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 the RCS Fall Showcase of Schools - October 24 and 25!

Explore Rochester Catholic Schools on October 24 and 25 during the RCS Showcase of Schools!

We invite you to sign up for a tour at any of our five campuses during our showcase week, 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.


If you would like to schedule a different tour time, or set up a shadow day, please call our admissions office at 507-424-1817, and we would be happy to meet with you on a different date. We hope to see you soon!

RCS Welcomes Year-Round Enrollment!

Welcome to Rochester Catholic Schools, where we welcome year-round enrollment! Looking for a school or considering a change? We invite you to join us for the current 2022-2023 school year. Click here to apply!

If you are applying for Preschool, please contact us at or 507-424-1817 first to confirm availability in the specific program you desire.  

Applications for 2023-2024 open on October 1 for Early Preschool (Age 2) - Grade 12 students, including transfer and international students. 

Don’t wait - submit your application today! You can also learn more by visiting our Admissions page. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Apply Today!

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. 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!

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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.