Mrs. Payan's School is a Montessori small preschool for young children from 2 to 6 years old. It is a beautiful, healthy and safe environment. This fully licensed large family child care is a Montessori Preschool.
We offer all the trends of a Montessori education but never ignore the benefits of a traditional approach.
Children are exposed to Math and Language following the Montessori method and using the Montessori materials.
Objectives of Mrs. Payan's school: to offer an excellent Montessori Education in a beautiful setting, To help the children achieve their full potential using the Montessori Method but not excluding any other strategy, To assist the children in their learning process with a very individualized approach.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
  • Students: 13 students
  • Acceptance rate: 100%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
13 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade
Fatima Payan Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
(school polo)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
Arts and Music Programs:
Spanish French Art, Violin

School Notes

  • Mrs. Payan School offers a preschool Montessori environment.
  • It is a bilingual program (Spanish/English).
  • A ratio of 4 to 1 insures that nothing is overlooked and that the lessons are highly tailored to the individual child.
  • A full day program starts at 8:30 and ends at 3 pm.
  • A half day for toddlers is offered from 3 to 6 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We follow Miami Dade Public Schools calendar.
  • "It is a hidden treasure in lush Coconut Grove", said a mom whose three children attended the school.
  • Come and let us serve and guide your child's growth and development.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
For years we had heard Mrs. Payan's was "the best in Miami," and we only wish we had started sooner because it most certainly is! Our daughter, who has attended two other schools previously, began here during the pandemic and it was one of the wisest decisions our family has made. Academically, the school is outstanding. The individualized attention, authentic Montessori approach, exceptional teaching staff, and diverse curriculum, including Spanish, French, and the arts, are superb. Moreover, the warm, compassionate, intimate environment cannot be overstated. Our daughter is thriving and comes home happy and enthusiastic about learning every day. She enjoys being in the classroom just as much as she loves playing in Mrs. Payan's beautiful yard and garden. We have only the highest praise for the school and its wonderful teachers. Mrs. Payan's is an absolute jewel.
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Mrs. Payan's school is a gem. I transferred my 4-year-old son to Mrs. Payan during the Pandemic, and from day one the experience has been fantastic. My son has had a perfect year (I call it the golden year). He loves this school so much. The teachers are knowledgeable, nurturing and loving. They stay true to the Montessori method while catering to each child's developmental strengths. To enter the classroom is to witness children quietly engaged in independent learning. The teacher to child ratio is unheard of in this city known for crowded class sizes. In addition to traditional curriculum, the children learn art, French and Spanish, but most of all, they are all happy and well cared for. I wholeheartedly recommend this preschool.
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This is the third year my child has attended this pre-school and we could not be happier! Mrs. Payan offers high quality academics with individualized attention, music and art lessons, field trips, and a backyard eden with playground and garden. Highly highly recommended!
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Terrific neighborhood school for our kids -- enriching activities, caring teachers with lessons in multiple languages (Spanish, French), a real hidden gem in Coconut Grove
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I had my 5yr old son attend Ms. Payan's school all summer camp. I was thrilled at the personalized attention that he received. He came home every day singing new songs and excited about what he was learning. Ms. Payan helped to work on his discipline and how well he played with others. It was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend this school!
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
  • Students: 13 students
  • Acceptance rate: 100%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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