Innovation Montessori

Innovation Montessori Ocoee began as Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School in 2011. Our school was founded when a group of dedicated Montessori parents, from a local, private Montessori primary school, decided that they were willing to do what it took to create an opportunity for their children to continue their Montessori education beyond kindergarten. They applied for a charter, rented a suite in a strip mall and opened the doors to our public Montessori school in August of 2011.

Each year the school grew organically until it became clear that a new campus was required. The Board of Directors set the wheels in motion and, after lots of hard work, in January 2017, the City of Ocoee gave us the go ahead to build Innovation Montessori Ocoee (new location, new name) on 18 wooded acres within their city limits.

Our campus on North Lakewood Avenue currently serves children in primary through high school. We are already hard at work on a new, stand alone campus for Innovation Montessori High School (IMHS).

Innovation Montessori Ocoee is a school created for children, by parents, using one of the most child-centered educational philosophies in the world – Montessori. Children are at the heart of everything we do and the best interests of our students are the basis of every decision we make.

Innovation Montessori Ocoee is a not-for-profit, in the truest sense of the word. Every penny we make is used to enhance our students’ educational experience. We are managed by a fully volunteer Board of Directors.

Charter schools are funded differently than district schools and, as a Montessori school, our expenses for staff and materials run higher than traditional schools. We bridge the gap with the help of our families. Innovation Montessori has a mandatory minimum 20 volunteer hour requirement per family, and we love to put our community’s talents to work for our school.

Our mission is to provide strong, authentic Montessori education in a Public-School setting. Being a charter school means that we are tuition free in grades K-8. It also means that we are required to teach state standards and participate in state mandated testing. Children must abide by the Orange County Public School’s (OCPS) code of conduct and we do have the same attendance policies, and follow the same calendar as OCPS.

We are a Montessori school. Montessori educational philosophy extends beyond academics, into whole child education. It encompasses peace education, environmentalism and multi-culturalism. Children benefit when there is a close alignment between home and school. We are an alternative education model school. We highly recommend that you do research on Montessori before deciding to become part of our community. We offer tours regularly; please check our website to sign up for one.

Montessori Method

Learn about the Montessori Method - the foundation of our classrooms by clicking HERE.

Board of Directors

Learn more about our talented Board of Directors by clicking HERE.

Joining our community as a volunteer is easy (and required)

Innovation Montessori Ocoee began as Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School in 2011. Our school was founded when a group of dedicated Montessori parents, from a local, private Montessori primary school, decided that they were willing to do what it took to create an opportunity for their children to continue their Montessori education beyond kindergarten. They applied for a charter, rented a suite in a strip mall and opened the doors to our public Montessori school in August of 2011.

Innovation Montessori Ocoee is a school created for children, by parents, using one of the most child-centered educational philosophies in the world – Montessori. Children are at the heart of everything we do and the best interests of our students are the basis of every decision we make.

Charter schools are funded differently than district schools and, as a Montessori school, our expenses for staff and materials run higher than traditional schools. We bridge the gap with the help of our families. Innovation Montessori has a mandatory minimum 20 volunteer hour requirement per family, and we love to put our community’s talents to work for our school. READ MORE