The Nest is Rochester Catholic Schools Early Learning Academy.

Early Preschool (age 2), Preschool (age 3), and Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4/5)
students engage in creative play, grow through age-appropriate educational opportunities,
and develop social and friendship skills at our five locations.


Explore The Nest Preschool at our upcoming event, Toddler Time!

Looking for a place to call home for your 2-5 year old for the fall of 2023? See firsthand why The Nest Preschool has been voted THE BEST in town for the third year in a row at our upcoming event, Toddler Time!

Join our early childhood educators on a Saturday morning, where we’ll have stations of play, exploration, classroom tours, and FUN for you and your child. The event will take place on Jan. 7 at Holy Spirit Catholic School, February 11 at St. Pius X School, and March 11 and St. Francis of Assisi School.


Questions? Email 

Explore RCS at the Winter Showcase of Schools on Jan. 23 - 24!

We invite you to sign up for a campus tour during the RCS Winter Showcase of Schools on Jan. 23 and 24, where you'll have the chance to meet with our principals and admissions teams, experience our exceptional learning community, and learn firsthand why more families are choosing RCS.


Questions? Email 

Now Accepting Applications for New Students for 2023-2024!

We are now accepting applications for new students for the 2023-2024 school year in all grades, early preschool (age 2) - grade 12! At Rochester Catholic Schools, you will discover faith-filled classrooms, a rigorous curriculum, supportive learning environment, and family-like community. 

Don’t wait - submit your application today!

Priority application and tuition assistance deadline is Feb. 1. 

We look forward to connecting with you soon!

For questions, please contact us at or 507-424-1817. We are happy to help!   

Apply NOW!

Expanded Preschool Offerings for
2022-2023 School Year!

New for the 2022-2023 school year: Voted Best Preschool in Rochester by readers of the Post Bulletin, The Nest Preschool at Rochester Catholic Schools is growing and will feature exciting new offerings for children ages 2-5 for the fall of 2022! 

In addition to expanded programming among the three current RCS locations, The Nest will also launch an innovative nature-based program for Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5) at Lourdes High School. 

Locations and offerings include:

  • Holy Spirit Catholic School (Ages 2-5) - New class for Age 2!
  • St. Francis of Assisi School (Ages 3-5) - New class for Ages 4-5!
  • St. Pius X School (Ages 3-5) - New class for Age 3, full-day!
  • Lourdes High School (Ages 4-5) - New location with nature-based program!

Our classrooms are filling fast. Learn more, and apply today!


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New Innovative Nature-Based Preschool Program!

Apply NOW!

This Fall, Lourdes High School will offer an innovative nature-based option for four and five-year-olds that is the first of its kind in Rochester.

The Pre-K curriculum will encompass learning and exploration through an outdoor play yard and garden area.

The program also includes access to the Saint Mary's University Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center adjacent to Lourdes.

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We Invite You to Tour The Nest

We are excited to show you what makes The Nest at Rochester Catholic Schools an exceptional preschool experience for your child. Meet one-on-one with our dedicated principals and teachers, view a preschool classroom, and learn about our program offerings.

We invite you to visit our online Admission Center to learn more and schedule a personal tour of the The Nest at any of our four locations. Families are welcome - bring your children!


Schedule A Tour

There are many reasons our families think The Nest is The Best! Four convenient locations, several program options to meet your needs, part of an accredited school system, Parent Aware Rated, and we were voted among the Best Preschools in town!

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Voted The Best Preschool in Town for the Third Year in a Row!



Please email or call (507) 424-1817
for questions about our program, meet with an admissions representative, or schedule a tour time
that works best with your schedule.