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.
    past NEIM student
  • I still remember cutting pickles. I mean, who learns to cut pickles?
    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.
    past NEIM student
  • I made friends with people I never would be friends with on my own – like little kids.
    past NEIM student

Recent News

Employment – Lead Preschool Teacher

Northeast Iowa Montessori School is seeking a Lead Preschool Teacher for FALL 2019. Please inquire for job description by contacting​ or call Rachael at 563-382-6491 by March 23, 2018

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Montessori Open House – 2018

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 10th 10:00am-12:00pm. Registration information for enrollment in spring...
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Family Potluck Dinner – Jan 25th

Join us on Thursday, January 25th, for the annual Montessori Family Potluck Dinner. It will begin at 5:30 pm at Baker Commons on the Luther Campus (directions/address below). We hope to see you there! Come with a dish to share and plates/flatware for yourself. We’ll provide drinks, a few...
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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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