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Montessori students develop into self-motivated, inquisitive, compassionate people. Our graduates know the value of hard work, taking initiative, and have a great heart for service.
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Welcome to Many Rivers Montessori! We offer Toddler, Children’s House (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, Primary (Children’s House), and Toddler Programs, and is licensed as a child care provider with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. We are also a Provisional Member School 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, gender identity, or disability in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs and other school-related programs.
For Fall 2019: Many Rivers Montessori seeks Assistant Teachers for Children’s House (Preschool–Kindergarten) and Lower Elementary (1st–3rd Grade). To see the position listing, please click here for our Employment page.
Many Rivers Montessori seeks a qualified Part-Time Childcare Assistant. For more information and to see the position listing, click here for our Employment page.
A longitudinal study from the University of Virginia has found that children Montessori preschools show improved academic performance and social understanding, while enjoying their school work more. Strikingly, children from low-income families, who typically don’t perform as well at school, were not disadvantaged in Montessori preschools, and showed similar academic performance compared with children from high-income families. Click on our Parent Education Page for more information about the study.
Many Rivers Montessori’s Primary program is now a Recognized AMI Montessori program! Recognition is the highest level of endorsement from the Association Montessori Internationale, a worldwide Montessori organization. Many Rivers is now an AMI-Recognized Montessori School from Toddler through Sixth grade. In November 2017, an AMI consultant spent two days at MRM carrying out in-depth classroom observations, interviewing staff, and reviewing materials and resources before recommending MRM for formal Recognition. While any school can use the word Montessori, it is the recognition process that ensures that high quality, authentic Montessori education is taking place. Earning AMI Recognition was one of the founding goals of Many Rivers, and we are now the only Recognized Montessori School north of the Twin Cities. (AMI Recognition is only available through the Elementary program.) To learn more about AMI affiliation, you can visit the AMI-USA website at: https://amiusa.org.
Interested to know more about Montessori? Come and see the pedagogy at work, up close! Call us at 218.464.5570 to schedule an appointment for a Tour.
MRM is now a Provisional Member School of the Independent Schools of the Central States (ISACS). To learn more about our plan to become a fully accredited independent school and only the second school in the Twin Ports to achieve this goal, click here.
MIDDLE SCHOOLERS DISCUSS MRM MIDDLE SCHOOL: Click on our Middle School page for a series of interviews with our Middle Schoolers on various aspects of life at the MRM Middle School. Also, Head of School Mark Niedermier explains why MRM launched a Montessori Middle School in Duluth, and our own Maddie Keeler (a Montessori Middle School graduate) and founding Middle School teacher Jessica Mohn-Johnsen share their thoughts and hopes.
Improve The World: Check out this beautiful song written by MRM Assistant Teacher Heather Honer here. She wrote the song after an encounter on our playground, and here performs it in our Toddler environment, where even our youngest students learn about how their voices can help bring about peace.
Many Rivers Montessori is in the news! Read about our story and our big dreams to "raise the temperature of education in all of Duluth" in the Duluth News Tribune!
Your gift to our Annual Fund fills a critical need in our budget and supports everything from Montessori materials to professional development to financial aid. Click on our Giving page to find out more!
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.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are goals that our entire school community works toward. With daily lessons of grace and courtesy, our children grow to understand and respect one another and to appreciate each other's differences. Many Rivers Montessori offers financial aid to help make a Montessori education affordable for all.
Many Rivers Montessori opened in September 2014. We invite you and your children to help write our history as a vibrant part of our community! The teachers, parents, and community members that came together to found this non-profit private school welcome you. Our community-oriented school has earned hard-won Recognition from Association Montessori International (AMI-USA), and is in the process of becoming fully accredited through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Our dream is to build a school that will enrich the educational environment for 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