About Us

Dakota Montessori building

Dakota Montessori School (DMS) offers education that sparks curiosity, creativity, and intelligence present in every child. We are an authentic Montessori school that proudly uses the methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, an internationally known educator. Dr. Montessori developed her philosophy and mapped out an approach to learning that is especially well suited to preparing children for success.

DMS opened in Fargo, ND in 1969 as a not-for-profit organization. DMS is organized as a North Dakota nonprofit corporation (501 C3) and governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees.

DMS provides a unique experience meeting the individual needs of children from six weeks through sixth grade. We have a history of success spanning over forty-six years. DMS has grown from a small children’s house in a rented space to serving approximately 180 students currently in our state-of-the-art school with over an acre of spacious grounds. We are a 9-month academic program with a summer camp learning environment.

Our Montessori philosophy and talented teachers provide a model place for children. The excellence of our programs led to the steadily increasing enrollment and a need for a larger facility. After a generous gift from the Gary and Connie Tharaldson Family Fund in 2001, DMS moved into our current facility at 1134 Westrac Dr. in Fargo, ND, and we have enjoyed an exemplary program on a beautiful site.

DMS is a member of the American Montessori Society (AMS) for infants through sixth grade. DMS also is licensed by the North Dakota Department of Human Services and approved by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.