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. I will identify pictures for each of these and send to you, but for now can you put up the sequence identified above including the new text?

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, November 17 2014

IMG_0818_0.JPGThe toddlers in Melissa and Sarah's Pinecones class are busy learning.  They are working on developing both gross and fine motor skills such as pounding pegs into a pumpkin and picking dry corn off a cob, arranging flowers, preparing and eating healthy foods, and identifying letters and numbers.  Take a photo tour to find out more.


Thursday, November 13 2014

Parent Night 011.JPGLast week was parent conferences week at RMS.  Find out why our E-2 Guides have Student-Led Conferences and how the students shape their education by spending time reflecting on what they've been learning the past two months.  Read more...  By Laura Rasmussen


Thursday, November 6 2014

give to the max logo.jpgRMS is participating in Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 13, 2014!  Please check out our webpage on  Our goal is to raise $5,000, and you can help us reach it!  Funds raised on November 13th will be used for the purchase of replacement materials and furniture in the classrooms, books for the library, or for maintenance or improvements to the outdoor campus.  Read more...

Sunday, November 2 2014

RMS MS Voice_0.jpgCheck out the latest edition of the 7th and 8th graders' RMS MS Voice!

This month's stories include the ebola crisis, DMC news, field trip reflections, and much more!


Wednesday, October 29 2014

fox 47 video.jpgCheck out the broadcast on Fox 47 from October 29th!  Our students did a great job.  They leave for China on November 13th for the MMUN Conference.



RMS News

The Moving Up to Middle School Night has been postponed.
For more information on Tim Seldin's presentation on Dec. 4, click here.
Important Dates
  • Moving Up to Middle School Night - future date TBD
  • Evening PTSA Meeting - 11/25 @ 6:30pm
  • Thanksgiving Break - 11/26-11/28
  • Toys for Tots Drive - 12/1-12/15
  • E-1 East and West Parents' Event:  "The Children are the Guides Tonight" - 12/3 @ 5:30pm
  • Montessori expert Tim Seldin to present "Montessori/IB:  Educating Children (18 Months Through 12th Grade) for an Ever-Changing Future" - 12/4;  Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation begins at 7pm.
  • Birches "Work with Your Child" Morning:  12/5 @ 8:30am
  • RMS Holiday Fun Night - 12/12 @ 6pm

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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