Our History

In 1970, the first Montessori school in Tampa formed on Hanley Road. It soon expanded to two campuses and then in 1982, that same school, The Montessori House Day School, also became the first school in the entire United States to gain accreditation under the new strict standards of the American Montessori Society (AMS). To this day, no other school in Tampa is AMS accredited. Fully credentialed Montessori teachers and a proven authentic Montessori curriculum provide your child the very best in education.

1970

Head Directress, Kay Murrell, began teaching at the Montessori school on Hanley Road in Town 'n' Country from its inception.

1979

In an effort to establish a reputation of a school with a quality curriculum and faculty, The Montessori House undertook consultations, self-studies, and evaluations for accreditations.

1981

Accreditation granted by the Florida Kindergarten Council.

1981

A new campus on Ehrlich Road in Carrollwood opened, operating under the same Montessori philosophy and curriculum.

1985

The Montessori House Day School hosted the teacher training program of Miami Teacher Training Institute.

1988

The second level of grades for 9-12 year olds was introduced, and the school was renamed The Montessori House Day School.

1989

From 1989-1992, The Montessori House Day School was honored to have their Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serve on the Board of Florida Council of Independent Schools. Kay Murrell is the only Montessorian to date elected to the FCIS Board.

1995

A toddler class at the Hanley campus was opened for children 18 months to 3 years of age.

1998

The Montessori House Day School hosted a convention for the American Montessori Society.

2007

Montessori schools worldwide celebrated 100 years of Montessori education. The Montessori House Day School sent 13 faculty members to the convention in New York City; the school was recognized as one of the Montessori accredited schools in the nation.

2014

The Montessori House Day School introduced a new school logo, website, brand, and promise: “It starts with inspiration.”

1978

Kay Murrell and her husband, Tom, a local businessman, purchased the school and renamed it The Montessori House. The school became an affiliate of the American Montessori Society.

1980

Accreditation granted by the Florida Council of Independent Schools.

1981

The American Montessori Society became an accrediting agency. The Montessori House began the accreditation process.

1982

The Montessori House Day School was the first school in the United States to become accredited by the American Montessori Society under new accreditation standards. Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serves the American Montessori Society as a school consultant and evaluator.

1986

The Montessori House Day School hosted a convention for the American Montessori Society.

1989

The Montessori House Day School hosted the teacher training program of Miami Teacher Training Institute.

1993

From 1993-2000, The Montessori House Day School was honored to have their Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serve on the Board of Florida Kindergarten Council. During that time, Kay Murrell served as treasurer, vice president and president of the Board, serving as an advisor after her tenure as an officer.

1995

The Montessori House Day School hosted the teacher training program of Miami Teacher Training Institute.

2005

Four Montessori House Day School faculty members were selected by the Florida Council of Independent Schools to attend the Academy for high performing teachers.

2011

Owners Tom and Kay Murrell were awarded the Montessori Service Award by the Andrew and Dora McGhee Foundation.

Upcoming Events

Veterans Day/Teacher Work Day – NO CLASSES

November 10th

Thanksgiving Break – NO CLASSES

November 20th-24th

Ehrlich International Day – Dismissal 12:30 P.M., Ehrlich Campus Only

December 1st

Testimonials

“The teachers and administration are in tune with my child’s specific needs and academic growth. My child is extremely intelligent and the teachers have developed special curriculum to keep her engaged while learning.”


— Parent

“The school focuses on allowing children to retain their creativity in addition to learning traditionally required skills.”


— Parent

“I love the fact that each child is allowed to and encouraged to learn at their own pace. There is no limit to how much they can learn.”


— Parent