Why JMS?

An Authentic Montessori Approach

46 years of Experience

Educated Staff

6.5 Acres of Natural Play & Learning

Outdoor Classroom

5-day Program

Parent Workshop Events

Community Involvement

Supportive Transition from Home to School

Our History

In 1971, Jonathan Montessori House of Children was located in the original homestead of the Jonathan Area known as the Worm Barn. The Worm Barn was named after the second family to live on the homestead, the Worm family.But, in May of 1989, the school and the barn were destroyed by a disastrous fire. Many tiny schools would have shut down, but Jonathan Montessori's committed parents and staff rallied together, creating a plan to begin again in a new location on Hundertmark Road. 

Starting with two rooms, Jonathan Montessori re-opened in January 1990 with 30 children. The following year a classroom was added, and at the end of three years Children’s House was full with a waiting list. The planning and development committee researched growth options and decided an elementary school would be a wonderful addition. After looking at various options and wanting to create a program that would bring in the natural growing diversity of the area, the committee contacted District 112 about starting a Charter School. The District was in favor of the idea and greatly supported the efforts of Jonathan Montessori.

In February 1995, The World Learner School of Chaska, a public Montessori Charter School, was created. The World Learner enrolled 24 students in its cardinal year that fall. Today, it has grown and flourished, with 185 students in 1st through 8th grades. While Jonathan Montessori and The World Learner School both operate by authentic Montessori philosophy, they are separate entities and no preference for entrance is given to either school.

Our Architecture

Vesper Eco-Architecture in collaboration with Ramsey Jones Architects designed the 1980s church structure in 2013.

Construction by Engelsma Construction out of Minneapolis.