Armatage Montessori School ... a Minneapolis public school

Built in 1953, Armatage is a gem of an urban school, and is named after Maude Armatage - the first woman elected to the Minneapolis Park Board. The school sits on a lush, 17-acre site that it shares with Armatage Park. There are two full playgrounds, two baseball diamonds, an outdoor basketball court, a skateboard park, tennis courts, a skating rink in winter, and lots of green space. The school building itself is filled with natural light and every classroom overlooks greenspace; either the flowing lawn or the courtyard garden.


Thanks to the Montessori philosophy, at Armatage you won’t find rows of desks facing a blackboard. Spacious rooms allow children to collaborate in small groups, work independently at a table, or even find a quiet spot on the floor. Specially designed Montessori materials are out in the open to encourages children to explore the environment and take responsibility for their own learning.

Media Center

The spacious and bright media center was recently remodeled and now houses over 20,000 books, videotapes and other audiovisual materials. Student and staff also have access to the center’s digital video equipment, which are used in collaborative projects in the upper grades.

Outdoor Classroom and Peace Garden

The outdoor classroom is a wonderful asset to encourage hands-on student learning. Raised beds, fruit trees, an herb wheel, and many varieties of plants provide plenty of opportunities to engage students. Our Peace Garden, established in 2011 in the school’s central courtyard, features a 3-foot tall mosaic heart designed by artist and (former) Armatage parent Hallie Bowman. Engraved in the heart is the following message: "First let peace be in our hearts and then be shared with others." The Peace Garden was a collaborative effort of parents, teachers, and students in many different classrooms. It is visible from several school corridors.

Technology at Armatage

Each classroom is equipped with at least one computer, a document camera and an overhead display. Each classroom also has an interactive whiteboard. There are two fully-equipped computer labs with 35 iMac computers, networked printers, and data projectors for teacher presentations. And we have three iPad carts that teachers can sign out for student project use.


The theater, which seats 300 people, is home to the all-school Martin Luther King Share-In, the production of Kids on Broadway, and the Student of the Month presentations. During the day students also come to this space for performances by visiting musical and theatrical groups.


The lower gym is a full-sized gym where our Physical Education Specialist leads students in fitness exercising, team handball, jump roping, rollerblading, stilt walking, Winter Olympics, the annual science fair, and a student favorite, Pit and Alleys. The upper gym is smaller. In addition to being a place for students to play, it’s also home to community education classes, student council meetings, PTA events, parent-oriented events like Tears and Cheers, and the Osborn and Scholastic book fairs.

Science at Armatage

Science is an integral part of Armatage Montessori’s curriculum.The dedicated Science room is brimming with experiments, demonstration materials and other opportunities for students to observe and learn about the world around them. The Armatage campus also has a courtyard full of rain gardens, native plants, and produce, which provides additional hands-on science experience for all students.

Fine Arts at Armatage

Armatage Montessori has made the arts a priority, starting with annual field trips to local arts organizations such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Children's Teater, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Orchestra.  On campus, students enjoy a wide variety of arts experiences designed to enhance the overall curriculum. Programs include:

** Art Adventure
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Art Adventure Program trains parent volunteers to lead an in-class art experience. Volunteers bring reproductions of museum pieces into the classroom; engage students in discussions about form, technique and art history; and help them create their own masterpieces.

** Band
Band is open to 4th and 5th grade students. Each week, students learn in small group sessions and also practice as a full band. In May, there is a student concert featuring small ensembles as well as the full band. (Instruments may be rented from the school for a nominal fee.)

** Music
Music is one of the weekly specialist classes provided to all students at Armatage Montessori. Class content includes singing, note reading, movement, music vocabulary, rhythm instruments, recorder, and line and folk dancing. There are monthly performance opportunities as well as an All-School Spring Music Program.

** Theatre
"Kids on Broadway" is a parent-directed musical that stars 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Rehearsals are held twice a week after school from October through December. Performances take place in mid-December, during the school day for students and in the evening for parents and friends.