The Montessori Academy

  • The Montessori Academy of Arlington is a private school in Arlington, TX, providing an exceptional Montessori education to students of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. We are one of only 3 fully-accredited AMS Montessori schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
  • What do we do? Children at TMA thrive both in our indoor and outdoor classrooms. Curiosity about the world drives them to learn more and we provide the materials and the environment for them to live up to their full potential. Our committed professionals foster a child`s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being utilizing Montessori principles which lead children to become enthusiastic, intrinsically motivated learners.
  • How do we do it? Children in our Montessori classrooms work with specially designed learning materials, manipulating and investigating them to master the lessons they embody. Children use real objects and actions to translate abstract ideas into concrete form. Learning happens through purposeful activity.
  • Who do we serve? Children from 6 weeks through 6th gradeInfantToddlerEarly ChildhoodElementary
  • Why do we do it? We want to prepare children for life, not just the next test. The portrait of a TMA graduate is:
  • A moral being who is responsible and accountable for his/her actions
  • A confident, competent learner who is academically prepared, independent, intrinsically motivated and autonomous
  • A critical and creative thinker and problem-solver  A socially responsible, compassionate peacemaker who is able to handle external authority
  • A protector of the environment and its resources  A respecter of all persons, and A productive, caring community citizen
  •   What should you do? Request a visit to see our unique learning environment for yourself.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
AdvancED
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded1981
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesWe offer the option of a 12-month school contract. Pricing is the same as the school year pricing. Elementary program also offers session options for summer camp. For details, see https://tmaonline.org/tma-programs/summer-camps/.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1999

Student Body

Total Students202 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
37%
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade The Montessori Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Casual clothing/No uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$8,400
Tuition Notes2019-20 Tuition varies from $8,400 to $15,000, depending on program. For details, see https://tmaonline.org/admissions/tuition-and-fees/.
% on Financial Aid
10%
Admissions DirectorLynette Engelke
Admissions AssociateLinda Martin

Sports

Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBallet, Dance, Martial Arts, SoccerBalletDance,
Martial ArtsSoccer,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Four Knights Chess Club, Lone Star Institute of Taekwondo, Stretch & Grow Ballet, The Outsiders Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Piano, Theater Arlington Drama and Creative Movement

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fury Soccer Academies

School Notes

  • Thank you for your interest in The Montessori Academy of Arlington. Please visit www.TMAonline.org to learn more about our school, community, and the Montessori philosophy of eduction. Please see our Gallery of Student Work which provides a glimpse of how children in our program learn on a daily basis. You can also schedule a visit to see, firsthand, how our programs prepare children to become productive and caring community citizens.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Arlington
    Grades: PK-6 | 231 students
    3.7 miles
    4621 Park Springs Blvd
    Arlington, TX 76017
    (814)784-6655
    3.7 PK-6
    231
  • Arlington
    Grades: NS-12 | 870 students
    2.3 miles
    5900 West Pioneer Parkway
    Arlington, TX 76013
    (817)451-4994
    2.3 NS-12
    870
  • Dallas
    Alcuin School
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    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-12 | 589 students
    25.5 miles
    6144 Churchill Way
    Dallas, TX 75230
    (972)239-1745
    25.5 PK-12
    589
  • Dallas
    Grades: PK-6 | 87 students
    25.1 miles
    6464 E. Lovers Lane
    Dallas, TX 75214
    (214)821-9466
    25.1 PK-6
    87
  • Fort Worth
    Grades: PK-8 | 238 students
    15.5 miles
    3420 Clayton Rd E
    Fort Worth, TX 76116
    (817)732-0252
    15.5 PK-8
    238

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (42 reviews)
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TMA is a great school that helps students gain independence, learn concepts deeply, and become well-rounded citizens of the world. The teachers are dedicated, and the campus is beautiful and inviting. TMA is a great place to be!
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Overall, a very positive experience for both my kiddos. I can see a lot of positive changes in my kids. Would definitely recommend!
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Great school, a child in EC and has been there since a toddler. We love the school.
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For a first-time parent, being able to drop your child off in an environment where you have zero worries about their safety, education, and social well-being is a blessing. TMA delivers on those categories and more. Their 'motto' is perfect: providing an experience as unique as your child. They encourage the differences in the children and don't provide a cookie-cutter approach to their education. The teachers are not babysitters, but guides who want your child to succeed as much as you do. Our daughter thrives off of the outdoors and each classroom has a courtyard to enjoy, even on rainy days. We love hearing our 2 y. o. chat about her friends and experiences on the way home from school and even on the weekends. She lights up when talking about her fellow classmates and teachers. We couldn't hope or ask for anything more from TMA. They constantly go above and beyond.
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Our daughter started at TMA at age 2 and she is now in sixth grade. We are looking forward to find a school where she can grow as she has during these wonderful years. TMA`s teachers and staff are focused on the kids and the importance of them learning and growing as independent, positive, respectful, compassionate and healthy individuals. The school has an Outdoor Classroom that the kids absolutely love!!!!. As a mother I can`t explain the wonderful feeling when you see a kid not wanting to go home just yet even when it is almost dinner time . I am so grateful as a parent for having the opportunity to learn the Montessori ways and see real results in how the kids approach different aspects of their lives at school and out of it.
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Our daughter started school here on May 19. The differences in her six months have been tremendous. They have an individualized approach and the Teachers/Faculty really care about the growth of your kids. Very blessed our daughter goes here.
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Finding the right school for our preschooler was a top priority for us. We wanted to find an environment where he would be taught academically, and at his age, taught life skills such as healthy communication and conflict resolution. We searched for a place we felt 100% secure sending him to everyday, and a place that felt like an extension of home in the way he would be taught and treated. We found all of that and more at TMA and so happy with the choice we made.
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Our daughter has been attending The Montessori Academy of Arlington for almost a full year. She started at just 15 months old. She has blossomed into such a respectful, thoughtful, and confident toddler since starting the program. They say it takes a village to raise a child and we are fortunate that, for us, TMA is that village. We were blown away to see how beautifully Maria Montessori's vision for children came to life as soon as we walked onto the school property. Every aspect of the grounds and the school itself is carefully curated to serve a purpose and provide the optimal Montessori environment for children. The outdoor space provided for the children is expansive and truly something that sets TMA apart. Pam Dunbar, head of school, took the time to discuss the Montessori philosophy with us as prospective parents. Throughout the meeting, she demonstrated a genuine, heartfelt desire to partner with us in our daughter's education at school and at home. Every instructor is highly skilled and loves what they do. Our daughter feels safe, loved, and cared for as she learns new skills and gains increasing independence. Other parents considering a Montessori approach to education for their own child need look no further than TMA. They have exceeded our expectations and we proudly endorse this school.
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Our son has been attending since infancy and is now moved up to a toddler program. I've never been unhappy here. He is safe, and the staff and teachers go above and beyond to make you happy, and take care of your child. They teach them well, and I don't ever feel he is missing out. They care for your family like it's their family, and the bonds they create makes it easy to take them to school because they WANT to be in school. You won't be sorry if you enroll... every aspect of this school goes above and beyond... all for our little ones.
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We are coming to the end of our first school year at the Montessori Academy and we could not be more pleased with our experience! TMA offers an educational environment that does not just teach, but facilitates a life long love of learning. The staff and teachers are loving and nurturing, yet they also encourage independence and empower the children to accomplish their goals. The campus is situated on a beautiful piece of land where the kids can go into the woods and use their imagination while benefiting from nature in a big city. I feel TMA is a wonderful school with a strong sense of community. I look forward to the next few years at TMA!
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Best school and best teachers. My boy loves go to daycare everyday!
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Love the school! My wife and I moved here from a rural area with smaller day cares. We were concerned when we moved closer to the city that we would have trouble finding a daycare we liked, but instead we found our daughter a school we love. The teachers and staff are wonderful, the curriculum is remarkable, and we have enjoyed learning about the Montessori style of education. I recommend TMA to everyone that we meet, and it really helps that it is an accredited Montessori school.
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We love TMA and are thankful that our sweet little baby gets to go there. She has become so independent and curious; it`s so fun watching her grow each day. Her classroom allows her to explore her surroundings and become confident and independent in her day to day activities. My favorite part of the school is the outdoor space, I wish I had gone somewhere like this when I was her age! It`s mind blowing and I wouldn`t be able to describe it here well enough, you really just have to see for yourself. My only critcism is the time (8:30-3:30) which is hard to manage for working parents without the added cost of extended day. All in all, it`s a fantastic school and we love the care she is receiving.
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My daughter loves the school!
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My toddler is in her second year at TMA and she is really settling into the routine, as well as forming a comradery with her classmates and teachers. The sense of community is strong here, and I am amazed that my 2 year old takes so much care in everything she does, including cleaning up after herself! Her classroom also has a pet bunny that she is crazy about! TMA also offers parent development classes which have been very helpful for me. I couldn't ask for a better school!
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We love TMA. Our son has flourished there and as toddler, we know that he is getting a great foundation in practical life skills which will blend with academic skills as he demonstrates his readiness. All of the staff is wonderful and it is clear they are passionate about their students and Montessori methods.
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Our toddler is rapidly progressing at TMA. We are very impressed and satisfied with the teachers and staff. We are looking forward to sending our next child here.
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This is an amazing school! The teachers and staff are incredible! The school has a wildscape area where the kids play and explore. They learn to love and respect animals and the environment. I will recommend TMA to everyone looking not only for academic excellence but also to raise confident, creative, problem solving, compassionate and critical thinking children. We are extremely blessed to be part of the TMA family.
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TMA has been a wondering experience for my little one. She has shown so much improvement and growth in few months she has been at TMA.
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We have been very impressed with TMA. The entire staff is fully engaged with not only the students, but the parents. The focus is all encompassing - academics, life skills, social interactions and challenging them to rise to each new occasion. The communication and relationship we have developed with his teachers is remarkable. We would highly recommend TMA!
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We couldn`t ask for a better environment for our children. TMA allows for movement and engagement in various subjects that spark interest and excitement. Our boys love their teachers and we know that when we drop them off every morning that they are in the best hands!
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TMA has been an absolute blessing and the best possible for place for our family to grow. We started our now 6 year old there at 18 months, and our twin boys at age two. They are all independent, compassionate, and vibrant children that thrive on the environment that enables children to excel. The supportive, loving and caring staff treat your children like their own, and we truly feel this is a second family for our children. The teachers communicate so well, and the children have both an indoor and outdoor classroom that they move in and out of throughout the day. I see such amazing development in my children by virtue of the fact that they thrive on the prepared environment and wonderful staff that teaches them the sky is the limit - and at TMA it truly is.
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TMA has been an excellent school not only for my child but for our entire family. Her academic and personal growth has been incredible, and we couldn't be happier with the staff and leadership. We know that they are as invested in our child as we are.
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Our daughter who has been going for almost 1 year now and is enrolled in the early childhood program has really enjoyed the school. We are really pleased with the teachers and all of the staff. Our 2 year old also recently started.
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I highly recommend TMA for any family. It is an excellent choice to educate your child.
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We recommend TMA to everyone! It is a wonderful school, always clean, interaction between caregivers and children is amazing. My child is loved and cared for and we have had a wonderful experience!
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I love TMA. My daughter has just been with the school a few months and we have seen so many positive changes. She is more confident, curious, and happy! I would definitely recommend TMA!
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We love TMA school. My both sons attended/attending TMA and I have seen the positive growth in their emotional lives as well as academic life. We love the headmaster Ms.Dunbar as well as the teachers. Kids learn the educational stuffs with so much fun way. I would recommend this school to everyone and anyone out there who is looking for great enrichment school environment in their kids education.
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Where to begin? I could try to explain how great it is but until you arrive and see for yourself it would hold no weight. If you could imagine, in this delicate world, finding a school that manages to achieve discipline and learning in a positive environment served by caring givers that are educated and well placed then you might have an idea of what to expect.
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TMA is a wonderful school. The teachers are all very well trained and clearly love what they do. The classroom environments are miraculous and allow for the children to truly learn and grow. Sending my 6 week old to school was so difficult but TMA and the NIDO program made it so easy.
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This is an amazing school! From the Principal, to the office personnel and the incredible and caring teachers!The children not only grow academically but most importantly they learn critical thinking, leadership, and an incredible love for nature and the environment around them. TMA has its own wildscape where the kids play and explore.We are extremely blessed to be a part of the TMA family. I will recommend this school to everyone looking not only for excellence in academics but also to raise independent, confident, creative, compassionate, problem solving and critical thinking children.
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My daughter has been attending TMA since last September and we couldn`t be happier with our choice! I researched and visited several other schools and this is by far the most impressive on every level. The environment is warm, safe and inviting. There is ample outdoor space and opportunities to experience nature. The teachers are very experienced facilitators who understand how to be present for the children while allowing them independence. My 20 month old has grown leaps and bounds thanks to TMA, both socially and emotionally, and she loves it there too!
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TMA is a wonderful school with a great team of educators. The staff (from the teachers in the classroom to the head of school) are genuinely interested in the development of the children. The outdoor learning environment is unmatched. Phenomenal school!
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TMA is a wonderful school with an outstanding administrative team. The teachers care about the students and classroom management is amazing. Top notch!!!
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We love TMA! My son has been attending Tma for about 5 months now. And we have been very impressed with the school and the staff. This place is a hidden gem. The head of the school is wonderfull and very much involved in everything which is great! I couldn`t have ask for a better place to send my son!
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As parents we are picky to select the best education for our children and Montessori is a method that just makes sense to foster self learning. It was hard to find a good school that provide the method with quality and close to where we live and I am glad we found TMA that provides just that. Great teachers in there as well!
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Love this school and have recommended it to others. Love the diversity of students and ideas and the caring and supportive staff.
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Our family is very happy with our experience with TMA. The teachers and administrators are passionate and work hard to ensure each child has the opportunity to flourish (both socially and academically). We can't recommend this school enough!
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Our son has been going to TMA for a year and a half now, and we love everything about the school! Each classroom has its own private courtyard, and the school has a large outdoor play area with a separate area for younger children, plus its own private wildscape that the children get to explore. I like that the teachers and TMA staff members take the time to know each child`s name and welcome them every morning as they walk into the school. I highly recommend TMA.
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I highly recommend TMA. The environment is very inviting. The teachers are very willing to customize your child's academic plan. There is an abundance of opportunities for enrichment and extracurricular activities. It is worth the money!
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TMA has given our son a wonderful school experience. He enjoys school each day and is provided with a rigorous education. The teachers genuinely care about each student. TMA has a wonderful, well-rounded approach to education.
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We recommend TMA to everyone! It is a wonderful school, always clean, my child is loved and cared for and we have had a wonderful experience!
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