Northeast Iowa Montessori School

The Joy of Discovery

NEIM is a nurturing environment that cultivates each child’s intellectual and creative potential while instilling a sense of individual and global responsibility. We directly follow the philosophy, principles and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Montessori Method

The Montessori Method of Education supports the child’s developmental needs for freedom within limitations. In a carefully prepared environment the child is guaranteed exposure to materials and experiences through which to develop intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities.

What Parents Say

  • We had three daughters attend Northeast Iowa Montessori and each benefitted from their time in NEIM in different ways. This is because NEIM encourages children to be independent learners, so each of our children were able to explore their own interests and begin to discover their unique gifts.
    Steve and Krista
  • All of our children still talk about the fun of choosing their own work. The Montessori method allows children to take ownership of their learning and we still see the effects of this several years after their time at NEIM.
    Steve and Krista
  • As parents, we especially liked how the younger children were mentored by the older kids and then, as they became older, had the chance to be mentors themselves. The older children develop confidence and become comfortable being leaders, and it is great to see friendships form between kids of different ages.
    Steve and Krista
  • They let us choose what we wanted to do and experience things on our own.
    Mara
    past NEIM student
  • I still remember cutting pickles. I mean, who learns to cut pickles?
    Mara
    past NEIM student
  • We see our children growing and transforming before our eyes, building upon skills to mastery. They are so much more than what we’ve been told children are, simple sponges; we’ve found at NEIM, they are creators, thinkers, artists, writers, singers, builders, givers, and advocates for peaceful community. We beam when our children feel compelled to share their works with us and feel they have the time and space to relish in what they discover there. Our expectations of what we thought they would get from this simple early education program have been exceeded. We are eternally grateful!
    Scott and Kelly
  • I did more challenging math with Ms. Christine. She helped me do harder things.The base ten blocks helped.
    Mara
    past NEIM student
  • I made friends with people I never would be friends with on my own – like little kids.
    Mara
    past NEIM student
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Recent News

Summer 2016 Programming!

Fun, active, play-based summer camp for children ages 2.5 – 7!  Registration opens February 8th.  Open to the public, but current NEIM families will have first priority for registration.  For guaranteed preferred schedule, and $25 Early Bird Discount, sign up by April 1st.  Final...
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Kindergarten Meeting

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 9th, from 6-7pm to learn about the Kindergarten year at Montessori.  Light refreshments and childcare will be provided! In Montessori schools all over the world, each classroom is based upon a three year age span and learning cycle. Dr. Maria Montessori found that children...
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Open House — Sat. February 6, 2016

Welcome community members, families, and children of all ages! Whether you have little ones, or have always wondered what goes on inside a Montessori classroom, indulge your curiosity at our Open House, Saturday, February 6th 9:00am-12:00pm. Registration information for enrollment in spring...
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10+ yr. Old Dream Comes True!

Northeast Iowa Montessori is now a permanent resident of the downtown Decorah community after thepurchase of the 418 W. Water Street building. In the winter of 2002, 23 parents created a dream.  That dream was to expand the education options for students in NE Iowa.  They met to discuss...
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