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Welcome to the Gulfport Montessori Elementary School website. As a "school within a school," we are home to the Montessori Academy magnet program as well as to traditional classrooms. This unique environment provides all of our students with excellent opportunities for success.


A positive learning environment where personal success is an achievable objective every student, family, and staff member believes and actively pursues.


We believe in our students. Gulfport Elementary School's mission is to guide and empower our students while we all learn and develop in our global community.

What is the Montessori Method?

Dr. Maria Montessori developed her method because she was troubled by the rigid teaching techniques used in Europe at the time, which blocked many children in their learning efforts. Feeling that the young child had more potential for self-learning than traditional teaching methods allowed, she began to develop this potential through a sensorial approach which carries through to the abstractions later (this teaches the young child through his natural interest in exploring the world through his senses). The Montessori Method emphasizes the prepared environment (designed especially for the child), by utilizing specially-trained teachers and uniquely-designed learning materials and apparatus having a special appeal to the child.

The Montessori Academy at Gulfport Elementary

  • This area magnet program is open to incoming kindergarteners and other eligible students (for example, students who have previously attended another Montessori school).
  • Children explore the world through hands-on learning materials and achieve understanding beyond the memorization of simple facts. A life-long love for learning is the result of the work in the Montessori environment. Grace and courtesy lessons teach children of different ages and abilities to treat each other with respect and courtesy. Montessori education is character building, and encourages children to become responsible members of their learning community.

Learn More About the Montessori Academy

  • If you would like to schedule a tour of our school, please CLICK HERE to send an email to Kathy Ludlum, our Montessori Director.
  • Our Discovery Night will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 6:00 PM. (2014 52nd Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707)
  • CLICK HERE for the Montessori Academy Magnet Brochure.

Our Montessori program serves kindergarten to fifth grade

2014 52nd St. S  Gulfport,FL 33707-4928 | Phone: (727) 893-2643 | Fax: (727) 552-1574

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