Little Voyageurs’ Montessori School (LVMS) was founded in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, in 1968 by a group of dedicated parents. It is one of the oldest Montessori Schools in the Twin Cities area providing an early childhood and kindergarten educational program. From the beginning, our mission has been to nurture the development of each child’s unique potential.
In 1978 the school received its independent 501(c) 3 status.
Conveniently located in the Twin Cities Metro, we currently reside within St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church; where spaces for one large Montessori classroom, which is used for both the morning and afternoon Montessori classes, and two smaller rooms used to accommodate children in the extended day enrichment and kindergarten extensions, allow us to provide a rich and engaging environment for our young learners.
LVMS’ intergenerational program, which began in 1988, is unique among Twin Cities Montessori schools. In 1991, LVMS moved into an assisted-living facility, on the Crest View Campus. The elders and the children were able to interact spontaneously, as well as through planned events. The elders enjoyed the children and were fascinated by what they could do. LVMS has since moved back to its previous site. LVMS enjoys intergenerational activities when ever they can be scheduled with seniors.
LVMS became accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in December 2012. NAEYC sets a higher standard of quality programming and staff education in early childhood programs.
LVMS strives to build a program that helps the children reach his/her potential. Little Voyageurs has achieved a "4-star" Rating from the Parent Aware Program through the Department of Human Services fall of 2013.
The friendships our children established with kids who look or speak differently than they do has established an open-mindedness that has carried through into their elementary school years.