Frequently Asked Questions

Children meet the same Minnesota state academic standards as other public schools. Children practice the basics daily (reading, writing and math) and also explore history, geography, botany, zoology, biology, geometry, art, and music. Children choose topics in each subject to study in depth, presenting their research through a report, poster, or presentation.

Children also develop many social skills through their work together in small groups. Children learn to cooperate, negotiate, resolve conflicts, and finish projects together. Children also practice leadership, being a group member, and public speaking.

Children work hard during the school day. When children leave school, they continue to learn about many other aspects of life that are vital to their development, like helping with family chores, attending extracurricular activities, and spending time with their family. Free time also allows the children time to rest and recuperate so they are prepared for the next day.
Many Montessori children transition to traditional middle or high schools. These children are usually academically and socially ahead of where their peers are. Montessori children are able to adapt and fit in to diverse environments because they have such strong social and academic skills.
No, Montessori schools are not affiliated with any religious beliefs.
Sandstone Montessori is governed by a nonprofit board of directors consisting of community leaders, educators, and parents from Pine County and beyond.  The school is authorized by the Minnesota Guild of Public Charter Schools.
Yes. It is likely that our school population will mirror that of the local community, including the native communities. We will incorporate traditions and cultural learnings that reflect the diversity of our students and families.

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