What is Cypress Junction Montessori?
Cypress Junction is a free public charter school located in downtown Winter Haven that follows the Montessori Method.
What is a Charter School?
A charter school is a public school that is free to students and funded by the state on a per-student basis. Cypress Junction will receive the same amount of funding as other public and magnet schools in Winter Haven. The school will serve students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. We will also have a 3 and 4 year old preschool on campus.
What is Montessori?
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Many of the world’s innovators and influencers are Montessori students. Some names you may recognize are Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Beyonce Knowles, YoYo Ma, Julia Child, David Blaine, Anne Frank, George Clooney, Taylor Swift, Wikipedia exec Jimmy Wales, Dakota Fanning and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Where is the school located?
We are located in the heart of downtown Winter Haven. Our address is 220 5th Street SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880.
When will the school open and what ages will you serve?
Cypress Junction will open for the 2016-2017 school year. The school will serve students three years old through 6th grade for the 2016-2017 school year, adding seventh in 2017-2018 and eighth grade in 2018-2019. Cypress Junction will also offer a before and after care all current students.
What are the enrollment procedures and what is the cost to attend the school?
Cypress Junction will have an application period in 2016. After the close of this period, students will be selected via a random lottery process. Please sign up for our email newsletter or monitor our social media and website for detailed policies to be posted in early 2016.
Kindergarten through eighth grade are free during school hours because we are a public charter school. VPK will be free during the 3-hour program times. Preschool students will be a tuition-based program. Tuition rates for preschoolers and rates for the before and after care are available on the tuition page.
Why is the school called Cypress Junction?
Efforts to find a name that tied into the history and culture of Winter Haven led us to the Cypress Tree, an ancient and steady tree that has long been an icon in our community. The importance of the original railroad and current rail innovations in Winter Haven, inspired “Junction”. We look forward to bringing students and staff from all areas of our community together and fostering a love of learning using the Montessori Method right in the heart of Winter Haven.
Where can I get more information about the school?
Signing up for our email list is the best way to keep up with news and announcements. Email us at [email protected]cypressjunction.org. You can also find information on our website, CypressJunction.org.
Cypress Junction Montessori admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.