Welcome to Mississippi Valley Montessori School

We are a year-long AMI Accredited Montessori school following the West St. Paul, Mendota Heights District 197 school year calendar. We are located at 1575 Charlton Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118, in the lower level of St. Stephens’ Church and across the street from Dodge Nature Center. You can reach us at 651-450-6693 or info@mvmontessori.org.


We are excited that you have decided to explore the option of a Montessori education for your child. Our main program ranges from 33 months through 6 years of age. Our Children’s House offers authentic Montessori Preschool through Kindergarten programming, with an environmental focus. Our school is run by dedicated Montessori trained teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, and a volunteer board.

What is Montessori?

The Montessori method is an educational model developed by Dr. Maria Montessori based on her observation of children. She developed this way of teaching to promote world peace through generations of children. By affording children the freedom to move, the freedom to choose and the freedom to communicate, Dr. Montessori realized that learning became an exciting process of discovery (both of the self and the universe) leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, a love of learning, and a reverence for life. In the Montessori method this takes place in a carefully prepared environment consisting of child sized furniture and beautifully constructed materials to both attract the child and show respect for the child through offering the best to the smallest.  The Montessori environment allows for all children to maximize their personal potential.