School FAQs

Is Montessori for all children?

The Montessori method has been used successfully to educate children with a great range of abilities. Because of its individualized approach, teachers are able to tailor lessons and materials to each child’s needs. A Montessori environment emphasizes independence, confidence, coordination and cooperative learning. Critical thinking and problem solving development are inherent in the lessons, encouraging a quest for lifelong learning.


Is my preschool child free to do whatever he/she chooses in the classroom?

The preschool child is introduced to "work" that is developmentally appropriate and of interest to him/her. He/She is then free to make choices within limitations. The teacher observes, assesses and guides the child in his/her work in order to provide a safe, nurturing, yet challenging environment.


How is the Academy (1st -5th) classroom structured?

Our academy uses a multi-disciplinary curriculum, allowing for differentiation of content and learning style. The classroom population is limited, enabling small group and individual instruction, therefore encouraging each child to reach his/her potential.


What are the benefits of multi-age classrooms?

The multi-age setting provides invaluable experiences with peer mentoring, role modeling and self-esteem building, while children take an active role in the acquisition of knowledge. Curriculum in a multi-age setting is not static. Therefore, younger children explore subjects at their individual levels, while older children delve deeper into the topics and content. Extensive social and emotional growth is ingrained in the program as the children are consistently working in a cooperative, constructive and productive atmosphere.


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How do Bridges’ students handle the transition from Bridges into a traditional environment?

Typically, students readily adjust with ease to their new environments. Much of this is attributed to the self-discipline and intrinsically motivated learning styles that they have developed at Bridges.


How does the Bridges’ staff communicate with parents?

Your child’s teacher sends home a weekly letter specific to your child’s classroom activities. It discusses themes, curriculum content and classroom news, and proves to be a great conversation starter with your child. Bridges also sends a monthly newsletter through email to keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings throughout the school. There are two formal conferences a year, but teachers are happy to talk about the progress of your child with you at any time.


What are the security measures taken at Bridges?

Our doors are locked at all times. We have closed circuit TV, allowing for monitoring of entrances and many areas of the buildings. Pick-up lists are adhered to strictly, and no child may be picked up by anyone other than a parent without prior authorization. All new staff go through a background check by the Illinois State Police.


May I observe a class?

Absolutely! Observing a class in session typically answers most of your questions about our programs. Please be sure to call in advance to schedule an appointment. Tours are scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 10:30 AM or from Monday through Thursday between 12:30 and 2:00 PM.


Can you tell me about the staff at Bridges?

We take great pride in the longevity of our staff at Bridges. They are extremely dedicated, with many working at Bridges for more than ten years. We look forward to introducing you when you visit the classroom. Bridges Montessori Academy is a full member of the American Montessori Society and of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools. Our Montessori teachers have AMS credentials and our elementary teachers are certified by the state of Illinois.


How long has Bridges been in the area?

Bridges is owned and operated by Jan Dangles. She has owned the school since 1992 and continues to be an active leader in the development of the school. Under her direction, Bridges has grown exponentially, branching out into two locations. It is now home to over 100 preschool and elementary students a year.


How many students in each class at Bridges?

We accept no more than 18 students per class.


Are the children allowed time to play outside in all the programs at Bridges?

Yes. Unstructured outdoor play is part of our daily schedule.


May I spend time with my child in the classroom?

We encourage parent participation and/or observation during every stage at Bridges. Each teacher will clarify how you can be involved in your child’s education at Bridges.

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