Established 1984

    Cedar Montessori School, Inc. of Naples was established on November 1, 1983 by Marsha and Roy Marshall, and opened its doors on January 2, 1984. Cedar Montessori is registered with the State of Florida as a not-for-profit 501c-3 corporation. We are licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services to serve 120 children in large, spacious indoor and outdoor facility. Cedar Montessori offers programs for Infants, Toddlers, Primary, Extended Primary, VPK and Before and After Care.

The "East" School opened its doors on January 2, 1984 with four students. The school offered an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certified and sanctioned educational program for children ages 2 through 6 years.

The "North" School was established in August, 1986 and opened its doors that September. The school was licensed for 45 children and had an AMI educational program for 2 through 6 year olds exactly like the "East" School.

An Infant/Toddler Montessori program opened in the fall of 1987 at the East School location. "Graduates" of the program were phased into the primary program, as each child was individually ready for the new challenges. Cedar Montessori was able to move into a free standing building that housed an Infant/Toddler environment, two Primary classrooms (age 2-6), and an Elementary program (ages 6-9) for parents who wished their child to continue their Montessori education. The "New" North School opened its doors on September 5, 1989.
    The building of the new addition in the summer of 1992 meant the closing of the original East school. The consolidation of the schools meant an expanding of all programs. The Toddler program doubled in size, the Primary program increased to three classrooms and the Elementary program moved to larger room allowing for the expansion to age 12 (through grade six). During the 1996-1997 school year the Elementary program used an upstairs classroom to allow the Lower and Upper Elementary students to occupy their own classrooms.

    On August 20th, 2007 the founders, Marsha and Roy Marshall, retired from the school and moved to Connecticut to continue their journey in Montessori.  Kelly Thorpe, who began her career with Cedar Montessori School in 1985 as an After School Assistant is now the Director of the school.

    The growth of the school has been very rapid since it started in 1984 with four students. Our growth could never have taken place without the help that we have had from some very dedicated parents and staff. Cedar Montessori School is proud of those parents, staff and everyone who has helped us to become what we are today.