Our classrooms are open! Find out how Sunny Hollow Montessori is providing peace of mind by following best practices for safety and sanitation.

Sunny Hollow Montessori

Our classrooms are open! Find out how Sunny Hollow Montessori is providing peace of mind by following best practices for safety and sanitation.

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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  • Widji Bound!

    Good afternoon, The excitement was palpable as many of our Upper Elementary students left campus for Camp Widji. I wanted to share a few pictures that we took this morning before the buses began the journey. Something I learned in joining a Montessori community is the importance of independence and a sense of accomplishment for...
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  • Supporting Duante Wright, Jr. And His Family

    Dear SHM Families and Friends, As we continue to live with and hear about the trauma and unrest occurring in the Twin Cities we want to make available validated opportunities to support Daunte Wright’s son, Daunte Wright, Jr., Daunte Jr’s mother, Chyna as well as opportunities to support Daunte Sr.’s family as they grieve, memorialize...
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  • Creek Currents

    The first official day of Spring was March 20th and here in Casa Creek we are so excited for our plants to begin blooming and nature to come alive! Working outside brings a plethora of opportunities to learn from nature through experience. Here in Creek, we take advantage of the warmer weather as often as...
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  • Head of School March Update

    Dear Parent/Caregiver, Happy Spring! I hope this email finds you happy, healthy and enjoying some warmer weather! With Governor Walz’ announcement to ease the restrictions starting 3/15 and our spring break around the corner, I wanted to share our continued plan to help keep our students, staff and community as safe as possible. Our plan has been successful so...
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  • Week 26 in Lower Elementary North

    A Brief Peek into Week Twenty-Six in Lower Elementary North This week we found time: to play with some musical notes, turning them into words and playing the results on the tone bars. Side note, “a bead” is rather pretty. debate whether a definite article indicates the presence of a proper noun or not calculate...
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  • Casa Lake’s February Newsletter

    WHAT WE’RE LEARNING by Vanessa Padua-Evans February was an engaging month for Casa Lake, so active I almost let the Casa Lake Musings ripple away in the zeal. We read many books that inspired questions, experiments, and fun. We read, “We are Water Protectors.” The children talked about the possibility of how they would clean...
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  • February Creek Currents

    Practical life exercises are the routine daily tasks we take on that contribute to our quality of life. When children are given opportunities to feed, dress, clean and care for themselves and their environment, they build awareness of the contributions they can make to their community. They will also become more socially aware of the...
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  • River Runnings, February Edition

    Hello Casa River Families ~ What a difference a day makes! The month of February has fewer days and those seem to have flown right by us. Some very cold days meant we had recess inside which gave us a turn to try out the new flooring in Fink Hall. A few children have brought...
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  • Peek Into Creek This Week!

    Hello Creek Families, We have been having such a wonderful week and we just wanted to share some updates of what we are learning and discussing in the environment as well as some fun alternatives to outdoor activities while we wait out this cold weather! This week, we have learned the stories of so many great...
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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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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.

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Our classrooms are open! Find out how Sunny Hollow Montessori is providing peace of mind by following best practices for safety and sanitation. Watch our safety video now!