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.

You're Invited to Tricia and the Toonies FREE Enviro Fun Show!

Come and sing along while learning about the environment at Tricia and the Toonies FREE Enviro Fun Show on Tuesday, June 7 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.! Families with children of all ages are invited to this free community event at Lourdes High School. A food truck will also be available!

Plus, learn about The Nest Preschool offerings for the fall of 2022, including a new nature-based program. Sign up below!


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Preschool Offered at All Five RCS Locations This Fall: Apply Today!

New for the 2022-2023 school year: The Nest Preschool at Rochester Catholic Schools is growing and will feature expanded offerings including programs at all five of our convenient RCS locations for the fall of 2022! 

In addition to exciting new offerings among the three current RCS locations, The Nest will also launch programs at the two other campuses, Lourdes High School and the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School.

Lourdes High School will offer an innovative nature-based program for Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5). The Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School will provide all-day options for Preschool (Age 3) and Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5). 

New offerings at the current Nest locations will include an Early Preschool program (Age 2) at Holy Spirit Catholic School. Also, an all-day Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5) program will be added at St. Francis of Assisi School. St. Pius X School will continue to provide programs for Preschool (Age 3) and Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5).

Check out all of The Nest program options for Early Preschool (Age 2), Preschool (Age 3), and Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)!

Locations include:

  • Holy Spirit Catholic (Ages 2-5)
  • St. Francis of Assisi (Ages 3-5)
  • St. Pius X (Ages 3-5)
  • Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Ages 3-5)
  • Lourdes High School (Age 4-5) Nature-Based Program

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

Apply Today!

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Innovative Nature-Based Preschool Program Offered 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. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Monica Steinmetz, at or 507.424.1817.

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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 five locations. Families are welcome - bring your children!


Schedule A Tour

There are many reasons our families think The Nest is The Best! Five 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!





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.