Welcome to Ilm Montessori School

ILM Montessori was founded by two parents looking for a Montessori school for their son. After a thorough search and a fair amount of school observations and research, we came to the conclusion that there was no Montessori School in our neighborhood which incorporated the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, who was a revolutionary early childhood educator, combined with strong doctrines of Islam, to encourage our children a love of learning; for this life and for the hereafter.

ILM Montessori was formed in order to provide parents an option for Montessori education with Islamic studies for their children in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. With minimal investigation, we quickly discovered that there was a large unfulfilled demand for eminent Montessori education with emphasis on Islam. Our goal is that ILM Montessori will help close that gap in our community and give parents another option for preschool and kindergarten education.

Our commitment is to respect each child and their family and to provide a beautiful and stimulating environment for the children to have fun while they learn. To make sure this will be a wonderful foundation for their successful future and turn this experience into a successful life ahead.

We take our mission very seriously and we are committed to it. We hope that you find your time with us fulfilling and an outstanding educational experience for your child. The word ILM in Arabic means KNOWLEDGE, knowledge that can help the children in this world and the hereafter, knowledge that will help them become responsible citizens, excellent neighbors, superior coworkers and above all, good human beings.

Our mission statement is to be able to provide our kids with ILM by Inspiring, Leading and Mentoring them to success in a caring Islamic environment.



ILM Montessori Inc. is a AMS Member Montessori School, accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). We started our operations in the year 2011 as an accredited member of the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) and AIMS (Association of Illinois Montessori Schools).



ILM was founded in 2011 by two parents searching for an Islamic Montessori environment for their Son Humza. Quarashia Al Shehab, herself an AMS certified Montessori teacher and her husband Syed Naveed Pasha Quadri  Read more



We have customized the Montessori class plan with a blend of Islamic values, added an Arabic language class and a Quran recitation class to our daily class plan with a dedicated Arabic teacher in the faculty. We actively integrate the teachings from the Quran and Sunnah with Montessori per the QCIP model.

Quarashia Al Shehab is an AMS certified early childhood teacher with 9 years of experience leading an Islamic Early Childhood class in New Jersey and leading her own classroom at ILM since its inception in 2011.. Read more
Ms. Henna Dojki
Early Childhood Montessori - Lead Teacher
As-salam-alaikum! My name is Henna Dojki. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, lived there for 8 seven and then moved to Karachi… Read more
Arabic & Islamic Studies
Ms. Wafaa Ben Youssef is the founder and President of www.arabicforquran.us an online Arabic school. he ha alo publihed two books with audio feeders geared toward adults and children. Masha Allah. Watch her intro video and more from her bio. Read more
Ms. Sarah Khan
Early Childhood Montessori - Lead Teacher
Assalaam ‘Alaikum my name is Sarah Khan, I am a certified Montessori Teacher. I completed my Montessori Certification from the North American Montessori Center in British Columbia, Canada after completing my BA in Psychology and Minor Education … Read more
Assalaam ‘Alaikum. My name is Nosheen Cassim and this is my 6th year teaching, on and off, various programs and Islamic and non-Islamic curricula… Read More
Ms. Sohela Mateen is the Teacher’s Assistant for our 3-6 year Early Childhood Montessori Classroom. More details coming soon.
Lower Elementary Montessori Lead Teacher
Ms. Yasmeen joined ILM in 2016 as a Teacher’s Assistant and simultaneously pursued her certification for the Lower Elementary Lead teacher certification and MashaAllah, she has not only gotten certified as a 6-9 lower elementary lead teacher but also is preparing to get her certification for higher elementary for 9-12 year classroom…..Read More
Early Childhood Montessori - TA
Ms. Mona is our Early Childhood Montessori Class TA…Read More


2011 - 11 Students
2012 - 18 Students
2013 - 22 Students
2014 - 32 Students
2015 - 51 Students
2016 - 82 Students
2017 - 92 Students
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