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A Program Choice for Elementary Students 

Montessori Education
  • Individualized instruction for children
  • Mixed-age groupings of students
  • Structured curriculum
  • Prepared environment, using specialized Montessori teaching materials
  • Environment that supports independent, self-directed learning and self-assessment

Multi-Grade Classroom
The multi-age groups provide children with opportunities for development of broad social, academic, and leadership skills. Remaining with the same teacher for an extended period of time allows teachers to know their students well, avoids time lost each year to assess levels of student achievement, and gives students stability as they progress through the curriculum.

There are two Montessori classrooms:
E1 - Grades 1-2
E2 - Grades 3-5

Montessori Curriculum
Montessori elementary curriculum includes reading, mathematics, science, social studies, with specialty subjects such as art, music and physical education. The Montessori curriculum meets the objectives of the District and encourages students to go beyond basic requirements. The sequence of study will be directed by certified Montessori teachers. Children are guided through the sequence based on their individual needs and interests. The holistic Montessori curriculum helps children develop the physical, cognitive and emotional competence and positive attitude towards learning that is required for school success.

Montessori students display:
  • Self-directed work habits
  • High level of responsibility to work independently
  • Enjoyment of hands-on learning

The Montessori option is open to Owatonna first-fifth grade students and located at McKinley Elementary (1050 22nd Street NE).

Student drawing image

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment."
-Maria Montessori

Registration for 2024-2025
Registration is open through February 9, 2024. Register here.

If you have any questions, please contact Steph Stolp at McKinley Elementary School, (507) 444-8200.

The primary basis for selection in the Montessori program is first come/first serve.