Our Buildings

We invite you to step into a world built just for young children.

Individual in personality, each of our beautiful buildings shares a common design and philosophy that is felt throughout all our Kensington Schools.
Our first school building, located on Kensington Avenue in LaGrange, served as the town’s first schoolhouse. Built in 1894, The Old North School’s unique interior architecture has served as inspiration for the construction of all subsequent Kensington School buildings.

From the drawing board to completion, a Kensington School building provides the highest standards of safety, comfort, and security for each child. Our school buildings are a well-blended combination of cheerful, individual classrooms and common areas such as the gym, library, roundabout and play yards enjoyed by all ages. Above all, it is a welcoming and home-like place that children instantly recognize as their own.

We welcome your visit and trust that you, too, will appreciate these extraordinary early childhood settings in a world built just for them.

Our Classrooms

The Vision of a Kensington Classroom

Open the door to a Kensington School classroom and you will find a vibrant learning environment full of natural lighting spilling through over-sized windows. Filled with wonderful, pleasing spaces, our classrooms encourage children to be active learners, deriving great pleasure from their freedom and independence.

The Kensington classroom design is very specific in its objectives. Well-defined classroom areas separate active from quiet play, and individual from small group experiences. Carefully developed, stimulating interest centers encourage child-initiated investigations. Engaging spaces for dramatic play provide quiet nooks for reading or conversation. Scaled to the size of a child, the classroom’s bathroom and coatroom help children grow in self-help skills under the guidance of their teachers.

Visitors always comment on the beauty of Kensington School’s classroom furnishings and equipment. The warmth of wood, quality workmanship with the highest safety standards, and an abundance of carefully selected learning materials combine to present a very appealing environment for children, teachers, and parents alike.

Our Outdoor Environments

From “cooking” in summer Mud Kitchens to winter snow fort making, Kensington School’s outdoor environments become an extension of the classroom in every season.

Visit a Kensington School play yard and you will find a spacious combination of customized play structures for every age, grassy areas for group play or picnicking, patios full of easels and sensory tubs, tricycles on riding tracks and child planted school gardens. From young infants splashing and enjoying water play on the patio, to our preschoolers going on nature hunts and discovering the signs of the changing seasons, to older kindergarteners playing soccer or reading, and even taking our music or yoga classes outside on a beautiful day – Kensington