Lakewood Montessori Middle School
Lakewood Montessori Middle School is a peaceful, nurturing community where adolescents grow academically and socially through the mastery of real life skills and knowledge. We encourage students to become independent thinkers, engaged learners, and positive contributors to our society by showing responsibility for each other and the world around them.
Lakewood Montessori Middle enrolls a total of 300 students in 6th-8th grades. Students enter Lakewood Montessori Middle School through the DPS Choice Schools application/lottery process. Applications for choice schools will be accepted in February 2014; applications and instructions are online at thewebsite.
Rising sixth-graders from George Watts Montessori Elementary School and Morehead Montessori Elementary School will receive first consideration for placement at Lakewood Montessori Middle School provided they submit a magnet school application listing Lakewood Montessori Middle as their first choice by the DPS Choice School Lottery deadline.
The remaining openings will be filled through the lottery process without regard to prior Montessori experience or previous elementary schools.
Students are admitted to Lakewood Montessori Middle School at all three Middle School grade levels if openings are available.
For more information, contact our Magnet Coordinator, Meg Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org 560-2894 x42111.
A Brief History
In 1994, DPS brought the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori to the district when Morehead Elementary School was made a magnet school operating with the Montessori philosophy. In August 2004, George Watts Elementary School became DPS’s second Montessori elementary school.
Parental demand for a secondary Montessori program was so high that the school board provided the opportunity for Durham families to access Montessori education at the secondary level through the creation of a Montessori Magnet Middle School.
The first class was slated to start in the fall of 2010; however, prior to that, in April 2008, Durham County Government, Durham Public Schools, and the YMCA of the Triangle announced a joint venture initiating the redevelopment of the Lakewood YMCA to house both the Y and the new school.
Then Chair of the Durham County Board of Commissioners Ellen Reckhow said, "This is a triple win for the community, the school district and the YMCA. Durham County is delighted to partner with the Durham Public Schools and Triangle YMCA to provide an exciting new educational opportunity for middle school students, while retaining the YMCA as a community focal point."
In the fall of 2010, Lakewood Montessori opened with a sixth grade-only class of 75 students housed at Watts while renovations to the Lakewood building were being completed. With the addition of one grade level per year, Lakewood reached its full capacity of 300 students in grades 6-8 in the fall of 2012.