Welcome to Ronald Knox! We are delighted that you have chosen to submit an application, and look forward to meeting you, if you are new to Ronald Knox, and your child. 

This process should be used for all new students of Ronald Knox, whether you have/had students attend Ronald Knox already.

To begin the application process, select the program below that you are interested in. You can click on each program to read more details; if you have any questions about our offerings, please contact Anita McGing, our Admissions Director, at anita.mcging@ronaldknox.org or 847.256.2922, extension 19.

Space in each program is limited; all programs are contingent on enrollment. Completion of this application does not grant acceptance to Ronald Knox Montessori School.

Important Note for Current and Former RKMS Families with a New Student Applying

A different email address is required for each student who attends/applies to Ronald Knox so the system can tell them apart.  If RKMS knew you had a sibling that may be applying, please use the email established for you and provided in the email.  If not, please select one to use yourself.  Some parents use one parent email for one child and another for a second child.  Note that if you happen to use gmail or yahoo, a simple solution is to add a "+name" to your email address.  If your email address were kira_jones@gmail.com and your child's name is Eva, for example, you could use kira_jones+eva@gmail.com in our system.  While this is a different email address to our system, email sent to it will still come to you.  Similarly with Yahoo, you could use kira_jones+eva@yahoo.com.

Any questions about this can be directed to Cathy Litrofsky, our Office Manager, at office_manager@ronaldknox.org.

Program Selection

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Ronald Knox Montessori School
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    Monday-Friday 8:30am-11:30am

    The Half Day Montessori Primary Program is a three-year program for children ages 3-6 years.

    Students in the program stay in the same classroom for all three years, developing a stable and secure relationship with their Directress (teacher). 

    They will gain confidence in their abilities through repeated successes, build independence as they practice and master life-skills, fine-tune their small and large motor muscles to refine their coordination, and learn order and sequencing to later complete complex math problems or write a story.

    Language, Math, Science, and Geography are the academic areas of the classroom that children work in each day. Additionally, children form and shape their social-emotional skills as they practice working in small groups, learn how to problem-solve with their peers, and lend a hand when others need help.


    First Year (3-4 year old) Additional Enrichment Program

    (This Enrichment programs are for students in their first year of the Primary program.)

    Food, Fitness and Fun

    Thursdays 11:30am-3:00pm

    Once a week children will exercise their minds and bodies through fitness such as locomotor activities, ball handling, and small group games.  We will explore nature outside by going on nature walks around the park, or making fun food recipes to eat.  There will be a short rest period before beginning these activities.


    Second Year (4-5 year old) Additional Enrichment Programs

    (These Enrichment programs are for students in their second year of the Primary program.)

    Math, Science and Language Enrichment

    Tuesdays 11:30am-3:00pm

    Once a week, students participate in science experiments about temperature, weather, chemistry, and physics in the classroom environment and outside. Additionally, students will explore concepts of math including measurements and currency or language skills such as rhyming, sounds, and beginning word building.

    Art and Spanish

    Wednesdays 11:30am-3:00pm

    Once a week, students explore a variety of art disciplines including painting, sculptures, paper mache, etching, and more. The other half of the class introduces students to the Spanish language through games, songs, books, and immersion.


    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 12:05 AM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Ronald Knox Montessori School
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    Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:00pm

    For First and Second year children (ages 3 and 4)

    In the Full Day Montessori Preschool program, children 3 and 4 years old begin their day at 8:30am with the children in the Half Day Montessori Program. During the morning, students in the program stay in the same classroom for all three years, developing a stable and secure relationship with their Directress (teacher).

    They will gain confidence in their abilities through repeated successes, build independence as they practice and master life-skills, fine-tune their small and large motor muscles to refine their coordination, and learn order and sequencing to later complete complex math problems or write a story.

    Language, Math, Science, and Geography are the academic areas of the classroom that children work in each day. Additionally, children form and shape their social-emotional skills as they practice working in small groups, learn how to problem-solve with their peers, and lend a hand when others need help.

    From 11:30-12:30 all children in the Full Day program gather together to eat lunch.

    Following lunch, the children in the Full Day program spend the afternoon together. The program takes place inside a Montessori classroom, providing children with opportunities for extended learning and exposure to the materials as well as further experience navigating peer relationships.

    The children enrolled in this program will hone their problem solving skills, satisfy their intellectual curiosity, and learn social-emotional skills.

    Children who need a rest period will be given the opportunity.

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 12:10 AM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Ronald Knox Montessori School
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    Monday-Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm

    This program, for children ages 5 and 6, is the culmination of the three-year Primary Program.

    Students enrolled in Full Day Montessori Kindergarten begin their day at 8:30am in their home Primary classroom. During the morning, students in the program stay in the same classroom for all three years, developing a stable and secure relationship with their Directress (teacher).

    They will gain confidence in their abilities through repeated successes, build independence as they practice and master life-skills, fine-tune their small and large motor muscles to refine their coordination, and learn order and sequencing to later complete complex math problems or write a story.

    Language, Math, Science, and Geography are the academic areas of the classroom that children work in each day. Additionally, children form and shape their social-emotional skills as they practice working in small groups, learn how to problem-solve with their peers, and lend a hand when others need help.

    From 11:30-12:30 they will gather together to have lunch with the other children in the Full Day Kindergarten program.

    The remainder of their day will be spent with their third-year peers in a Montessori classroom with a Directress guiding their Kindergarten learning. Students will receive advanced presentations in language, mathematics, geography, science, and handwriting. Additionally, Art, Spanish, and Drama will be introduced throughout the year.

    Students will collaborate on group projects, learn to work as a team, and explore individual areas of interest in-depth with the support of a teacher. Kindergarten students will further develop their confidence and independence as they hone their reading and multiplication skills. Field trips and special presentations will further enhance the kindergarten learning.

    Students will benefit from an uninterrupted flow of learning that lasts the whole day at Ronald Knox, combining both the benefits of the multi-age Montessori classroom in the morning with the peer-intensive directed learning of a tailored Kindergarten program in the afternoon.

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 12:15 AM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Ronald Knox Montessori School
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    Monday - Friday 8:15am-12:30pm.

    For children 2 years old by September 1.

    Children in the Toddler Program gain independence and confidence as they learn how to take care of themselves and their environment. The classroom encourages large and small motor development, supports language skills, and engages children in social and emotional growth.

    Children learn pre-math and language skills such as sounds, counting, and sequencing. Along with preliminary academics, toddler children also practice daily life skills such as preparing their own snack, using the toilet, and navigating peer relationships outside of family members.

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 12:20 AM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Ronald Knox Montessori School
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    Monday - Friday 8:15am-10:15am.

    For children 2 years old by September 1.

    Children in the Toddler Program gain independence and confidence as they learn how to take care of themselves and their environment. The classroom encourages large and small motor development, supports language skills, and engages children in social and emotional growth.

    Children learn pre-math and language skills such as sounds, counting, and sequencing. Along with preliminary academics, toddler children also practice daily life skills such as preparing their own snack, using the toilet, and navigating peer relationships outside of family members.

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 12:25 AM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Ronald Knox Montessori School
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    Monday - Friday 10:30am-12:30pm.

    For children 2 years old by September 1.

    Children in the Toddler Program gain independence and confidence as they learn how to take care of themselves and their environment. The classroom encourages large and small motor development, supports language skills, and engages children in social and emotional growth.

    Children learn pre-math and language skills such as sounds, counting, and sequencing. Along with preliminary academics, toddler children also practice daily life skills such as preparing their own snack, using the toilet, and navigating peer relationships outside of family members.

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 12:30 AM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Ronald Knox Montessori School
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    Children must be between the ages of 6 and 23 months old by September 1.

    The Parent Child program is designed to allow the children to explore the environment as the parent or caregiver observes. The program has been established to help parents discover the joy in sharing in their child’s development by observing.

    The program is made up of two components: class time for the parent and child and a parent education series. Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the Montessori approach, discuss common parenting topics, determine their role in the classroom, and have question from class time answered. Parent Education Series dates are determined by the Directress at the beginning of the year. Parents attend without their children.

    The goals of the Parent Child program are:

    • To foster the child’s development through his/her self-expression within the classroom environment.
    • To give parents a better understanding of Montessori as a way of life for their children.

    The Montessori prepared environment for the young child promotes the child’s growth in the following areas:

    • Motor development (large and small)
    • Language development (receptive and expressive)
    • Socio-emotional development

    The parent’s understanding of the children’s development will be cultivated as they observe the children in the environment, participate in discussion groups, and use other RKMS resources. Areas of focus may include:

    • Understanding developmental stages and appropriate activities to encourage such development.
    • Practicing and refining observation skills.
    • Developing a Montessori “way of life”.

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