Palm Harbor Montessori Academy
5.00 (4 reviews)
- Palm Harbor Montessori is a safe and caring community dedicated to academic excellence while nuturing each child's mind, body, and spirit for success in life.
Palm Harbor Montessori Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:
- Category Attribute
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
- Extracurriculars Most extracurriculars offered
|School Type||Montessori School|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||American Montessori Society (AMS)|
Other Montessori association(s)
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-8|
|Total Students||227 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 41%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||25 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||9:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||22 students|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition ranges from $6,300 - 14,500 for traditional and year-round programs.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$2,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Sheryl Chelena|
|Admissions Associate||Ellen Kealey|
|Total Sports Offered||7 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Fit, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, TennisBasketball, Cross Fit,|
Flag Football, Gymnastics,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||21 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Art Club, Coding Club, Cooking, Gardening, Gymnastics, Keyboarding, Rhythm Band for Toddlers, Soccer Shots, Soccer/Disc Golf, Spanish Club, Swim Club, TotStart Tennis Academy, Yearbook
Arts and Music Programs:
Art Class, Music Class, Spanish Class
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Flag Football Club, Physical Education, Soccer, Swimming
- Palm Harbor Montessori Academy is an accredited independent, co-education school. It is a collaborative, peaceful community of children, parents, faculty and administrators where children are honored and diversity is respected. PHMA is a place where love of learning is celebrated, educational programs are individualized and creativity abounds.
- PHMA participates in the Coordinated Childcare, Step up for Students and John McKay Scholarship programs.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Palm Harbor Grades: NS-8 | 491 students
1551 Belcher Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(727)781-3808 1.4 NS-8
- Clearwater Grades: NS-PK | 44 students
905 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727)584-2867 10.6 NS-PK
- New Port Richey Grades: NS | 72 students
9316 Little Rd
New Port Richey, FL 34654 15.3 NS
Our son started here when he was 16 months old. He is still there and has learned SO much. Now our 2 year old daughter is also a student. She started when she was 16 months old as well. We absolutely love all of the teachers there. Both of our children are receiving a phenomenal education. The entire staff knows and loves our children. We would highly recommend this school.
- Posted by Parent - Laura
From the start 2 years ago, the staff at Palm Harbor Montessori Academy have been great. Carol and Theo have helped us with the transition from public school to the PH MA appear seamless. The attention our son gets, and the education is priceless. Our daughter who is in 3rd grade coming from a public school just started writing In cursive. This year our son in kindergarten will be writing in cursive. The teachers really do care about the students and it shows with the smiles we get from the children. I can't see us putting our kids In any other school. Thanks to all at PHMA.
- Posted by Parent - mwall
Palm Harbor Montessori? Where do I begin? We moved here mid term last fall. Our twins had attended a Montessori program in Port Orange, Fla. - which had been sold and came under different structure with the sale (non Montessori). Thank goodness we were moving anyway and connected with PHMA -- and they took us in for VPK 2 months into the school year (thanks!). Everybody from the teachers to the administration to the lady I call the ultimate upbeat ambassador of PHMA - Miss Shelley - are top of the line in every facet possible. The teachers have a true gift here ... they have the ability to "read" children within moments, identifying strengths and encouraging our kids to "run with it". These are individuals who have a deep, deep passion for what they do. They love kids and they love to teach and the ultimate reward for them at the end of the day is to see the kids' eyes light up when they grasp a concept. Yes, there IS structure ... but there is also freedom within that classroom structure for kids to look around and find something they're curious about - I sat in class for an hour once to witness it all. Fascinating. Our twins did VPK and it was an enormous success and Kindergarten won't know what hit it when our twins get there ... thanks to this foundation. We currently have our twins in the summer camp program and they come home happy, smiling, full of stories and EXHAUSTED because they are having so much fun. Also, our 2 year old has begun with the youngest group at PHMA and after only one quivering-lip day in the beginning, she now sprints to her teachers and waves goodbye to us, smiling ... she's totally on board with this new experience, thanks to the adults and the sweetheart kids she spends her day with. I am thrilled that our 3 kids are excited to be around new people ... new kids, new adults ... I'd describe the whole experience as some sort of educational cocoon that allows them a comfy space to grow without any negatives pelting them from the outside. I HIGHLY recommend PHMA and we are far from done working with them.
- Posted by Parent - fbmac
We just moved to Palm Harbor, FL and decided to send our son (who is in the 1st grade or Junior Elementary) and our daughter (who is in the primary classroom) to PHMA. We could not be happier. There transition to a new school has been easy and we have been happy with the school both academically and socially.
- Posted by Parent - mayap
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