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Welcome to Treasure Village Montessori School

Empowering Education since 1998

Treasure Village Montessori School has a rich history rooted in the vision of local parents and community members who sought to provide an exceptional educational opportunity for children in the Upper Florida Keys. Established in 1998 as a K-3 program serving 60 students, TVM was founded as a public charter school with a clear mission: to offer a tuition-free, geographically accessible Montessori education that goes beyond traditional subjects.

Driven by a commitment to embrace the Montessori philosophy and provide a comprehensive academic experience, TVM has expanded its program over the years. Today, we proudly serve students from VPK through 8th grade, welcoming an enrollment of 215 students. With an unwavering dedication to empowering education, Treasure Village Montessori continues to shape the minds and futures of our students, fostering a love for learning and preparing them for success in an ever-changing world.

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The Treasure Village Montessori Difference

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Our vision at Treasure Village Montessori is to inspire a generation of compassionate, innovative, and environmentally conscious individuals.


We provide an empowering education that nurtures the whole child, fostering intellectual curiosity, social-emotional growth, and a deep sense of responsibility.


Our comprehensive Montessori-based curriculum integrates hands-on learning, individualized instruction, and a focus on practical life skills, preparing students for academic success and lifelong learning.

Discover Our Enchanting Campus: Treasure Village Montessori Facility

Nestled in the lush Village of Islamorada in the scenic Florida Keys, Treasure Village Montessori boasts a captivating campus spread across foliage-rich grounds. Our facility spans over 10,000 square feet, offering a captivating blend of indoor and outdoor learning spaces. Within our imaginative environment, once celebrated as an historic museum, you'll find gardens, courtyard playgrounds, learning labs, outdoor classrooms, a library, media and art rooms, and more. Our building exudes the charm of a college campus nestled within an old-world castle, surrounded by a secret tropical garden and a tranquil pond. Step into our magical campus and embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration.

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Unveiling the Legacy: Treasure Village Montessori's Rich History

Step back in time as you explore the captivating history of Treasure Village Montessori. Our esteemed educational institution, once known as Art McKee's Museum of Sunken Treasure, stands proudly as a roadside fortress that holds a wealth of stories within its walls. Originally constructed in 1950, the building showcased the remarkable treasures salvaged by the late Art McKee. These treasures, discovered in the surrounding waters from Spanish Galleon wrecks like The Capitana El Rui and nine other wrecks from the same fleet dating back to 1733, found their safe haven within these very walls.

Situated on 2 1/2 acres of land, our Montessori school's facility echoes the fortress-like charm of its past. As you explore our grounds, you'll discover the remnants of a bygone era, complete with a naturally occurring estuary that adds to the enchanting ambiance. From the 40-foot tower, known as the Keep, one can behold breathtaking vistas of the ocean, the Florida Bay, and envision the future history makers we fondly refer to as Seadragons.

Join us as we honor the past while fostering the potential of our students, creating a legacy that intertwines history, education, and the wonder of exploration.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Montessori Education

What is Montessori education?

Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Dr. Maria Montessori that emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and a child-centered learning environment. It focuses on the holistic development of a child—intellectual, social, emotional, and physical—through self-directed activities, hands-on learning, and respect for each child's unique learning style.

How does the Montessori approach differ from traditional education?

Montessori education differs from traditional education in several ways. Montessori classrooms are designed to promote independence and active learning, with teachers acting as guides rather than lecturers. Students have the freedom to choose their activities and work at their own pace, allowing for individualized learning. The Montessori approach also emphasizes multi-age classrooms, mixed-age groupings, and the use of specially designed Montessori materials to support hands-on learning.

Is Montessori education suitable for all children?

Montessori education can benefit children of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities. Its flexible and individualized approach allows for adaptation to meet the needs of each child. Montessori classrooms provide a nurturing and inclusive environment where children can develop at their own pace, fostering a love for learning and promoting the development of essential life skills.

How do Montessori teachers support student learning?

Montessori teachers are trained professionals who observe and understand each student's unique learning style, interests, and needs. They provide individualized guidance, support, and carefully designed lessons to meet the developmental stage of each child. Montessori teachers act as facilitators, fostering a love for learning, encouraging critical thinking, and promoting independence in students.

Are Montessori schools academically rigorous?

Yes, Montessori schools are academically rigorous. The Montessori approach provides a solid academic foundation while promoting deeper understanding and critical thinking. Students engage in self-directed learning, actively exploring concepts and making connections across subjects. The Montessori curriculum covers a wide range of subjects, including language arts, mathematics, sciences, cultural studies, and more, preparing students for success in higher education and beyond.

How does Montessori education foster social development?

Montessori education places great emphasis on social development. Multi-age classrooms encourage collaboration, mentoring, and peer learning, promoting a sense of community and cooperation. Students learn to respect and appreciate each other's differences, develop effective communication skills, and cultivate empathy and compassion. Montessori classrooms provide opportunities for students to engage in group activities, problem-solving, and conflict resolution, preparing them for successful social interactions in the future.

If you have any other questions about Montessori education or would like to learn more about our Montessori program at Treasure Village Montessori, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you and your child's educational journey.