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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.


Maria Montessori believed, because of her observations, that children would freely choose work in an environment that was prepared according to her standards and the results would be optimal learning. Dr. Montessori's medical background, her understanding of the scientific method, her lifetime focus on how children learn resulted in a revolutionary education philosophy that is used throughout the world.

In accordance with Montessori philosophy the environment at Montessori Academy is constructed and maintained to encourage, facilitate, and empower each student to pursue a love of learning and construct his own unique, individual intelligence. It is student centered in its composition and design. Much thought and preparation is given to the materials placed in each classroom and their arrangement therein. The classrooms are intentionally dynamic in their composition and structure, in order to meet the changing needs and interests of the students. The environment empowers children by encouraging exploration of individual interests in a socialized context, through the display and orderly arrangement of beautiful Montessori materials and through the allowance for appropriate freedom of movement and social interaction within the classroom.

Montessori Academy is an authentic Montessori school, adhering to Montessori Philosophy and practices. Each classroom is staffed by Montessori certified teachers and assistants that maintain the required and appropriate student/teacher ratios to meet both AMS standards and the Department of Education for the state of Tennessee. Each classroom also maintains appropriate and recommended Montessori materials, is organized in a logical and student-friendly manner, materials are sequenced on the shelves, the environment is neat and orderly, the classrooms are calm, the children work independently, and the mission to promote academic excellence in a caring, nurturing environment, is upheld.

The American Montessori Society recognizes the following important principles of an authentic Montessori classroom:
  • The aim is to foster competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers.
  • Learning occurs in an inquiring, cooperative, nurturing atmosphere.
  • Students increase their own knowledge through self-initiated and teacher-initiated experiences.
  • Learning takes place through the senses.
  • Students learn by manipulating materials and interacting with others. These meaningful experiences are precursors to the abstract understanding of ideas.
  • The individual is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, spiritual, and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important.
  • Respect and caring attitudes for oneself, others, the environment, and all life are necessary.
Dr. Angelina Stoll Lillard confesses that 20 years ago, while taking Montessori teacher training, she became a skeptic. She was frustrated at not being able to separate scientifically supported ideas from mere opinion. Her desire for a Montessori background for her children and being a well-known researcher in the area of cognitive-developmental psychology, led her to thoroughly research the Montessori method of education, she completed her research by writing Montessori, The Science Behind The Genius (2005). Parents are encouraged to read this very readable book detailing research that validates the merits of the Montessori Method.

She organized her keen insights of the child as a being and as a learner into Planes of Development.

Click here for a summary of the Montessori Philosophy of Secondary Education

Read some testimonials on the positive, life-long effects of the Montessori experience from the "Founders of Google?" and other celebrities.
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