About Us

Rochester Montessori School

Rochester Montessori School (RMS) was originally established in 1968 by a small group of parents searching for the best education for their children. The Montessori Method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, based on universal principles of human development, was identified as the best approach and the Rochester Montessori School was created. RMS was initially offered in a private home, and demand in the community steadily grew and led to the development of our school campus. From an original student body of 12, RMS has grown to an enrollment of over 200 children which currently represent over 25 countries of the world.

Highlights of RMS History:

  • 2021

    COVID protocols

    COVID protocols are put in place and RMS re-opens its doors for students and staff, offering 9th grade for the first time. 

  • 2020

    Governor Walz

    Governor Walz orders schools to close due to the COVID pandemic. RMS pivots to distance learning and students and staff connect virtually to continue learning.

  • 2018

    Celebrating 50 years

  • 2013

    International Baccalaureate World School

    RMS officially approved to offer the Middle Years Program (grades 6-8) and becomes an International Baccalaureate World School

  • 2012

    Celebrating 45 years

    Celebrating 45 years and middle school grades 7 and 8 are offered for the first time

  • 2011

    International Baccalaureate World School

    RMS becomes a candidate school for the Middle Years Program (grades 6-8) and pursues authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School

  • 2010

    New elementary wing opens

  • 2008

    RMS Celebrating 40 years

  • 2005

    Move into our new building

  • 2004

    Land purchased and building begins

    Land purchased in NW Rochester 7th Street NW and building begins

  • 2002

    Permanent Building

    RMS Board of Directors votes to purchase land for a permanent building

  • 1998

    Celebrating 30 years

  • 1992

    Christ United Methodist Church

    We grow again and move to Christ United Methodist Church

  • 1982

    We grow and move to Assisi Heights

  • 1980

    Elementary program begins

  • 1975

    Full day programming offered

  • 1970

    The toddler program opens

  • 1969

    Rochester Township Hall

    RMS grows and moves to Rochester Township Hall

  • 1967

    RMS Children’s House begins

    Parents gather 12 children and RMS Children’s House begins