Welcome to Rochester Montessori School

A Montessori and World IB School

Founded in 1968, Rochester Montessori School (RMS) is an independent, secular, progressive day school. Located in Rochester, Minnesota, we serve over 220 students and their families from 18-months to 9th grade.

Each child is integral to life at RMS, and collectively, students are the heart and pulse of our school. RMS faculty and staff understand how to educate the whole child, keeping students’ innate thirst for learning alive and fostering the discovery of each individual’s unique gifts and capabilities.

At RMS, we prepare students for life. Through the Montessori method, students fully engage in their own learning, not only gaining subject mastery, but developing executive function, independence, critical thinking, leadership and collaborative skills, and self-confidence.

With rigorous academics, an expansive, 15-acre campus designed to foster learning both inside and outside the classroom, and a vibrant and welcoming community, RMS is a wonderful place for students to learn and grow.

We encourage you to visit and experience for yourself how we “Cultivate life-long learners who forge a better world.”

The Rochester Montessori School Difference

Education
for Life

Education for Life

Montessori education, carried out faithfully at RMS, values the development of the whole child. Our students gain executive function, independence, critical thinking, leadership and collaborative skills, and self-confidence.

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Rigorous
Academics

Rigorous Academics

Through our individualized approach to learning, RMS graduates are very well prepared for high school. Ninety-three percent of graduates take advanced math, science or English classes.

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Environment
Built for Learning

Environment
Built for Learning

Our building features large, welcoming classrooms filled with natural light, patio access, and a gym, library, and art and music studios. Our 15-acre nature campus features play structures, playing fields, garden, chicken coop, and beehive.

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Experienced, Passionate Educators

Experienced, Passionate Educators

We have a dedicated, highly trained leadership, teaching, and administrative staff. All guides have completed training certified by the Montessori Council of Teacher Education (MACTE), AMI or AMS.

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Vibrant Community
of Learning

Vibrant Community of Learning

Our active, engaged parents, students, and staff create a vibrant community of learning with many opportunities for involvement. You can attend our multiple school-wide events, serve as a classroom parent, or volunteer on the Rochester Montessori Community Connection (RMCC).

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“Free the child’s potential,
 and you will transform
him into the world.”

Dr. Maria Montessori

Academic Programs

We offer programs for students from 18-months to 9th grade through our mixed age classrooms.
We also offer enrichment programming, before and after-school care, and summer programs.

Testimonials

Hear what our alumni and families have to say about RMS.

Madelyn Tung-Mabry

“I am so grateful to my incredible teachers at RMS for creating such an amazing, nurturing environment which fueled my love of learning. My experiences and the friendships at RMS made the transition into high school easy. Academically, I was more than prepared to take on advanced classes over the past few years, and interpersonally, I am able to communicate well with teachers and peers.”

Madelyn Tung-Mabry

RMS Class of 2019, High School Class of 2023

Calvin Grothey

“Rochester Montessori School provided me with the necessary skills to conquer High School. Rochester Montessori School is an extraordinary school; I loved the community, and style of teaching of Rochester Montessori. Rochester Montessori gives students opportunities that other schools can’t give.”

Calvin Grothey

RMS Class of 2019, High School Class of 2023

Paul Roach & Dr. Shannon Sheedy Roach

“For our children, Rochester Montessori School is much more than a school. It’s an extended family where they feel deeply connected to their peers and guides. As parents, we love the optimized learning and character building that Montessori supports.”

Paul Roach & Dr. Shannon Sheedy Roach

Naomi Hogan

“RMS provided a nurturing and caring environment with more one-on-one time with my teachers, allowing me to develop better interpersonal skills.”

Naomi Hogan

RMS Class of 2019, High School Class of 2023

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