Welcome to Sunny Hollow Montessori


The heart of Montessori education is this: Children love to learn, and when we surround them with people and environments that support their development, they become responsible, compassionate, and intelligent human beings.

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Sunny Hollow Montessori offers authentic Montessori education for children ages 16 months to 12 years. Our classrooms follow the international, high-quality standards of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

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Experience shows that prospective families that attend both a classroom observation and an open house feel most informed about the educational model we offer. Visit our Admissions Calendar for more information on scheduling an Observation and attending an Open House.

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About Us

At Sunny Hollow Montessori, you are immediately struck with the warm and inviting atmosphere and the welcoming community of staff, children, and parents. Our actively involved family community includes grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends who participate in the lives of Sunny Hollow students.  The students also extend this welcoming energy to anyone who walks through Sunny Hollow’s doors.

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Sunny Hollow Montessori serves children ages 16 months to 12 years.

Our broad range of educational experiences supports and nurtures the intellectual, emotional, and social well being of the child.

Why Choose Us

You and your child will thrive.

We offer authentic Montessori education, beautiful and engaging classrooms, exceptional teachers and staff, and a strong parent community. In our lovely setting along the Mississippi River, we provide easy access to families from St. Paul, Minneapolis, and surrounding suburbs.

Learning that is relaxed, natural, and home-like.

Dr. Maria Montessori observed that when children grow up in an environment that is intellectually and artistically alive and encouraging, they spontaneously ask questions, investigate, create, and explore new ideas. Dr. Montessori centered this theory on a learning experience for children that is relaxed, natural, and home-like.


  • Extraordinarily gifted and committed teachers.

  • Highly devoted staff.

  • Trained and committed guides with long tenure at the school.

  • Extremely gifted and dedicated staff who are there because they love what they do.

  • High quality staff that is passionate about what they are doing.

  • A strong, vibrant, diverse community.

  • Small community where everyone knows everyone.

  • Warm, welcoming, and close-knit community.

  • Daily expressions of love and support for my children (feels like an extension of family at school).

  • Fidelity to the [Montessori] model with clearly stunning results.

  • The school is committed to educating the whole child and interested in developing character as well as competency.

  • The school nurtures curiosity, creativity, and exploration while also nurturing the need for respecting others.

  • SHM infuses its students with confidence, respect, and independence for learning and for social interaction.

  • Each student is valued for their unique gift to the community, while not allowed to be one-dimensional.

  • Fosters independence, curiosity, and a sense of competence that carries over into all aspects of children’s lives. They feel capable and are often inspired.

  • Engaged and excited student learners.

  • A group of fantastic kids encouraged to be their fantastic selves.