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 through Junior High. Our classrooms follow the international, high-quality standards of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

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

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We’d love to tell you more about Sunny Hollow Montessori.

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Please enjoy this AMI Guide’s connection of Montessori process with today’s knowledge about how children learn. We are providing individual tours of the school. Contact us to schedule a visit and to learn how Sunny Hollow Montessori makes this come alive!

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 through Junior High.

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

  • The Joy of Math

    Jenny Thompson, Parent Connections Coordinator –  “If only I’d learned math the Montessori way as a child!” That was a refrain uttered by Sunny Hollow parents at last Thursday’s parent education night, “The Mathematical Mind.” Parents worked with the concrete materials of the Casa and Elementary levels to understand mathematical concepts such as one-to-one correspondence,...
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  • The Study of Humans

    By Joe Hayes, Lower Elementary Guide –  Studying the lives of human beings is a central theme of Montessori education at the elementary level. Elementary students have an ability to consider the lives of other people and imagine what life may have been like for those who came before us. Through history studies of human...
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  • How Upper Elementary Children Explore the Creation of the Universe

    By Gillett Cole, Upper Elementary Guide –  We begin each school year sharing the five Great Stories with our elementary students. Lower and Upper Elementary Guides tell the same five stories. Each story, like all good stories, appeals to two essential qualities of the elementary student: imagination and intellect. The first story is Creation of...
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  • Making Music Together

    By Lannette Peterson, Casa River Guide –  It’s important to have music in some form or another every day in a children’s house environment. Rhythm, music and songs are a part of the Casa child’s experience from the first days, through materials, activities and play. We sing often–in small groups, individually, collectively and sometimes as...
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  • Montessori and Play

    By Gina Murray, Casa Lake Head Guide –  I have recently noticed the vast amount of information being published on the topic of play and its importance to healthy development in young children. As a Montessori educator, I have been asked by friends, family members, and even fellow parents how a Montessori Casa can truly...
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  • Supporting the Creative Personality: Visual Arts in Lower Elementary

    By Shanna Brown, Lower Elementary South Guide –  “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso Our world is filled with an extraordinary kind of wonder that is achieved through the interaction of color,...
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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.

Offering On-Site and Distance Learning Options from 16 Months Through Junior High

Sunny Hollow Montessori will open in September for on-site learning, with an individualized distance learning option available. For more information on our distance learning program, please click here.

We are still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year on a “space available” basis. Inquire today!