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. I will identify pictures for each of these and send to you, but for now can you put up the sequence identified above including the new text?

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.

Montessori Matters

October 21 2014 RMS Students are preparing for their trip to China!

P1030368.JPGFrom November 14-23, 2014, six 7th and 8th grade students will travel to China to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference.  The MMUN began in 2006 and was founded by a Montessori guide named Judith Cunningham.  Our students will be representing the country of Belgium at the conference.  Read more...

October 15 2014 Why Your Child MUST Stay for Kindergarten! By Paul Epstein, Ph.D.

When children grow and learn in Montessori, we see natural cycles. These occur in groups of six years: birth to age six; six to twelve; and twelve to eighteen. In observance of these cycles, the kindergarten year is NOT a beginning. Contrary to the design of traditional education, children during their kindergarten year experience tremendous cognitive integration. They become remarkably self-reliant. The kindergarten year is, in other words, a year of celebration. It is, after all, the completion of the first half of childhood. Your children naturally integrate, build upon, and benefit from those earlier experiences and lessons.  Read more...

October 13 2014 Montessori Matters is now a blog!

Welcome to the Montessori Matters blog, a newly transformed version of the Montessori Matters newsletter.  We’re thrilled to use this new blog to keep you informed about what’s happening at RMS.  The blog will also showcase the children's learning and thinking experiences as well as highlight important principles of our Montessori/IB education. We’ll post a new blog entry twice a week, so look for a link on your Facebook or Twitter feed announcing the post.

September 17 2014 Counting Up to 50 - By Paul Epstein, Ph.D.

We are larger school this year with 201 children, using every inch  of our building and 15 acre campus to educate toddlers through eighth grade.  So, who are we? We are proud to be a Montessori school and 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. We are celebrating our 47th year, and we are counting up to our 50th.  Read more...

June 10 2014 The Scientific Method - In Children’s House! By Mark Seifert

At the children's house level, the scientific method is a way to ask and answer scientific questions by making observations and doing experiments. I describe this in five steps. These are ask a question, construct a hypothesis, test the hypothesis by doing an experiment, analyze the data, and draw a conclusion. It is also important that our experiments include a fair test. A "fair test" occurs when you change only one factor (variable) and keep all other conditions the same.  Read more...

May 15 2014 Science and a One Room Schoolhouse by Laura R. and Sarah B.

Montessori stated, "The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." Throughout the year in E2 we focus on the STEM subject areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Read more...

April 18 2014 Montessori Model UN Trip to New York City

The 6th years returned from the Montessori Model United Nations in New York City on Sunday afternoon. They were exhausted from the six-day adventure, but excited to get back to RMS and share their experiences with the rest of the E2 classroom. They joined 750 other Montessori children from counties around the world including Mexico, Nigeria, Canada, China, and the Virgin Islands.  Read more...

March 31 2014 RMS MUSIC LIFE! By Janine, Music Guide

Music is alive and well at RMS!  In music classes for kindergarten through 4th grade we have been singing, playing instruments, creating pieces, learning about instrument families and musicians, and discussing ideas for the Talent Show.  Fifth and sixth graders have been studying and writing the blues, and middle school students recently completed a unit on 12-tone music and attended a professional production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  Read more...

March 19 2014 Remarkably, pouring then reading! By Paul Epstein, Head of School

Pouring activities are part of the Practical Life curriculum found in our Toddler and Children’s House programs. Remarkably, these activities prepare children for mathematics, writing and reading. How does this happen?

It begins with enjoyment, and children enjoy the Practical Life works. They are fun, interesting, engaging, challenging, and satisfying. The child is captivated by the works; the child wants to explore and find out. These are essential “habits of mind” for all later thinking and learning.  Read more...

February 28 2014 Maria Montessori Week by Paul Epstein, Head of School

This is Montessori Education Week, and we celebrate from February 23 through March 1. This will mark the 107th year of Montessori education. Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was one of the first women in Italy to become a medical doctor. She initially worked with children with cognitive impairments. She developed educational materials for them, and many passed required examinations. After several years of teaching and studying at the University of Rome, Montessori opened a childcare center in San Lorenzo, a housing quarter near Rome. Conditions there were appalling – untreated disease, over 90% unemployment, rampant crime. In 1906 Montessori was asked to open the center to stop children from vandalizing. On January 6, 1907, nearly 60 children came to the world’s first Children’s House. Three months later an event took place which changed the lives of those children and Montessori’s too.  Read more...

RMS News

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Important Dates
  • Oaks Parents' Open House - 10/24 @ 3:15pm
  • Pumpkin Lighting - 10/30 @ 5:30pm
  • Book Fair - 10/30-11/6
  • No School (Conference Day) - 11/7
  • Moving to Kindergarten and E-1 - 11/11
  • Board Meeting - 11/12 @ 6pm
  • Speaker:  Tim Seldin "Montessori/IB:  Educating Children for an Ever-Changing Future" - 12/4;  Doors open at 6:30pm and presentation begins at 7pm;  beverages and appetizers will be served.

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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