Phone: 217.362.3370


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Mr. Nate Tallent

Welcome to Montessori Academy for Peace. We are one of two downstate public Montessori elementary schools in Illinois. We are very proud to be able to serve the families of Decatur, Illinois, from the time their children enter preschool until they are ready to enter one of our high schools, Eisenhower or MacArthur. Our building is founded on the principles and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, the first Italian female physician. Dr. Montessori believed the child possessed all the talents and abilities he/she would require, and it is our duty as directors and directresses to develop and nurture those talents and provide a prepared, nurturing, and safe environment for those gifts to blossom.

Our building provides three primary classrooms accommodating children between the ages of three and six. Multi-age classrooms allow the directress to know her students deeply over the course of three years. In addition, only one third of the class is composed of new students each year to facilitate a smooth transition and assimilate those new students to the routine of the community. Two thirds of the class then functions as "experts in the environment" as they move with grace and purpose to teach the new students the materials and culture of the classroom.

Click here to learn more about the structure of our Montessori classrooms.

We are a magnet school, which means students must apply and are then chosen by a district-wide lottery process. If you are interested in learning more about Montessori Academy for Peace, please contact us at 217-362-3370. We shall be pleased to invite you to one of our Montessori orientations and provide you with information about Montessori education. We offer books, videos, and brochures so you may also learn more at home. 

It has been my pleasure to provide you with this brief glimpse into our school. Please stop in while school is in session for a classroom observation. We welcome you to sit and observe in any of our classrooms. We ask that you respect the students' work time and not interrupt them while they are working to ask questions. Please jot down your questions and we shall be happy to answer them for you when you complete your observation. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our Montessori family.

With a Firm Handshake,

Mr. Nate Tallent, Principal

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