at Baymeadows

Tours and Events
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Nido - 12 weeks to 18 months
Toddler - 18 months to 3 years
Children's House - 3 to 6 years

8401 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville, FL 32256 US
Tomeka Bostic
Guidepost Montessori is renowned for its commitment to providing quality education for infants through kindergarten-aged children. The Baymeadows campus is conveniently located right off of route 1 and I-95, about 15 minutes from downtown Jacksonville.
Tomeka Bostic . Head of School
Tours and Events

explore our programs.

Our approach is designed to empower each child to achieve independence by combining our hands-on curriculum with personalized learning to create an environment where curiosity flourishes, independence grows, and academic excellence is a natural outcome.

We want your child to see and believe: “I am capable!”

what makes us stand out.

How is the Guidepost Montessori approach different from conventional education?.

At Guidepost, we join with parents on their mission to help their child grow and live well. Together, we design an education to empower each child to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needs to craft an independent, flourishing life.

Though there are many differences between the conventional approach and Guidepost, here are some of the most important:

Conventional Education vs Guidepost Montessori
What is the Guidepost Mission?.

At Guidepost, our mission is to support each child in achieving her own independence. To do this, we help her gain the knowledge, build the skills, and craft the personal character she needs to flourish. Above all, our goal is to cultivate joy—in the pursuit of knowledge, in effort applied to work worth doing, in the achievements of herself and others, and in taking the steps to author her own life.

Read more about the Guidepost Mission.

Learn about the key milestones we support—from infancy through high school.

Read more about why we educate for independence, and how we support independence for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.

What are the outcomes of your programs?.

Montessori education is known world-wide for having positive impacts on both academics and social and emotional skills.

At Guidepost Montessori, when we design an environment to meet the developmental needs and interests of children alongside personalized care and support, the child can learn advanced skills at an accelerated pace.

Our students, for example, regularly learn to read by the time they’re 4-years-old and can perform all four math operations with 4-digit numbers by the end of their Kindergarten year.

The language and math skills of our kindergartners are on a par with what children in conventional programs learn in 3rd grade or beyond! What’s more, our students learn advanced academics joyfully—while simultaneously developing deep focus, self-discipline, and positive social skills.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Language Curriculum in Children’s House.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Math Curriculum in Children’s House.

Do your programs include Kindergarten?.

Yes! The third year of our Children’s House program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, is the capstone kindergarten year. In this year, the child has been well-prepared to experience an explosion of literacy, learn advanced math concepts, and use her hard-won ability to focus, problem-solve, and persist through challenges to then make advanced gains across the curriculum. Children who continue with Guidepost through Kindergarten are often well-ahead of their peers when they enter 1st grade.

Learn more about the capstone Kindergarten year at Guidepost.

Learn more about the next exciting stage: the Guidepost elementary program.

Following elementary, students continue on to our Montessori middle and high school, the Academy of Thought & Industry: a school that combines a classical liberal arts emphasis on history and great books, and a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency.

How does Guidepost partner with parents?.

At Guidepost, we want to make the best education the best for children and parents. This is why we provide year-round, extended-day programming at no extra cost, enabling consistent and uninterrupted access to the care and developmental support parents expect. We invite you into your child’s world—with daily photo and video updates, regular milestone meetings, and parent-child events that showcase your child’s progress. We work to understand your unique context and needs, so that we can provide support for milestones at home as well as at school.

In everything we do, we strive to cultivate joy as you watch your child grow!

Read about Transparent Classroom, the app that provides a window into your child’s day.

Read about recent family events such as Grandparent’s Day, a cultural celebration, and a spring celebration.

take a peek at our school.

what parents are saying.

Meredith Steinbeck
Jun 8, 2023 on google
Our family is new to Guidepost and Montessori education as this is our child’s first school experience and we couldn’t be happier. We looked at, toured, interviewed, and spoke with numerous schools prior to selecting Guidepost and we are so grateful to have found such an amazing school. The guides (teachers) are so kind, patient, and informed. Everyone is excellent with communication. And the extended hours have eased the stress of childcare off the shoulders of two parents working full time. The continued development and learning we have seen in our child brings us such joy. Montessori provides such a well rounded, practical, and balanced learning environment- we are so happy to be apart of this school and highly recommend it!
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Britney Schnorr
Aug 5, 2023 on google
I toured several places before finding Guidepost. A few minutes into the tour I could already tell that this would be the best place for my daughter. She switched from another daycare that she attended for 6 weeks until her enrollment date. While the other daycare seemed perfectly fine, my daughter never fully acclimated. She was constantly sick and never seemed fully comfortable. It took less than a week for her to get completely comfortable at Guidepost. Even on Day 1 she came home smiling and excited. After a week, she started walking in the classroom and happily waving bye to us all on her own in the morning at drop off. She is only 16 months old so it has been such a huge relief to find a school with caring staff that truly make her feel safe and comfortable. She is coming home with new language skills and more confidence every day. We could not be more happy with our choice. I would highly recommend Guidepost to any parent. One thing to note, is that I often got the answering machine when calling during the day during the enrollment process. I wasn’t sure initially if this was a red flag or not. However, the communication has been great. I always get a call back or an email response by the end of the day if I have questions. I simply found that the administration is very hands on in the classroom which I greatly appreciate!
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Danielle Faustini
Apr 5, 2023 on google
We have been a part of this wonderful Guidepost school and community now for 1.5 years, and we could not be more grateful for and happy with the quality of care our son has received. He is 3 now, and it has been unbelievable to witness the growth and development since he started at 18 months. The guides and staff are highly trained and skilled in Montessori education, but more importantly, they all genuinely care about each child in their care. My son often times comes home and talks about his “best friends” - referring to his guides. We also greatly appreciate the daily communication, photos, weekly newsletters and special events the school provides. Thank you Guidepost!
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Infant with a military head wrap crawling on the ground in between the boots and legs of a military serviceman.

Montessori for Military

We are committed to bridging financial assistance, community, and continuity of education to our nation’s heroes and their families. When duty calls, we firmly believe that your child’s education should not be a sacrifice.

We can offer a seamless transfer process from one location to another, replacing disruption with stability. To date, more than 30+ of our campuses based in the U.S. are located within 30 miles of military installations and have joined Child Care Aware of America’s fee-assistance program, bridging early childhood tuition assistance to eligible families off-base.

Learn more about Montessori for Military here.

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