Magnolia Montessori Academy opened its doors in August 2013 and was started by a group of like-minded parents who had a wish to provide more Montessori education in a neighborhood setting to more students in Polk County. Magnolia Montessori’s 5-acre campus is nestled among the trees in the heart of Lakeland, FL.

Guided by Maria Montessori’s idea that “the secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.”

Magnolia Montessori students in grades K-6 will develop a strong academic foundation and a love of learning. Students will draw upon that foundation to explore the world through project based learning and thematic studies in science, math, and the humanities. Magnolia Montessori seeks to cultivate students who are responsible citizens in the local and global community through service learning. In addition, Magnolia Montessori students will build relationships with community mentors to extend their learning beyond the classroom.