Welcome to Year 14, 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 dual accredited by both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS, an accreditation division of AdvancED)! We have 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. The majority of accredited schools are private, with very few exceptions. All of our programs were 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 fully implemented 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 “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.

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 completion of our 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.

Rubric of Essential Elements in Public Montessori

Lakeland Montessori Schools Blueprint (Guiding Document)