About SHMA
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The Safety Harbor Montessori Philosophy

Mission Statement:

Safety Harbor Montessori Academy is a community of teachers and learners whose goal is to inspire passionate scholarship and compassionate citizenship, guided by a deep sense of integrity, responsibility, and determination to achieve one's personal best.


In order to fulfill our mission statement, our first priority must be to provide an emotional environment that is safe and nurturing for all members of our community. To that end, we are committed to providing a developmentally appropriate environment and set of expectations at each level, guided by the basic tenets of Montessori philosophy. Each classroom and the school as a whole are infused with a sense of community, founded on mutual respect. Basic values such as responsibility, integrity, peacefulness, compassion, and an appreciation of the value of work are imparted through modeling, discussion, and daily social interactions.

Our academic program is designed to be challenging, stimulating, and engaging to each student. By finding a match between students’ academic abilities and challenges offered, we maximize each student’s ability to learn at his or her level of development. Our students learn through discovery and inquiry, constructing their intelligence and body of knowledge through work that provides for authentic feedback without value judgments. Choices in learning encourage students’ love of learning and personal involvement in their work. Our goal is to create lifelong learners, now more important than ever, since we live in an increasingly complex, information-based society. We strive to develop our students’ intrinsic motivation, avoiding external controls whenever possible, believing that strong, moral citizens must be guided by an inner voice rather than external approval.

We are dedicated to the Montessori philosophy of education, and to the importance of continuing to develop curricula, integrating new technology when possible, to support, update, and expand on Dr. Montessori’s brilliant, more than one hundred year work in progress. We are also committed to integrating new information about the way the brain functions and develops into what is already a neurologically sound approach to education.

Finally, we strive to provide a holistic learning experience that educates students physically, cognitively, morally, socially, and emotionally. To that end, we strive to help our students become independent workers, creative thinkers, strong collaborators, effective communicators, and avid problem solvers. By attending to all aspects of our students’ development, we celebrate the inherent value in their humanity, no matter what gifts and limitations they may have.

If you would like to book an appointment to meet with us and tour our school, just call us at (727) 724-1767 or send us an email. We'd love to talk with you about how we can meet the needs of your family.

For more information about what Montessori education is all about, learn more by visiting the Montessori Approach page on our website.