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About Us

Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf is one of only two schools in the United States using Montessori methods to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing children using both spoken English and American Sign Language. Our founder,  Julie Rutenberg, has proven that deaf and hard-of-hearing children thrive and succeed in a Montessori environment.

Blossom is different and Blossom makes a difference in the lives of children.

  • Blossom also enrolls the brothers and sisters of deaf children, and children with deaf parents. 
  • Class size is small and each child is taught in a language that best fits his/her learning style (spoken English and American Sign Language). 
  • We have also opened our doors to a limited number of hearing children whose parents want them to learn in an environment that offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to understand a culture much different from their own, and to learn American Sign Language (ASL) which is recognized as a second language by Florida Public Schools.

Our curriculum is based on the Montessori method, which can be summed up in two simple sentences:

  • Montessori classrooms allow children to explore subjects in a multi-dimensional and welcoming manner.
  • Children learn with their hands, their eyes, and by doing.

Blossom has been recognized as a national leader in the search for an effective way to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Our teachers have a “whatever it takes” attitude when it comes to creativity and they tailor their teaching to the individual needs of each student.

What else makes us so special?

  • Our commitment to involving the whole family
  • The availability of before/after care
  • Extracurricular activities available through the school

We invite you to contact Blossom to learn more about our school.  Located in Clearwater, Florida, we accept children ages 2 ½ – 15 years of age.

For more information or to schedule a visit please call (727) 539-7879 or VP# (727) 222-4209.