St. Augustine Public Montessori School


The Mission of St. Augustine Public Montessori School is to provide students with a learning culture grounded in Montessori philosophy and practice that inspires a love of learning and respect for self, others and the environment.

The St. Augustine Public Montessori School is part of the St. Johns County District. The school is governed independently by a non-profit organization Board of Trustees, but is accountable to the SJCSD and State Department of Education. We hope to build upon the great success of the many public elementary Montessori schools across the nation and Florida. SAPMS will enhance the District’s excellent success rates and attraction for residents by including a Montessori option as a public school choice.

Read our Charter School Application as submitted to the St. Johns County School District and approved on September 13, 2011.

St. Augustine Public Montessori School will emphasize the following key Montessori principles:

“We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation.”

Dr.Maria Montessori
  • Prepared environment of Montessori materials and curriculum.
  • Mixed age classrooms in 3-year spans.
  • Student choice of activity and uninterrupted blocks of work time.
  • Integrated instruction where all curriculum subjects are connected.
  • Individuals work at their own pace, regardless of ability level or age.
  • A focus on cooperation rather than competition.
  • Active involvement of children, parents, local citizens and organizations.
  • Montessori-trained teachers.

Here are some Alumni Profiles from We Are Montessori.

People who went to Montessori schools or sent their children include many great thinkers and leaders of our times:

  • The founders of GOOGLE
  • The founders of AMAZON.COM
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Thomas Edison
  • Henry Ford
  • Alice Waters
  • Julia Child
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Helen Keller
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Jean Piaget
  • Erik Erikson
  • Anne Frank
  • the Dalai Lama
  • Jacqueline Kennedy
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton
  • Beyonce Knowles
  • Prince William
  • Prince Harry
  • Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
  • Yul Brynner
  • Yo Yo MA