Our home is a beautiful campus in  Old Town Key West, Florida

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to nurture curiousity, creativity, and a sense of wonder

The Montessori Children’s School of Key West is an independent, non-profit, international, school for uniquely gifted students from toddlers through eighth grade.

We are passionate about cultivating your child’s love of learning. Each and every day, our students arrive eager to expand their horizons and unearth new discoveries. They are truly the inspiration for the thoughtful work we do creating a vibrant space to engage in an authentic Montessori curriculum.

Montessori school Sarasota classroom

Through our multiple international Montessori relationships, we have access to tremendous resources to implement learning methodologies developed and cultivated by some of the foremost international experts in the authentic Montessori way. The knowledge, respect, and self-awareness your children and our future leaders harness here will undoubtedly launch their imaginations, and their quest for happiness and success, in whatever challenges they choose to embrace.

Today’s students need to learn how to learn to be prepared for tomorrow’s world.

The future belongs to those who think outside of the box, solve problems, create new solutions, and get people to work together to get things accomplished.

Our course of study prepares students for both lifelong learning and life. We cultivate each student’s human potential by investing in core values, being people of principle, deep thinkers, life-long learners, balanced beings, responsive friends and citizens, and courageous advocates.



“Whoever touches the life of the child, touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.”

Maria Montessori

Program Levels


Ages 18 months to 3 years

Toddler communities are designed to meet the developmental needs of the very young child and to support the child’s natural growth.

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Ages 3 to 6 years

In the primary years children learn how to learn, developing independence, an inner sense or order, curiosity and concentration.

Primary teacher working on spelling with students

Lower Elementary

Ages 6 to 9 years

Elementary children have an immense appetite for knowledge; they begin to think abstractly and they have remarkable powers of imagination.

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Upper Elementary

Ages 9 to 12 years

Each level is a multi-age community where students collaborate with others of different ages and abilities, learning to accomplish a goal cooperatively. This process encourages the child to contribute ideas, listen to others, and learn to compromise.

Middle School

Grades 7 and 8

We are partnering with the NewGate School’s Global Campus to offer our Middle School students the unique opportunity of learning from and with individuals all around the world.  

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a different approach

Montessori Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on integrated studies, rather than a traditional model compartmentalized into separate subjects, in which topics are considered only at specific grade levels.

Sensorial Education

These are exercises in perception, observation, fine discrimination, and classification that play a major role in helping our children to develop their sense of logic and concentration.

Practical Life Skills

One of our first goals is to develop in the very young child a strong and realistic sense of independence and self-reliance. Along with love and a stable environment, this is the child’s greatest need.

Language Arts

The process of learning to read and write almost always comes naturally and begins with a child’s first interest. We begin by placing our youngest students in classes in which the older students are already reading. 

Mathematics & Geometry

Montessori’s famous hands-on learning math materials make abstract concepts clear and concrete. Students can literally see and explore what is going on in their math studies.


We are all members of the human family. Our goal is to develop a global perspective. The study of world cultures forms a cornerstone of our curriculum.


Dr. Montessori passed a deep love for the world of nature on to thousands of students through a program of outdoor education, gardening, and camping experiences. We see this as the foundation of a lifelong interest in the sciences.



We are all members of the human family. Our roots lie in the distant past and history is the story of our common heritage. Without a strong sense of history, we cannot begin to know who we are as individuals today. 

The Montessori School of Key West

1221 Varela St, Key West, FL 33040

(305) 294-5302