Our History

In 1970, the first Montessori school in Tampa formed on Hanley Road. It soon expanded to two campuses. In 1982, that same school, The Montessori House Day School, became the first school in the nation 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 Emeritus, Kay Murrell, begins teaching at the Montessori school on Hanley Road in Town 'n' Country from its inception.

1980

Accreditation is granted by Florida Council of Independent Schools.

1981

The Ehrlich Campus in Carrollwood opens.

1985

The Montessori House hosts the teacher training program of the Miami Teacher Training Institute.

1988

Upper Elementary, for students 9-12 years of age, is introduced, and the school is renamed The Montessori House Day School.

1989

From 1989-1992, Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serves 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 is opened for children 18 months to 3 years of age.

1998

The Montessori House Day School hosts a convention for AMS.

2007

Montessori schools worldwide celebrate 100 years of Montessori education. At the AMS Annual Conference in New York City, the school is recognized as one of a select number of Montessori-accredited schools in the nation.  

2014

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

2017

Sally A. Parker is appointed Head of School.

1978

Kay Murrell and her husband, Tom, a local businessman, purchase the school and rename it The Montessori House. The school becomes an affiliate of AMS.

1981

Accreditation is granted by Florida Kindergarten Council.

1982

The Montessori House is the first school in the nation to become accredited by AMS. Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serves AMS as a school consultant and evaluator.

1986

The Montessori House hosts a convention for AMS.

1989

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

1993

From 1993-2000, Head Directress, Kay Murrell, serves on the Board of Florida Kindergarten Council.

1995

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

2005

Four faculty members of The Montessori House Day School are selected by Florida Council of Independent Schools to attend the Academy for High Performing Educators.

2011

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

2016

Reaccreditation is granted by Florida Council of Independent Schools and Florida Kindergarten Council.

Upcoming Events

Hanley Parent Night – 5:30 p.m. Toddler Program 6:30 p.m. Preschool/Kindergarten Program

August 21st

Ehrlich Preschool/Kindergarten Parent Night – 6:00 p.m. Preschool/Kindergarten Program

August 23rd

Labor Day Holiday – NO CLASSES

September 3rd

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