Aldrich School is focused on what is best for children, through intentional play-based
learning, in order for them to succeed and become creative problem solvers and lifelong
learners with the skill sets necessary to attain their present and future goals.
The overall goal of the Aldrich program is to provide a safe, happy, growth-enhancing group experience for each child. We offer programs from ages 2-5.
Our once a week, short-term enrichment opportunities are the perfect way for your child to explore their interest and aptitude for new topics.
Outdoor + Indoor Playgrounds
Years of Experience
Compassionate Teachers + Staff
Aldrich has a rich history and quality reputation in the Rochester community. Pediatricians and child psychiatrists, including Dr. Benjamin Spock, were involved in a Mayo Clinic study of child development in the 1940s which eventually led to the inception of Aldrich.
The turtle has been associated with Aldrich throughout its rich history. In 1968, a turtle playground structure was donated to Aldrich in memory of an Aldrich student who died in a car accident in September 1967. The turtle has become a beloved piece at Aldrich and is still present on Playground 2.
The turtle was later adopted by Aldrich as a school symbol. The turtle is a visual representation of 2 very important themes that are central at Aldrich School: the importance of children learning at their own pace, and a reminder to not rush childhood.