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

Friday, April 18 2014 - Chicago MMUN Music
Wednesday, March 19 2014 - Remarkably, pouring then reading!
Friday, February 28 2014 - World Fair and Montessori Week
Tuesday, February 18 2014 - Why a Curvilinear Triangle?
Monday, February 10 2014 - Learning to Think
Tuesday, January 21 2014 - Robotics and Science
Friday, December 6 2013 - RMS Acronyms
Friday, November 15 2013 - Being a Montessori Guide
Friday, October 25 2013 - Geometry at RMS
Friday, October 4 2013 - Kindergarten Year

Current Events

RMS Instrument Trial!

Saturday, September 13th from 10:00-12:00 bring your children to RMS to check out different instruments and see how to sign up for lessons!


Influenza Clinic for Kindergartner through 8th Grade students will be held on September 24th from 9:15-11:00.

If you would like to register your Kindergartner though 8th Grade student to be vaccinated on September 24th, you must register online.

Unfortunately they will not be able to register students the day of the 24th. 

Students don’t miss class.  Parents don’t miss work.  Let’s stay healthy together!” 


Registration Required:

(Online forms must be completed 2 business days prior to the clinic date)


Drop off is from 8:25-8:40am.

Toddler half day pick up: 11:30am

Children's House half day pick up: 11:45am

Toddler full day pick up: 3:00pm

Children's House full day pick up: 3:00pm

Elementary 1 pick up: 3:15pm

Elementary 2 & Middle School pick up: 3:30pm

2014/2015 Welcome Back/School Supply Class lists may be found HERE

Parent Packets were due back Friday, June 27th


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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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