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.

Montessori Matters

Tuesday, November 24 2015

By Paul Epstein, Ph.D.

Individuality is a premier Montessori educational principle often expressed as “follow the child.” At Rochester Montessori School, your child is respected as a person with unique abilities and potentials. We want your child to become all he or she is meant to be. As this occurs, your child develops confidence, self-esteem, and naturally contributes to others.   Read more...

Friday, November 6 2015

Profit-Risk-Loss.pngThis year, 7th and 8th graders have formed a business group called Middle School Business. A big part of the adolescent Montessori curriculum is student participation in business and economic studies. The group has worked together to come up with ideas that would fit well with our Middle School Business mission and be successful and fun business projects to undertake.  Read more to find out which business ideas didn't make the cut for this fall...

Friday, October 23 2015

newnhamm-MultiColored-Sparkle-300px.pngSudha Kheterpal is a British Asian percussionist who, for the past two decades, has played with a variety of famous bands and musicians.  Often throughout her life, Sudha wondered if the great power of music could be harnessed and then utilized-- a source of renewable, clean energy that could help people who live without access to electricity.  She found her answer in creating Spark!  Read more...

Thursday, October 8 2015

By Margot Garfield-Anderson

DSC_3875 cropped.jpgObserving in the classroom is a wonderful way for parents and grandparents to connect deeper, understand greater, and reinforce more of the Montessori way of life.  It will give you the opportunity to see your child's work and understand how each classroom is a specially prepared environment for learning.  Classrooms at RMS will be open for observations beginning October 19th.  We invite you to call the office to schedule an observation of your child and her or his classroom.  Read more about observing in the Montessori classroom...

Friday, September 25 2015

Bee Photos 004.JPGBy Nicole DeBurton

RMS is now home to a healthy honey bee colony, and our students are busy learning all about honey bees!  This is a wonderful opportunity for older students to work with bees and bee products, is a vital step in restoring the natural environment of our prairie, keeps our vegetable gardens productive, and helps sustain healthy bee populations for our area.  Honey bees are fascinating creatures to learn about for adults and kids alike, and it's important to understand the role honey bees play in the pollination of 40% of the food we eat.  Click here to learn more...

RMS News

Join us for the RMS Winter Bazaar on Friday 12/4 (3pm-6pm) and Saturday 12/5 (9am-12pm).
Important Dates  
  • E-1 East & West Parent Visit:  Children Are the Guides Tonight - 12/3;  5:30-7:00pm
  • Birches Parent Visit:  Work With Your Child - 12/4;  10:30-11:30am
  • RMS Winter Bazaar - 12/4;  3:00-6:00pm & 12/5;  9:00am-Noon
  • RMS Band Red Kettle Drive - 12/9;  4:00-5:00pm
  • PTSA Meeting - 12/11;  8:45-9:45am
  • Pinecones Sing Along - 12/11;  11:00-11:30am
  • Cypress Parents Morning Visit - 12/16;  10:30-11:30am
  • RMS Board Meeting - 12/16;  6:00-8:00pm
  • Redwood Parents Morning Visit - 12/18;  10:30-11:30am
  • E2/MS Theater Production:  The Rules of the Game - 12/18;  7:00-8:00pm
  • Winter Break:  12/23 - 1/3
  • First School Day after Break:  1/4
  • PTSA Meeting - 1/8;  8:45-10:00am
  • E-1 West Parent Visit - 1/13;  7:45-9:00am
  • E-1 East Parent Visit - 1/14;  7:45-9:00am
  • Moving Up to E-2 Night - 1/14;  5:30-6:30pm
  • No School:  Professional Development Day - 1/15

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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