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Carmel Catholic High School – Belong. Believe. Become.
High school marks a significant transition for students. Carmel Catholic High School recognizes the value of this opportunity and provides its students with the support and resources to excel while developing their potential to serve, lead and contribute in a global society.
With a rich history of 60 years of service and citizenship in Lake County, students at Carmel Catholic join a community where they are known and supported.
Carmel Catholic embraces its Catholic identity and welcomes students of all faiths to explore their potential and purpose. Through the school’s core Catholic educational experience, students explore the impact sharing their gifts can have on the world.
Carmel Catholic is a center of academic excellence, providing exemplary academic programs to prepare students for their futures by guiding them to achieve their potential and discover who they can become. Learn more about how to become a part of the Carmel Catholic community at carmelhs.org.
Grades 9 – 12
Child First Academy-Advanced Early Learning – 6wks – 5yrs
As a family-owned business, Child First Academy highly values relationships and a personal approach in everything they do. CFA’s Advanced Early Learning Pedagogy is developed in conjunction with the groundbreaking research developed by Harvard University’s Center On The Developing Child.
CFA is the vanguard of early learning. For example, Harvard’s neuroscience research shows us that 80% of brain development occurs between birth and 3 years of age. Therefore, CFA’s early learning begins at the infant stage. When an infant enters our program, he/she is placed on a “launching pad” of learning and brain development.
CFA’s infant/toddler care, known as Pikler (https://pikler.org/about), is a strategic approach that maximizes brain development during this critical early period when the very “architecture” of the brain is being created. This is just one example of CFA’s advanced curriculum.
CFA has developed strong partnerships with some of the most renowned national leaders and practitioners in the field of early learning. For example – the owners of CFA are certified presenters for Teaching & Parenting With Love & Logic®…EQ, Choosy Kids, and Imagination Playground are others to name a few.
In addition to these unique programs, CFA also provides language enrichment, fine arts, organic gardening, pottery, and age-appropriate technology. CFA is also very proud to offer certified organic meals.
6 weeks to 5 years
Please mention “Libertyville Area Moms Ad” to receive 50% off one month.
CrossWays Preschool is a nonprofit organization providing half day preschool programming for children 2 years to 5 years of age. We offer quality, faith inclusive, play based programming at a superior competitive value for Lake County families.
Founded in 1991, CrossWays Preschool is an early childhood ministry of Holy Cross Lutheran Church located adjacent to the church. We seek to introduce children with a world that lies beyond the home and to provide a broad base of learning to develop each child’s God-given gifts socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually and educationally. Our quality preschool programs are designed to provide safe, nurturing environments for children to grow, play and learn. We believe all children are capable of learning and have individual needs, skills, and talents. Children learn best through play based discovery combined with teacher-directed lessons to maximize learning, creativity, and curiosity. Connecting children to nature develops children’s innate senses of discovery and exploration.We celebrate The fullest potential in each child and the uniqueness of each child and family.
2 – 5 years of age
Enrolling families will receive free registration through December 1, 2023 when they mention our ad from this listing.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
Da Vinci Waldorf School’s Early Childhood program is shaped by the belief that young children learn best through hands-on experience, shared daily practices, and creative play—not classroom academics.
So while many preschool and kindergarten programs place a heavy emphasis on teaching reading, writing, and numeracy, we take a different approach. The aim of our Waldorf early education program is to help children cultivate creative minds, caring hearts, and capable bodies—and the confidence they need to thrive in the academic years ahead.
Every morning in every season, the children start their day outdoors. Because our curriculum is built partly around play, children are given freedom to engage their imaginations and their muscles, indoors and out.
Our school’s grassy campus, with its organic gardens and prairie, its rope swings and climbing trees and wooden playgrounds, provides a fine natural setting for twice-a-day exercise and exploration. Weekly hikes to nearby woods and field trips to local farms are among the ways we help students deepen their connection with the natural world.
In the classroom, the teacher and an assistant create a soothing environment as they guide students through the day’s activities, often enriching them with songs and stories. Tactile and sensory art forms like watercolor painting and beeswax molding are practiced ritually. Mythic tales are told while the children sit in circle. Together, classmates set the table for tea, prepare soup or roll dough for the day’s bread, and help tidy up afterward.
Classes are mixed in age, from 3 to 6 years old. Students of kindergarten age, known as our “Mighty Oaks,” are given additional responsibilities and leadership roles, as well as encouragement to extend helping hands to their younger classmates.
Each week unfolds with a familiar rhythm and sense of purpose, creating a learning rich environment where children feel secure, self-assured, and unstifled by premature academic pressure.
Childhood is the briefest of seasons, a time when young minds light up with sparks of creativity, curiosity, and imagination. At Da Vinci Waldorf School, we aim to fan those sparks into a flame that will light your child’s way forward.
18 months with parent through 8th Grade. Preschool 3-6 (must be potty trained)
Mention Libertyville Area Moms guide to receive a free Da Vinci Waldorf School car magnet
The Goddard School Serving Third Lake, Grayslake and Gurnee
The Goddard School of Third Lake (Gurnee/ Grayslake) is more than a warm and nurturing place. It’s more than a great education for your child. It’s peace of mind. We serve children from 6 weeks to 6 years.
The Goddard School of Third Lake has been serving Central Lake County, including Grayslake, Gurnee, Lindenhurst, Lake Villa and more for 2 decades. Our goal is to walk along side your children as they learn & grow in a safe, healthy & nurturing environment. In this, we will not fail.
6 weeks to 6 years
Growing With Grace Preschool
Since the early 2000s, Growing with Grace Preschool, a ministry of Grace Lutheran Church, has served the families of Libertyville and the surrounding communities with programs for children ages 2-5 years old. Our programs provide a nurturing, stimulating and safe learning environment.
Our teaching approach includes a combination of child-centered and teacher-directed activities. We focus on developing the whole child through a variety of hands-on individual and group activities. We believe play is the center of a preschool experience and through it we teach a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on monthly and/or seasonal themes.
Children in our program have the chance to grow intellectually, socially, physically, spiritually and creatively all the while ensuring that when they leave our program and head to elementary school, they are well prepared to handle Kindergarten and beyond.
Our four guiding principles are: Love of Learning, Nurturing Environment, Spiritual Development, and Family Involvement. Our four practices we use in programming are: Exploration, Whole Child, Service and Play-Based.
We hope your child/family will come and ‘Grow With Grace”.
2-5 years old
Libertyville School District 70 Little Sprouts
At D70 Little Sprouts, we prioritize the development of our youngest students through a play-based curriculum that focuses on early learning skills. Our program prepares children for kindergarten while fostering self-confidence and a love for learning.
Our exceptional educational team consists of highly qualified teachers in early education, special education, and English Language instruction and specialized professionals, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists who collaborate to support all students.
We promote growth and knowledge by nurturing children’s natural curiosity and encouraging exploration. We foster a lifelong love of learning through hands-on activities, interactive games, and engaging materials. We also recognize the importance of social and emotional development, providing ample opportunities for meaningful peer interactions and guiding students in developing social skills, empathy, and emotional regulation.
Our dedicated teachers create a safe, nurturing environment catering to individualized learning needs. We prioritize personalized attention and tailored instruction to ensure each child’s success.
At D70 Little Sprouts, we are committed to providing an enriching early childhood education that empowers children to thrive. We celebrate the joy of learning and foster a positive and inclusive community where every child feels valued and supported. By joining our preschool program, children embark on a transformative journey that ignites their passion for learning, equips them with essential skills, and sets them on a bright future.
District 70 Residents, ages 3-5
The Learning Experience
The Learning Experience is a high quality early learning center that helps children learn through play and experiences.
We accommodate children aged 6 weeks through 12 years old. We run age appropriate curriculum in all rooms to help our students learn, play and grown in a happy environment.
Through the help of our proprietary characters, our children associate learning with fun and excitement.
Our goal is to set them up for success by instilling a love of learning early on.
6 weeks to 12 years
Mundelein Cooperative Preschool
Mundelein Cooperative Preschool is a non-profit preschool that has been fostering a love of learning in children ages 3-5 since 1948! We are a uniquely play-based school with enthusiastic staff who find creative ways to incorporate academic lessons into imaginative play.
Morning and afternoon session are available, 9:00-11:30 am or 12:30-3:00 pm.
MCP is a parent cooperative with families who have the option to volunteer in order to ensure the educational success of our children. Volunteering opportunities include helping in the classroom on a rotating basis, serving on a committee or on our Board of Directors. Strong connections between school and home creates an environment that is conducive to learning.
MCP teachers work hard to provide a stimulating and challenging environment that every child will enjoy and make them look forward to each school day. Whole child development guides our curriculum and practice. Discipline is taught through conflict resolution and self regulation, and education is achieved through play.
Children thrive and grow at MCP!
3 – 5 years
Free school tote bag when you mention LAM at registration
Nature Walk Montessori School – Organic Learning
At Nature Walk we view each student as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment. Ours is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.
Our goal is to aid the child’s development into a complete adult human being, comfortable with their own self, with their society, and with humanity as a whole.
Academically, Nature Walk students are exposed to a rigorous cosmic curriculum in which all areas of study are interconnected. Starting in pre-school, children explore with all their senses, using the classroom as a laboratory to understand the world around them: number sense, reading and writing, art, geography, botany, zoology, and physical sciences are areas of the Children’s House program.
Elementary students have a deep desire to know the reasons behind the inner workings of the world. They are offered key information that allows them to work in the abstract, finding patterns across subject areas. Lessons are meant to answer their questions about the Universe, to develop critical thinking skills and to spark curiosity.
Our Adolescent Program integrates rigorous academic studies with purposeful work, preparing students to become contributing adult citizens. Students explore advanced math topics, participate in language and book discussions, and conduct deep explorations in history and science. Collaborative planning and fundraising experiences allow them to experience real-world business expertise.
As a green school, Nature Walk is committed to sustainability and our campus is designed to teach environmental science. We strive to lead by example to practice ecological respect and responsibility. We step outside the classroom and connect students to nature using hands-on learning opportunities. We ensure that social responsibility is practiced in the classroom, the school, the school community, and the larger community.
Pre-school to 9th grade
Mention the The Libertyville Area Moms Private School and Preschool Guide and we will wave your application fee ($75 value).
St. John Lutheran School –
Proudly celebrating 50 years of Christian education in the heart of Libertyville this school year!
St. John emphasizes creating intellectual curiosity in a safe environment through experienced, caring teachers who truly get to know your child. We have achieved, and maintain, exemplary accreditation, and our teaching proudly includes a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) transformative STEM curriculum. Our SEVP-certified international school program has extended our reach in teaching to a diversity of students from across the world.
Our small class sizes enable our teachers to learn each student’s strengths and weaknesses and what methods of instruction work best for the education of each child. Our teachers are trained to differentiate instruction to meet individual needs and offer additional help and resources.
St. John educates through a multigrade classroom model, which provides many advantages. Younger children in multiage groups strive to attain the academic levels they see the older children achieving while the older ones get the benefit of hearing and reviewing what was taught in previous grades. Children’s social behaviors also mature along with an increased feeling of accomplishment and a stronger teacher-child relationship.
“Our three kids have attended St. John since preschool. As young professionals, we value the high-quality, accredited education in a small classroom provided by St. John, and, as Christians, we value the Christ-centered, safe and caring environment in which that excellent education is taught. St. John combines both in a community-centered setting with great teachers who truly care about their students and love to invest in their intellectual education and spiritual foundation.” – K Family
“We are especially thankful for the attention to different learning styles of students and the individual attention the small faculty to student ratio offers. As a non-church family, we’ve also always felt welcome and part of the larger St. John family over the past six years.” – B Family
“Students are well-prepared for the rigors of a college-prep high school experience. The St. John team works hard to provide the foundation students need to be successful at the next level of education. We are thankful to be a partner school with St. John.” – Paul Scriver, President, Shoreland Lutheran High School
St. John is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), which has provided Christian education for over 150 years and manages the fourth largest private school system in the United States, operating 400 early childhood centers, 300 elementary schools, and 27 high schools.
Preschool – Grade 8
Schedule a personal tour! Mention LAM when applying, and your registration fee will be waived.
A Village Green Montessori expanding @ 20 Years
* Children grow socially and emotionally while building character and independence.
* Located in the heart of downtown Libertyville across from Cook Park
* Children ages two to six
* Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* Flexible program times and days
* Rich curriculum including: Language, Math, Cultural, Science, Sensorial, Art, Music
* Experienced Montessori Teachers
* Visit our website at www.villagegreenmontessori.com or check us out our facebook page.
* Accepting applications call us for a school observation and tour
Serving children ages 2-6
Libertyville Area Mom’s $200 off first years tuition
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