MILLHOPPER MONTESSORI SCHOOL, LLC is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools, the Florida Kindergarten Council and is affiliated with the American Montessori Society. The school was founded in 1977. The Millhopper Montessori School enjoys a spacious facility for its extensive private educational program in Gainesville. The Millhopper Montessori School serves children ages two through 8th grade. True to its Montessori heritage, the staff fosters creative thinking and problem-solving through the use of manipulative and other educational tools. A diversified curriculum ensures all aspects of your child’s educational needs will be met.

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.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

adventure Each year the teachers and faculty of Millhopper Montessori School work incredibly hard to help our children learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment. During Teacher Appreciation Week we like to let them know how much we value their efforts. This year’s theme is designed to honor each individual’s interests and choices. As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, the PTO Appreciation Committee is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to purchase for our teachers and staff a gift certificate to a local merchant of their choice. By many families contributing to the same gift, they are able to select something special. Participation is optional and we hope the program will alleviate some of the stress of this busy time of year. If you would like to participate, please place your order on this webpage or you may review the letter that was mailed to your home and indicate the dollar amount you wish to contribute next to the individual’s name. Please total all your contributions and return the form with cash or check (made out to MMS PTO) in an envelope to Crystal Sorrow by Friday, May 13, 2016. You may leave the envelopes at the front desk or hand them to Crystal directly. Gift certificates will be presented to each recipient during Teacher Appreciation Week with a card from the families who have contributed. Dollar amounts are not included on the card. Since the PTO is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. If you are interested in assisting with planning Teacher Appreciation Week or if have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us at or Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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