Welcome To

First Montessori Academy

A quality faith-based education in a safe loving enviornment.

Serving Ages 18 months to 9 years old


Our mission is to guide the child through faith, education, and character, thereby fostering the development of the whole child spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.


Our Environment

With a convient and beautiful campus located in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, dedicated teachers and small classroom sizes, our school ensures an enjoyable, focused, and safe educational enviornment for your child.

Location: 1661 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 330-3110

Email: Kathy@FirstMontessori.com

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 5:30pm

Montessori method

The Montessori Curriculum follows the needs of each individual and fosters a true love of learning with hands on materials and concepts.

As teachers in a Montessori envioronment, we “follow the child” which focuses on tapping into the child’s passion for learning and helping to guide them towards individual growth and development.



Serving students 18 months to 3 years old


Laying the foundation – Our secure and loving toddler enviornment facilities independence, fine and gross motor skill development, and learning through exploration.

Our teacher is an experienced Montessori Toddler Teacher who loves young children and knows how to guide and direct thier advancement.




Serving students 6 years to 9 years


First Montessori Academy on Main offers an exceptional lower elementary program for children ages 6-9 years of age. Our veteran Montessori teacher adheres to an authentic Montessori program where children thrive intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and linguistically.

Each child’s academic goals are derived through careful observations and evaluations. Students use their imagination, create, discover, and learn accountability for their own learning. The elementary level focuses on Language, Math, Science, Geography, Cultural Studies, and Entrepreneurial Skills. Our program is perfectly located in downtown Sarasota which provides opportunities for experiential learning within our local community during “going out” sessions. Children are exposed to local government and local businesses. Our program is exceptional!


Serving students 3 years to 6 years


Exploratory learning – Our Primary Classroom is filled with carefully sequenced hands-on materials that promote the learning of more advanced skills in areas of: Practical Life, Sensorial, Cultural, Zoology & Botony, Mathematics, Language, and Reading. Individual piano lessons by an expert pianist and art instruction are available as well.

Our Montessori Primary Teacher is a nationally recognized American Montessori Certified teacher with over 30 years of experience.


The Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice has confirmed and approved First Montessori since our school maintains compliance with the requirements governing the state K-12 scholarship programs and s. 1002.42, Florida Statues, related to private schools.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents are responsible for the annual registration fee and before  student is accepted our Head of School will discuss the schools academic programs and policies, specialized services, code of conduct, and attendance policies with the parent to determine which programs and services may meet the students individual needs. Additionally, enrolled 3rd year and above elementary students will be required to take an annual nationally norm-referenced test.

STEP UP for STUDENTS (Scholarships for Florida School Children)

1. Florida Tax Credit (based on Household Income)
FES-EO (FL general revenues) & FTC (Private) Floridas two income-based scholarship programs, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program and the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO) gives students learning options not available to them because of their financial circumstances.

2. Family Empowerment Scholarship (Unique Abilities) FES-UA
Applies to students with an IEP or an approved medical diagnosis.Parentally placed private school student with a
disability does not have an individual right to receive some or all of the special education and related services that the
student would receive if enrolled in a public school under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

3. Scholarship for Victims of Bullying

4. Scholarship for Struggling Readers

5. Dependent of an Active Military Personnel

For further information: AAAScholarships.org
(Administrator of Programs)


A Word

From Our Head Of Schools

“Even though I have had the opportunity to educate thousands of children throughout my career, I am still amazed – every single day – by every child I come into contact with.

Children have an innate desire to listen, learn, and grow. And as an educator, my objective is to capture that interest and help guide the child – not force the child – towards being a well-rounded social, physical, emotional, and intellectual member of our community.

If you are a parent, grandparent or caregiver, I hope you’ll consider touring our school and joining me for a conversation.”

-Katherine Lindaman

Katherine Lindaman has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education Administration and is an American Montessori Society certified primary teacher with over 30 years of experience. She is also the founder of both Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs and Montessori at Vickery in Cumming, Georgia.

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Contact & Visit Us

First Montessori Academy

1661 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236
M-F: 8am to 5:30pm
(941) 330-3110

Contact Us

Location: 1661 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Telephone: (941) 330-3110

Email: Kathy@FirstMontessori.com

School Hours: M-F: 8:30am – 5:30pm