The Montessori Pedagogy is something that is very near and dear to my heart. I first heard about it from my dad’s wife and did extensive research on it when I was pregnant with my first child. Quality childhood education is very important to my family. My maternal grandmother was a teacher, and one of my maternal relatives was the principal of our elementary school in our hometown of Naic, Cavite, Philippines. They were not Montessori, but they loved children and all cared deeply for helping little ones learn.
In my network of Montessori groups, I found a need for parents looking for quality education for their children, that does not cost a college tuition. This need prompted me to create a master list of Free Montessori Schools within the public school system. Please check out my post on the difference between charter, magnet, and all types of public schooling when it becomes available!
Please note that not all of these schools are accredited by the official Association Montessori International (AMI) or American Montessori Society (AMS) which set the standards for a true Montessori school, envisioned by Maria Montessori herself.
With all this being said, most people have no idea who Maria Montessori is or why she is so important. Please check out my Maria Montessori is My Spirit Animal post for more information on why she is such an inspiration to me, and why people form schools named after her.
Onto the list itself!
-Carlsbad, Dehesa, Escondido, Poway, Santee Community Montessori Charter School
-New Haven Elm City Montessori
ISLAMORADA Treasure Village Montessori Pre-K – 8
Pines/West Atlantic Montessori Charter School K- 5
Miami Coral Reef Montessori Pre-K – 8
Land O Lakes Countryside Montessori Charter School 1- 8
Winter Haven Cypress Junction Montessori Pre-K – 8
Winter Garden Innovation Montessori Ocoee Pre-K – 9
Sarasota/Venice Island Village Montessori SchoolPre-K – 5
Lakeland Lakeland Montessori Middle 3 – 8
Lake Land Magnolia Montessori Academy K-6
Key West May Sands Montessori School K – 8
Greenacres Montessori Academy of Early Enrichment INC K – 5
Hallandale Beach South Broward Montessori Charter K – 5
St. Augustine St. Augustine Public Montessori 1-6
The Montessori School of Englewood
Suder Montessori (non-selective Magnet school, not a charter)
Coast Empire Montessori Charter
– Portland Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School
Wausau Area Montessori Charter School
* denotes states with only ONE publicly funded, free charter Montessori school. There may be magnet schools, but I have not done all the research to add all of the magnet schools to the list. If you do not see very many in your state, write to your state’s department of education requesting more Montessori schools! Or you can even go through the process of starting your own.