Forest Bluff School
8 W Scranton Ave
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 10
Secondary Level Parent Meeting
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 17
Grandparents' Visit: Young Children's Community
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Friday, December 18
Grandparents' Visit (Parents too!): Primary and Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 12
Continuing Education Evening for Upper Elementary Parents
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, Thursday, January 21 & Friday, January 22
Coffee and Discussion with Paula Polk Lillard
Location and Time TBD

Friday, January 29
Book Discussion: "Reclaiming Conversation"
8:45 a.m.

Friday, February 19
Inside the Elementary: Science Lessons
8:45 a.m.


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Welcome to Forest Bluff School

Forest Bluff School, located near downtown Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, Illinois, is an independent, not-for-profit AMI/USA accredited Montessori school, serving approximately 150 students between the ages of 18 months and 14 years. Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Lillard Jessen, and Jane Linari co-founded our teacher-run school in 1982 as an institution that adheres to the educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Why choose Forest Bluff School?

Montessori School Children From Forest Bluff School


Forest Bluff School is governed around the question of ‘what is best for the child’ from a developmental learning and social perspective. This helps to maintain the focus and energy of the community on how to best help each child reach his/her full human potential, and lends itself to a culture of simplicity and clarity of purpose. Forest Bluff School is a small, supportive community where parents and teachers work closely together to support each child’s unique developmental and learning journey. The Parent Infant/Child Series, Continuing Education evenings, morning Coffee/Discussions, and close relationships between parents and teachers are all geared toward providing easy to understand, actionable information on how to support children through their distinct planes of development.