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PK-8
Private
Minneapolis, MN

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3755 Pleasant Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55409

(612) 827-3707
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October 29, 2014
This is a wonderful school that is great at developing creative independent thinking, wonderful working skills, motivation, love of learning. The kids have a chance to remain themselves and do what they love in this caring and educated community. They are taught in non-competitive, natural way, while building trust and respect among kids and teachers through great things that they do together: doing community work, older kids helping younger, working at the farm, traveling for two weeks together on the annual educational trip through the country, while camping in the most beautiful National parks, annual bike trips (Junior High). The community of families is intellectual, inclusive, greatly interested in learning. The kids develop real friendships, feel confident and motivated.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2014
We visited Lake Country School and left after observing the 3, 4 & 5 year old room. It was awful. The teachers were working only with a chosen few students. There was one little boy, about 3, who walked around the whole time aimlessly, pulling his shirt on/off. He looked lost and lonely and not one teacher ever noticed or engaged him. My husband and I were appalled at the rampant cliques and bullying with oblivious teachers. The kids kept coming over to us starved for attention. It was like a bad day care. We ran.

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2014
After our child's recent graduation from college, we had extra time with him this summer before he headed off to graduate school. He is a Lake Country School graduate and that was what we noticed and remembered most as we listened to him talk about his experiences in college, his values around education, and his hopes and dreams for the present as well as the future. In his statement of intent to graduate school, it was also a pleasure to read his reflections on his experiences at Lake Country School and how growing up in a Montessori school gave him the opportunity to explore, discover, and to see his responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth. Lake Country School helped shaped his future and in so doing, shapes the future of the world for us all. This was such an eye-opener for us again this year. Thank you Lake Country School! Your work is a constant reminder of what education can be!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
Sometimes I wonder if there's more value in sending my child to a park district preschool where they can sing songs, dance, etc. I don't know how beneficial it is to do 3 hours of metal insets or polish. Yes, I know there's a method to the Montessori curriculum and it helps prepares the child for next steps like, handwriting and reading... I don't know, I guess I haven't fully drank the "juice" as some of these parents call it. I'm still on the fence. Don't get me wrong, the teachers are wonderful and nurturing, but I do think they focus a lot more on the kindergartners and let the 3-4 yo's roam around freely and sometimes aimlessly. And what's up with the constant fundraising solicitations and calling people out if they haven't donated enough.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
Parents looking for a fabulous Montessori school for children and a supportive community for parents should look at Lake Country School. Our daughters attended Lake Country School from three years old through Junior High, They were encouraged to be the best people they could be, to be scholars and explorers, to be mathematicians and artists. My husband and I owe a great debt to Lake Country. Our daughters will meet the adult work world with integrity, courage and curiosity, the ability to lead and to listen, to collaborate and to take on big work.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
I observed in the classroom and saw some very concerning things. There was total chaos in the early childhood classroom. One child (3years old) found a plastic bag ad put it on his head. The teacher eventually noticed this and removed the bag. Another child was totally ignored in the corner sleeping and disengaged. Another child ran out of the classroom and it took the teacher a while to notice he was missing. The experience was very disappointing.

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2013
If you're looking for a place where they don't care about your child's personal safety, then this is the school for you. My son was stabbed with a pencil and it broke the skin, but they didn't think it was an issue that needed to be addressed. on top of this was two months of 4 boys picking on my son at recess. A lot of talk about a "peaceful, welcoming community", but in reality my son didn't feel safe at school. Hard to believe given their reputation, but this was our experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
i enjoyed going to this school, as i am sure my father had the same experence. great people, great community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 28, 2010
Lake Country is the most engaging, respectful learning environment I have ever experienced. Their commitment to diversity is with parallel, and they live that commitment in real ways, every day of the year. Each child is encouraged for their gifts, and supported with their challenges. Lake Country teaches peace through philosophy and example. They educate, celebrate and honor children and families in all their wonderfully, various manifestations. Supporting Lake Country School means supporting the best all of us can give back to our world.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 26, 2009
Lake Country School is an outstanding community of teachers and parents that provides a wonderful Montessori education that attends to the total development of its children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
Because both of our children have shared with me the importance of Lake Country education in shaping who they are today.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
I love that I can come to school every day with joy and excitement to meet students who are alive to all that is waiting for them to learn and do. I love that we spend time together working in and on community and that we can face challenges together. It is a unique and wonderful place there is no other like it and I am thankful that I have been and continue to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
Lake Country School taught my daughter how to organize her work, how to work with and respect others and how to respect her environment. She transitioned academically and socially to Minnetonka High School easily because of her LCS foundation. Sara's teachers rave about her study habits and abilities as a facilitator of group work. I tell them that the foundation for those abilities was laid at LCS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
Lake Country School is peace education at its finest. The staff respect,love, trust and challenge each other. Everyone does their best because everyone does their best. We see and believe in the goodness of others and work to help the children see it in themselves and others. Pat and Larry Schaefer's founding vision included the vision for peaceful people living in a healthy community. It's not that we never disagree. It's that when we do we also know we only have the best interest of the children in mind. I feel very fortunate to live and work in such a place and raise my child in this community. Thanks to all my former students for being my teacher and to their parents for the necessary trust to do this important work.Thank you to all who have shaped LCS!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 24, 2009
I look back on my experience at LCS with immense gratitude. It is a community based on a pure love and appreciation for learning. I had no idea how lucky I was at the time, but I certainly do now.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
My teachers from LCS were some of the best I've ever had; they helped me engage with what I was learning and to remain calm about trying new things. Even if you don't understand someone right away, the teachers at LCS will stand by you patiently and grapple with it alongside you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Lake Country has soul. The staff, board, parents, and children are supportive and respectful of each other. It is a wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
The Montessori Method is the infallible way to begin childhood education. Lake Country helps nurture the students by utilizing this method.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
Lake Country School, as the only Montessori K-9 i know of, was a no-brainer, wonderful teachers, fourth, fifth and sixth graders in each class creates a wonderful mentor/mentee system. If my school were to win this award, it would help many students with paying tuition as it has helped me.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 22, 2009
Lake Country interprets and executes the Montessori method impeccably! The children who come from this school and community emerge with a joyful self-confidence and love of learning I have never seen coming from any other school. Lake Country is so much more than just a school that teaches the 3 Rs, it's a community that guides the whole child... You can't ask for more!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
Lake Country School provided my children with an insatiable apetite to learn and grow. The persue understand without fear. They dream of why to satisfy their curious minds. They see barriers and challanges to be overcome not excuses to stop. The value of the individual child is stressed at Lake Country School. The staff makes sure that respect and responsibility and character are well developed aspects of life. I cannot say thank you enough to the wonderful staff and the caring community that made such a difference in the life of our children. If you are searching for a wonderful place to see your child come alive as a learner try Lake Country School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
I have never been around more motivated, caring teachers than at Lake Country. From school trips to Colorado for archaelogical digs to feeding the llama on the school farm in Wisconsin to writing a 40 page 'cosmic autobiography' in sixth grade, this school shows kids how much there is to life!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 22, 2009
LCS is a model of what schools, and even larger communities, should aim to be: a caring community where a love of learning and the capacities of individual students flourish, where children and young teens gain skills and awareness of issues and values that prepare them for independence and responsibility, and where a successful balance is actually achieved in furthering the interests of individual, community, and the wider environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
It is a community for both parents and kids and it is a child centered school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
The world would be a much better place if every child were entrusted to the staff of Lake Country School. Their boundless enthusiasm and commitment to children is astounding. I was lucky enough to spend 8 years in this wonderful place and it is my greatest hope that my own children will get to do the same.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 22, 2009
Young people attending Lake Country learn how to be a part of a community and are given a life long love for learning. It produces amazing people and my friends from my time there are still among my closest.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
The teachers are fabulous - they support all children in their academic and social growth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
Of course the education is great, especially with the small classes and the thoughtfulness of all the teachers. What sets Lake Country apart is how it fosters personal relationships between students, teachers, and families, bringing together a wide range of people from across Minneapolis and the surrounding area.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 22, 2009
It was fantastic to grow up in an enrhusiastic community that really fostered student learning. I have no doubt that it played a significant role in making me fall in love with learning from the start.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 22, 2009
What a rich and rewarding experience to spend time observing what Lake Country School is all about. The learning environment is one that encourages children to self-directed activities, For example, I found it fascinating that when children went to the bookshelves in classrooms--that included a wide scope of subject matter--they would select books about the universe; different cultures; and anything from which they could 'learn', (nothing for just entertainment), and this was 'their choice'. Also, the respect and regard they had for each other during interaction with their peers was absolutely beautiful to watch. How refreshing and heartwarming to know that children are being schooled not just in the academics, but also in the qualities that encompass what the individual as a whole should be----what a wonderful society we would be if all schools incorporated the Lake Country School method of teaching our most precious natural resources! Congratulations to the Teachers and Staff for inspiring children to be all they can be and for caring about nature, the environment, and all the peoples of our world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
LCS was an extraordinary place for all three of our children to start their school experience. The teachers are the ones who made all the difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Both of our kids attended from Kindergarten through 8th grade. They received an outstanding academic start to their lives, but more important, graduated with people skills, personal confidence and the love of learning which has sustained them in and throughout their adult lives. Lake Country School was a key element in the 'village' that we cherished as we raised our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Lake Country taught our daughter to respect her surroundings, her classmates, her teachers, other adults, and herself. She left the school prepared for high school and now is thriving in college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
My children learned about themselves and the world in a respectful and caring environment. They were encouraged to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and morally. They left very well prepared for their rigorous high school program and now one is in college at a highly selective school. Lake Country helps build solid citizens, compassionate humans and inquiring minds!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
committed faculty; engaed and motivated kids; supportive parents and friends

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2009
My child went to Lake Country from 3rd grade through 8th. The commitment to academics is incredible, but that's not the main reason I love Lake Country. Being one of the founding Montessori schools in the country, Lake Country has a certain commitment to other important life lessons for our young people. They create an incredible little community with the children there. They learn to help and support one another and to become better community members. That is something that is often not present in America. And Lake Country aims to change that and is doing an incredible job.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Great school. I had four children there and now three grandchildren. A very caring and nuturing environment. Children learn at their own pace and visit the world through the materials offered. Also offered in the learning program is The Land School, a real working farm where students live and work exposing them to the land.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2009
The land school (aka farm) as part of the LCS urban program, provided extraordinary learning opportunities for both of my daughters

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Lake Country nurtures a love of learning in every child. The committed teachers gracefully integrate kids into respectful relationship with community no matter what their age. My boys received an excellent education, grew life long friedships, and are confidence in both academic and social arenas thanks to an extraordinary range of opportunities while at Lake Country School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
It is a GREAT Montessori school with the best teachers and staff in the world

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
LCS has amazing teachers, pedagogy,and caring nurturing environment. All 4 of our children, as well as my husband and me as parents, were able to learn and grow academically and emotionally and be empowered to be a responsible, caring human beings and leaders. The Land School adds to the unique, hands on experience of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Teachers respect and foster students' curiosity, autonomy, self-direction and self-control, empathy and stewardship of the school, the local environment, and the world. Kids excel not only in learning but in life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
I really enjoyed my 3 years at Lake Country. It was a great experience that really helped me grow up into not only high school student I am now, but also the person I am. It's very based around community and leadership. It was an all around good experience that I wouldn't chance a bit. The only thing bad I have to say is the size, about 25 or so per grade is extremely small. Now if you like close comfort this is definitely the perfect school for you. I certainly enjoyed it and all the things they work for and are about.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Lake Country is a child-centered Montessori school that builds self-reliance and confidence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
It has a holistic approach to life and learning , based on the principles of Dr. Montessori. My children continue their love of learning, because they were nutured by LCS. Thank you Pat and Larry and all that have followed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Children learn to work together and to respect each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
Excellent education that fosters love and learning and diversity not only in the student body but in the styles of learning

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
The Montessori program is amazing. The teachers and faculty are so dedicated to the students and the school encompasses and promotes peace, love and unity for all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
LCS really nurtures the independent and cooperative mind and love for study, work, and creative play. I have never seen any school like this.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
From 3 years old through Jr. High children are taught to love and respect each other, their community and the earth. The Land school provides a unique opportunity to learn about food and how to use our land to grow and nourish a community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
The children are respectful, learn real life lessons.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Lake Country School treats all children with respect and inspires curiosity and love of learning.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
Lake Country School has the best students and the best parents ever!

- submitted by a teacher
September 17, 2009
Lake Country School is a superb Montessori program. The Junior High, the Land School, the diversity of the student and parent community, the training and commitment of the teaching staff are some of the highlights, but the list could go on and on!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Lake Country School loves and respects children, and the Montessori method supports children's learning styles at all developmental levels. As a result, the graduates of Lake Country School are well grounded, enthusiastic learners ready to live productive lives.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
This is an extraordinary school community with an awesome sense of love and respect for children. It is just 33 years old, founded in 1976, but has an international reputation for excellence in Montessori Education. Staff tend to stay for many years as it is a rewarding experience to work in this environment where children love to work and play together, modelled by a group of teachers who value the same and make it a point to do just that. I have been teaching at LCS since 1977 and have taught many children of children I taught in the earlier years. Some of those early students are now Montessori teachers at Lake Country. This is an AWESOME Community!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
My kids love school and empowered by the skills they've learned, the hands-on experiences they've had, and the trust and respect they've been shown. I love the commitment of the staff, the strong community spirit, and the passion with which kids and adults alike approach their work. Plus, it is a beautiful place to be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
LCS knows there are no two kids alike, so presents everything multiple ways for multiple learning styles. My kids went on to other schools well prepared for whatever was required of them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Lake Country School loves and respects children, and the Montessori method supports children's learning styles at all developmental levels. As a result, the graduates of Lake Country School are well grounded, enthusiastic learners ready to live productive lives.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I so love this school because I have the pleasure of watching students grow up from three years old to become Montessori guides right beside me.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Wonderful, nurturing environment for my children. LCS is a great community encouraging academic performance while developing a child's awareness of aesthetics and the world around them. Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
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Lake Country School
3755 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55409
(612) 827-3707
Last modified Lake Country School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Lake Country School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top