Guidepost Montessori at West Loop

Guidepost Montessori develops a fundamental love of learning and equips each child with the knowledge, confidence, and tools needed to reach their highest potential as they grow into independent adults.

View of Guidepost Montessori at West Loop from the street that shows a class of students in orange safety vests walking in a crosswalk away from the campus. The school is a corner building behind the children and a branded Guidepost Montessori sign can be seen hanging above some windows. Other large buildings and blue skies loom in the background.
West Loop
1000 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

School: 312-883-4090
Admissions: 773-938-6002
Email: westloop@guidepostmontessori.com
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Programs For:

Nido (6 weeks to 14 months)

Young Toddler (14 months to 2 years)

Toddler (2 years to 3 years)

Children's House (3 years to 6 years)

Guidepost Montessori in West Loop is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Downtown Chicago, Illinois. Indoors, rooms are spacious, bright, and light-filled, creating a warm and calm space for children to work.

We pride ourselves on offering a nature oriented approach to our programs, providing students with ample time outdoors to explore their creative needs and ideas.

Our school is in a growing community in the thriving West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. We are located on the corner of Washington Blvd. and Morgan St. and a few steps away from the famous Madison and Randolph St.

We are also walking distance away from the Mary B Park and the West Loop Branch, Chicago Public Library.

Explore Our Programs

What are the Montessori equivalent names for daycare, preschool, and kindergarten? Daycare corresponds to our Nido program, preschool years correspond to our Toddler program, and the kindergarten years correspond to our Children's House program. Click each image below to read a program overview and discover what your child will learn when they join our school.

Campus Highlights

Here's a glimpse of the various activities happening at our campus

Extra Curriculars

Our campus hosts many fun and creative extracurricular activities each week. Currently we have:

  • Tumbling classes for children age 3+ provided by George's Gym
  • Techie Kids Club for children age 3+ (an introduction to coding and robotics class)

Campus Benefits

  • Large indoor gross motor room with a rock climbing wall
  • Stroller parking always available inside the campus
  • Front door entrance ramp for strollers and buggies
  • Conveniently located in the heart of the famous West Loop area

Bright and spacious classrooms

A sneak peak into our spacious, bright and light-filled classrooms.

  • Huge glass windows and doors allow for natural light into the classroom making it bright and welcoming
  • Our indoor spaces are clean, bright, and welcoming.
  • The "Prepared Environment" has furniture that is the right size for children.
  • Each room is full of age-appropriate materials to explore.

Meet our School Team

Head of School

Natalie Whetstone

Assistant Head of School

Jocelyn Wilcox

Lead Guide Children's House Community

Liliana Velazquez

Hear what parents have to say about Guidepost Montessori

Changing the world, one student at a time

We are a school where children find the joy in learning — and thus make it possible for them to continue learning for the rest of their lives.

To think mathematically.
To solve problems.
To create things.
To encounter great literature that inspires their character development.
To build themselves as capable, efficacious beings.
To place themselves in history and in society.
To spark meaningful friendships and deep personal values that last a lifetime.

Our goal at Guidepost Montessori is to serve each individual child, to help them realize their limitless potential, and the opportunities they will have to create real and lasting change throughout their lifetime.

young girl sitting at a table in a Guidepost Montessori kindergarten classroom cutting a banana

Hear from our West Loop Families

Food for thought for anyone on the fence about the Montessori approach: To be honest, I had some preconceived notions about Montessori to be a bit “hands off” and was worried that the curriculum would be too unstructured since it is so child-focused. This was absolutely not the case for us; we were very impressed with how our girls flourished in this environment. They developed some really useful skills such as taking care of their surroundings, being intentional with their belongings, etc. They are both really good at self care/dressing themselves, putting away their toys, washing their hands, etc.

Three kindergarten-aged school girls enjoy a conversation over glasses of milk, while two other students complete activities behind them in the well-organized Montessori classroom.

"Highly recommend sending your children here"

Guidepost Montessori West Loop is truly a special place! Our son started attending the Young Toddler room and absolutely adores going to school. Nothing is more comforting as a parent! The administration is caring, knows every family by name, and we feel 100% confident with how they've kept the kids safe during COVID-19. Every guide is extremely diligent and we love receiving the daily picture updates! Highly recommend sending your children here: you won't regret it!

Children in a well-organized mixed-age Montessori classroom ponder over an activity using blocks of different sizes, classic Montessori classroom materials

"I can't recommend it enough!"

My daughter has attended Guidepost for almost a year. In that time, I have been amazed at the knowledge she's gained and how confident she is. Her teachers have been amazing and have partnered with me in providing the very best for her. I can't recommend it enough!

Start your journey with us

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Stay connected to your child's learning

Thanks to our app Transparent Classroom, you get a window into your child’s experience of school daily.

Your child’s Lead Guide will share what your child is learning and what their real-time assessments are - this way you can very closely follow your child’s development throughout the day, months, and years you stay within the Guidepost network. If you transfer from one of our locations to the next, your child’s progress and continuity will be tracked in the app and readily accessible. Read more about Transparent Classroom here.

In this app you will see important notes and milestones such as:

  • Daily toileting, eating (bottle feeding for infants), and sleeping habits
  • Curriculum introduction, progress, and completion
  • End of day summary of all activities
  • Notes such as bringing in more diapers or a new set of clothes
  • Reminders for upcoming classroom events like birthdays, holidays, or special occasions

Interested in becoming a room parent? Let your child's Lead guide know!

What sets us apart from traditional schools

As the largest network of Montessori schools in the U.S., Guidepost Montessori is recognized for its outstanding academic standards, its steadfast commitment to Montessori education, and its deep respect for the potential in every child. At Guidepost, it is our mission to empower and equip your child with the knowledge, confidence and agency needed to reach their highest potential.

Two preschool aged children completing different in-class Montessori activities.

Education for life

Our education provides the freedom and guidance needed to construct a sense of self and purpose through joyful, meaningful work. We support your child in all areas of their development – social, emotional, physical, academic, and beyond.

Three kindergarten-aged school girls and one kindergarten school boy enjoy some laughs while completing a school activity.

Deeply individualized learning

Lessons are carefully structured and designed to appeal to each student's level of development and needs. Our proprietary curriculum gives students increasing responsibility over their learning as they grow.

One guide watches as two preschool aged students complete a Montessori classroom activity.

Dedicated teachers supported by industry experts

Our programming has been designed by leading education experts, and is implemented by passionate, qualified teachers. All of our Lead Guides are required to be AMI, AMS, or PMI Montessori certified and receive ongoing training and professional development.

Shelves are stacked with colorful paper and organized with classroom tools like scissors, pens, paintbrushes and glue. Students complete work in the background.

Carefully prepared environment

At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in environments prepared for them. Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.

Students gather around a guide on a reading rug as they intake a laptop PowerPoint presentation on metamorphic rocks.

Year-round programming

We think the education of our students is stronger when we can serve the whole family, which is why we are committed to very few closures throughout the school year, and offer extended day options for families.

A teacher helps students learn how to read in a classroom setting, with sticky notes, open laptops and a student on a barstool in the background.

Continuity and mobility

Our schools offer a continuing Montessori education for children as young as 10 weeks through to 18 years old. With a growing network of 100+ schools across the U.S., China and Europe - combined with our virtual and homeschool options - we can support continuity and consistency in your child's education to meet your family's changing needs.

Giving children the keys to life.

Guidepost Montessori offers a unique and holistic approach to education for children of all ages with over 120 brick & mortar schools, virtual and homeschool, and Spanish and Mandarin language immersion options.

Our curriculum fosters independence, creativity, and a love of learning. Book a school tour today and take the first step in giving your child the gift of a Montessori education.

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