The Rochester Montessori School

Located on a fifteen-acre campus, RMS offers a complete Montessori education for children from toddlers through the eighth grade. RMS is also an authorized International Baccalaureate school for the Middle Years Program, grades six through eight. We are a diverse learning community with families coming from over 25 countries.

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A Montessori International Baccalaureate Education

We know that each child grows and learns uniquely according to her or his strengths, personality, interests, temperament, and more. Consequently, we personalize instruction because no two children learn in the same way or in the same time. By learning we mean becoming self-reliant, internationally minded thinkers who can inquire, reflect, be knowledgeable, make decisions, solve problems, and care.

Learning to Think, Not Just Memorize

At the Rochester Montessori School children are active learners in multiple-age classrooms. You will see children engaging with challenging hands-on, minds-on academic work that guides them to conduct inquiries and make discoveries. You will see children persist with tasks for long periods of time. And children progress as they are ready. Younger children often take lessons with older students.

An Education for Life

We guide children to become independent thinkers who are responsible, respectful, and compassionate to self, community, and the world. This includes developing habits of lifelong learning including persistence, creativity, effective communication, and contribution to others through community service.

RMS Guides

The role of the Montessori guide is quite different from the role played by teachers in many schools. The Montessori guide carefully prepares a vibrant learning environment with, for example, over 100 learning activities in the Children’s House and Elementary classrooms. These activities are designed to satisfy children’s developmental and academic learning needs. The Montessori guide is a careful observer of children to better understand their learning styles, interests, strengths, and needs. The guide uses this information to personalize each lesson in order to maximize each child’s learning potential.

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Today’s digital children utilize an array of technological tools and learn to think, communicate, and bring about meaningful change. At RMS, children learn this language of creative design in a safe and responsible way.

Outdoor Ecology

The outdoor activities at RMS connect children to our natural environment, both on our fifteen acre campus and in Southeast Minnesota. Through age-appropriate hands-on activities, children take an active role in understanding and protecting our environment.

Why RMS?

Why RMS? It's never a quick answer, but when you consider...

- Independence and Self-Discipline
- Intrinsic Motivation
- Moral and Social Responsibility
- Responsible use of Freedom
- World Citizenry
- Stewards of the Environment
- Leadership
- Academic Preparedness, including Art, Music, PE, Outdoor Learning Environment
- Spanish (18 mos - 8th Grade)
- Caring Staff... realize how RMS enriches and enlightens the whole child.


50th Anniversary Celebration

Rochester Montessori School (RMS) was originally established in 1968 by a small group of parents searching for the best secular education for their children. The Montessori Method was identified as the best approach to childhood education that met this criteria.  RMS was initially started in a private home.  Demand in the community steadily grew and led to the development of our current home.

For 50 years Rochester Montessori School has served families in the Rochester area.  From an original student body of 12, RMS has grown to an enrollment of over 200 students, representing 25 countries of the world, serving toddler through 8th grade students. 


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RMS News

Office Hours 7:30-4:30pm M-F
For detailed classroom specific calendars please
refer to the calendars module in Schoolcues.
Important Dates 
  • 01/11: PTSA meeting, 8:45
  • 01/15: E1 East Parent Visit, 7:45-9:00am
  • 01/16: Kids Heart Challenge Kickoff Assembly
  • 01/16: E1 West Parent Visit, 7:45-9:00am
  • 01/17: Bowling Night! 5:30-7:30pm
  • 01/18: NO SCHOOL Professional Development Day
  • 01/21: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed
  • 01/23: E2 West Parent Visit, 7:45-9:00am
  • 01/24: E2 East Parent Visit, 7:45-9:00am
  • 01/25: Willows' Parent Morning Visit, 7:45-9:00am
  • 02/05: Redwoods Classroom Visit 3:15-4:00pm
  • 02/08: Kids Heart Challeng Envelopes Due
  • 02/08: Acorns' Winter Sing Along, 11:00-11:30am
  • 02/14: E2 Lunch Exchange
  • 02/11: E1 Snack Exchange
  • 02/18:  NO SCHOOL Presidents Day
  • 02/19: E2 "Your Child is the Guide" Evening, 5:30-7:00pm (with pizza dinner)
  • 02/20: Birches Parent Morning Visit, 7:45-8:30am
  • 02/20: Board Meeting
  • 02/22: Virtues Assembly: E2, 9:15am
  • 02/25-03/01: Staff Appreciation Week

Drop off:  8:25-8:40am

Pick up times:

  • Toddler half day - 11:30am
  • Children's House half day - 11:45am
  • Toddler & Children's House full day - 3:00pm
  • Elementary I - 3:15pm
  • Elementary-II & Middle School - 3:30pm



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Toddler Community

The RMS Toddler Program is not a day care environment but rather is structured for a child’s first scholastic experience. Specifically designed for the child between 18 and 36 months, each classroom is carefully prepared to meet the emerging developmental needs at this crucial stage in life. Read more...

Children's House

Children’s House programs at RMS consist of multiple ages from 2 ½ to Kindergarten. The children stay in one classroom for a three year cycle. Montessori offers a "prepared environment" to meet the learning and developmental needs of the children, each child working and growing at his or her own pace with an individualized curriculum. Read more...

Elementary (E1 & E2)

The Rochester Montessori School elementary program is organized into two three-year cycles: E1 for the first through third grades and E2 for the fourth through sixth grades. As in the Children's House program, multi-age groups offer lasting benefits. Read more...

Middle Years Program (MYP)

Rochester Montessori School’s Middle Years Program for grades six through eight blends Montessori pedagogy with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. This program takes place across several levels - Elementary 2 for grade six and Middle School for grades seven - eight. These grades take place as an academic community of classmates engaged in a program of rigorous academic study. Read more...

After School Studios

The Rochester Montessori School offers many after-school studios to explore activities outside of the classroom. You may wish to register your child or children for the fall, winter or spring studio as this allows the teachers to build on lessons. The fees for all studios must be paid in advance by check along with the registration form. Read more...
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