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 three locations.


Now Accepting New Family Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year!

SIX CHEERS FOR NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT SEASON! Our priority enrollment application window for the 2024-2025 academic year, spanning from Early Preschool (Age 2)-Grade 12, is now open! Apply today, and begin your journey with us!
But wait, there's more! Experience our five schools firsthand at the RCS Fall Showcase of Schools! Discover what makes our schools exceptional and find your perfect fit by scheduling a 30-minute tour here.
We invite you to join the RCS Eagle community, and soar to new heights next school year! No enrollment fees required.

Explore RCS at the Fall Showcase of Schools!

Join in the fun and explore all Rochester Catholic Schools has to offer during our Early Preschool-Grade 12 Fall Showcase of Schools, taking place Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24, 2023 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Tour any of our five campuses, serving early preschool (age 2)-grade 12, explore our exceptional learning communities, meet with our admissions team and principals, and learn why more families than ever are choosing Catholic education!


New Family Enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year opens October 1. Click here to apply!

Review us on Google Sept. 1-Oct. 1, and Enter to Win Eagle Riverboat Cruise Tickets!

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Have you, your child, or someone you know had an exceptional experience at RCS and/or any of our five schools? Let us know by submitting a five-star review(s) from Sept. 1-Oct. 1, and enter to win one of FOUR pairs of National Eagle Center Riverboat Cruise tickets (set for Sat., Oct. 14 at 2pm)! 

During the cruise, you’ll have the chance to view Bald Eagles and other native wildlife that call the Upper Mississippi River Valley home.

The more reviews you submit, the better your chances of winning!

Thank you for helping RCS SOAR to new heights!

Photo Credit: National Eagle Center


Join Lourdes’ 10th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration!

Join the RCS community as we celebrate a decade of continued excellence at Lourdes High School's state-of-the-art campus this Homecoming! Festivities include:

Sun., Sept. 24: 
  • 10th Anniversary Mass & Brunch at Lourdes High School, 10 a.m. Mass with brunch to follow. Register here.
Fri., Sept. 29: 
  • RCS Parade, 2:00 p.m at Lourdes High School - Parade Map
  • Alumni/RCS Parent Community Rally - Register here.
    • 4:30-7:00 p.m. Tailgating @ the Eagles Club 
  • Football Game vs. Red Wing, 7:00 p.m
Sun., Oct. 1:

We look forward to joining together in faith and fellowship during our Homecoming anniversary celebration!


Preschool Offerings for 2023-2024!

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 during the 2022-2023 school year.  

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 Holy Spirit Catholic School.

Locations and offerings include:

  • Holy Spirit Catholic School (Ages 2-5) 
  • Holy Spirit Catholic School (Ages 4-5) - Nature-Based Program
  • St. Francis of Assisi School (Ages 3-5) 
  • St. Pius X School (Ages 3-5) 

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


Innovative Nature-Based Preschool Program Offered at Holy Spirit Catholic School

Apply NOW!

Last Fall, Holy Spirit Catholic School launched an innovative nature-based option for four and five-year-olds that is the first of its kind in Rochester.

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

Click here to apply now!

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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!

Voted Best Preschool in Rochester for the Fourth 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.