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Welcome to

SongBird Academy

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Two Great Locations

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A Love of Learning

Our School

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Songbird Academy’s mission is to provide a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment that supports your child's development from infant through preschool. In our classrooms children develop a love of learning through self-discovery, imagination, and creativity while interacting with others in a friendly and safe atmosphere. We also strive to provide access and discovery of the world’s natural surroundings through an all organic menu, an eco-friendly environment and a commitment to outdoor play and activities.

Take a Tour of Songbird Academy

The best way to get to know us is by seeing our school in action. 
We have two convenient locations in Ravenswood and Lakeview.

Our Programs


Bluebirds (Nursery)

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In our care, Bluebirds will thrive, as they are encouraged to move their little bodies and engage their scientific minds in a language rich environment. Bluebirds are constantly surrounded by songs, stories, and human contact. As Bluebirds grow and reach their “firsts”, we give them opportunities to explore and offer our hands to hold. Bluebirds will fall in love and begin to flap their wings while teachers observe their curiosities and praise their interactions. Parents will receive daily journals of their Bluebird’s day, highlighting development and play-based experiences. We make our nest as cozy, bright and nurturing as home.

Mockingbirds (Early Toddlers)

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Mockingbirds actively explore practicing their newfound mobility, problem solving with meaning and communicating with words. In our safe and trusting environment, they express their emotions through imaginative play and learn to empathize with storybook characters. As Mockingbirds begin chirping together, teachers provide a model and encourage pro social behaviors. Parents will hear an explosion of words and see an emerging artist and personality. We nurture Mockingbirds to be here, there and everywhere.

Larks (Toddlers)

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Larks are quick and clever Songbirds. They are driven to practice and build on emerging competencies and develop new skills. Larks’ days are structured utilizing the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.  The curriculum includes circle time, story time, short and long-term projects, gross and fine motor activities and thematic centers.  Small groups are planned daily and tailored to engage each child at their developmental level. Larks develop friendships, notice others and are proud of all they can do. They are eager to share their adventures and wonderings with others. Teachers establish structure and accountability through positive reinforcement and the expectation of kindness. Activities are experiential, exploratory and intentional; teaching is in the context of everyday activities and for authentic purposes. Parents will watch logical thinking, story-telling and multi-step problem-solving abilities unfold in their Lark. We connect Lark’s intense interest in learning to real-world experiences.

Cardinals (Pre-Primary)

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Cardinals are engaged in a Reggio Emilia-inspired classroom and curriculum.  Cardinals flock to each other, embrace friendship, develop cooperation and negotiation skills.  Friendship evolves from playing side-by-side to being more interactive based on a shared idea. Cardinals compare themselves with each other, expecting to be noticed, accepted and praised. Cardinals are eager investigators with an interest to learn about a variety of topics and ultimately ‘strut their stuff’. They can understand the reasons for rules and the positive and negative consequences of their actions. Teachers invite Cardinals to participate in lessons and lead in problem solving. They engage in back-and-forth conversation with teachers, answer and ask questions and are given just enough individualized support during the learning process that they can achieve their learning goals. Parents will hear an expanded vocabulary and see an understanding of math concepts. The Cardinal classroom will focus on literacy development, language and writing skills. In our classrooms, we develop a sense of discovery and awareness in your Cardinal creating a capable, little Songbird ready to fly.

Our Activities

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Music Enrichment

Music is completely integrated into the Songbird curriculum. In addition to each classroom being equipped with a cadre of age appropriate musical instruments, teachers engage students in singing songs and music based movement throughout the day.

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Foreign Language

We currently provide Spanish language two times per week for our Mockingbirds (early toddlers) through Cardinals (pre-primary) children.

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Organic Menu

We provide delicious (you’ll wish you could eat here too) all organic catered food and organic snacks.

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Songbird is committed to a unified approach to nurturing mind and body. We provide yoga instruction two times per week and have integrated mindfulness into the curriculum throughout the day.

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Outdoor Play

Our belief is that kids should be outside every day for as much time as possible. Exercise, fresh air, and natural surroundings provide a natural calming influence and enable better concentration and attention for the inside parts of the day.

Our Locations

Chicago Ravenswood Private Preschool Location


1908 W Montrose - (a block from the CTA Brown line)

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1243 W Belmont - (3 blocks from the CTA Brown and Red lines)

Contact us

Mailing Address

Call us: 773.675.7789

1243 W Belmont Ave Chicago, IL 60657

1908 W Montrose Ave Chicago, IL 60613

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