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Our Mission Statement:

Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy nurtures the whole child in a prepared environment based on respect, individuality, a love of learning, and freedom with responsibility.

Welcome to the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy

The Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy is a charter school serving Leelanau and Grand Traverse county from Suttons Bay, Michigan.  Our whole-child approach to learning nurtures the mind, body, and spirit in multi-age classrooms guided by highly qualified staff.  We offer tuition-free public elementary programs, and tuition-based preschool programs.

Our Montessori-certified teachers endorse educator Maria Montessori's success-oriented approach to learning. The Montessori "method" stresses joyful learning, discovery and creativity in a natural mixed-age group setting (like the society our students will live in as adults).  It fosters personal bonds with

nature and reinforces those bonds with real-life problem-solving exercises.

 You can download an application here and return to school via mail or email. 

The Montessori program has been in Suttons Bay since 1984. It includes toddler, primary, and elementary programs. For more information, give us a call at (231) 271-8609 or send us an email at:  

We are located on the the Suttons Bay Public Schools campus, at 310 South Elm Street in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Look for our Leelanau Montessori signs.


Leelanau Montessori would like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, and runners who made our First Annual Orchards at Sunset 5K such a success!  Bringing together members of our school community with members of our larger community to participate in such a unique run was amazing.   Working so hard to create this event and coming together on an evening with one of the most incredible sunsets of the season was all we could have hoped for. 

Big gratitude to:

·       *Chemical Bank for your financial donation, time, and volunteers.

·        *Gregory/Miezio Farm for donating financially as well as giving us the amazing opportunity to run through your orchards and be surrounded by such beauty, and for the apples and cherry juice to share.

·        *Monstrey MacDonald for your generous tent and heater donation, which was greatly appreciated by all.

·        *One Without Limits and your collaboration with Corine Couturier and Breakwater Co.  for the locally inspired, constructed, and dyed hoodies for first place men’s and women’s awards.

·        *Suttons Bay Bikes for second and third place awards, announcing the event, and making a monetary contribution.

·        *Bay Area Recycling for Charities for supplying composting receptacles.

·        *TheRedHeads for donating yummy granola.

·        *Jayson Construction for sponsoring Leelanau Montessori children who ran the 5K.

Gratitude for financial donations:

·        *VI Grill

·        *Kal Excavating

·        *Bonek Agency

·        *Eric Hallett’s Home Maintenance

·        *Hansen Foods 

We thank:

·        The children of our school who were motivated to seek donations from friends and family on Crowdrise. 

·        *All of the runners!

·        *The family and friends who cheered!

·        *The 5K Committee members who worked for a year to bring this run to fruition. 

Without each of these unique contributions the event would not have been possible.  Thank You!


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