Montessori at Franklin

Montessori at Franklin was founded in the Rochester Public School District in 1993. This educational program was devised by Dr. Maria Montessori, who believed that children can teach themselves when placed in a "prepared environment."

The Montessori classroom allows children to move, touch, manipulate and explore the specifically-designed learning materials with indirect teaching, inviting activity. Concrete materials in the area of mathematics allow the students to begin their journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation and invention. The approach to language emphasizes spoken language as the foundation for building precise vocabulary and language patterns. The materials for written language introduce the 26 letters and their sounds along with other natural exposures to writing and to written materials. Since Montessori education is based on the inner motivation of the child, it is the teacher's role to work with this motivation in ways that will enhance each child's learning experience.

What we offer:

  • Currently we serve approximately 200 students in the 2022-2023 school year. 
  • Two All-day Kindergarten Classrooms
  • Four Elementary 1 Classrooms
  • Two Elementary 2 Classrooms

About our staff:

All of our Montessori teachers are licensed in the state of Minnesota and have or are pursuing additional certification in the Montessori method (AMI or AMS). 


Learn more about our school:

If you have any questions about this programming or our school, please contact Principal Sam Pearson at (507) 328-3300 or email.