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Step Up Campaign

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Dear Lake Country Parents, Alumni, and Friends,


More than 40 years ago, Montessori proponents Pat and Larry Schaefer and a community of parents, educators, and benefactors took a bold step.

Frustrated by educational institutions and concerned about the adequacy of American schools in general, they founded Lake Country School–Montessori Learning Environments.

We opened our doors in 1976 with 75 students in the school building at the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis. Since then, we’ve provided the strongest of beginnings for thousands of students ages 3 to 14. Current enrollment is at capacity with 306 students. We’ve won regional acclaim for excellence and national and international respect. We were the first Montessori school in Minnesota to offer a program for students ages 3 to 12 and the first to offer a Montessori junior high program.

In 1980, we moved to our present urban campus—now a 117-year-old building in south Minneapolis—and purchased the property in 1986. Ten years later, we purchased our 160-acre rural campus in Wisconsin. In keeping with Montessori pedagogy, these indoor and outdoor pioneering learning environments foster student independence, critical thinking, and creativity in all learning areas. They also promote diversity, inclusion, respect, and responsibility to self, others, and the earth.

The Time is Now


We are deeply proud of both of our campuses, where our students, faculty, and staff do the noble work that inspires learning and growing. But we’re also at a crossroads. As anyone who’s been in our school building knows, every inch of our urban campus, from Children’s House to Junior High, is used to capacity for students, storage, program, and community needs.


A great deal of planning went into developing a strategic plan to guide us in meeting current needs and prepare for future growth. The process was challenging and fruitful, leading to a decision to update key areas of the school.


To make our vision a reality, in November 2019, we launched Step Up, the Campaign for Lake Country School.


We’ve made great progress in the last two years, even in the midst of a pandemic. The Lake Country community has committed over $1.3 million toward our goal of $1.5 million. To complete the campaign, a group of generous donors has offered to match every new gift, dollar for dollar, up to $65,000. This is a tremendous opportunity to Step Up and make your gift go even further. Make your gift today.


With great appreciation,


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Benedict Moudry
Head of School


To learn more about the Step Up campaign and the building project, visit these links:


LCS Construction & Renovation Website