"I had the privilege of visiting the elementary recently. First, I will share that my son has attended HMA since age three and is now finishing his third year of primary. I’ve witnessed him establish rich friendships among his peers and teachers, gain confidence and truly love to learn. So, I was excited to learn more about our Elementary Program. I was pleased as I came into the room to see some quietly working on the works that were building on their strengths and others being introduced to new challenges. It was amazing to see some older students using the materials my son has been using but in a much greater and advanced capacity. I loved watching some younger students asking the older ones for help and felt the ease of interactions between student and student, and student and teacher. I’m very excited for my son and there’s no doubt in my mind that this is exactly where he should start his journey in Elementary.
I would encourage all parents, especially those who have children in the toddler and primary program to observe and experience this wonderful learning environment and to watch your child excel to their fullest amongst our HMA family"
Ms. Tania Gabhart
"We love Hendersonville Montessori Academy! My son is absolutely thriving at HMA. He was speech delayed, and since starting at HMA his language skills and vocabulary have taken off! It's amazing to see. The teachers and staff are wonderful."
Mr. and Mrs. Allen
"My grandson started here fall of 2016. He loves it and is eager to get to school daily. As the volunteer librarian I am there weekly and get to observe tender-hearted, caring people and teachers. I've seen hugs and cuddles, heard kindness and gentleness in their voices as they talked to the children. Everyone at this school exudes a kindness and a genuine care for the children and give them time to do what comes naturally for children...explore, learn, ask, experience, grow, be challenged to become their best."
"My children started when they were very young and loved it from the start. The school encourages making friends and learning complex lessons through fun and easy to understand methods. My son and daughter absolutely loved it there and looked forward to school everyday! My daughter says it was fun because every day would be different and exciting. Kids would get to change jobs weekly from being Librarian to help taking care of the class pet. It was an excellent learning environment for both of our kids. Even now the kids will say how much they miss HMA."
Mr. and Mrs. Crooks
"This is the type of school I dreamed about sending my children to!! The type of school they are so happy to get up and go to every single morning! I love seeing all the amazing things they experience and learn, knowing that wouldn't happen in todays public school system! We are so grateful for this school and the amazing staff and teachers!! You have made our children so happy and created such a joy for learning in them! You have made two parents very happy too! ;)
Thanks for everything you do!"
Mr. and Mrs. Kittrell
"A God send is the only way to accurately describe Hendersonville Montessori School, Teachers, and Staff. After our five year old daughter was pretty much asked to leave private Catholic School Kindergarten because at five, she could not sit in a chair for eight hours a day, it was suggested that we try a Montessori School.We had never heard of ths type of program, and we will let others who are better able explain this method in detail. The best way we can describe the Montessori teaching method is that it employs a very hands on, practical, and individualized teaching process. However, the Montessori method is only half of the equation. The Teachers and Staff at Hendersonville Montessori truly care about every child in that school, and strive to make sure that every child succeeds. We truly believe if it had not been for Hendersonville Montessori our daughter would be well behind academically and socially, but because of this school she is striving and excelling! God bless this school."
- Mr. and Mrs. Horst
So, why did we choose HMA for our son's elementary education? To take a quote directly from Wikipedia,
"Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development..."
Simply put, we believe in the method of Montessori teaching and how it is delivered by the teachers and staff at HMA. We want Ryan to have a love for learning and the ability to think his way through life. At HMA, he receives an individual education plan that has no limits. He loves the staff and loves going to school. The Elementary program has given him new goals and "work" to concur. As a 1st grader, Ryan's quality of work is much more academic and the topics covered have opened many more doors of conversation at the dinner table.
The mixed age group has really been a blessing as well. Often, older kids can be negative influences on the impressionable younger ones, but at HMA, I have found that the older kids are positive role models for behavior, and motivate the younger students to achieve higher levels of work. So to wrap it up, I am even more satified with the Elementary program then I was with the Primary program, and if your child is happy and blooming now, you are going to love what you see happening next year!" - Mr. & Mrs. Miller
"At elementary age our son entered a new period in his life. His imagination and creativity needed a planned environment and expansive course of study to support his burgeoning independence and potential. The HMA elementary program is designed to meet the needs of our children in this phase of development. This experience shaped not only his knowledge and skills, but also his attitude about learning for the rest of his life. When our son entered the elementary class from primary, he found familiarity in the new setting. Many of the inviting Montessori materials from the primary classroom are also in the elementary. He learned to use them in new ways for his expanding mind and made both discoveries and applications in language, math and science. In the primary classroom, our son was best able to concentrate when working parallel to his peers, each with their own activity. In elementary, however, the children are at a different stage of development and have a strong drive to be social and to collaborate. He practiced the social skills necessary to plan and carry out his work. He learned constructive and respectful problem solving and how to work well with the different personalities and characteristics of other children in the classroom. These have been a significant life lessons with practical applications outside of the classroom. Our son displayed a natural curiosity and a strong internal drive to discover how our world works; geography, astronomy, animals…Driven by his curiosity and passions, he developed reading, writing, reasoning, and research skills. Because the children are free to move around the classroom and see what others are doing, the passion and ideas spread.
His elementary years have given him the freedom to develop as a unique individual. He has experienced the challenges and rewards of working with a group of other children of different ages and has seen his skills and talents put to use in many group projects. He has developed proficiency in all areas of academic endeavors and looks forward to the new opportunities in HMA upper elementary. He loves and trusts the adults with whom he works. Above all, our son is flexible, adaptable and confident! - Mrs. J. Morrisey
Patrick's first schooling experience was at Hendersonville Montessori Academy. He attended HMA for three years. This school, and Mrs. Holman, with her patience and guidance, took all his little boy energy and redirected it into a positive learning experience. Hendersonville Montessori Academy is a valuable asset to Sumner County and the Community. We feel that this school helped bring out our child's talents and abilities, and prepared him for his future with his academic education.
Partick is now twenty years old, and looking forward to his junior year at Vanderbilt University. Patrick has just been welcomed to Vanderbilt University's faculty, and will be, along with other faculty, teaching and coaching the accelerator program in June. He has also achieved the honor of making the Dean's list at Vanderbilt.
Our son is just one of many children having passed through Hendersonville Montessori Academy's doors and had the privilege of having Mrs. Holman as a teacher, as well as many other wonderful educators. We cannot begin to measure the contribution this school is making to our community, and to our children's futures.
- The Widen's
CC/City of Hendersonville, TN
"What's so wonderful about HMA? Your child has a voice and they are encouraged to make choices for themselves. HMA recognizes that children aren't the same and shouldn't be taught the same. They take the gifts your child has and nurtures them.
Our 4 year old is learning at lightning speed. He can read while eating the apple he sliced. Our 9 year old has hatched chickens and planted gardens. All learning materials accommodate different learning styles.
If you have never observed a Montessori classroom in action, do it! You will see that all schools are not created equal."
- Whitney Hoerner
"Our 3 year old son has been attending for 6-7 months now and we couldn't be happier with how the school is run, the progress he is making, and the wonderful teachers who work there. We believe in the Montessori method and the value of quality early education, and would recommend this school to anybody."
- David Poag