Why Monarch?


In a time when small =safer, we are limiting the size of our entire school to only ten children.


We offer high-quality, individualized Montessori instruction from trained and experienced teachers.


We provide healthy snacks including fresh fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on children learning cooking and self-care skills.


At Monarch, every day is special! Instead of designated specialist blocks, we give opportunities to explore art, music, yoga, movement, nature, and cooking every single day!


As a nonprofit organization, we exist for the benefit of our community. We offer significant tuition assistance with preference given to children of essential workers.


Our classroom environment is beautiful, with an abundance of exciting materials and custom furniture in a warm and inviting space. Come and see it for yourself today!



"The  Lead Guide and founding Director of Monarch Montessori is the gracious, playful, and enriching Julia Kallmes. I had the pleasure of working alongside Julia for 5 years so I can tell you that she has always been dedicated to equity and providing the best for children.


In the past 5 years I have seen her have grace under stress, work long hours to find just the right song, or create a work that will pique an individual student’s curiosity. Julia loves children when they need it most: when they are tired, worried, and overwhelmed by the adult world.


I can honestly say that any child would benefit through her love and teaching. If you are looking for an inspired, hands-on, loving school for your 33 month - 6 year old child, Monarch Montessori would be a wonderful place to flourish."

— Tonia

Children's House Teacher and former colleague


What steps is the school taking in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Monarch Montessori School is taking significant steps, which are detailed in our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.

  • We are limiting the class size to 10 children.

  • Staff will wear face masks and, to the best of our ability, help children correctly wear clean masks while indoors.

  • Drop-off and pick-up will occur outside, and all staff and students will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Staff have extra time for cleaning and sanitizing the space.

  • Each child will have access to their own materials as well as communal materials that will be sanitized after every use.

What are the school’s hours of operation?

We are open Monday through Friday. We offer a full-day and half-day option. Full day runs 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and half-day runs 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Extended day programming is available on a monthly or as-needed basis. Extended day runs until 5:00 p.m.

What is the school calendar?

We are a year-round school with breaks for holidays, conferences, classroom refurbishment, and staff training. A copy of our school calendar is available upon request.

What are the tuition rates?

In order to make our programming accessible to families of all incomes, we employ a sliding scale tuition model*. Please contact Julia at or 651-252-1427 to determine what you family's tuition rates would be.

*Tuition rates are determined by household size, household income, and availability of funds.

What is Montessori?

Dr. Maria Montessori developed her namesake philosophy and pedagogy, or style of teaching. The Montessori Children’s House responds to the specific developmental needs of children ages three through six with individualized lessons, purposeful work, and hands-on learning materials. The variety of ages in one classroom results in children helping and learning from each other. A Montessori environment offers a place for every personality to belong and thrive.

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Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church

Attn: Monarch Montessori School
1669 Arcade Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55106

Monarch Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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