Rock Prairie Montessori is a non-profit school that began in September 1994 through the efforts of several parents seeking an alternative education for their children.  Rock Prairie Montessori’s program purpose is to operate a child centered school for children in accordance with the Montessori Method to encourage the development of every child to his or her maximum potential and to aid parents/guardians in the education of the child by involving them in the school.


Our son doesn’t just learn reading, writing and arithmetic...he is taught respect, kindness and compassion for various cultures and people of the world.
— Kristen Higginbotham, RPMS Parent

The day-to-day operations of the school are managed a Leadership Team that includes the Head of School, Director of Operations and Director of Development and Planning. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of parents, community members, and the Head of School. Parents also serve on various committees to assist with the planning of social events and fundraisers. Children and their families from throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, as well as teachers and staff, comprise the Rock Prairie Montessori School community.

Rock Prairie Montessori offers a Montessori Beginnings Program for parents/caregivers and their child age birth to 20 months, a Toddlers’ House Program for children ages 18 months to three years, a Children’s House Program for children ages three to six, and an Elementary Program grades first through sixth. Before school care, after school care and Summer School Programs are also available.

Rock Prairie Montessori is affiliated with the International Montessori Council (IMC) and The Montessori Foundation and our teachers are all certified Montessori instructors.

About Janesville

Janesville is located in Rock County, the gateway to Wisconsin.  With a population of over 60,000, Janesville has a small-town feel with big-city amenities including shopping, recreation and more than 100 area restaurants.  Termed the City of Parks because of its more than 2,000 acres of parkland, Janesville is also a convenient drive to the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford and Madison.  Janesville, nearby Beloit and other stateline communities offer a wealth of festivals, cultural events, antique shops and recreational areas that provide year-round opportunities for outdoor enjoyment.