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At La Crescent Montessori & STEM School (LMSS) we care about every one of our students. We truly build a sense of community where every member is responsible for the well-being of each other and the school.

At LMSS, we offer a world-class educational experience for K thru 12th grade. As a public charter school, this experience is free to all Minnesota residents. Tuition based enrollment is available to non-Minnesota residents.  We are also proud to offer affordable Preschool options for 3 & 4 year olds in our Children’s House classroom.

La Crescent Montessori & STEM is founded on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. With a hands-on approach to learning and specialized materials to aid students in understanding both simple and complex concepts, we empower our students to engage with their learning experience at every level.

La Crescent Montessori & STEM is proud to be the only school in the area to offer  S.T.E.M. studies (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to 7th thru 12th grade. Currently, the STEM focus in class is applying mathematical concepts to engineering and earth science topics. To support this learning experience, we have partnered with  Project Lead the Way-Gateway to Engineering, a rigorous curriculum that uses modern engineering software.

We invite you to explore our website.  If you have any questions, or are considering enrollment at La Crescent Montessori & STEM, please contact us for a tour of our facilities and experience our community first-hand.

Groundbreaking Pre-School Scholarship

At the June 30th, 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors, LMSS has voted to approve a free tuition option for students in the pre-school program.  The entire policy “Bringing Montessori to Everyone” can be found on the admissions page.  Here are a few details:  for Minnesota families that value Montessori education, a zero dollar tuition policy has been passed.  Students entering Pre-K 3 or Pre-K 4 could attend LMSS at no expense to the families.  This policy was created to fill a need in the community.  Many families have been unable to take advantage of the opportunity of our great school simply because the tuition was out of their reach. Parent involvement is key to a successful academic career, and in alignment with other policies already in practice, LMSS has been able to create an opportunity that allows families from all economic backgrounds to enroll their child, maintain parent involvement and reduce the economic stress that pre-school education can bring.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our pre-school program, please call us at 507-895-4054, or email


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