Cypress Junction is a free public charter school located in downtown Winter Haven that follows the Montessori Method. CJM serves students in Kindergarten – 8th grade under the charter.

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are public schools of choice. They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. Charter schools are largely free to innovate, and often provide more effective programs and choice to diverse groups of students.

Want to learn more? The Florida Department of Education offers a wide selection of resources about charter schools here.

Montessori makes Cypress Junction unique.

Charter schools were created to offer new educational opportunities to all students. We do that by offering an authentic Montessori education to Winter Haven’s students.

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.