Igniting a community of lifelong learners by guiding and nurturing each whole child


"A" Rated School

Countryside Montessori
Charter School


High Performing Charter School

Awarded the status of "High Performing Charter School" by the Florida Department of Education.


#3 Elementary School and #1 Middle School in Pasco County

Top 8% of Elementary Schools and 6% of Middle Schools in the State of Florida

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Welcome to Countryside Montessori Charter School! Home of the Cougars!

Established in August 2002, we are the Tampa Bay area’s only public Montessori charter school. As part of Pasco County Schools, we currently serve around 350 students in grades 1 through 8. Deemed a High-Performing Charter School and rated as an “A” school for many years, Countryside Montessori instills in our students a lifelong love of learning through an enriched, hands-on Montessori curriculum and focus on the whole child.

"A" Rated School

CMCS has consistently been an “A” rated school. We have earned this honor for the past 10 consecutive years.

County Rankings

Based on 2021 FSA scores, CMCS is ranked as the #3 elementary school and #1 middle school in Pasco County. 

State Recognition

According to US News & World Report, we are ranked in the top 8% of elementary schools and top 6% of middle schools in the state of Florida. As a result, CMCS is designated as a Florida School of Excellence.

High Performing Charter School

CMCS is awarded the status of “High Performing Charter School” by the Florida Department of Education.

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Parent Feedback


This is the best school in the area, students are well prepared and the teachers work with parents as a great community. Both my children have excelled after leaving the school.



I am so lucky to have found this school 8 years ago. My oldest graduated from their middle school program and my 2nd is now in the middle school. The teachers are amazing along with every member of the staff. I couldn't imagine my kids going anywhere else.



I had my son for many years in this wonderful school, excellent teachers and fabulous employees. Do not thing that because you here Montessori school is always the best, but Countryside Montessori is great! Thank you for those unforgettable years!



The best learning environment because of the leadership and staff.


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Health Info

Many children become ill during the winter months. 
A child who is sick needs rest, plenty of fluids, and “tender loving care.”


Consider a medical evaluation for:

  • Fever that last 3 or more days
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Cough that continues for several days
  • Repeated episodes of diarrhea or vomiting
  • Rash
  • Itchy eyes with clear or cloudy drainage
  • Sore throat, with or without fever
  • “Cold” symptoms that last more than one week​

*A child who has fever with a temperature greater than 100 degrees (orally), has been vomiting, or has diarrhea should stay home for 24 hours AFTER the symptoms are gone.

*Children of all ages need 8-10 hours of sleep at night and good nutrition including adequate fluids (milk, juice, water).

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