RMS At A Glance

History

Founded in 1968, Rochester Montessori School (RMS) is an independent, secular, progressive day school. We have grown from a school of 12 students to serving over 220 students from 18 months through grade 9. The Montessori method and IB framework are integral to the RMS student’s academic experience, offering students the unique opportunity to customize their learning to their talents and passions.

Location & Campus

Located in Rochester, MN, our school is nestled on 15-acres of rolling hills and native prairie. Our nature campus provides a beautiful setting for our community to bring learning outdoors. With three play structures tailored to the specific needs of children across multiple ages, large playing field, a community garden, chicken coop, and beehive, our outdoor facilities are second to none. 

Our school building has large, welcoming classrooms filled with natural light and access to a patio or terrace. Each classroom’s furniture and learning materials are tailored to the age range of the children served. In addition, we also offer a gym, library, and art and music studios.

Pedagogy

Montessori education, carried out faithfully at RMS, is a child-centered approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. It values the development of the whole child.

Through the Montessori method, RMS students develop:

  • Subject Mastery: Our approach is adapted and structured to meet the needs of the individual. Guides work closely with students, offering the flexibility for students to advance more quickly or receive additional support when required.
  • High Executive Function: Our students benefit from longer, uninterrupted work cycles of 2-3 hours instead of following a regimented schedule of 20-30 minute blocks. This allows students to develop deep concentration and develops a child’s self-direction, self-control, planning, and execution skills.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Our students learn through independent, active problem solving. Students learn concepts from working with prepared materials that are uniquely built to enable self-correction, allowing students to discover solutions on their own. Students also use multi-sensory materials, which helps them progress from tangible, concrete activities to abstract thinking.
  • Collaboration and Leadership Skills: Our classrooms are multi-age. This facilitates peer learning opportunities, with children encouraged to work in groups. Older students often take on a leadership role and younger students aspire to progress to more advanced work.
  • Self-Confidence: The work in our school is non-competitive and self-driven, instilling a sense of personal accomplishment and confidence in our students. They are eager and excited to take on big challenges and responsibility, within the school, and the world.

Starting in grade 6, we introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB). IB is highly complementary to the Montessori method. It is designed to cultivate well-rounded individuals capable of meeting today’s challenges with optimism and an open mindset.

Resources

Grades

Toddler (age 18 months) through Grade 9

School Hours

Toddler (18-36 months) through Children’s House (PreK and Kindergarten):

Half day: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Full day: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Lower Elementary (Grade 1-3): 8:30 am – 3:15 pm

Upper Elementary (Grade 4-6): 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Middle Years Program (Grade 7-9): 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Before and After-School Care

Before-School Program: 7:30 am drop-off
After-School Program: 4:30 pm or 5:30 pm pick-up


Summer Program

Half day: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Full day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Note: Additional fees apply for before and after-school care as well as summer programming. Before and after-school care is also available during summer programming.

Enrollment

RMS serves ~220 students across two Toddler classrooms, five Children’s House classrooms, two Lower Elementary and two Upper Elementary classrooms, and one Middle School classroom. 

Faculty and Staff

All guides have completed training certified by the Montessori Council of Teacher Education (MACTE), American Montessori Society (AMS) or Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

Guidelines & Accreditation

Our classrooms follow guidelines for American Montessori Society (AMS) and Association Montessori International (AMI).

RMS is an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) grades 6-9. 

RMS has initiated the multi-year process for accreditation with the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and American Montessori Society (AMS). 

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