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

RSVP here to join us for a tour of our school on any Tuesday at 10 am that is a school day. During the tour, you will 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.

When parents are choosing a school for their child’s education, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “How do I know if the school I am visiting is a good school?” Full implementation of the high standards of an authentic Montessori education leads to unparalleled academic, social, and emotional outcomes for students. Partial implementation of Montessori standards is like playing a Jenga game – the more pieces you remove the less strong it is. Or like baking a cake – if you omit some of the ingredients, the cake doesn’t turn out well. If you are visiting a Montessori school that is accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the American Montessori Society (AMS), or the International Montessori Council (IMC) – you can be assured that the school has fully implemented the Montessori system of education. If the school isn’t accredited by one of these organizations, another tool to help you determine if the school you are visiting has fully implemented the high standards of authentic Montessori education is the Rubric of Essential Montessori Elements.

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 community at large, that accredited Montessori is possible in the public sector – with unparalleled outcomes. As 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 the incredible outcomes possible at accredited Montessori schools! 

Our Kindergarten through eighth-grade families do not pay tuition. Students in our preschool and pre-Kindergarten programs pay tuition with scholarships available that discount tuition by 50% to all that qualify for the Polk County Early Learning School Readiness program.

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.

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)