About LMMS


    Principal: Mr. Donald Jones
    Address:  2119 Chapel Hill Road  Durham, NC 27707
    Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Phone : 919-560-2894       Fax: 919-560-9403
    Enrollment: 300


    School Mission

    Our mission is to guide the development of adolescents in the areas of academics, community and self in a public Montessori learning environment which fosters independent thinking and engaged learning.


    School Vision

    We envision an environment that fosters Maria Montessori’s idea of valorization for all students, which includes joy, self-discipline, independence, and the ability to work with others.



    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 are accepted in January. Applications and instructions are online at the DPS Magnet Schools website.


    Application Priorities

    The magnet process is changing as the district implements the Growing Together plan. Check back here at the beginning of the 2024-2025 school year or contact the office of student assignment for more information.

    Our Magnet Coordinator, Meg Graham, can be reached at margaret_graham@dpsnc.net or at 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.

    In 2015, Lakewood Montessori was named a North Carolina School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Lakewood earned it's redesignation by Schools to Watch in 2018. For the past four years Lakewood has been recognized by the Magnet Schools of America for its outstanding academic achievement and integration of our magnet theme.