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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.

Legal Profile of Montessori Academy - 2012 Update

Montessori Academy, Inc. is a Tennessee not-for-profit corporation per IRS code 501C3.  The effective date of the incorporation was 9/1/1989.  Montessori Academy Inc. is a family-run, board-operated Montessori school educating children from toddlers (18 months) through eighth grade.  The school has its roots from Montessori Centre, founded in 1967.

As a 501(C)(3) corporation in Tennessee and based on its charter, there is no private ownership of the school per se.  Further details are in the dissolution clause area.

The board of directors is made of seven (7) active board members and one board member emeritus (our retired founder).  The board is self-perpetuating, as members step down; new members are voted in as replacements.  Four of the active board members are “family” members, three of whom work administratively in the school.  The founder, a board member emeritus, is also a “family” member.  A current parent and two parents of previously enrolled children hold the other three active board positions, one of whom had children enrolled in the school for over twenty years.  Over the years, there have also been teachers on the board.

The board functions to oversee the financial viability of the school as well as the strategic path upon which it travels.  The board is very careful not to try to manage the day-to-day administrative functions of the school as that is the prevue of the head of school and the administrative staff.  The board is involved in major financial issues if they arise and approves the annual review of tuition levels.  The board also oversees the head-of-school.

Montessori Academy owns a twenty-three acre campus with approximately 50,000 square feet under roof.  The buildings consist of:
  • Primary wing with four classrooms, all occupied,
  • Lower Elementary wing with a primary classroom and three LE classrooms, all occupied,
  • Activities building with two toddler classrooms, an additional room used for gymnastics in 2011-2012 will be renovated for use as another Toddler classroom in 2012-2013, a gymnasium, gym storage, and teacher offices,
  • Fine arts building with a fixed seat auditorium, art room, music room, and band room, all occupied
  • Administration building with administrative offices, classrooms, and science labs for the Upper Elementary and Middle School, some classroom space is available for growth. 
The property acts as collateral for financing from low interest bonds with a current payoff of $2 million.


Our whole family feels at home on campus.