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.

Read more

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.

Learn About Our Guides


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

Thursday, December 11 2014

To understand Google’s orientation toward creating global change, it’s helpful to know a bit about four influences that helped shape Larry Page’s world view: his grandfather’s history in the early labor movement, his education in Montessori schools, his admiration for the visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, and his participation in the LeaderShape Institute when he was enrolled at the University of Michigan’s engineering school. These helped build in Page the desire and confidence to take on large-scale systemic change.  Read more...

Monday, December 8 2014

By Nicole DeBurtonIMG_5533.JPG

One of the pillars of Rochester Montessori School is Outdoor Education.  The goal in making the Outdoor Education pillar strong is to instill in students a greater knowledge and understanding of the school’s ecosystems.  This fall, students focused on identifying edible berries, creating sit-spots, planting garlic, improving the school's composting system, and studying winter birds at our new bird feeders outside the Media Center.  Read more...

Monday, December 1 2014

tim seldin_0.jpgWe’re rather excited about this Thursday evening when we welcome Montessori expert Tim Seldin to RMS.  Tim will give a special presentation entitled “Montessori/IB:  Educating Children Ages 18 months Through 12th Grade for an Ever-Changing Future”.  The event begins at 6:30pm with a wine & cheese reception and is open to the public.  Learn more...



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.JPGBy Laura Rasmussen

Last 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... 



RMS News

Shutterfly Fundraising:  Find out more!
Important Dates
  • Evening PTSA Meeting - 12/23 @ 7pm
  • First Day of Winter Break - 12/24
  • First Day Back after break - 1/5/15
  • PTSA Morning Meeting - 1/8 @ 8:45am
  • Moving Up to E-2 Night - 1/8 @ 5:30pm
  • E-1 West Parent Visit - 1/14 @ 7:45am
  • E-1 East Parent Visit - 1/15 @ 7:45am
  • No School (Staff Development) - 1/16
  • No School (MLK) - 1/19

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



Help support our school by participating in the AmazonSmile, Target Take Charge of Education, and Shutterfly programs.  Each time you shop, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to RMS.  Click on the icons above to sign up.


For weather cancelations and delays for RMS, click on these icons:




Photo Credit:  Alex Lupu;

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...
Go to top