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We take health and safety very seriously at TMA, especially during the pandemic. Review our Health and Safety at TMA during COVID-19 web site.Health and Safety at TMA during COVID-19

What do we do?

Children at TMA thrive both in our indoor and outdoor classrooms.

Curiosity about the world drives children to learn. We provide the environment and materials for them to live up to their full potential. 

Our committed professionals foster a child’s cognitive, physical, and social/emotional well-being, leading children to become enthusiastic, intrinsically motivated learners.

How do we do it?

Learning happens through purposeful activity.

Children 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. 

Who attends TMA?

Children from 6 weeks through 6th grade:

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?

Schedule a virtual visit to have all your questions answered.

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Early Childhood Multiplication Board
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Elementary and Early Childhood Reading Buddies
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Early Childhood Cards and Counters
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Elementary Planting a Tree in the Wildscape
Infant Peer Interactions
Infant Peer Interactions
Early Childhood Outdoor Fun

At A Glance

Our Global Community

With students and staff members representing more than 20 countries, we consider TMA to be a small-scale global community.

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Outdoor Learning

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Students can choose to work with Montessori materials in the classroom courtyards or practice natural gross motor movements, such as balancing on a beam or walking a labyrinth.

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Students have many opportunities to explore our 5-acre wildscape, learning about plants, insects, and other wildlife who visit this wondrous space.

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Our students fully engage in caring for our pig, Rufus, and our chickens on a daily basis. Students are also active participants in planting, maintaining, and growing fruits and vegetables in our gardens.

29% of our teachers are in their second decade of service at TMA
Average tenure of lead classroom teachers at TMA is 8 years.
Over 10 years: 29% (lead teachers)
5-10 years: 21%
3-4 years: 36%
Less than 3 years: 14%
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TMA is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society. We are 1 of only 3 fully accredited schools in the DFW area. There are only 8 schools in Texas that hold this level of accreditation.

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Through the collaboration between Parent, Teachers, and Children, individual development is encouraged and fostered.

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Students from 6 weeks to 6th grade can enroll for a year-round option, or choose a traditional 10-month school year.

Find out more about our programs

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How is Montessori Different?

How is Montessori Different Than Traditional Education Systems?

Do you see this in traditional schools?

See how a child learns in Infant and Toddler Montessori classrooms in this American Montessori Society video.

The Kindergarten Year

Find out why the Kindergarten year is so important in the Early Childhood program in this American Montessori Society video.

The Elementary Classroom

Our Lower Elementary Lead Teacher, Mrs. Proctor, took part in making an American Montessori Society video which provides and overview of how an elementary Montessori classroom works.

Frequently Asked Questions


We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions in one place to make finding information easier for prospective parents. This information is covered in greater detail in our Family Guide or other locations of our website. We encourage prospective families to read through these questions and sign up for a visit to find out even more details about our programs.

Usually, our operational hours are from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Due to the new restrictions for the 2020-21 school year, we are only able to provide care between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Infant, Toddler, and Early Childhood

The school day is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, with Before Care from 7:30-8:30 am and Extended Day from 3:30-4:30 pm.


The school day is from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, with Extended Day from 3:30-4:30 pm.

Our Tuition and Fee Schedule is available online. Please note that the $300 application fee is fully refundable until an enrollment contract is signed.

Yes. Tuition can be paid in-full or on a monthly basis. If you choose to pay on a monthly basis, we require you to purchase tuition insurance, which is 3% of the annual tuition and is paid with your first tuition payment.

Yes. Our enrollment contracts cover an entire school year, either a 10-month school-year option, or a 12-month year-round option. If you are admitted after the beginning of a school year, your tuition is pro-rated based on when you enroll. There is a 3-week trial for students enrolled in our Infant and Toddler programs.

Under normal circumstances, the new school year starts with our summer term, the day after Memorial Day, near the end of May or beginning of June depending on the calendar. This is the beginning of our 12-month option. Our fall term and 10-month option begins in August and closely follows the Arlington ISD school calendar, though, we usually begin a week before AISD.

We have had to modify our school year because of the current situation. Our 2020-2021 school year will begin August 3 and end May 28. We have added an additional 3 weeks to the school year to try to offset possible future stay-at-home orders. 

Our ratios vary by program and have changed for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19:

  • Infant – 1:4 (2 teachers for 8 students)
  • Toddler – 1:7 (2 teachers for 14 students)
  • Early Childhood – 1:10 (2 teachers to 20 students)
  • Elementary – 1:10 (2 teacher to 20 students)

While these are the minimum ratios, we have an additional teacher available for each of the Infant, Toddler, and Early Childhood classrooms throughout the day. Elementary students also participate in Enrichment classes with Enrichment Specialist teachers.

All families provide their own healthy lunch options for their children.

Parents provide snacks and lunch for children enrolled in the Infant program.

A few times each year, families with students enrolled in the Toddler and Early Childhood programs will receive a list of groceries to purchase to bring for the classroom snack. As part of the Practical Life work in class, students will prepare snack each day.

Lower Elementary students will be assigned a day each month to bring the classroom snack. Upper Elementary students will bring snacks for themselves each day.

The nap schedule for infants is individualized and based on an infant’s age and need.

Toddlers and 2.5 to 3-year old Early Childhood students take a nap in the afternoon, after lunch.

Early Childhood students who are 4-years old are asked to rest for at least 30 minutes each day, with some still needing a full nap and others only resting their bodies for a short time.

Early Childhood students who are 5-years old do not nap and take part in special enrichment classes or work in the afternoon.

Parents of children with diagnosed allergies or asthma are required to provide the school with an individualized health care plan, signed by the child’s medical provider. A list of children with medically documented food allergies is posted in every classroom throughout the school, and a list of the classroom allergens is posted outside of each room. 

TMA was established as a parent cooperative and, as such, requires parental involvement. Not only does community service help to build stronger bonds between community members, but it also provides excellent modeling for the volunteerism that we wish to instill in our students.

Parents pay a Community Service Fee of $300 each year, $150 for the fall term and $150 for the spring term. If one or more members of your family volunteer at TMA for 5 hours each semester or 10 hours for the year, you will be refunded the entirety of the Community Service Fee, or you may contribute it to the Scholarship Fund.

To protect the health of all children and to satisfy state regulations, current medical information for each child is required prior to enrollment. These records, which must meet state immunization and hearing and vision screening requirements, need to be updated when new screenings or immunizations are given. An annual physical is required for children in the Infant, Toddler and Early Childhood programs.

The state of Texas allows certain immunization exemptions and we follow all state guidelines.

Several forms of communication are used to meet the needs of our community. These include email, texting, phone calls, Microsoft Teams, written documentation, parent/teacher conferences, a parent portal on our website, a closed Facebook group, and Bloomz, a photo/video sharing app so parents can catch glimpses of the work their children are completing.

We produce a weekly e-newsletter to keep parents informed about school-wide activities and events which is available via email, text, our closed Facebook group, the parent portal, and through Bloomz.

For infants, in additional to daily, in-person communication, teachers and parents complete a daily form so both parties know when diapers were changed, meals/snacks were eaten, and naps were taken.  

Injuries will be promptly treated by a staff member and parents will be notified either by telephone or through a copy of a completed Accident/Incident Report form. Parents will receive a short report which documents how, when, and where and accident or incident occurred. 

See Montessori in Action

Early Childhood Outdoor Work

How to Apply

4 Easy Steps to Admission

Our admissions team will lead you through the entire process to answer your questions and provide all the information you need so your family can make an informed decision about whether TMA is the right choice for your child and your family. We understand that choosing the right school is an extremely important decision and we will be here to guide you through the decision-making process.

Visit TMA

We are currently offering Virtual Visit Q&A Sessions weekly for our Infant, Toddler, and Early Childhood programs. Elementary Virtual Visits are scheduled individually.

Schedule a Visit or call (817) 274-1548

Apply Online

To begin the admissions process, complete an online application and submit $300 application fee. Under normal circumstances, a 3-day classroom evaluation will be scheduled for students applying for a space in the Elementary program; a 3-week trial may instead be offered during the current situation. The application fee is fully refundable until an enrollment contract is signed.

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Meet with Head of School

During the 1½ hour meeting, “fit and match” between the family’s expectations for their child and TMA’s vision is explored and information about the classroom evaluation (if applicable) and a detailed tuition payment schedule will be discussed.

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Complete Online Enrollment

Upon acceptance to TMA, the enrollment process begins with a contract being offered by the Head of School. The Application Fee becomes non-refundable after we receive your contract. Once we have received your online enrollment and first tuition payment, your enrollment is complete.

It is the policy of The Montessori Academy to maintain a school environment that is free from discrimination and to conduct its educational practices, admissions program, financial aid policies, hiring, and other school-administrative programs on the basis of an individual’s qualifications and abilities. The Montessori Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (unless it is required as a bona fide occupational qualification), sex, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The following priorities are observed in determining admission:

  • Classroom space availability
  • Currently enrolled students
  • Siblings of currently enrolled students
  • Balancing of ages and genders in each classroom
  • Transfers from other Montessori schools
  • Date of application
  • Student evaluation

If classes are full, prospective students will be placed in a wait pool. Returning students will be given priority over new students in the wait pool. The Head of School makes the final decision regarding student enrollment and class placement. Parents will be notified regarding their child’s admission status and class placement.

If you have further questions, please call or text our office at (817) 274-1548 or send us an email.