Montessori Private Academy, located in Rockford, recently received accreditation from the American Montessori Society. Achieving the accreditation took over two years of self-study, refinement and American Montessori Society review.

The Montessori education method is a child-centered approach based on scientific observation of children. Montessori Private Academy has been serving local children since 1983. The school had an enrollment of 183 students in 2018.