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.

Montessori Matters

Monday, May 11 2015

By Paul Epstein


Here is a simple question: How do we know when a child learns? A test score is one answer. A child learns when she scores 100%. But what if the child scores 85%? Does the score imply the child did not learn the remaining 15%? What if we were to retest the child a week later, and she then scores 75%? Did the child “unlearn” 25%? If the child cannot remember, could this imply the child really did not “learn” that 25%? Is there a difference between learning and retaining information and learning and performing procedures?  Read more...
Friday, April 24 2015

By Paul Epstein, Ph.D.

Despite our common sense beliefs, praised children (and adults) do less well than their intrinsically motivated peers (Kohn 2001; Kohn 2005). In fact, a diet of external motivation results with the opposite of what we intended. Instead of sustained academic achievement, praised children produce lower test results; instead of compliance, praised children may act out with resentment and exhibit behavioral issues. And it’s no different for us adults.  Read more...

Thursday, April 16 2015

Montessori 2014 (51).jpgBy Paul Epstein, Ph.D.

The prepared environment, the developmental nature of the child, and the preparation of the teacher are three of the pillars of Montessori educational philosophy. The environment must, as Montessori discovered, empower a child to satisfy her or his drive for self-perfection. As the child grows, she or he should also learn to be responsible for the prepared environment.  Read more...

Monday, April 6 2015

IMG_0398.JPGRMS Middle School students are working on their Community Projects, which is a component of the MYP IB Curriculum.  The Community Projects focus on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community.  The middle school students have written short descriptions about their Community Projects.  Read more...

Tuesday, March 24 2015

By Laura Rasmussen, E-2 Guide

2015-03-19 19.49.42 small_0.jpgMontessori education provides children with opportunities to engage with their environment and their community.  At RMS, not only are E-2 children engaged with the RMS environment by working with our ecology specialist on designs for ways to use our outdoor space, but also the world community by participating in the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) and planning fund raisers and awareness events.  Read more...


RMS News

Welcome to RMS!  We're excited for the 2015-2016 school year!
Orientation programs for all ages:  8/31 through 9/4.
Important Dates
  • Middle School New Student Orientation - 9/3;  8:30-11:30am
  • Picnic Playdate - 9/3;  11:45am-1:45pm
  • E-1 East & West New Student Orientation - 9/3 & 9/4;  8:30-11:30am
  • E-2 Parent Meeting - 9/3;  5:30-6:30pm
  • E-2 New Student and all 4th Graders Orientation - 9/4;  8:30-11:30am
  • Labor Day (No School) - 9/7
  • First Day of School - 9/8
  • E-2 Eagle Bluff Camping Trip - 9/9 through 9/11
  • RMS Ice Cream Social - 9/16;  6-7:30pm (rain date 9/17)
  • Board Meeting - 9/16;  6-8:00pm

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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