More than a Decade of Excellence!

It is our pleasure to announce that after close to three years of formal application, Lakeland Montessori is now an official American Montessori Society (AMS) Accredited School! We have reached a major milestone for public Montessori education by becoming the first and only AMS-accredited public school in the world for children ages 3-15. Since inception, our school has continuously striven to demonstrate to our community and to the Montessori community that authentic and fully implemented Montessori is possible in the public sector, and this accreditation proves that it can be done. The majority of AMS-accredited schools are private, with very few exceptions. All of our programs – Early Childhood, Elementary I, Elementary II, and Secondary I – were accredited.

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.”

Serving Students Age Three through Eighth Grade
As a Tuition free (K-8) Public Charter Montessori Program

Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse is celebrating its twelfth year as a fully implemented public Montessori school of financial and academic excellence. All of our classrooms, age 3-15, are included in our Accredited School status through the American Montessori Society (AMS).  We are committed to helping fully implemented public Montessori education become a reality for more children across the nation by serving as a model public Montessori school.

In September 2003 our Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse Charter School Application was approved by the Polk County School Board, the Polk County School Board Charter Review Committee, and the Polk County Desegregation Oversight Committee. In July 2014 Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse was again reviewed in all areas and granted an additional 7 year renewal charter due to our excellent results and reputation. As required by the U.S. Department of Education and the State of Florida Department of Education, Charter school applications are inspected for compliance with educational laws in 25 areas such as Academic Design, Student Performance, Governance and Management, and Charter Implementation Plan.

Lakeland Montessori Schools Blueprint (Guiding Document)