten.

Mission and Vision Statements

Our mission is to provide education and childcare following the Montessori philosophy. The environment is prepared to interest your child and meet ever changing developmental needs. Independence, concentration, and joyful learning are valued. We facilitate, encourage, and empower the children through experiences that will lead to positive fulfillment of personal potential. It is our vision that the foundation built at Buffalo Grove Montessori will be evident throughout the lives of our students. We hope the moments of discovery will motivate life-long learners and inspire creativity. The community we create will be a foundation for positive social interaction, self-confidence and independence.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Children are enrolled whenever space is available or placed on the waiting list for admission.

Child reading BGMS has full day programs.

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