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.


Apply for the 2023-2024 School Year!

We continue to accept 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!

If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 507-424-1817. We are happy to help!

We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Apply NOW!

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Preschool Offerings for 2023-2024!

RCS Expanded in 2022-2023!  Voted Best Preschool in Rochester by readers of the Post Bulletin, The Nest Preschool at Rochester Catholic Schools expanded to meet needs in the Rochester community.  

In addition to expanded programming among the three current RCS locations, The Nest also launched 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) 
  • St. Francis of Assisi School (Ages 3-5) 
  • St. Pius X School (Ages 3-5) 
  • Lourdes High School (Ages 4-5) 

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.