Montessori Education


Maria Montessori developed what is now termed the “Montessori method” through careful scientific observations of children in the early 1900’s. The Montessori philosophy of education can be described as an education of the senses, where the child primarily uses physical materials to learn in a truly hands on way. As a faithful Catholic, she attributed her discoveries as a gift from God.


Some main notable tenets of the Montessori method of education are:


Mutli-aged classrooms

  • Younger kids look up older children

  • Older children gain confidence and proficiency by teaching others

  • Leads to collaboration vs competition.


Methodically designed, hands-on materials

  • Follows a logical, developmentally appropriate progression

  • Bridges to understanding abstract concepts in a physical way

  • Build gross and fine motor skills

  • Satisfy the individual developmental needs of each child which leads to deeper concentration


Freedom to choose materials, work with them (repeatedly to achieve mastery), and restore to their original state.

  • Fosters responsibility and independence

  • Child can pursue their interest and at their pace

  • Learning through curiosity becomes a natural process that is motivating


Our mission


Combining the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith with the genius of Montessori philosophy, we guide children to discover, enjoy, and attain their Divine mission in this life and the next. Our students thrive in an environment that values wonder, discovery, community, and independence. The generosity of the community as a whole joins integrally in this task of forming the next generation of children, ensuring families of all income levels have access to a premier education.

Catholic  Identity


  • St Monica’s Montessori aims in every way, to be grounded in the principles of the Catholic faith!!
  • The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School in Blaine, MN, with 25 years of experience melding Montessori with Catholicism, is contracted to assist in developing our program.
  • The “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” is weekly religious formation for all children.
  • Daily work starts with each child taking a moment of prayer, asking Jesus to guide them through their day.
  • Our goal is to continue communications in order to seek approbation through the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo.




We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children.

We believe that the home environment and the role of the parents as teachers and models throughout a child’s life are fundamentally important.

We believe that all children are called to holiness and are created by God in His image and likeness with a unique combination of abilities,  interests,  and learning styles.

We believe that all children are inquisitive and creative and that they possess a natural desire to learn.

We believe that all children move through successive developmental stages, and at each stage, the children must be committed and actively involved in the learning process.

Mission Model of Tuition

St Monica's asks families to prayerfully consider adding our school their tithing commitments by contributing 1 to 3% of their annual income.  In order to further our vision we also require 10 names to be shared so that we may further spread awareness and support of our program.