Montessori the Millhopper Way
Our low student-teacher ratio, one-to-one and small group instruction, and complete Montessori curriculum enable 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, LLC. She is trained and certified by the Montessori Association of Florida (MAF) for pre-primary education, American Montessori Society (AMS) for Elementary education, holds a B.A. in elementary education and an M.A. in curriculum design. One of her many pursuits is co-owning 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
Millhopper Montessori School (MMS) was founded in 1977 and offered 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 3rd Grade. In 1989, the new, custom-designed school located near Santa Fe Community College was completed to serve 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.
MMS presently enjoys a spacious facility for its children, age two through Middle School. Millhopper Montessori’s mission is to provide a comprehensive education through the Middle School level.
Mission and Description
Millhopper Montessori School 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 families an educational philosophy and process 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 representative of both men and women and of varied religious, racial, and cultural backgrounds is 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 MMS embraces a state-of-the-art learning environment with a curriculum honoring various learning styles. MMS will build upon its current reputation to continue being a model school.
A Commitment to Quality
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 remaining a high quality school with a family-style atmosphere holds 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.
MMS 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 (Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School), Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education. The student teacher ratio is approximately one teacher per twelve students (One teacher per eight students for toddlers).
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.