My students attended NCI for the first time in the fall of 2013. They are 4th graders from a low-income neighborhood in Chicago. They had struggled with issues of cooperation and collaboration, and while at NCI I saw a big change. They took only a few hours to warm up to the team atmosphere and dove right into the learning activities provided by the caring staff. The students were enthusiastic about everything from the food and dorms to meeting new friends from varying backgrounds around the Midwest. They ask frequently when they can return. We use many of the activities and songs they learned at NCI in the classroom including the concepts of conserving resources and using songs and chants to learn and relax. NCI will continue to be a highlight and an integral part of our Montessori program at Oglesby Elementary.
Dakota Prosch, Montessori Teacher at Oglesby Public School