About the Capital Campaign

RPMS is seeking a working goal of $1.5 million to expand and improve our campus for the benefit of all levels of students. Planned improvements include an addition for middle school rooms, allowing students to attend through grade 8, and creating more space for both lower and upper elementary rooms, toddler room entryway consolidation and playground improvement, a new roof, and the addition of natural playscapes for all students to better utilize our beautiful grounds.

  Elementary students learning gardening in addition to their core academics and specials.

Elementary students learning gardening in addition to their core academics and specials.

25 Years of Excellence

In 1994, a group of dedicated parents created a small Montessori preschool, with the intention to provide a solid foundation for their children’s education.  Rock Prairie Montessori School moved into its current quarters in 1997, a beautifully designed building set on a spacious tract of 10 acres, thanks to the founding families and donations from the community including a generous share from the Hedberg Foundation.  Twenty-five years later, the school is just about at full capacity, serving students 18 months of age to grade 6, and ready for growth.   We are proud to continue the time-tested Montessori tradition of nurturing students to reach their potential through beautifully prepared environments of authentic materials, certified teachers, and peace education. 

Conceptual Drawings

  CCI has developed initial, conceptual drawings (pictured) of what the middle school addition and 3-season Toddler playground may look like. Details will be finalized upon successful completion of the capital campaign. Full funding will allow additional campus improvements including: (features such as 3-season porch, greenhouse and barn) as well as elimination of parking lot debt and a much needed new roof.

CCI has developed initial, conceptual drawings (pictured) of what the middle school addition and 3-season Toddler playground may look like. Details will be finalized upon successful completion of the capital campaign. Full funding will allow additional campus improvements including: (features such as 3-season porch, greenhouse and barn) as well as elimination of parking lot debt and a much needed new roof.

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Proposed Timeline

The campaign will be completed in three phases, pending campaign results:

Phase 1 (Summer 2019):  Consolidating Toddler House entryway to one area to enable two classrooms to operate in that wing, addressing the roof drainage issue in that corner, and updating the Toddler Playground.  A Children’s House will be moved closer to the center of the building, allowing Upper Elementary to enjoy its own space, and Lower Elementary to accept projected growth.

Phase 2 (2019-2020 school year):  The middle school addition will be built, including outdoor learning areas.  In addition to needing space to learn, opportunities to learn practical life skills such as gardening and animal tending, letting children develop even higher levels of confidence, independence, and knowledge.

Phase 3 (Spring/Summer 2020):  Once completed, the grounds in the back of the school will be refreshed, using a larger ratio of natural materials to create a beautiful, dynamic playground for our students.  Studies show that children who play on natural playgrounds tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment. Other benefits of natural playgrounds include their inherent safety features and longevity.

We Need Your Help

You can leave a lasting legacy at RPMS that all will be able to see and enjoy for years to come.  We gratefully welcome all gifts, large and small, as participation of our community is what makes a difference.  You can donate by either clicking on the DONATE button on this page or, to save us Paypal processing fees, mail in a donation (checks made out to RPMS) to Rock Prairie Montessori School, 5246 E Rotamer Rd, Janesville, WI  53546.  Naming rights to rooms based on giving levels will be announced soon. For more information on the campaign, please contact Todd Buehl, Campaign Chair, at (608) 207-5118 or todd.buehl@abcsupply.com.    

Recognition

It is important to our school to remember our roots and those that help us as we grow our capacity to help more children learn through the time-tested Montessori method. Therefore, besides public acknowledgement, we will devote a space to creating a beautiful display of our donor names including our original benefactors. Expressing gratitude is a part of our daily lessons in the Montessori tradition and we look forward to modeling this important tenet!