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PK-6
Private
Arlington, TX
Students enrolled: 254
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3428 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

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(817) 274-1548
(817) 274-6951
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December 10, 2014
I tried to get into this school but after hearing that my son has a learning disability, the school administrators made me jump through hoops just to qualify. I had to go to 3 separate meetings where my son's disabilities were discussed and and an interview with my son where I could not be in the room. 15 minutes later, they came to get me and my son was suddenly anxious and did not want to talk to them. It was obvious they did not want to give the extra effort my son needs. I have enrolled him in a different Montessori school nearby and he is doing well and loving the school. Oh, and the teacher at the new school where my son is at says he does not need much of her extra time.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2014
My 3 grandchildren attend TMA, one has special needs. The youngest entered at 23 months old, she was extremely shy and fearful of new surroundings and new people. This is her 2nd year and she has blossomed into an outgoing and confident 3-year old. The 4 year old has Down Syndrome and the teachers have nurtured him so that he is on level with other children in his class. His therapists visit the school for his sessions and are impressed with the quality of educational and social experiences provided by his loving and caring teachers. This is his 3rd year at TMA. The school is lie a family; every one knows everyone by name. The 8 year old cant wait to go to school every morning. The Montessori Academy is an excellent school providing top quality education.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2014
We are about to start our 3rd year at TMA and my husband and I couldn't be happier with the results we have seen with our daughter. At 3 years old she is only a few items away from meeting the requirements that out local elementary school has for incoming kindergartens. Also, all lead teachers in the classroom are certified AMS Montessori teachers and their accreditation are posted on the wall in the main hallway when you enter the school. Our three year old is also very active and not docile by any means and the staff has handled her wonderfully over the last two years.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
If you do not have a well-behaved, typical child, this school is not for you. I was excited at the possibility of sending my child here. However, after revealing that he has a learning disability to the school, the school made me jump through hoops just to be able to go through their required 3 day evaluation period. I had to go to multiple meetings, an observational meeting, and a pre-evaluation meeting just to be able to do the 3 day eval. period. Finally, the pre-evaluation day came, but the teachers made him so uncomfortable that he did not want to do the evaluation. The teachers made no effort to break the ice or make him less nervous even though I told them that he is an easily anxious child. I was not allowed in the room, so the small glimpse that I saw was that they just asked him to do some do some math. There was little to no effort on their part to try and evaluate him, at least the small part that I saw. I should have known that they weren't going to give my son a fair consideration since they didn't even ask for the the registration fee. Sadly, after he refused to complete the pre-evaluation I had to withdraw his application.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
The Montessori Academy- If you want an easy way to throw away $10,000/year then I recommend this school. We had to withdraw our student after 3 years being in the same class (this is the norm at this school: each student remains 3yrs. in each grade level/classroom) and barely learning. We've taught our child to read now, in 3months! and at home. We're looking into other schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
The review below is incorrect. The school is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society. This fact can be verified. The teachers are trained and certified in Montessori methods, and the materials are great. My child has attended the school for two years, starting as a toddler and moving to the early childhood classroom. Teachers are caring, and most have been at the school in some capacity for many years. The school is also very welcoming and diverse.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
If you do not have a docile child, this will not be a good choice for your family. The school requires you pay and enrollment fee and one months tuition just to evaluate your child. Even if they evaluate your child for only one day, you will not receive any of the tuition back. And none of the teachers are trained in montessori. The head of school and the director are trained in montessori, but none of the other teaches practice true montessori. The school is very pretentious, and if you want your child to play with a bunch of old toys and come home sick everyday, then this is the place you should take them.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
Our son has been attending TMA for the last 3 years and he has become a great communicator, respectful of others, and eager to learn. The multi-level classroom in preschool allowed him to learn from his peers & teach others as well. The teachers have been warm, caring and great facilitators. Whenever I have had issues, It is quickly resolved or clarified by the teachers. I love the strong focus on student's character & the fact that it fosters independence and a love for learning. GREAT SCHOOL !

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
What I love about TMA is the independence they develop in the children. At TMA your child gets more than just academics, he or she learns how to take care of their environment and conflict resolution. If you are looking for a school to help develop your future leader, TMA is a great school to consider. I enrolled my daughter at age 2 1/2 and now at age 4 she has matured wonderfully to become a respectful contributor to our home already.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
my daghterhas attended TMA for two years now and it has been wondeful to see her grow and mature. I love the focus the school puts on a child's independance and becoming a well-rounded caring person. The Motessori teaching model is wonderful and I only wish I could've gone here when I was in school. The children are learning to become leaders and care for themselves, others, and their environment. We have met so many wonderful families through TMA, it really does feel like an extended family to us.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
Our experience at TMA has been great. Our kids are developing as self-driven, confident and compassionate individuals. They enjoy every day at school. Yes, the tuition is quite high. But you get what you pay for. If you can afford tuition and you are willing to be open minded for this non-traditional system, I fully recommend the investment.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
After 1 year in the toddler program and 1 year in the preschool program our daughter was not asked to return. While she was in the toddler program, the principle advised us to send her to a play therapist because she did not listen to the teacher ALL the time and did not respond to "redirection". The school referred their own play therapist who was very expensive and was not covered on our insurance. My husband and I took off work on numerous occasions throughout both years to observe her behavior which did not appear any different from the other children in her class. My daughters pediatrician thought that all of this was ludicrous and said that my daughters behaviors were normal for a 2/3 year old. Also, after talking to numerous other parents at the school, we learned that our child was not the only one that the school referred to see a play therapists. There were many others. We did, however, take her to see a play therapist, one that we chose that was covered under our insurance and also had ECI come and observe her and they both agreed that her behaviors were normal. I second the other reviewer's Pollyanna comment. We do still think that Montessori curric is great.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
I have had children enrolled at TMA since 1999. My oldest son, currently in 9th grade, began as a Toddler and graduated after completing 6th grade. He currently attends one of the most highly regarded private schools in Fort Worth (TVS) and is doing very well. He loved the environment and they style of learning that TMA offers. He still mentions that he wishes all schools could be more like TMA. He transitioned very easily because he was well prepared by his experiences at TMA. My youngest son is entering 4th grade at TMA this year. He has done remarkably well and I expect even more growth from him during the coming years. My experience at TMA has been wonderful. Parents at TMA are highly encouraged to volunteer and be involved in your child's education. There is always an opportunity for learning and exploring new ideas. Children are encouraged to think outside of the box and be creative. Children at TMA want to learn and teachers serve as guides in that learning process. TMA challenges students, asking them to look inward and become all that they can be. TMA is very unique; the education is top notch and the community is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
Our child attended the toddler class. It was the next best thing to home. I share the school's philosophy and the school environment is pleasant and tries to be earth-friendly. Both teachers were very kind-hearted and patient and understood my child's needs. My child matured a lot during the year. The drawback with sending a very young child to school is he picked up negative behavior from the other children, such as temper tantrums/meltdowns. The school does not have an indoor gym for physical activity so when the weather is not conducive for outdoor play, my son had a lot of unreleased energy when he came home. The school does have a gas well right next to it, so it was a concern of mine. It seems the classes are not full, so it may be very possible to register your child late. On the other hand, if you are not sure if you can commit to a year's tuition, it is better to wait. The school is not flexible to change your contract once you sign it. Overall, a good school.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2011
Our daughter attended this school for 1 1/2 years (3 to 4 and 1/2). Her first whole year there she really grew in her academics and woke up loving to go to school every single day. We did have some issues with other student's behavior, and were told that it was a "rough" year for behavior in her class. Nonetheless, she still loved it and her teachers very much. But, when her second year started for the 2010-2011 school year, it was a much different story. She was getting hurt all of the time. She was being hurt bad enough that it left marks and bruises. We asked and asked something to be done about the child that was hurting her, but nothing was ever done to stop it. In fact when we insisted that it be stopped, they asked us to leave and not the child that was doing the hurting. Then they acted like we were overreacting, but I know we were not because our child did not want to go to school anymore. In fact she was so scared that she would scream and cry if she could not find us in our own home or if we closed the bathroom door, etc. She had never done this before and whatever was going on at school just freaked her out so bad, we just accepted their offer and sadly left.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
My son has attended preschool at TMA for two years, and he's learned a lot. His language and independence have improved greatly. He has also learned about conflict resolution and how to motivate himself. I gave only three stars because I don't believe that it's necessarily worth the extremely high tuition. This year his class was crowded with 18 students per two teachers. Since they're all 3 - 4 years old, I think the class size was too big. There have been many instances where he was hurt by other children and the teachers weren't aware of it. I've also had a couple of other issues about how discipline was handled. In addition, neither of the teachers in his class this year had previous experience with this age group. They're both great with the children, but with the large class size and limited experience with the age group, I don't feel like the quality of Montessori education this year was as high as it could have been. We've found another Montessori school with more reasonable tuition, so that's where we're putting our son next year. TMA has been wonderful to us, and if tuition were more reasonable, we would give it another year.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
This is a great school in many ways -- classic Montessori principles, and the teachers and admins really work hard. My son went to pre-school here from age 2-3 and he learned a lot. We worked with the teachers to focus on independence, on logic and consequences in discipline, and on helping others. He is a somewhat shy boy, and I think a bigger / busier school would have been wrong for him in that he would have become even more reserved and reticent in social situations. Now he warms up quickly, even in a crowd, and establishes his own space -- I think the school has helped in this. This is an expensive school, but it has been worth the price for us (we've done without whatever we could cut from budget, because we believe the value of the education is worth it). Bottom line -- if you want to give your child a better chance at being an independent & free thinking person, consider Montessori -- and talk with the good folks at TMA.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
Outstanding teachers, outstanding staff, outstanding parents, and above all outstanding kids. Great learning environment for any child.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
My children have attended this school for 3yrs. They have been in the toddler, preschool, and kindergarten program. The environment the teachers provide is outstanding. They guide the children to their potential. Children are placed with a peers that are within a 2-3 yr range. Therefore, the older children teach the younger ones. The younger students learn how to mentor from the older students. The most important thing is the philosophy that education is triangular...it involves the student, teacher, and parent. Without those the triangle loses its integrity.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
We enrolled our 2 yr old daughter this year in the toddler program and we have been very satisfied with her development so far. We love how she has started to show independence and she's always eager to go to school, even over the weekends!!! Being an only child, we can see how the school has taught her to share, respect and collaborate with her classmates and teachers. The educational methodology at TMA is allowing her to develop her leadership and social skills at such a young age and we simply love this. We appreciate the effort that her teachers and staff at TMA put into creating a nurturing environment which we can tell is consistent through all the grades at the school. Equally important is the participation of us as parents to bring the Montessori principles home, which is encouraged by TMA at all times by providing frequent guidance and thorough feedback about our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
My son was enrolled from 2yrs-1st grade. We only left because we moved. The teachers and staff help my son develop a foundation that has shaped him into the wonderful teenager he is today. This school not only taught my son, but that also taught me how to be a better parent. At TMA they focus on the entire family, this is a really family orientated community. I have never been able to find a school as awesome as this one, and I have looked! I would highly recommend sending your child here for as long as possible. We had planned on staying until 6th grade and our friends who did cherished the experience it provided for their children and themselves.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2010
We started our son in the Pre-Primary class in TMA. He used to go to a different Montessori before and we wanted to continue the Montessori tradition for him and so we chose this school after hearing great things about it. The Principal and the Teachers have been very cordial and showed us and my son around the classroom and the different sections in the classroom during our first visit. It was a big change for my son but he loves it now and he has begun to make new friends in the new school. We have not had a chance to see him interact with other students and teachers extensively but whatever little we do everyday during drop off's or other interactions with teachers, it has been great to see him communicate confidently with his teachers. We also send him the extended day care and he really likes it.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
This was my daughter's first year at TMA in the toddler program. I chose TMA because montessori offers a whole lot more than just your average daycare. Independence is taught from day 1. Children are not strapped in their chairs. They have the freedom to walk around the classroom and choose from a variety of works and manipulates that are educational and aid in their cognitive growth. My 2 year old daughter has learned to cut with scissors, use a lock and key, dress and change herself and a number of other things. TMA is also very diverse ethnically and socioeconomically which was also important to me. TMA is very family oriented and desires parent involment. I feel a sense of community everytime I go inside. Everyone is also pleasant. Parents are encouraged to complete 10 hours of community service a year which I believe sets a great example for children.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
I think TMA is a great school for toddlers to begin exercising life skills.They teach children to be independent and also responsible.Since my child has been attending TMA I've noticed great improvements in social skills as well as fine motor skills.In the beginning I didn't know much about the Montessori program but was enlightened by the teachers and also parents who have children that have been enrolled from anywhere from 2-5 years.The teachers are very friendly and willing to set aside one on one time upon request to discuss any questions or concerns you may have as a parent.This is my first year enrolling my child at TMA and definitely plan to return for next school year.So far great experience!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
When my wife and I were looking to supplement our daughter's preschool education we looked at many options in the DFW area, but none of the schools seemed to really match the level of independent learning we were trying to foster except TMA. Our daughter is excited to attend school every week and her level of knowledge and creative thinking skills certainly illustrate the exemplary instruction she is receiving in the preschool program. Because of this TMA is our first and only choice to send our son in a few years.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
We have been incredibly impressed with TMA. Everyone has been very friendly-from the head master to the teachers to the people staffing the front desk. The toddler teachers are nurturing but encourage the children to be independent. We feel very fortunate to have found a school that shares our educational ideals and makes our child eager to learn.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
We have several children at TMA and would recommend the lower school without question. The upper school however is missing an important angle of the 'parent, teacher, student triangle'. Communication from our teacher is difficult to obtain. We always feel like we are walking on pins and needles when we make an inquiry. Often the answers we're given are evasive and non-specific. I like the Montessori concept but believe the priority should be teaching the child and then the concept. Not all Montessori concepts work for all children. I think there should be more flexibility to ensure that every child is learning and feels nurtured when they are struggling.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
As an educator, I have always wanted my kids (when I had them) to attend a Montessori school. My son and I moved to Arlington and I found The Montessori Academy. I couldn't be happier! This is how a true Montessori school works! After just two months at TMA, my three year old was drawing South America and helping with the dishes and the laundry. Every task that we do, he says, 'I want to do it by myself.' or 'Show me how, Mama.' He, also, quizzes me on how to do things! He tells me about the weather and when a cartoon character says something questionable (shut-up or stupid), he turns to me and says, 'We don't say, 'stupid.' It's not acceptable.' Everything that I've seen in him, from his burgeoning independence to his overwhelming desire to assist others to his greatly improved fine motor skills, we're ecstatic!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2010
Our sons have attended TMA for four years. The positive teachers and head of school have worked with our family to make sure each child is in an environment of respect. The boys enjoy learning in a developmentally appropriate, safe and kind environment. Children are held accountable for self guided goals. My 1st grader can't wait to tell us about his division problems, hates missing school, and wants to arrive early each day to start his 'work'. We make sacrifices in our lifestyle to pay for this sound investment in the future of our children and the many people they will influence for generations to come. TMA offers excellent afterschool programs and includes Orff instrument instruction, drama, art, fitness education, Latin (6th grade), lab sciece and spanish (from 1st grade up), conflict resolution, computer skills, and a sequenced curriculum to develop math, science and grammar skills from 18 mo. up.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
I went to Montessori for 8 years, from 1999 to 2007 and absolutely loved it. If any parents are thinking about sending their kids to this school, I would reccommend that you try it.

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
This school has good and bad qualities like all schools. They teach conflict resolution which is good for kids. They emphasize community service and diversity which i like. At TMA there is not much communication from the teachers to the parents unless it is parent initiated. There seem to be better communication last year than this year. You do have 2 parent/teacher conferences but this is not enough of a progress report in my opinion. Open houses can be busy so not alot of information obtained that night.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
This review only pertains to 18mo-kindergarten classes. TMA is an OK school. The head of the school is always nice. Most of the teachers are very nice as well. Most of the time you are greated with a 'hello' but not always. The concept at Montessori is to teach independence which is good. They promote community service and peace which is great. My older child did well except the kindergarten class. Sometimes too much independence can be a bad thing b/c 5-6yr olds may not always make the right decisions for school work and need structure. The teachers are not as nurturing as other places ive been. You have to pay extra for lunches, before and after care past the hours of 8:30-3:30, teacher work days etc.. This is b/c they follow the arlington isd calendar. For kids below kindergarten you pay extra that you wouldnt pay at typical daycare.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2009
Both of my children have been with TMA for 4 years. The education is outstanding, overall for my husband and I the confidence and integrity ingrained is priceless. My children believe in themselves because the school, teachers and parents believe in them.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2009
As parents we are extremely happy with this school. Our children wake up every morning excited about learning. In the evening they are equally excited to share with us all that they have learned.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2009
We and our child are pleased with our choice of TMA. Our child is academically flourishing and socially developing in a way we all appreciate and which will serve her well in life.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2009
As an outcome of the public and parochial school systems of my youth, I had never been exposed to a Montessori (philosophy or method) education. My sons' experience with TMA -- the teachers, the education and the community -- has well exceeded my initial expectations. Exposing the child to collaborative work in a classroom environment of multiple age/ability levels and working with the child to set/achieve their educational goals is a remarkable way to build a happier, healthier, more confident, educated child. If you haven't checked out a Montessori program and/or have questions on what it's all about -- TMA offers a great opportunity to expose and immerse yourself in (my estimation) one of the best long-term educational foundations you could ever provide for your child.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
Fall 2009 will be our daughter's third year at TMA and she will be starting first grade. Even at the kindergarten level, my daughter is doing activities that my wife's second graders are working on at a Grand Prairie ISD school. Great teachers, great support staff, and great families make this a great community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2009
If you want your child to have a Montessori education, TMA is a great place to attend. TMA children are allowed 'freedom within limits' when practicing their 'work'. The teachers provide instruction in academics as well as conflict resolution and community involvement. The teachers and parents are commited to raising independent, critical thinkers with an ability to problem solve and communicate effectively.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2009
My children have attended TMA since the age of 18 months old. My daughter is almost 6 and my son is almost 4. We have found TMA to be a wonderful community of teachers, parents and students. There are no limits to what a child can learn in this Montessori environment. Children practice conflict resolution, problem solving, critical thinking and the ability to work independently.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
This is the first year for my daughter at TMA, and she loves it. It is amazing to see her work diligently in the classroom, both independently and cooperatively with her friends. Although the activities in Montessori schools are referred to as work, Trinity enjoys it wholeheartedly, and has come home with some amazing samples of her endeavors. In addition, my daughter has very nurturing teachers who give her the physical comfort that my snuggly girl needs. I know that this feeds into her confidence and ability to face her tasks head-on. I highly recommend this school to anyone wanting their child to develop independent thinking skills in a supportive, globally-minded community.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
This is the best school in this area. This is my childs second year at TMA. The teacher's are nurturing and truly care about my child. My child is a gifted student and is working on grade 3/4 curriculum but is only 7 years old..Where else could a child be so challenged! I plan on keeping her at TMA as long as I can. I hope that they can add secondary grades in the future.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
The curriculum is great, but the teachers are not nurturing at all to the pre-school aged children. If your child is already very independent, then this school would be great for him/her. There is so much emphasis on child independence.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
You know everybody at the school. The principal is very nice and great supplies. You don't have to buy anything except for lunch(if you want it).

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2006
24 children in pre-school classes (ages 3-6)is too much. School is wonderful if your child is miss polyana. If your pre-schooler is not perfect, do not attend this school. Hours are good for the working parent which you must be to afford the tuition. Toddler area is outstanding but pre-school ratios are not worth the tuition and school is not flexible to even consider lowering the ratios.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
Good school with very nice teachers. Requires parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
My daughter attended this school from Pre-K through 6th grade and has a wonderful academic background--the traditional areas, but also geography, leadership skills and more. She is an organized learner, motivated by the joy of learning. I appreciated the research skills and the self-teaching materials as well as the expectations of work plans. TMA works to enrich the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
Great school. Wonderful discipline. Known for its diversity and multiculturalism. Nice campus. Near park.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2004
This is our 4th year. Our daughter started as an extremely shy 3 year old and is now in 2nd grade and has blossomed into an independent, thinking, caring individual. By age 5 she was reading and doing math at a 2nd grade level and she continues to excel. TMA is a culturally, economically and socially diverse school that not only welcomes, but encourages parental and community involvement. Children are active participants in their own learning and are expected to work to their potential. Montessori classrooms at TMA are based on the principle of respect. The children are respected and, in turn, they respect others. We've are more than pleased with the quality of her education, the teachers and the staff. Our only concern is what we will do when she completes 6th grade and we have to find a place to live up to the standard set by TMA.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2004
My daughter attended TMA for 3 years. The educational experience is not consistent. The preschool is very good but kindergarten teachers are not qualified. The elementary experience is dependent on the teacher. The quality of instruction is not consistent.

- submitted by a parent
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The Montessori Academy
3428 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX  76016
(817) 274-1548
Last modified The Montessori Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
The Montessori Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top