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About Community Montessori School

Community Montessori School in Tampa, Florida, strives to create a warm and secure community atmosphere, and everything about our school’s two campuses reflects that commitment.

Community Montessori School, Webb Road Campus


Our Webb Road campus is home to our Toddler environment (ages 18 months to 3 years) and two Primary classrooms (ages 3 to 6 years), as well as our admissions office.

The campus features shaded decks, butterfly gardens, a large playground with picnic tables, and a small playground for toddlers only.

Carefully designed classrooms accommodate environments in which our students begin their life’s work- a lifelong educational journey full of eager anticipation and joyful discovery using materials designed by Maria Montessori. The playground and classroom gardens are shaded by generations-old oak trees and are enclosed by classroom and administration buildings, covered walkways, and spacious decks.

Webb Road hosts our annual Marketplace event, which is held prior to the winter break. The proceeds from Marketplace benefit needy families in the Tampa area, and is a great way for our school family to give back to the community. This campus also curates the CMS Student Art Show each year.

Community Montessori School, Civic Road Campus

Our Civic Road campus consists of four buildings on six shady acres, providing our older students with plenty of indoor and outdoor space to study, garden, exercise, play and discover in a comfortable, natural setting.

Civic Road is home to one Lower Elementary classroom (ages 6 to 9 years), one Upper Elementary classroom (ages 9 to 12 years), and one Adolescent classroom (ages 12 – 15 years). The CMS business office, development office, and library are also on the Civic Road grounds.

Larger classrooms and work spaces accommodate our older students and their broader variety of activities- mathematics, language, science, history, music, art and more. Still using the unique materials and methods of Maria Montessori, CMS elementary and adolescent students continue refining and unfolding the individuals that they will become, academically and socially as a citizen of the world.

Our Webb Road campus and Civic Road campus are within walking distance of each other. We are looking forward to embarking on our next adventure which will join both campuses together.



Our Mission

In the tradition of 100 years of Montessori education, and in the spirit of Montessori schools worldwide, Community Montessori School is committed to respecting children as individuals, nourishing them and educating them for peace.

Our goal at Community Montessori School is to provide a prepared environment that responds to the developmental needs of the age group and cultivates each child’s unique human potential by adhering to Montessori’s principles. CMS strives to provide a warm and secure community atmosphere combined with a high expectation for the quality of thought, work, interpersonal relationship, and mastery of content and skill.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Community Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Community Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of the school’s educational policies, admissions policies and other school-administered programs.

Community Montessori School encourages diversity and strives for economic, ethnic, cultural and individual diversity. We embrace our non-discrimination policy and do not treat people differently based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or marital status.

Our History

Community Montessori School opened it’s doors at our Webb Road Campus in the fall of 1989 with two classrooms and an enrollment of 30 children, ages 2 through 5. Our goal was to provide the very best education for children following the methods and philosophies that were true to the vision of Maria Montessori. Enrollment grew each year and classrooms were added to meet the demand as space allowed.

In 1993, the program was expanded to include an elementary program for children 6 to 9 years old, and in 1996, Community Montessori School moved the elementary program to a spacious location around the corner on Civic Road. At this additional location, CMS was able to add an Upper Elementary program for students up to 12 years of age.

In early 2000, CMS became a not-for-profit school. It was also presented with an opportunity to purchase the property that housed and surrounded the Civic Road campus. The acquisition of this property gave the school the physical space to embark on the next phases of growth: to develop an Adolescent Program for students up to age 15 and build a new campus which could house all levels of Community Montessori School.

In the 2006 – 2007 school year we completed the first phase of growth and developed our Adolescent Program. The following year, the seventh and eighth year students moved into the newly renovated Adolescent building located near our Meeting House on the Memorial Highway side of our property.

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We welcomed more new additions to our Civic Road campus during our 2007-2008 school year. The Adolescent program planned and built an incredible organic garden near their classroom. They have learned about beekeeping and currently maintain 2 beehives on campus.

We are looking forward to embarking on our next adventure which will join both campuses together.


Nancy Bowman
Community Montessori School
Founder & Head of School

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