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Intercultural Montessori Language School

Preschool | 49 students

We are best known for Dual Language Programs.


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Posted August 13, 2013

We had a pretty bad experience at this school. The spanish immersion teacher was really rigid and a terrible fit for my somewhat emotive daughter. She suggested i send my au pair to sit outside the class all day and so if she had any problem the au pair could deal with it. The principal was hardly ever there and was not impressive at all. The school is expensive and seems to want low maintenance children. We moved to morningside montessori and had a fabulous experience there.
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Posted October 4, 2012

We could not be more thrilled with Intercultural Montessori. My son's teacher in the spanish classroom could not be more excellent - loving but firm, extremely attentive to what each child needs, and willing to talk and work with parents. We are thrilled that our child gets to spend his day with her and the assistant teacher is also just excellent. Our friends in the Chinese classroom are just as happy as we are. We have experience with a few other preschools in Oak Park and Intercultural is definitely #1!
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Posted May 6, 2010

This school is wonderful! the learning environment is loving and calm. My son loves to go to school everyday and hates to leave. The teachers and staff are warm and open to comments, suggestions etc and work along with parents to resolve any issues. My son has been going thru some physical therapy and his teacher did whatever we needed her to do to help him. Highly recommend!
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Posted November 1, 2007

My children have been at this school for three years and love it. The academic program is wonderful and Montessori is a well-rounded education style. The new Head of School has a fabulous background internationally as well in the US, and is heloing the school grow in the right way.
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Posted September 13, 2007

My child just started the preschool program and has really come to love it. Due to the intimate size of the school and it's community atmosphere, it's been easy getting to know other parents and the staff of the school. My child's teacher is caring yet firm which lends itself to happy kids who are eager to learn. The staff is very helpful and the principle can be seen walking the halls, checking in on classrooms, and talking to parents. The parents are engaged and eager to help one another. The only negatives are that they might need more administrative staff as small things get put on hold until they can get to it. But I don't see this as a problem that will affect my child's ability to enjoy herself and learn.
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Posted May 5, 2007

My kid loves this school so much, and so do we. All the kids I've encountered who attend this school are happy and well-adjusted. They are remarkably interested in what they are doing and proud of the achievements. I'm impressed by the level of involvement by adults, from parents to teachers and support staff. Definitely recommended and well worth the cost to provide our child with an unparalleled education.
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Posted March 13, 2007

Nurturing and safe environment. Head of School has over 2 decades of leading Montessori school experience. Teachers are all Montessori certified. My son has been attending the school for 2 years and has become an empathic, precarious and inquisitive 5 year old. I highly recommend this school to anyone. He also can write in Hiragana and can read both Hiragana and Katakana. He also is now writing sentences in English and is completing addition exercises with ease. But the best part is he is a kind hearted child who respects himself and others. This school has helped us in our journey of raising a well-rounded individual.
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Posted February 20, 2007

My child has been in the program since last fall and I've seen tremendous growth and self awareness in her. Her practical life, organizational, and academic skills grow every week. The teachers are kind and intelligent. They provide effective positive discipline that really works. The opportunities at this school for a well-rounded education and emotionally balanced experience far exceeds my previous notion of the pre-school experience. As for cost, I've found it only marginally higher than a quality pre-school in a daycare setting. They have year round, all day care for working parents which is a relief to know you child is in a safe and caring environment. The pre-school is equipped with a locked door so school officials can buzz parents, parents and children do not freely enter the building. The Parent board is highly qualified and interested in the success of the school for the children.
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Posted February 7, 2007

Upper management, new management, had no experience with running schools. VERY expensive. No child psychologist on staff. No Nurse. Lax security.
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Posted April 27, 2006

intercultural is an excellent choice for immersion bilingual education. the teachers are excellent. if your child is one who needs a lot of discipline (like mine) you might want to think twice about montessori education. it is very child centered and directed. however if children are not good at self direction behavior issues ensue. i think the parent teacher communication could be strengthened but overall i think it is a wonderful school.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 51%
Hispanic 33% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Black 11% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Edina Mcgivern
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Nonsectarian
  • AMS


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish


Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
School facilities
  • Playground
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Dress Code
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  • We are a unique Montessori school featuring a Dual Immersion Language program in Spanish/English, Japanese/English or Mandarin/English. The immersion approach upon which our program is based has been in practice for over thirty years and has become a model for programs around the world. Together with our Chicago campus, Intercultural has a vibrant community of approximately 150 children and their parents, Montessori-trained teachers, and support staff. Intercultural Montessori is open year round and we offer half-day, full-day, before and after school, and summer programs.
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301 South Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
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Phone: (708) 848-6626


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