Guidepost Montessori at Magnificent Mile location at 226 E. Illinois St. will debut a new lower elementary school option this fall, as well as an additional space on the second floor of the Optima Signature building able to accommodate new classrooms.

The elementary program is designed for children ages 6-9 and begins Aug. 31, said Sarah Silverman, head of school at Guidepost Montessori at Magnificent Mile. As of Aug. 5, space was filling up quickly and only about five spots were still available in the program, she said.

In accordance with the Montessori method, the program takes a child-led approach that encourages students’ self-sufficiency and independence while tackling academic topics such as mathematics, reading, writing and cultural studies, Silverman said.

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