Joliet Montessori School

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Joliet Montessori School
1600 Root Street
Crest Hill, Illinois
United States
Coordinates 41°33′47″N 88°07′17″W / 41.5631°N 88.1215°W / 41.5631; -88.1215Coordinates: 41°33′47″N 88°07′17″W / 41.5631°N 88.1215°W / 41.5631; -88.1215
Type Montessori
Established 1966
Grades PK-8
Enrollment 152 (2008-2009)
Accreditation Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS), Open Montessori Initiative (OMI), Independent School Management Consortium (ISM)
Head of School Mrs. Heather Bonacorda
Phone (815) 741-4180

Joliet Montessori School is a private not-for-profit coeducational montessori school located in Crest Hill, Illinois, United States.

Mission statement[edit]

Joliet Montessori School inspires students to engage academically and socially every day, developing independence, a love of work and a respect for all.


JMS has been in existence since 1966 when seven couples joined together to create a Montessori school for the Joliet area. These couples were Jean and Dr. Daniel Baca, Jacqueline and James Beirnes, Connie and Robert Brink, Sue and Douglas Hutchison, The Honorable Harry Leinenweber and Geraldine Leinenwber, Sue and Dr. Thomas Streitz, and Harriet and Donald Turk.
Originally the school began in rented rooms at the Guardian Angel Home with two Primary classrooms. The present building at 1600 Root Street, in Crest Hill, opened for children in 1968, and an Elementary classroom was added shortly thereafter in 1969. Subsequent Elementary classrooms were added, and in 2005, JMS opened an adolescent program for students ages 12–15.


The campus now consists of two adjacent buildings, the original school building and the Adolescent House. The Adolescent House opened for students in May 2010.


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