Who We Are

Who We Are

Grand Forks Montessori Academy is the only private Montessori school serving the Greater Grand Forks region. Serving the area since 1983, we offer Montessori-based education to students beginning at birth. We offer a variety of year-round programs including Half-day, Full-day and After-school programs. Our Summer Friendship Club for children 6 to 12 years completes our year-round educational opportunities.

Mission Statement

Grand Forks Montessori Academy’s mission is to offer premium care in a Montessori-based educational environment that maximizes our natural surroundings to support the creativity, independence, critical thinking, self-esteem, and enjoyment of life-long learning that we celebrate in all people.


Founded in 1983 as the Little Scholar Ship Montessori Preschool, our school has served children for generations, establishing a strong Montessori tradition in the Greater Grand Forks region. For more than three decades, we have met the changing needs of our community. As the first and only independent Montessori elementary school in the region, we provide children an education in accordance with the Montessori methodology beginning at birth.

“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”

— Maria Montessori

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