Phone: 954-584-3466

Summit-Questa Montessori School

5451 Davie Road Davie, FL 33314

A Toddler - 8th Grade Montessori community offering a safe, nurturing environment in which children develop a lifelong love of learning! 

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Summit-Questa Montessori School is a community of educators, children, parents and extended family committed to the Montessori philosophy. Dr. Maria Montessori, whose life work centered on the care and education of children, so eloquently said, "Within the child lies the fate of the future." Summit-Questa assists in developing all the aspects of the individual, including the child's self-creation of who they become. Our program has also been validated by our middle school graduates who have been accepted, and excelled in many of the top high-schools in South Florida.

We are located on a beautiful 10 acre campus, with native habitats, edible schoolyard vegetable gardens, butterfly gardens, a wetland preserve, and brand new gymnasium and pool.

We offer classes from Toddler - 8th Grade:

  • Testimonials

    "SQMS is a hidden treasure. It provided my son with an excellent education. He was well prepared for high school and is now in honor classes. Ms. Judy and her faculty and staff truly educate the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner, which is a rare find now."


    -Elizabeth D.

  • Testimonials

    "SQMS not only nourished our boys brain, they nourished our souls, it will always be our second home and family"


    -The Bravo family


  • Testimonials

    "I knew that when I was a student at SQMS it was the best, most complete, and personalized education I had ever received. For that reason I knew I had to send my son there too."

    -Cristina S.

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    I have two students at Summit Quests. My son is in 2nd grade in Ms. Susan's class and my daughter is a kindergardener in Ms. Janes class. We as a family could not be happier. Love the school, teachers and families!


    -Shawna Khalife

  • Testimonials

    "Our children are loved and nurtured here at SQMS. Our Principal, Miss Judy (who is like a Mother to all of us), the school staff, and the amazing teacher's, respect our children's feelings and they help guide each child's social development, with care and thoughtfulness.  Every child is allowed to grow at their own pace, and to blossom into the beautiful individual beings they are destined to become. Environment is paramount to a developing child, and SQMS teacher's provide an amazing place for our children to learn everyday. SQMS has truly been a blessing to our family."


    -Tamera Campbell, mother of 3

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What is Montessori?

Montessori is a philosophy with the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual's unique development. Dr. Maria Montessori, the creator of what is called "The Montessori Method of Education," based this new education on her scientific observations of young children's behavior. Read more

Tour Our Campus

The Summit-Questa campus includes eight individual buildings housing classrooms, music rooms, art rooms, computer labs and full size gymnasium. Our campus is a continually growing and changing project as our needs evolve. Read more

Teacher Training Institute

Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute in Davie, Florida offers a complete overview of the Montessori philosophy. This program offers MACTE Accredited instruction in both Early Childhood, (3-6 years) as well as in Elementary 1, (6-9years). Read more

Meet Our Principal

Judy Dempsey Judy Dempsey, Principal

Welcome to the Summit-Questa Montessori School website. We are thrilled that you have chosen to glimpse a view of life at Summit-Questa. We are a unique community of Montessori educators, parents, children, and friends dedicated to the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. This school originated in 1981 as Summit Private School of Ft. Lauderdale, primarily a Montessori preschool. In 1991 I bought the school and focused on building our Montessori elementary and middle school levels. Read more

Educator of the Year

Judy Dempsey has been awarded the 2016-2017 Richard & Dorothy Lear Distinguished Educator of the Year—the highest honor given by the Association of Independent Schools of Florida. Read more

Judy's New Book

Turning Education Inside-Out: Confessions of a Montessori Principal

Judy is the author of Turning Education Inside-Out: Confessions of a Montessori Principal which is now available (February 2017) for purchase worldwide. Buy online on Amazon or through her publisher, Jross Publishing.

Contact Summit-Questa

  5451 Davie Road Davie, FL 33314


“We cannot make a genius. We can only give to each individual the chance to fulfill his potential possibilities.”
— Dr. Maria Montessori