Cathedral Hill Montessori School

"A person is what he is, not because of the teachers he has had, but as a result of that which he has done for himself."
– Dr. Maria Montessori

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Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a safe, beautiful and authentic Montessori learning environment; to serve an inclusive community of multicultural and economically diverse families; and to support children in becoming confident, independent, and compassionate members of society.  Here’s a little more about us:

The History of Cathedral Hill Montessori School

The founders, Whitney and Andy Blessing, wife and husband, discovered the property at
329 Dayton Avenue in December 2010. Touring this unique mansion home in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, led them to an ambitious idea to purchase and restore it back to life as a Montessori school, Bed & Breakfast and personal residence. The stars aligned and the dream of opening a new Montessori school was quickly underway. Whitney, while in training to earn her AMI-Montessori Primary Diploma at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota at the time, set to work right away, garnering the support of the local AMI-Montessori community, building a strong Board of Directors, and with the generous support and strengths of others began to turn her Montessori school vision into a reality.

The Blessings are passionate about Montessori philosophy and education, particularly for the youngest children. Their daughter Gwyneth began Montessori school as a toddler and the experience came with countless results. A love of children and a desire to share Montessori with other families is the driving force behind the birth of this new school.

About Us - Cathedral Hill Montessori SchoolCathedral Hill Montessori School is a nonprofit organization with 501c(3) status. If you would like more information on how to volunteer or make donations to our effort to bring quality early childhood education through authentic Montessori practices to the community, please contact us at 651-222-1555, email us at , or click here to learn other ways to give.


Cathedral Hill Montessori School is associated with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and AMI/USA, an approved accrediting agency, as of the Spring of 2012. A school accredited through AMI offers credibility to their status within the educational community as a whole, as well as within the Montessori community. An AMI school confirms a commitment of Montessori principles put faithfully into practice and an assurance that a quality of standard is maintained. CHMS is one of only 12 schools in Minnesota to earn this high distinction of quality Montessori education! For a complete list, please visit the AMI-USA website.

About AMI

AMI was formed in 1929 by Dr. Montessori to insure that her method and approach to education would be carried on as she intended. A school or teacher training program that carries the AMI name is continuing the tradition of quality first established by Dr. Montessori, a tradition that incorporates standards based directly on Dr. Montessori’s work. To learn more about the standards of an AMI accredited-school, visit AMI School Standards and download the full list.

It is worth noting that other organizations concerned with Montessori education and teacher training programs, such as the American Montessori Society (AMS) were established posthumously and designed to be distinct from the Montessori method that Dr. Montessori originally envisioned.