Clark Montessori High School's profile for college admissions offices.
Our Learning Community
The nation’s first public Montessori high school, Clark leads students in developing their intellectual skills while learning to be full contributors to society. Focusing on the triangle of Montessori education — students, teachers and parents — Clark works to form a strong community of adults and teenagers who respect each other.
Clark’s students consistently earn high scores on state tests. Clark continues the Montessori philosophy and teaching style followed in CPS’ five Montessori elementary schools, based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator.
The Montessori teaching method allows students to learn by making use
of their own natural curiosity about the world and by providing an
environment that encourages and guides their natural drive to learn.
Montessori experience is preferred for entry into Clark. A student without Montessori experience will be considered based on an interview.
- Junior-high classrooms are organized into multilevel learning communities.
- Students sign contracts requiring a commitment to learning, community involvement and respect for others.
- Community service is required of all Clark students (36 hours per year in grades 7-8; 50 hours per year in grades 9-12).
- Intersessions occur twice a year, when the regular curriculum in grades 9-12 comes to a halt. Each student selects a two-week, in-depth immersion course to take during the intersession. Examples include studying art in New York City, making a trip to Morocco, sailing and studying marine biology on a coral reef, and exploring the Appalachian Trail.
- Each senior completes a yearlong project, an in-depth study of a topic of the student’s choice. Parts of the project are due throughout the year, and long-range planning is necessary. Students present the finished projects to their classmates.