“Preparing Today’s Children to LEAP into Tomorrow’s Future”


LEAP International Montessori School is an educational organization that emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, spiritual, and social development. This educational approach provides a supportive learning environment that is designed to help develop creativity, social skills, problem-solving, and time management tools. Our dedicated teachers are here to inspire your children to LEAP into tomorrow’s future with confidence and goodwill.

LEAP International Montessori School is an authentic Montessori school. This means our teachers are trained Montessori teachers and we provide an authentic Montessori curriculum.  There is also exposure to foreign languages and we also, specifically study the 19 pueblos of the New Mexico. Enrollment is available for children ages 18 months through 6 years old.  Ask us about our evolving Elementary expansion program for students ages 6-12 years old!

Fall Picture Day

LEAP will be taking Fall Portraits on Wednesday, September 6th.  Photos will be taken in the morning (before snack and lunch).  Portraits will be available to families soon after.  Please see Stevie Romero with any questions.

Open House for the 2017-2018 School Year & Summer Camp

Are you interested in learning more about Montessori curriculum or philosophy?  Come and join us Saturday, September 2nd from 12-4pm at school for light refreshments and an Open House.  There are still a few spaces left for  the 2017-2018 School Year!

5 Star FOCUS!

We are thrilled to report that as of August 24, 2017, we are officially a 5 star recognized school with CYFD and FOCUS!  Thank you so much to all the staff, families, and community supporters who have contributed and helped this project!


Brian Duprey
Brian Duprey

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 days ago

I have been involved with the school and known Mrs. OH (Betty) and Mrs. Griffin (Sheila) for over a year now and have been nothing but impressed! These two ladies, as well as Ms. Eden and the rest of the staff, CLEARLY put their entire hearts and souls into this little school and I consider it a treasure for Rio Rancho! The environments are peaceful and handmade. There are animals everywhere and the children seem to happy, engaged, and respectful to each other, their teachers, and everything. Every interaction that I've seen or heard about between adults and and the children has been beautiful and one that I hope other places would adopt. The children are shown and then "invited" to try new things all the time and there is clearly a culture of kindness and compassion. This is truly an authentic Montessori school that is full with materials (though not overwhelming) and just a peaceful place to be. I especially the sweet dogs! I love that everyone is committed to doing things right- even when it requires more effort. I can't believe the children even sew and thankfully- they teach cursive!!! I absolutely recommend this school and the teachers and I love working with Mrs. OH and Mrs. Griffin. I have every intention upon staying involved with them for years to come!

Sarah Judson
Sarah Judson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

We have been at LEAP since February 2019. Words can not express the gratitude we have for Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. “O”, Ms. Eden, our daughters lead teacher, and the other team members. They not only provide a safe and rich learning environment but genuinely love our daughter and the other students. This is certainly mutual! Our daughter, who has grown leaps and bounds, is eager to attend each day and we can work in peace knowing that she is very well cared for in our absence. Their high quality of care is absolutely appreciated as is their commitment to professionalism. Thank you LEAP for all that you do!

Nicole Hall
Nicole Hall

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Absolutely LOVE this school!
My daughter has been going here for many years since she was 18mo and is now starting into the elementary program. This school is an authentic Montessori and the owner/primary teacher has been all over the world studying, teaching and learning. My daughter has learned so much since she has been here and is already reading at 4. Not only is the education here top notch but the care is as well. Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Oh plus all the assistants are wonderful. They treat my children as they would their own and am always contacted whenever an accident occurs even as small as a scraped knee. They are so kind not only to my children, but to me as well. I have also spent many hours inside the classroom as a volunteer and have seen how awesome this program is. I plan on my children continuing here for many years.

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