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18th Year Serving Students Age Three to Eighth Grade as a Tuition Free (K-8) Public Charter Montessori Program

Come join us for a tour of our school on any Tuesday at 10 am that is a school day. RSVP here to join a tour! See our age 3 through grade 8 classrooms in action on our beautiful campus! There will also be a time for questions and answers to learn more about our Cognia/SACS and American Montessori Society dual-accredited public Montessori program. Tours are primarily for families interested in preschool yet all community members are welcome.  

In 2016, Lakeland Montessori reached a major milestone for public Montessori education by becoming the first 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 Cognia).  All of our programs are accredited – Early Childhood, Elementary I, Elementary II, and Secondary I. Since its inception, our school has continuously striven to demonstrate to our local community, and to the Montessori community at large, that accredited Montessori is possible in the public sector – with unparalleled outcomes. By becoming a model public Montessori program, we hope to help public Montessori schools across the nation open with the goal of becoming accredited in order for more children to experience incredible outcomes! 

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:

Rubric of Essential Elements in Public Montessori

In the words of Sara Wilson, the American Montessori Society’s Senior Director of School Accreditation in 2016, “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.”

Lakeland Montessori Schools Blueprint (Guiding Document)