Our History


Committed to expanding Montessori school options to children living in urban areas, Ann Luce founded Bright Water Montessori preschool in North Minneapolis in 2004. The program focused on programming for toddlers and preschoolers for its first three years. In 2007, the school expanded by opening a free, public elementary charter school.

​The new Bright Water Elementary expanded the Montessori program to children in first through sixth grade. Since opening in 2004, Bright Water has provided education that honors the spirit and cultural experience to more than 30 children. We’re committed providing an excellent and equitable Montessori education in North Minneapolis.

View our Minnesota Department of Education Report Card here.





Bright Water Montessori received accreditation from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 2007. The AMI designation signifies that Bright Water is an authentic Montessori school that follows the best practices integral to Montessori education.

Board of Directors


The Bright Water Board of Directors sets the polices for the school operations. The board is made up of parents, community members, leaders and staff. Parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings.

For more information email boardchair@brightwatermontessori.org.



As a public charter school, Bright Water's K-6 program is open enrollment and tuition-free. We also offer a fee-based program for children beginning at age 16-months. For more information, please see our full Admissions and Lottery Policy.


Learn more about what a Montessori education can do for your child.

Fun Facts!

Our family participation tops the charts. 90% of parents attend conferences and 95% of
families have participated in at least one school informational or social event last year. 

Four Stars!

Bright Water was one of the first child care centers to receive a four-star rating, the highest possible, from when the Parent Aware Quality Rating System launched in 2008!