where we encourage respect for self, others and environment, promote a
desire to seek knowledge, and provide an academically challenging program.


The Key West Montessori Charter School (KWMCS) is a free public school located in the heart of Key West, Florida. We have the distinction of being the first charter school in Monroe County, Florida (1998), and continue to be recognized as an A+ rated, high-performing public school by Florida’s Commissioner of Education. We offer an alternative to traditional education by providing authentic Montessori education for free in Key West.

KWMCS serves students from Kindergarten through grade 8 in four distinct program levels: Primary (Kindergarten) Lower Elementary (grades 1-3), Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), and Early Secondary (grades 7 and 8). Our school follows the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori and encourages a love of learning, as well as the development of curiosity, self-motivation and respect.

We invite you to explore our site and learn about the Key West Montessori Charter School.