The Nest is the early childhood, preschool, and pre-kindergarten program offered by Rochester Catholic Schools. We welcome families of all religious affiliations to explore our programming. Serving ages 2-5, we believe that your child's first school experience should be of discovery and adventure. We partner with parents to help students grow to love learning through faith life, language and math readiness skills, artistic expression, fine and large motor skills, and sensory exploration. Visit us today at one of our three convenient locations.


Day of Giving Recap Video!

Your Support Helped us SOAR Past Our Goal! Together, We Raised $124,000+ and Unlocked All 6 Matches! 

Thanks to your generous support, we SOARED past our $100,000 goal - raising a remarkable total of $124,000 (and counting). But that's not all - your support enabled us to unlock our five school matches AND the BONUS $10,000 match at Lourdes!

These funds will be put to great use, benefiting important school initiatives with focus areas including: literacy, fine arts, facilities, and much more. Your contribution is making a meaningful impact in the lives of our students, and we cannot thank you enough for your generosity!

If you have not yet made a gift or are still in the spirit of giving, we invite you to make your gift through Venmo @RCSMN or at the link below.

Thank you for your support and for making our 2024 RCS Day of Giving and Catholic Schools Week unforgettable!


SOAR into Preschool Play Dates at the Award-Winning Nest at RCS

FREE FAMILY EVENT - Open to the Public! Families with upcoming 2-5 year olds are invited to come out to play on a Saturday morning at the Award-Winning Nest at RCS, voted Best Preschool in Rochester 4 years in a row!
Our schools are hosting a morning of fun and games at our upcoming Preschool Play Dates on:
  • February 10 at St. Francis of Assisi School and
  • March 9 at St. Pius X School
Sign up below, and SOAR into Preschool at RCS in 2024-2025!
Priority Application Deadline for 2024-2025 is Feb. 1, 2024.

Now Accepting New Student Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year - Priority Application Deadline is Feb. 1!

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! Priority Application Deadline for 2024-2025 is Feb. 1, 2024.
If you're already part of our RCS family and have a new student to enroll for next year, apply by Nov. 1 to secure your seat! Space is limited. Your spot awaits you!
We invite you to join the RCS Eagle community, and soar to new heights next school year! No enrollment fees required.
Preschool Offerings for 2024-2025!

The Nest has been Voted Best Preschool in Rochester by readers of the Post Bulletin for 4 years in a row!  

We have expanded our programming to include a toddler (Age 2) program and an innovative nature-based program for Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5) at Holy Spirit Catholic School, and a full day pre-kindergarten program at St. Francis of Assisi 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

Learn more!

Holy Spirit Catholic School launched an innovative nature-based option for four and five-year-olds in 2023-2024 that is the first of its kind in Rochester.
The Nest Nature Birds Environmental Kinship Program utilizes indoor and outdoor classroom spaces designed to enhance your child’s pre-kindergarten learning experiences while surrounded with the beauty of the natural world. Active outside learning, investigating the environment around us, and understanding our role in taking care of God's precious gifts in nature are part of our core curriculum. Lessons are taught using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach using STREAM activities (Science, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math), topic studies, and purposeful play. Students spend ample time outdoors each day, engaging in lessons and exploration around Holy Spirit's large campus.
Our beautiful outdoor spaces include shady tree covered play yards, nature trails, an outdoor classroom, a variety of gardens, and much more!

Apply for the Nature Birds 2024-2025 program here!

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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!


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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.