Building on the high-quality reputation of the original Naperville school, The Compass School opened a second campus in Naperville in 2009.  The Compass School of Naperville (South) campus is located in southwest Naperville, near the intersection of Route 59 and 95th Street. It is convenient to several prominent housing communities, including Tall Grass, White Eagle, Stillwater, and Ashbury.

The Compass School of Naperville (South) has 14 classrooms supporting early childhood programs for children ranging from the age of six weeks to six years, as well as After School and Summer Camp programs for children up to age 12.  Classrooms include the Nature Center, Science Lab, Art Studio, Club House and more. The plaza and Fitness Station are great options for indoor active play on days when the weather is not cooperating.

Serving South Naperville, Plainfield, Aurora, Oswego and surrounding communities. The Compass School of Naperville (South) currently offers transportation to/from select Indian Prairie School District 204 schools, including Clow Elementary, Fry Elementary, Graham Elementary, Kendall Elementary, Patterson Elementary, Peterson Elementary, Spring Brook Elementary and Welch Elementary Schools.

For directions from your location, please click here.  Andy’s Frozen Custard is right across the street (in case you need an excuse to head our way!).  We would love to introduce you to our welcoming Reggio-inspired learning community. Please call us at 630-848-1122 to schedule your personal tour.


Thank you for your interest in The Compass School of Naperville, Illinois (South). We are excited to share information with you regarding our Reggio-Inspired early childhood programs. We believe in the strength, power and potential of every child. We think that our child-centered philosophy, combined with excellent parent communication, a warm and welcoming school environment, and wonderful teachers will provide your family with an unparalleled early education and child care experience.

What does it mean to be “Reggio-inspired,” you might ask? Here is a brief excerpt from an article in Disney’s Wondertime magazine (February 2008), titled Shopping For A Preschool:

“The theory: Take the best of Montessori and play-based, blend well, and – ta-da! – you have this artsy, idealistic philosophy that’s so cutting edge and groovy, it’s the basis for Google’s on-site preschool for its Silicon Valley employees. And in Manhattan, former members of Blue Man Group have started their own Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool, the Blue Man Creativity Center… Reggio Emilia gets its name from the small Italian city in which parents, teachers, and public officials banded together to create schools that rose above the lockstep mindset from past decades, opening their first preschool in 1963. In 1991, Newsweek named Reggio Emilia’s school system one of the 10 best in the world. Reggio-inspired schools are still pretty rare (and admissions thus mega-competitive).”

“Cutting edge and groovy”… we think that sounds pretty great! And after you spend some time visiting our school, we’re convinced that you will think so too! Our goal is to facilitate meaningful and interesting real-world learning opportunities for your child, which encourage exploration and discovery, and promote a life-long love of learning. Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon!


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Erica Farney – Executive Director

Erica Farney – Executive Director

Erica has 22 years of work experience in the early childhood field, and began her career with The Compass School in 2001, as Director of the Naperville North campus. She attended Eastern Illinois University, majoring in Early Childhood Development.

What Naperville (South) Parents Have to Say

Student blueprints.

Aspiring Architects

The World Markets classroom has recently been exploring “Architecture” for their project work. The students set out with their clipboards and took a tour of the school. After some hard work, negotiation and collaboration, they designed this great blueprint. Go Team World Markets!

Gus the Guinea Pig

Employee Of The Month

Gus the Guinea Pig (pictured here in his 2015 Halloween costume), who lives in the Nature Center classroom, is our featured employee this month. Gus is one of our hardest working employees. He is on the job 6:30AM-6:30PM Monday – Friday, mostly because he lives at the school. Nevertheless, 60 hour-a-week employees are not easy to come by, so we salute you, Gus. In his spare time, he mainly enjoys eating. For those who embrace Instagram, he would love to have you as a follower.