Minneapolis School Spotlight: Armatage Montessori

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 10:09am.


Back-to-school time is upon us. For some it’s a relief, for others, a scramble to find after-school care or activities for their kids. If you live in Minneapolis’ Southwest community and you’re your kids to Armatage Montessori you’ll have no after-school worries.

A public magnet school, located in Southwest Minneapolis, the school offers both academic and enrichment programs in the afternoon. These include:

  • Art
  • Bluegrass Concerts
  • Broadway
  • Choir
  • Cooking
  • Lego Robotics
  • Ukelele
  • Volleyball

Armatage Montessori serves 606 students in grades Pre-K through 5 with 30 full-time teachers. This gives the school a student/teacher ratio of 20:1. While this isn’t the best in the district, it doesn’t seem to keep the school from being one of the best.

The school also employs specialists in the fields of music, physical education, art, science and technology.


Armatage Montessori offers several special programs in addition to the core curriculum. These include:

  • Art Adventure
  • Parent-involved leadership
  • Peaceful Playground
  • Special Education
  • Theater

Awards and Test Scores

Armatage’s MCAIII test scores exceed the district’s and the state’s average and student growth rates are some of the highest in Minneapolis. Part of the credit for this goes to the principal who was chosen as Minnesota’s National Distinguished Principal. The rest goes to the teachers, each of whom has formal training as a Montessori educator.

School ratings website Schooldigger.com awards the school four out of five stars while GreatSchools.org gives it six out of a possible 10.

Parents are encouraged to remain active in their child’s education through the PTA and by offering representation on the site council.

From here, students go on to Anthony Middle School. You’ll find Armatage Montessori School at 2501 W. 56th Street in Minneapolis. Reach the school by phone at 612.668.3180. The school’s calendar is posted online here.

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