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.

Montessori Matters

Tuesday, March 24 2015

By Laura Rasmussen, E-2 Guide

2015-03-19 19.49.42 small_0.jpgMontessori education provides children with opportunities to engage with their environment and their community.  At RMS, not only are E-2 children engaged with the RMS environment by working with our ecology specialist on designs for ways to use our outdoor space, but also the world community by participating in the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) and planning fund raisers and awareness events.  Read more...

Monday, March 16 2015

myp-programme-logo-en_0.jpgSixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at RMS engage in studies, community projects, small businesses, and more to become international-minded citizens and creative, critical, and reflective learners through the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP).  For those not familiar with this program, the following resources from the International Baccalaureate provide an excellent introduction not only to the IB's educational philosophies but also to the specifics of the Middle Years Program.  Read more...

Friday, March 6 2015 logo_small.pngWhat does it mean to live in extreme poverty?  How many people live in extreme poverty?  Why is poverty not just a problem that affects some countries, but a global issue that affects us all—even those who don’t live in extreme poverty?  Those are some pretty tough questions, and a group of RMS students in our New Global Citizens (NGC) after school studio are tackling them head-on.  Along with Laura Rasmussen, these students are preparing a special event called “A Day in the Life” on March 19th at 5:30pm where they’ll educate the RMS community about extreme poverty.  Read more and listen to the students' radio broadcasts... 

Monday, March 2 2015

int festival logo.jpgRMS staff, students, and families came together to celebrate cultural diversity, world heritages, and community-mindedness at the annual International Festival on February 21st.  With twenty-five countries represented at the International Festival by RMS families and Winona State University students, cultural entertainment from RMS students and community ethnic groups, samples of different international foods, crafts for children, and flag cookie decorating, this festival truly celebrated our school’s vision of “Whole Child, Whole World”.  Read more... 

Monday, February 23 2015

maria4.jpgMontessori Education Week is February 22-28, 2015.  This week at RMS, we'll celebrate Maria Montessori and Montessori education.  E-1, E-2, and Middle School students will spend this week and next preparing special presentations they'll share at an all-school assembly on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9am in the Media Center.  The children will be sharing their special thoughts about Maria Montessori and what it means to them to have a Montessori education.  We hope you will join us at the assembly!  In the meantime, enjoy this short biography on Maria Montessori. 


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Important Dates
  • Middle School Intersession Week - 3/23-3/26
  • 6th Year MMUN Trip to NYC - 3/25-3/28
  • No School (Professional Develpment - 3/27
  • Spring Break - 3/30-4/3
  • Return to School - 4/6
  • Middle Schoolers Present! - 4/8 @ 6:30pm
  • Pinecones Sing-Along - 4/14 @ 11am
  • E-1 West Parent Visit - 4/15 @ 7:45am
  • Board Meeting - 4/15 @ 6pm
  • E-1 East Parent Visit - 4/16 @ 7:45am
  • E-2 Parent Visit - 4/17 @ 7:45am
  • Birches Invite a Special Person to Lunch - 4/17 @ 12pm
  • Play & Praise:  An Evening for Parents - 4/23 @ 5:30pm

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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