Our Campus

An Environment Designed to Foster Learning

At Rochester Montessori School, we believe that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. 

The Great Outdoors: A Natural Extension of the Classroom

Rochester Montessori School is nestled on 15-acres of rolling hills and native prairie, providing a beautiful setting to bring learning outdoors.

Students have a multitude of opportunities to explore and discover the natural world.

Our campus features:

  • Three play structures tailored to the specific needs of children across multiple ages
  • Large playing field
  • Community garden
  • Chicken coop
  • Beehive

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

Dr. Maria Montessori

 

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.”

Dr. Maria Montessori

The School Building: A Child-Centered, Prepared Environment

At Rochester Montessori School, our large, welcoming classrooms are filled with natural light. They are carefully prepared for student-centered learning. Orderly and engaging, they offer the student opportunities for independence.

Each classroom has access to a patio or terrace and features furniture sized specifically for each age range. A variety of materials are available to give students freedom of exploration and to allow them to learn through self-correction. 

Our students also have access to:

  • Gym
  • Library
  • Art studio
  • Music studio

“The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.”

Dr. Maria Montessori

 

“The objects surrounding the child should look solid and attractive to him, and the house of the child should be lovely and pleasant in its particulars; for beauty in the school invites activity and work.”

Dr. Maria Montessori

Land Acknowledgement

Rochester Montessori School is located on the tribal homelands of the Dakota Nations.

Rochester Montessori School acknowledges that our campus occupies ancestral lands once belonging to the Dakota Nations.

We recognize that the Dakota people continue to live and thrive in Minnesota, including the Prairie Island Indian Community, the Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux Community, the Upper Sioux Community and the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

We honor with gratitude the land and acknowledge the history that brought Rochester Montessori School to this location. We dedicate ourselves to holding the land in the highest regard, ensuring its sustainability, continually seeking wisdom and understanding, and pursuing equity and inclusion efforts that support the diverse communities in which Rochester Montessori School serves.

We encourage our community to reflect upon the histories of native and indigenous groups, to understand our place within that history, and to consider the necessary work to heal and do better for generations to come.

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