About Our School

“The word education must not be understood in the sense of teaching but of assisting the psychological development of the child.” -Maria Montessori

Vision and Mission

The vision of La Crescent Montessori & STEM School is to develop self-assured, lifelong learners who are compassionate, globally minded, and empowered to positively impact the world.

The mission of La Crescent Montessori & STEM School is to prepare outstanding Montessori environments with integrated STEM education and rigorous academics, which foster independence, self-assurance, collaboration, and connections to the global community and provide experiences that promote curiosity, inquiry and engagement.  LMSS’ approach is guided by the principles of AMS Montessori education.

Brief History

La Crescent Montessori & STEM School became a Minnesota public charter school in August, 1999. The school was founded by a group of interested parents who wanted an all day Montessori school option for their children. LMSS began with two classrooms in a brand-new building and had one graduate in it’s very first year.

In 2003, the Middle School and High School was added to the charter. The focus of these upper grades is STEM education with the underlying foundation of a Montessori education. Earth Science, engineering along with contextualized math, are at the forefront of this curriculum.  LMSS uses Project Lead The Way curriculum to enhance this experience.

In the summer of 2011, we made the exciting move to our current location.  Many of us still remember when this building was the skating rink.  We are lucky enough to have the beautiful wood floors still in use.   Call us to set up an appointment to tour today!


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Montessori in itself is an innovative practice.  The Montessori philosophy is to follow
the child and to use a hands-on approach to learning.  It uses differentiated instruction to meet the specific needs of each child.  In doing this, children are able to excel at their own pace.  The Montessori curriculum gives children a strong base of information which they continue building and applying to their everyday lives.  Montessori works to educate the whole child by helping children understand their place in the world.  Children will understand how they fit in this world and what they can do to ensure the world is  a peaceful and prosperous place.  In addition to an advanced academic curriculum, the Montessori philosophy molds future leaders not only in our community but future leaders of our world as well.

To explore more of the Montessori Philosophy, click here.

Authorizer and Important Resources

Authorized by Audubon Center of the North Woods

David Greenberg, Director of Charter School Authorizing

43 Main St., Suite 507

Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612-331-4181

Email: admin@auduboncharterschools.org


Other Important Resources: 

American Montessori Society

Minnesota Public Charter School

Minnesota School District #4054