Our Process

We know it’s not easy to select the right school for your child. Our admission process makes it easier! Visit us at a scheduled guided tour of our school. During the tour observe one of our classrooms to see how our instructors interact with our students. You’ll notice how well the children interact and self-direct their activities, sharing with others and learning at their own pace.

+ Admissions Process

Admission is a simple three-step process

1) Schedule a tour

2) Complete application form

2) The school will contact you about your child’s application status and waitlist status if all seats in a given grade level are filled.

4) Once your child has an opportunity to accept a seat, you will be contacted to begin the enrollment process.

+ Parent Handbook

+ Food Services Program

Three Rivers Montessori uses Lisa’s Catering to provide our delicious meals. Each meal requested is ordered. If your child no longer requires the meals they ordered, please submit a revised order form to help us reduce food and cost waste.

Breakfast Orders

 If your child is having breakfast at school, please complete an order form.

Orders are due Monday May 22nd, 2023

Breakfast Menu.

Monday: Whole Grain Bagel, Apple Sauce, Juice

Tuesday: Cereal, Yogurt, Apple

Wednesday: Breakfast Round, Banana, Juice

Thursday: Cereal, Orange, Juice

Friday: Muffin, Peach Fruit Cup, Juice

To apply for Free or Reduced Lunch, please complete the Educational Benefits Application and submit it to

Lunch Orders

Please complete one Lunch Order Form per student.

Orders are due Monday May 22nd, 2023

To apply for Free or Reduced Lunch, please complete the Educational Benefits Application and submit it to

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+ FAQs

2023-2024 School Year Information

Office Hours: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Student School Day: 7:30 am – 1:45 pm

Daily Schedule

6:30 am – Pathfinders Child Care Program Opens

7:00 am – School Office Opens

7:05 – Pathfinders Child Care Program Closes

7:05 am – Parent Drop-Off Begins

7:25 am – Parent Drop-Off Ends

7:30 am – Student Instruction Begins

1:40 pm – Student Instruction Ends

1:45 pm – Pathfinders Child Care Program Opens

1:50 pm – Parent Pick-Up Begins

2:05 pm – Parent Pick-Up Ends

3:00 pm – School Office Closes

6:00 pm – Pathfinders Child Care Program Closes


  1.  Enter Yale Street from Hwy 10 via 171st Ave NW.
  2. Wait on Yale Street’s right shoulder until you can enter the Drive Alley.
  3. Split into two lanes in the Drive Alley.
  4. For Pick-Up, place your student name sign in the window of your vehicle.
  5. Stop at the top of the Drive Alley and remain in your vehicle with your children until the staff is present to escort your children into or out of the building.

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You can use these forms to authorize individuals to pick up your student.

  • Alternate Pickup for Regularly Scheduled Alternate is used for creating a repeating pick-up schedule with someone other than the parent or guardian.
  • Parent  Permission for Child Pick Up Form is used to authorize individuals for student pick up on request. Contact the school to authorize an individual from the form for a specific date and time.


Three Rivers Montessori partners with ISD 728 for bus transportation.  To sign up for bus transportation please complete the Student Transportation Form and return to Three Rivers Montessori by:

Fax: 763-595-1198

Mail: 17267 Yale Street NW., Elk River, MN 55330



Breakfast and Lunch

Three Rivers Montessori families can purchase breakfast and a hot, cold, gluten-free or vegetarian lunch. The grant we received last year allowed us to provide these meals for free. Now that the grant has ended, we will be charging all families for lunch and breakfast, except those that qualify for free and reduced lunch, and kindergarteners will continue to receive free breakfast.

Lunch menus, the order process, and Free and Reduced applications are available on our Food Services page.

Costs for families who wish to receive school meals during the 2023-2024 school year:

  • Breakfast: $2.00
  • Lunch$4.00
  • Gluten-Free or Vegetarian $5.00

For additional information about our meal program click the Food Services button. 


Pathfinders Child Care Program

Three Rivers Montessori has created the Pathfinders childcare program to support families with varying drop-off and pick-up needs.  Our program is open from 6:30 am to 7:50 am before school and 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm after school. Currently, the program is unavailable on non-school days such as holidays and breaks.

To apply for the Pathfinders childcare program, complete the online application .

The cost of the program is:

  • $14.00 for AM, 6:30 am – 7:50 am
  • $17.00 for PM, 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Note that the program’s cost is by session; we do not offer an hourly rate; however, you are welcome to drop and pick up your child at any time within these windows when you sign up and receive a Pathfinders spot.

For additional information click the Pathfinders Child Care Program button.


Experience why our children are HAPPY to learn!

Have A Question?

We tried to think of everything, but if you have a question please let us know! We aim to respond to all inquiries quickly, with our office being open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.