Overview
Founded by two former Miami-Dade County Public Schools teachers (Juliet King and Lucy Canzoneri-Golden) in 1998, Coral Reef Montessori Academy strives for excellence in all areas of Montessori pedagogy, resulting in a holistic education for each individual child. We serve nearly 500 children from ages 3-14, in grades pre-K3 (three year-old pre-kindergarten) through eighth.

The American Montessori Society (1996) reports, “Montessori children are unusually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in groups. Since they’ve been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make choices and manage their time well. They have also been encouraged to exchange ideas and to discuss their work freely with others, and good communication skills ease the way in new settings. Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a [strong] sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop good self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.” (For more on Montessori philosophy, please visit www.amshq.org).

The children at Coral Reef Montessori Academy epitomize these traits. It is evident through their test scores and their love for school and learning.

History
Now entering its 19th year, Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School is a pioneering example of how creative minds can work to improve educational opportunities for all children.

Initially founded in 1998, Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School has grown to a school nearly 10 times its original size. From our tentative beginnings—renting space at Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church in South Dade—we have grown exponentially. What began as three classrooms (two preK-K and one 1st-3rd grade) and eighty-six (86) students is now 18 classrooms and nearly 500 students! In 2004, construction began on our current school building and we moved into this facility in January 2005. Situated on 8.5 acres, we have plenty of room to grow and expand. Our inaugural teaching staff of three (3) teachers has evolved to include 43 teachers and eight (8) administrative/support staff. Several of the original founding staff have remained at the school. With 51 dedicated and talented employees, we are strategically positioned for our next quantum leap. In order to address the needs of our students and reduce class sizes we anticipate constructing 11 new classrooms to open for the 2017-18 school year.

Our vision for the future includes the erection of a new “green” building, with spacious Montessori classrooms. The existing building would be converted to a multipurpose space, with designated areas for a theater/auditorium, media center and library, cafeteria, music and art rooms, tutoring rooms, and aftercare rooms.