Garden Montessori Charter School has signed a five-year lease on a new 22,000-square-foot home in a former fitness facility in Wesley Chapel.
“It’s a beautiful property,” John Selover, a consultant for the charter school said. “We’re really excited about it.”
In addition to the building at the Sports and Field Inc. location, at 2029 Arrowgrass Drive, there’s a large fenced play area, Selover said.
“When we move in there this year, we’ll have temporary walls and partitions, with the idea that we’ll make that more permanent down the road,” he said.
The school is opening this fall with an enrollment of around 215 children, in kindergarten through second grade.
Selover said many people believe that Montessori education is a private-school only type of situation.
But Garden Montessori School is a charter school, meaning there’s no tuition for children attending the school.
The same is true for Countryside Montessori Charter School, which is located in Land O’ Lakes.
Garden Montessori School has its roots in a private preschool and kindergarten that has been offering the Montessori approach to education since 2009.
Parents of some of those children were interested in continuing to pursue that type of education in elementary school, and the school sought permission from Pasco County to open a charter elementary school.
There are still some seats available at Garden Montessori Charter School.
General information and enrollment details can be found at GMCSWC.weebly.com.
Published July 1, 2015