Application Forms


  • Early Childhood Applications are accepted beginning any time after a child’s birth. We encourage families to apply early as there are very few openings after age 3.  The Montessori educational model is based on and builds upon early childhood attendance, beginning at age 3.
  • We offer free tours on most school days. 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. Click here to register for a free tour and we will contact you to schedule a date that works for you!  Alternatively, when you submit an Early Childhood Application, you will automatically be scheduled for a tour. We look forward to meeting you!
  • Students that attend Lakeland Montessori for PreK receive automatic entrance to Kindergarten and the opportunity to continue all the way through eighth grade. There is no tuition for grades Kindergarten-8.
  • November 1 is the Early Childhood Application deadline for priority consideration for students that will begin their three year old year in August. All applicants applying by this deadline will receive an email invitation to attend a scheduled school tour and introduction to the school with one of the school Adminstrators. Both parents and your child are required to attend.
  • Early Childhood Applications will continue to be accepted after November 1 for any spots that remain and/or the applicant pool, however applicants will only be contacted if there is an opening for which you are being considered.
  • Students must be age 3 by September 1 to begin attending. Students may enter mid-year once they turn 3.
  • 3 & 4-year-olds are part of our Early Childhood (PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten) program and are not separated by age, giving them the opportunity to advance in the curriculum as they are ready.
  • Fill out the Early Childhood Application. If you qualify for the Polk County School Readiness program, the application fee can be waived. To apply for the School Readiness program, visit their website here.

Click here for more information on our admissions process and tuition rates.


  • There is no tuition or application fee for grades K-8.
  • The Montessori educational model is based on early childhood attendance beginning at age 3.
  • Students that have attended Lakeland Montessori preschool receive automatic entrance to Kindergarten.We encourage families to apply early, the best chance for admission is at age three.  There are over 2,000 students on our waiting list for grades K-8.
  • Submitting an application to Lakeland Montessori Schools will NOT remove your child from waiting lists at any other schools.
  • Students must be age 5 by September 1 to attend Kindergarten.
  • Grade K-6 applications for students currently attending grades Kindergarten – 6 are accepted year round.
  • For students entering Kindergarten in August, the application period begins November 1 of the year before. For example, a student that will begin Kindergarten in August 2021 can apply on or after November 1, 2020.


  • There is no tuition or application fee for grades K-8.
  • Students that have attended sixth grade at Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse receive automatic entrance to seventh grade at Lakeland Montessori Middle.
  • For students entering Seventh Grade in August, the application period begins November 1 of the year before. For example, a student that will begin Seventh grade in August 2021 can apply on or after November 1, 2020.
  • Interested families of students that have not attended sixth grade at Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse are required to submit an ONLINE REQUEST for a meeting with the administration, at which time we will carefully explain exactly what the LMMS mission and guiding principles are as well as encourage parents to research Montessori education to see if they feel it is a good fit for their child.  Parents will be asked to sign a statement noting what the details of Montessori education entail (including non-traditional methodology, assessment and parent and student requirements).
  • Parent will then have access to an enrollment package which contains:
      • LMMS FAQ sheet;
      • LMMS Snapshot Process explanation, and
      • LMMS Parent Volunteer Form

Lakeland Montessori Middle School (LMMS) is committed to providing Montessori middle school education to eligible students in the Lakeland area. LMMS will not discriminate against applicants based upon uncontrollable factors like race, ethnicity, religion, national origin or disability. LMMS does feel, however, that students who best meet the LMMS mission and vision will best succeed at the school. Because there are certain student qualities which are necessary to achieve the mission of LMMS, all students will submit a Snapshot to determine eligibility, in accordance with Title V, Part B, Subpart 1 of the the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The student will compile his or her Snapshot highlighting the student’s ability to support the LMMS Mission and Vision. Eligibility for admission will be determined through this Snapshot. Eligible students will be encouraged to apply for admission to LMMS. Minimally, LMMS is looking for students who demonstrate

• Self-motivation,
• Ability to work collaboratively and peacefully with others,
• Ability to work independently,
• Ability to complete tasks,
• Respect for the environment,
• Compassion and empathy for others,
• Creativity in work and thought,
• Commitment to peaceful interaction,
• Curiosity of the world around them, and
• Ability to independently research.

Non-discrimination Policy

Lakeland Montessori Schools are designed to attract and benefit parents and students who are interested in an accredited, high fidelity Montessori educational program. Our enrollment and admissions policies comply with the provisions of the Florida Charter School Statutes. We do not discriminate with regard to admissions.

The School Board of Polk County, Florida, and Lakeland Montessori, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment practices.

Special Needs

Children with special needs will be addressed on an individual basis as they apply. After a family receives an admissions letter, the IEP team will meet to determine if a students special needs can be met at our school or if they can be best served at another school within our district. Our model for ESE students is the inclusive, consultative model. Due to the small size of our schools, we do not have separate classrooms or extra assistants dedicated to special needs students, therefore all students must be able to fit within the Montessori model of teaching.

The Principal is the Section 504 coordinator who may respond to a complaint of discrimination and they can be contacted at A person’s disablity is not considered with regard to admissions.


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