Welcome to Many Rivers Montessori! We offer Toddler, Primary (preschool + Kindergarten), Elementary and Middle School programs, serving children from 16 months through 14 years old. Before- and After-school care is available for Toddler through Elementary, as well as summer programming.
Many Rivers Montessori is a Recognized Montessori School with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) for its Elementary and Toddler Programs, and is licensed as a child care provider with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. We are also a New School Services member of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), and a candidate member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Many Rivers Montessori is a learning environment that fosters independent, academically prepared, and socially responsible citizens who will be lifelong learners and problem solvers. We provide an ideal learning environment that focuses on the whole child during each stage of development from toddlerhood through adolescence — the benefits of which last a lifetime.
“A great social mission that will ensure the child justice, harmony, and love remains to be accomplished.
And this great task must be the work of education, for this is the only way to build a new world and bring peace.”
Maria Montessori, Education and Peace, 1949
As a learning environment that fosters socially responsible citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers, Many Rivers Montessori aspires to be a multicultural community with a welcoming spirit.
We seek to embrace and celebrate each person’s individuality, and recognize the full spectrum of cultural traditions and life experiences in our community. We invite each other to understand and value multiple perspectives, to identify and reject stereotypes and biases, and to work for equity and peace within the school and beyond.
The diversity we affirm includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic status, or ability. We uphold this commitment by being welcoming to all our families; by enriching our student body, staff and board with members from varied backgrounds; and by learning with our children how to become compassionate citizens of our world.
Nurturing a diverse community provides rich and tangible benefits to all our children. Honoring our unique stories and sharing our cultural traditions strengthens our school community and enriches our lives. Through these efforts to engage across differences, we connect in our shared humanity, and prepare our children for a lifetime of meaningful, peaceful relationships at home and in all the world.
Many Rivers Montessori values diversity in every aspect of the school community. It is the policy of MRM not to discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation or disability in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs and other school-related programs.
We are a nurturing community of students, teachers and families coming together to grow a generation of students who can change the world. The foundation of this is the 100-year-old Montessori method, which undergirds everything we do at Many Rivers Montessori.
Our school is guided by the principles and pedagogy of Dr. Maria Montessori. She defined the goal of education as "the development of a complete human being, oriented to the environment, and adapted to his or her time, place and culture." The prepared environment nurtures the independence of the child, creates an abiding respect for self and others, and instills a love of learning and exploration.
Dr. Montessori believed that children learn through purposeful activities. The prepared classroom provides a developmentally appropriate environment that supports and inspires the child's innate desire to learn, and where the choice of meaningful work is expected and respected.
The Montessori philosophy is rooted in the natural world. One way we honor this is with our vegetable garden, where the children will work to grow food that can be used in the school community, or donated to local food banks.
Our school embraces and respects diversity. With daily lessons of grace and courtesy, our children grow to understand and respect one another and to appreciate each other's differences. To this end, it is our goal to create, maintain and grow a scholarship program to assist families with limited resources.
Many Rivers Montessori opened in September 2014. We invite you and your children to help write our history from the start! The teachers, parents, and community members that came together to found this non-profit private school would love to have you join them. Be a part of launching a community-based school committed to earning accreditation from Association Montessori International (AMI-USA) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) that will enrich the lives of children in Duluth for generations to come!
The philosophy that guides Montessori teaching is "cosmic education." In other words, all subjects are interconnected and seamlessly flow together. We strive for fluidity. One of the great lessons given in many Montessori classrooms each year is the work of water, especially the river. The children are continually reminded that rivers carve, carry and deposit. These actions have powerfully shaped our surroundings. Rivers also connect with the way Montessori education presents history through geography, as rivers bring people together. Every great civilization has formed near a river or body of water.
Our amazing city of Duluth, Minnesota is built around many, many rivers. Our school, like a river, will shape the community around it — and this will become our history.
David Barthel, Courtney Bartz, Kelly Bartz, Alan Baumgarten-Leveille, Sarah Baumgarten-Leveille, Andrea Christopherson, Brenda Ciardelli, Tony Ciardelli, Meredith Cornett, Nicole Dastoor, Joe Ehlers, Jeff Engbrecht, Amy Hexum, Mike Karstens, John Kliewer, Lauralyn Kliewer, Angel Koski, Deb Landon, Jennifer Lien, Catherine Long, Sarah Nelson, Anna Pessenda, Rita Rosenberger, Cory Salmela, Kara Salmela, Ryan Schaefer