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.

Outdoor Ecology

The outdoor activities at RMS connect children to our natural environment, both on our fifteen acre campus and in Southeast Minnesota. Through age-appropriate hands-on activities, children take an active role in understanding and protecting our environment.

Summer Programs

2017 summer collage.jpgCheck out the RMS 2017 Summer Programs!

Registration still available. 

Click HERE to see program details!

Click HERE to for registration form

RMS Middle School Pizza

Friday Pizza for E1, E2 and Middle School Students

We are excited to announce that the Middle School Business is now read to start taking orders for Friday Pizza Lunches! This option is available only for students in 1st - 8th grades (Elementary 1- Middle School),

A few very important pieces of information:
  • We are now proudly serving BB's Pizza, a locally owned and operated business!
  • Pizza is $5 per 2 slices. Sorry but we are unable to offer refunds.
  • March Order forms can be found here!
Ordering pizza should be easy! You may stop the school in the mornings at drop off and find someone wearing a Pizza hat to place your order and pay or you may fill out the google form to let the MS Business know if your student(s) prefer Cheese or Pepperoni pizza and which available Fridays you would like it delivered. Please note that you will have the option to pay on-line via PayPal. If you choose to utilize this service you must click on the appropriate link (Payment for 1 or 2days of pizza) which should open a new window or tab for the PayPal site. Finally, please DO NOT FORGET TO CLICK SUBMIT!  
Click on the picture to order online! 



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Families who choose Rochester Montessori School as a recepient for their eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.




RMS News

Office Hours 7:30-4:30pm M-F
RMS Student Information Packet link HERE
Student Supply Lists can be found HERE

Important Dates 


  • Nature's Playground Challenge - 4/22;8:30am
  • E1 East Writers' Cafe - 4/26; 6:30-8:00pm
  • E1 West Writers' Cafe- 4/27; 6:30-8:00pm
  • Virtues Assembly - 4/27
  • School Closed: Professional Development Day - 4/28
  • Redwoods Parents' Open House - 5/11; 3:15-4:15pm
  • PTSA Meeting - 5/12; 8:45-9:45
  • E1 Play - 5/17; 6:00-7:00pm
  • Acorns Class Picnic - 5/17; 10:30-11:30am
  • Board Meeting - 5/17; 7:00pm
  • Cypress Parents' Open House - 5/18; 7:50-8:30am
  • Willows Parents' Spring Open House - 5/19; 10:25-11:25am
  • Birches Family Picnic - 5/19; 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Virtues Assembly - 5/19; 9:00am
  • E1 Lock-In and E2 Camping Trip - 5/25- 5/26
  • Pinecones Class Picnic - 5/26; 10:30-11:30am
  • School Closed: Memorial Day Observed

RMS Calendar 2016-2017

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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