Great River Montessori School

St. Paul, MN

Great River School (GRS) is a public K-12 charter school located in St. Paul, MN. GRS uses an urban Montessori learning environment to prepare students for their unique roles as responsible and engaged citizens of the world.

This project combines two adjacent sites comprising a 3.4-acre parcel, and includes an addition and renovation to the existing school. The 38,000 SF addition includes classrooms, specialized classrooms (music, media center, computer lab and specialist rooms), miscellaneous support spaces, gymnasium and cafeteria.

GRS offers instruction through travel, practical learning, the arts, and micro-economic ventures to help students develop relevant skills to meet the world with compassion and a sense of responsibility. Their ultimate vision is to integrate academic and social experiences in an environment of civility and trust. The Montessori philosophy and the International Baccalaureate diploma program inform the curriculum and pedagogy, and in turn, BKV Group’s architectural solution.

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