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Lower School

To Be Known, Loved and Challenged

At our coed private lower school in Mendota Heights, MN, grades Montessori Pre-K through grade 5, we know and nurture each child in our care as a unique individual.

We aspire not only to provide our students with a superb education but also to help them grow in spirit and embrace virtues that will stay with them through life.


Visitation welcomes young children to an environment that celebrates and nurtures their natural passion for discovery.

The Lower School, elementary school  grades Montessori Pre-K through grade 5, is rich with opportunities to explore, whether children are meeting a visiting author or coding, taking on engineering challenges or investigating the creatures that inhabit our campus pond. Through these experiences, children develop a love of learning and the fundamental skills essential to meeting the challenges that lie ahead.


Our outstanding Lower School teachers—69 percent of whom hold advanced degrees—guide children’s growth and progress. They include not only master teachers in each classroom but also a learning specialist and a resource teacher to extend classroom learning, and specialists focusing on world languages, art, music, technology, the library and physical education. With multiple adults often working together in a single class, children have abundant opportunities for individual interaction and support.


Every Visitation child knows what it means to be part of a warm and strong faith community. From partnerships and friendships in the classroom and across all divisions, the bonds of community extend outward.

Whether they are grade eight prayer buddies, grade six Friday Friends or grade 12 lab partners, these older students are wonderful role models, bringing an unforgettable extra dimension to each child’s experience.