Meredith Dropkin

Island Village Montessori to Host Open House at Venice and Sarasota Campuses

island village montessori schoolIsland Village Montessori School (IVMS) – a tuition-free public charter school located on campuses in Venice and Sarasota – is hosting an open house on Sunday, February 12, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is an opportunity for students and families interested in enrollment for kindergarten through eighth grade at the Venice campus (2001 Pinebrook Road), and kindergarten through fifth grade at the Sarasota campus (11011 Clark Road).

Sponsored by the Sarasota County School District and one of the oldest charter schools in the county, IVMS emphasizes the skills required to succeed in today’s world. Rather than being test-oriented within a narrow curriculum, IVMS teachers encourage their students to explore concepts deeply and thoroughly. Academic programs are divided into Elementary (grades K-5) and Secondary (grades 6-12), and follow the Montessori philosophy and methodology. Before- and after-school programs are also available.

While American Montessori schools can cost up to $14,000 per year for tuition and other fees, IVMS provides its longstanding tradition of quality education at no cost to students. “We were founded on the belief of providing the opportunity for a Montessori education to all students – no matter their socioeconomic status,” said Jennifer Ocana, Executive Director of IVMS. “We proudly deliver the highly sought-after Montessori experience to the community.”

The school has recently earned accreditation by the Southern Association of College & Schools. This means that the institution has: (1) a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission, (3) clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that it is (4) successful in assessing its achievement of these objectives and demonstrating improvements. 

The open house event will showcase the school’s holistic education environment, introduce faculty members and staff to the community, and unveil the Venice location’s newly constructed building for drama, dance and music classes and performances. The open enrollment period for the 2017-2018 school year ends on Monday, February 20, 2017.

About Island Village Montessori
Island Village Montessori (IVMS) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, public charter school. In 2001, IVMS opened its doors in Venice with 175 elementary and 35 pre-kindergarten students. In 2005, the school expanded with a Sarasota campus. Today, over 730 students attend IVMS programs combined. IVMS has earned the status of “high-performing charter school” by the Florida Department of Education since its inception. For more information, visit

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