Our History

In the summer of 1967, Eileen Bernstorf, our founder, started the first Montessori preschool in Nashville with a neighbor on Granny White Pike. Inspired by the success of the young students, Mrs. Bernstorf's vision expanded. Her daughter, Linda, became dedicated to the vision and joined the school staff in 1984; Eileen Bernstorf's son, Jim, joined the staff in 2001.


In 1986 the school was moved to its current 24-acre site located in Brentwood, Tennessee. The school began with the primary wing and within three years, an 8000 square foot wing had been added for elementary classrooms and a multi-purpose room. In 1996, a new building was built, providing 14,000 square feet of classrooms space, library, science room and gymnasium. In the fall of 2003 an additional 22,000 square feet was added to include administrative offices, additional academic space, and a fine arts building with a fixed-seat auditorium.   


During the 2009-2010 school year a Toddler program was established and immediately filled. During the summer of 2013 extensive renovations provided two additional toddler classrooms and a new teacher workroom. A plan to establish an Infant classroom originated from a dedicated Montessori teacher and was filled to capacity within a few weeks and began in fall 2014. 

6021 Cloverland Drive - Brentwood, TN 37027

(615) 833-3610 f (615) 833-3680

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Our mission

 is to be a vibrant Montessori community that engages children to thrive in our changing world.


OUR Vision

is that each student will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between students, parents, and teachers. This partnership, within the exceptional Montessori environment, enables each student to become a life-long learner, respects the individual strengths, needs, and abilities of the student, and is a model within the educational community.


Montessori Academy developed lifelong learners before the phrase became popular in educational circles. It is the only school in Middle Tennessee that holds dual accreditation with the American Montessori Society (AMS) and AdvancEd (see links below for more information about our re-accreditation). The rigorous standards set by both accrediting organizations keep the focus on a commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement.