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 aspects of the individual, including the child’s self-creation of who they become. 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:
- Toddler Program (2 Years to 35 Months)
- Early Childhood (Pre-K – Kindergarten, Part-time & Full-time)
- Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd grades)
- Upper Elementary (4th – 6th grades)
- Questa Middle School (6th – 8th grades)
- Summer Camp (2022)
Meet our Principal
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
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
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 Infant/Toddler (2 Years-36mths), Early Childhood, (3-6 years) as well as in Elementary 1, (6-9years). 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
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
Turning Education Inside-Out
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.
What’s new at SQMS!
Channel 10 News! Eco-Hero finalist: Meet Sienna Robertson
WOW! One of our Summit-Questa students is in the finalists [...]
Our Montessori activities foster a sense of independence. They are not only crea…
Our Montessori activities foster a sense of independence. They are [...]
We had a great Johnny Appleseed Day! John Chapman, better known as Johnny Apples…
We had a great Johnny Appleseed Day! John Chapman, better [...]
Our Science Fair was both fun and super interesting. Our students from 4th and 5…
Our Science Fair was both fun and super interesting. Our [...]