About Our School

“The education of a very small child does not aim at preparing him for school but for life.” Maria Montessori

The Children’s School provides a complete and authentic Montessori environment that fosters a love of learning in our children by adhering to Maria Montessori’s teaching methods. Founded in 1972, our school is Key West’s oldest Montessori program, and has earned its reputation as the island’s premier Montessori school, educating children from 18 months through 3rd grade.  Our Montessori-certified educators and support staff uphold our mission of guiding children to become self-directed, cooperative and responsible individuals of the community while building solid foundations in humanitarianism, intellectual growth, and peace.

At The Children’s School we believe that the role of teachers and parents  is to “help the child do it alone”. We allow children to learn independently through exploration at their own pace. We embrace our responsibility as early educators to these young absorbent minds, and hold steadfast to the belief that children are best able to develop their abilities to the fullest when guided during sensitive periods of early childhood. We set high standards to ensure our children receive an educational experience that will maximize their potential. Our classrooms are quite unlike anything you may have experienced in education and shatter the myth that young children are distracted, loud and unruly.  To the contrary, our classrooms are peaceful, orderly environments, allowing children to thrive. We see it everyday, but you need to experience it yourself to believe.  To schedule a tour email office@montessorikeywest.com or call 305.294.5302

The Children’s School  is a non-profit organization administered by a volunteer board of directors consisting of parent and community members.  The Children’s School  began as a parent run school located across the street from our present location. It was a shotgun house that parents poured time and love into to create a unique learning environment for their children to grow and develop. What began as a one-classroom school has since developed into six classrooms, two of which are recognized as historical by HARC.   We offer Toddler, Primary, and Lower Elementary programs as well as aftercare, holiday and summer camp programs.  We are fortunate to now have students in our school whose own parents attended the school when they were children. We have been an active member of our community and will continue to be for many years to come. We are honored each time a parent entrusts their child’s education to The Children’s School.