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, January 26 2015

By Paul Epstein, Ph.D

Picture5 math.pngBecoming a mathematical thinker is more than just following steps to solve a problem--it's fully comprehending each of those steps we take to get the correct answer.  Mathematical instruction has come a long way during the past twenty years. Instead of rote memorization and the “there is only one approach” orientation, educational leadership now recognizes many of the same principles that were originated by Dr. Maria Montessori. These principles belong not only in school, but in your homes as well.  Read more...
Monday, January 19 2015

IMG_0168.JPGStudents in Laura and Sarah’s E-2 classes are busy preparing for the annual Writers’ Café event that will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6pm (potluck from 5:30-6:00pm) in the Media Center.  It is a special event where the students dress as the famous person they’ve researched and share what they’ve discovered about that person.  Please join us on 1/29 to find out which famous people our students will represent!  Read more...

Wednesday, January 14 2015

medium_Middle School Photos 2014 019.JPGOne of the unique aspects of the 7th and 8th grade curriculum at RMS is the week-long intercessions program that occurs four times throughout the school year (usually at the end of each quarter). A variety of subject-related activities are planned for the intersession week that include small business development, community service, and off-campus study. An off-campus site might be a local farm, state park, museum, or environmental learning center, just to name a few.  During the intersession trips, students have hands-on opportunities to engage in place-based studies involving humanities, sciences, and the arts.  Read more...

Tuesday, January 6 2015

2014-01-12 22.13.45 cropped.jpgA group of RMS students ages 4th through 8th grade participate in the Lego Robotics After-School Studio led by Children's House Guide Mark Seifert.   They are currently preparing for a FIRST LEGO League Competition on January 11, 2015.  Read more and see Robotics team photos and videos...


Monday, December 22 2014

medium_IMG_3872.JPGBy Paul Epstein, Ph.D

As 2014 draws to a close, we wish you a happy and healthy winter break.  Amazing things are happening at RMS, and we're really excited about the opportunities and experiences that 2015 will bring our way.  Read more...



RMS News

The RMS International Festival will be held on February 21 from 10am-noon.  Find out more...
For weather cancelations and delays for RMS, click on the KTTC icon.
Important Dates
  • E-2 Writers' Cafe - 1/29 @ 5:30pm
  • E-1 West Field Trip to St. Marys - 2/3  @ 9-11am
  • Birches Parents' Morning Visit - 2/6 @ 7:45am
  • PTSA Morning Meeting - 2/11 @ 8:45am
  • Acorns Winter Party - 2/13 @ 11am
  • Jump Rope for Heart - 2/13
  • No School (President's Day) - 2/16
  • E-1 Parent Meeting - 2/18 @ 5:30pm
  • Board Meeting - 2/18 @ 6:00pm
  • E-2 Parent Meeting - 2/19 @ 5:30pm
  • International Festival - 2/21 10am-noon

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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