Do not tell them how to do it. 

Show them how to do it and do not say a word. 

If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. 

If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.

~Maria Montessori

About Us

What Is Three Rivers Montessori School?

Three Rivers Montessori will serve Elk River, Rogers, Zimmerman, Otsego, and the surrounding Minnesota areas. It is a public tuition-free elementary school for students and parents interested in an authentic Montessori school experience.

What Is Montessori?

Montessori is based on the philosophy of education and human development. We see the child as a motivated participant in their education, learning through self-instigated actions on the environment. Because of this belief, we emphasize hands on learning, individualized lessons, and cooperative social interactions. Our curriculum is comprised of practical life, language, and mathematics. Geography, history, science, art, music, literature, and physical education are also included.  

Our Goal

We are planning to open Fall of 2020, and will begin with grades K-6.     

In its first five years, Three Rivers Montessori intends to establish a thriving 1st through 8th grade program within the boundaries of Independent School District 728 (including the Elk River, Otsego, Rogers, and Zimmerman, Minnesota areas). 

In Montessori terms this means lower elementary classes which serve 6-9 year olds, upper elementary classes which serve 9-12 year olds. 

In the following five years, and at its discretion based on enrollment and success of the elementary and middle school, Three Rivers Montessori intends to establish a high school serving 9th - 12th grade.

Three Rivers Montessori will be organized as a public non-profit organization offering a non-sectarian educational program.

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We're rapidly moving toward our goal of opening this community school in the fall of 2020.

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Our School Mission & Vision

Mission: Three Rivers Montessori empowers each student to reach their full potential as engaged citizens within their communities through caring for our planet and each other, bringing forth their gifts to meet the world’s great need. 

Vision: Through the Montessori method of education and rich outdoor experiential education, Three Rivers Montessori school educates students to be curious and reflective, skilled and creative, empathic and compassionate. 

Optimal Environment + Empowered Student = Engaged Citizen

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Three Rivers Montessori

Elk River, Minnesota, United States

(763) 350-9100

Board of Directors

Leah Studaker, Lisa Andrican, Chris Castagneri, Janell Johnson Thiele, Troy Hanson,  Sarah Pilarski