Community Montessori School

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Community Montessori School is committed to respecting children as individuals, nourishing them and educating them for peace.
Our goal at Community Montessori School is to provide a prepared environment that responds to the developmental needs of the age group and cultivates each child's unique human potential by adhering to Montessori's principles.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other Montessori association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-9
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1989
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer program available only for currently enrolled students.

Student Body

Total Students135 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Community Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Land's End for elementary and up)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition varies based on the program. Please see the website for more information.
Admissions DirectorOlga McBride


Total Sports Offered1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Bricks 4 Kidz, Chess Club, Let's Build It

Arts and Music Programs:
Act Up, Violin

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Soccer Shots

School Notes

  • We currently offer the following programs: Toddler (18 months - 3 years), Primary (ages 3-6), Lower Elementary (grades 1-3), Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), and Adolescent (grades 7-9). Our Webb Road Campus serves the Toddler and Primary Programs, and our Civic Road Campus serves the Elementary and Adolescent Programs. The campuses are within walking distance from each other.
  • We are proud to be one of the oldest and most respected Montessori schools in the Tampa Bay area. In 2019 we celebrated our 30th anniversary!
  • The Montessori method embraces a broad vision of education as a tool for life. Founded on the belief that children possess an inherent love of learning, it provides a framework for engaging students in meaningful work and experiences. Montessori education seeks the formation of children who are independent thinkers and creative problem-solvers, capable of leading productive, responsible, and harmonious lives.
  • Montessori classrooms are known as "prepared environments" with specially designed materials and learning tools. Because children develop on different timelines, students work at their own pace, with teachers providing lessons and guidance at appropriate intervals. Classrooms operate on three-year cycles, allowing students to form close relationships and engage in cooperative learning and mentoring roles.
  • Community Montessori School opened it's doors at our Webb Road Campus in the fall of 1989 with two classrooms and an enrollment of 30 children, ages 2 through 5. Our goal was to provide the very best education for children following the methods and philosophies that were true to the vision of Maria Montessori. Enrollment grew each year, and classrooms were added to meet the demand as space allowed. In 1993, the program was expanded to include an elementary program for children 6 to 9 years old. In 1996, Community Montessori School moved the elementary program to a spacious location around the corner on Civic Road. At this additional location, CMS was able to add an Upper Elementary program for students up to 12 years of age. In early 2000, CMS became a not-for-profit school. It was also presented with an opportunity to purchase the property that housed and surrounded the Civic Road campus. The acquisition of this property gave the school the physical space to embark on the next phases of growth: to develop an Adolescent Program for students up to age 15 and build a new campus that could house all levels of Community Montessori School. In the 2006 - 2007 school year, we completed the first phase of growth and developed our Adolescent Program. The following year, the seventh and eighth-year students moved into the newly renovated Adolescent building located on the Memorial Highway side of our property. We welcomed more new additions to our Civic Road campus during our 2007-2008 school year. The Adolescent program planned and built an incredible organic garden near their classroom. They have learned about beekeeping and currently maintain two beehives along with a chicken coop on campus.

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