"The most important period of life is not the age of university studies,
but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six."
Maria Montessori

Montessori Pathways School
...welcomes all children regardless of gender, ethnicity, race or religion

Providing High-Quality Education and Daily Care in Crystal Lake since 1993
Happy Preschool faces
Our school’s strong reputation is based on our proud track record for excellence. Our approach is based upon the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.

At Montessori Pathways we offer a lovely classroom setting where children work in an atmosphere of freedom and responsibility.

The Montessori materials provide a sound academic base. They attract your child’s interest and support your child’s learning. An active, hands-on approach enables your child to discover the world.


  • Primary Class
    (Preschool and Kindergarten)

  • Lower Elementary Class
    (1st - 3rd grades)

  • Upper Elementary Class
    (4th - 6th grades)

  • All Day
  • School Day
  • Morning classes

  • Summer / Winter Camp

  • Field Trips

  • 10% Discount for
    Multi-Child families

  • Practical Life Activities
  • Motor and Sensorial Activities
  • Language Art
  • Math and Critical Thinking
  • Geometry
  • Science/Geography/History
  • Creative Art
  • Music / Drama / Performances
  • Montessori Spanish
  • Dance
  • Gym
  • Soccer
  • Chess
  • Taekwondo
  • Yoga
  • Montessori Pathways fosters a sense of community and respect for self, others, and the environment. This builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.

  • We serve children 3 to 12 years old with multi-age grouping in every classroom.

  • Events for parent participation are planned including a series of lectures, parent conferences twice a year, special holiday events and parent/child field trips.

  • Teachers are educated in the Montessori approach and hold Montessori credentials.

  • The school is a Full Member of American Montessori Society and is registered with the Illinois Department of Education.

  • Conveniently located near Downtown Crystal Lake and the Metra Station.