16th Year Serving Students Age Three to Eighth Grade as a Tuition Free (K-8) Public Charter Montessori Program
In 2016, Lakeland Montessori reached a major milestone for public Montessori education by becoming the first and only Montessori accredited public school in the world for children ages 3-15! We continue to be the only Montessori accredited school in Polk County. We are dual accredited by both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS, an accreditation division of AdvancED). All of our programs are accredited and all are public – Early Childhood, Elementary I, Elementary II, and Secondary I. Since inception, our school has continuously striven to demonstrate to our local community, and to the Montessori community at large, that authentic and fully implemented Montessori is possible in the public sector. Our accreditation proves that it can be done. By becoming a model public Montessori program, we hope to help accredited Montessori schools open, grow, and flourish across the nation!
In addition to the proven excellence of being an American Montessori Society and SACS Accredited School, our schools are State of Florida Department of Education High-Performing Charter Schools and State of Florida Department of Education “A” schools. For those interested in more information about our State of Florida Department of Education standardized test scores and school grades, please visit our State Test Scores page.
For parents and potential Montessori educators: How do I know if I the school I am visiting is a fully implemented Montessori school? Here is a helpful rubric to help you as you visit various schools:
In the words of Sara Wilson, the American Montessori Society’s Senior Director of School Accreditation, “It is my pleasure to acknowledge your success in becoming an American Montessori Society Accredited School. Your commitment to upholding the highest standards of Montessori Education and working toward continuous school improvement is to be commended. The AMS community joins me in congratulating you on what may have been at times, a challenging endeavor. We welcome Lakeland Montessori to our distinguished group of school members.”