Montessori... the Millhopper Way

  • Welcome to Millhopper Montessori School... Montessori the Millhopper Way

    Our low student-teacher ratio, one-to-one and small group instruction, and complete Montessori curriculum enables children to have a self-paced individualized program. Hands-on materials enhance visual and kinesthetic learning, while independence and self-discipline develop through the classroom dynamics. Subject areas include practical life, math, geometry, botany, zoology, geology, astronomy, health sciences, art, drama, music, movement, Spanish, media, theatre, and seasonal activities.

    Christina Miller is the founder and director of Millhopper Montessori School. She is trained and certified by the Montessori Association of Florida (MAF) for pre-primary, American Montessori Society (AMS) in Elementary, holds a B.A. in elementary education and an M.A. in curriculum design. Her many pursuits include co-owner of Dynamic Didactic Developware, a software company that created “Mentors Mathematic” an innovative software and manipulative program used to teach younger children place value in the four mathematic operations.

    Building for the Future

    The Millhopper Montessori School, Inc. was founded in 1977 and served Early Childhood Preschool and Kindergarten.  The long-range plan set by the President, Christina Miller, was to develop a complete Montessori program beginning with age two and continuing through Middle School.   In 1979, the school moved to a cottage-style building at 4840 NW 23rd Avenue and served Early Childhood through third grade.  In 1989, the new custom-designed school located near Santa Fe Community College was completed serving Early Childhood through Elementary.  In 1990, a cottage classroom was appended to allow for further expansion to serve toddlers.  In the summer of 1997, the new Elementary/Middle School (the Stresing-Camp Educational Wing) was built.

    The Millhopper Montessori School presently enjoys a spacious facility for its children Preschool through Middle School.  The Millhopper Montessori mission is to provide a comprehensive education through the Middle School level.

    Mission and Description

    The Millhopper Montessori School, Inc. operates as an independent for-profit Montessori school in accordance with the principles and philosophies of the American Montessori Society (AMS), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC).  The school’s aim is to bring to families an educational philosophy and process that is grounded both in respect for the individual child and in the belief that children have an intrinsic motivation to exercise and develop their mental, physical and emotional abilities.  This is accomplished through the efforts of the Director, faculty, staff and parents.

    There is no discrimination in employment in regard to race, creed, political affiliation, marital, sexual orientation, gender, or number of dependents.  A staff which is representative of both men and women and of varied religious, racial and cultural backgrounds is to be encouraged for the good of the children, their parents, and the community, as well as that of the faculty itself.

    Long and Short Term Goals

    The Montessori structure at Millhopper Montessori School embraces a state-of-the-art learning environment with its curriculum honoring varying learning styles.  The Millhopper Montessori School, Inc. will build upon its current reputation to continue being a model school.

    A Commitment to Quality

    The Millhopper Montessori School has enjoyed a high reputation in quality and goodwill since 1977.  As the school expands to meet its goals, the commitment to remain a high quality school with a family style atmosphere will hold a top priority.  Tuition prices will be competitive; although at the higher end of the Gainesville’s school spectrum because of the superior quality offered.

    The Millhopper Montessori School is based on the Montessori philosophy as well as other methodologies.  It offers an educationally challenging learning environment.  The teaching staff is comprised of teachers holding credentials in Montessori (Pre-school, Elementary and Middle School), Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education.  The student teacher ratio is approximately one teacher per twelve students (Toddlers: one teacher per eight students.)


    The school admits children of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally according or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.