Sweetbay Montessori will open Aug. 13 for school year 2018/2019. This new private Montessori school offers an early childhood class including kindergarten (ages 3-6), and a lower elementary class for students ages 6-9 (grades 1-3). The Sweetbay Montessori campus is located at 75 Bay Grove Boulevard, only seven minutes north of Hwy. 98 and 10 minutes from Hammock Bay.

Sweetbay Montessori School exemplifies the standards of an authentic Montessori school, providing an educational environment that cultivates independence, self-confidence, leadership and innovative thinking. In addition to regular school hours of 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sweetbay also offers before and after school programs for its students from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. .

The Sweetbay campus is located on a quiet street, in a newly renovated 1,844 sq. ft beautiful building featuring a fenced-in outdoor play area with a natural playground and organic gardens … all to inspire students’ creativity and to nourish their appreciation for nature.

“By fostering independence, firing their imaginations, and allowing them to pursue their passions, Montessori has instilled a love of learning in our children,” says Michael Howland, current Sweetbay Montessori parent. “We couldn’t be happier with the education they are receiving at Sweetbay Montessori.”

South Walton is the nation’s fifth fastest growing county, with a current population of 30,000 full-time residents, predicted to double in the next five years. Now, more than ever, there is a crucial need for more educational options in the area. Sweetbay Montessori’s goal is to help fulfill the need for more quality schools in our county.

Theresa Joyce, an American Montessori Society (AMS) certified teacher, led the Lower Elementary Program at The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School from 2015 to 2018. Joyce, who has 17 years of teaching experience, will be the elementary lead teacher and head of school at Sweetbay Montessori.

Shannon Nichols, a native of South Carolina who recently moved to the area, will serve as the lead primary (ages 3-6) teacher at Sweetbay Montessori. Nichols has 13 years of experience teaching Montessori preschool and kindergarten.

To learn more about the school, the Montessori method, meet the teachers and tour the school, interested parents are encouraged to attend the Sweetbay Montessori School Open House Tuesday, June 26, at 75 Bay Grove Boulevard.

For more information or to schedule a private tour, call 850-792-6222 or email theresa@sweetbaymontessori.org. Visit sweetbaymontessori.org or contact info@sweetbaymontessori.org.