Montessori Winter Symposium

TO:                 All TMSA Schools    

FROM:           Betsy Lovejoy

RE:                 TMSA 2014 Winter Symposium

                        TMSA Meeting, Wed, Jan. 15, 1:15-3pm, SAS Campus (Bldg. GX 002)

                        Dave Carman Music Scholarship

DATE:            January 9, 2014

TMSA 2014 Winter Symposium – Sat., February 1st, 2014, 8:15 Registration; Program 9:00; DMCH Tour Noon. Download the flier here.

We are quite excited about the program for the Continue reading Montessori Winter Symposium

Alice Forest and Oak City Academy students support military families during holiday season


December 11, 2013, Raleigh, NC–Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s wife, Alice, visited the students of Oak City Academy to explain Operation Home Front. Together, they made cards of encouragement for children whose parents will be deployed during the holiday season. Alice is teaming up with First Lady Ann McCrory to support military families this Christmas. Operation Home Front is a registered 501c3 that supports the families of those soldiers who are deployed.

Oak City Academy is an upcoming urban, Classical, Montessori school in downtown Raleigh. The school aims to provide a flourishing education to both low and high income children through offering a 90% tuition scholarship program to qualifying families. The school also aims to end cycles of poverty for the school’s low-income families through means of Continue reading Alice Forest and Oak City Academy students support military families during holiday season

Job Opening: Assistant Executive Director



Assistant Executive Director
Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School

Position Profile

Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School( is a diverse educational community built on the Montessori philosophy that fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in its students.

The School is comprised of two separate educational entities. The Academy is a tuition-based prekindergarten that serves children ages 3-5. The Charter School is a public charter school that serves kindergarten through eighth grades. Children in the Academy share classes with kindergarten students in the charter school. Continue reading Job Opening: Assistant Executive Director

Lt. Governor Dan Forest With Children of Oak City Academy School


Dan Forest, Lt. Gov. of North Carolina, reached out to a new urban Montessori school that provides up to 90% scholarships for its low income students. Oak City Academy is in its third year, has 33 students, and runs pre-k through 3rd grade. The Lt. Gov. spent part of the morning reading to the children, answering questions about “Yertle the Turtle,” and fielding questions about his own role in the government. Dan Forest’s visit fits right in line with the inclusive philosophy of Oak City Academy. Our school seeks to bring children together from diverse backgrounds and expose them to businesses and community leaders in the area. Continue reading Lt. Governor Dan Forest With Children of Oak City Academy School

Collaboration, Optimism and Community

Collaboration, Optimism and Community

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On Monday, December 17, 2012, the Montessori School of Raleigh shared holiday songs in the local community. Their first stop was another local Montessori school in urban Raleigh, Oak City Academy. In an effort to bridge the Montessori community and diversity of the schools, the visit is just the beginning of a growing relationship of collaboration between the two schools. Oak City Academy (OCA), a private Christian Montessori school located in the heart of Raleigh, aims to end generational and situational poverty by offering a transformational education. This approach to education blends the Montessori approach with the classical method of learning and instruction. The founders of the school, Danny and Kari Breed, believe that offering a transformational experience to their students will develop OCA students into innovative and competitive thinkers and servant leaders.  An even more compelling extension of this educational community, ingrained in the culture and presence at OCA, is the commitment to cultivate a community of justice.  In this context, this community looks like parents, teachers, administration, community organizations, churches, businesses and other schools coming together in community, seeing a need, and leveraging their resources to meet that need.

The diversity and mission of OCA–that all children demand the right to flourish–is supported by bringing together students from urban and suburban communities in an educational community through a 90% scholarship program.  Upper Elementary III Director, Justin Tosco was also attracted and intrigued by this idea of justice and equality. After meeting with Oak City’s Development Director, Tosco presented the idea to collaborate in caroling in the community at local soup kitchens. Ultimately,The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) offered their holiday songs as a gift and initial engagement. MSR is an independent school designed in its every detail to create confident, self-motivated and prepared children. Currently, OCA has Primary to Lower Elementary classrooms with plans to add a grade level every year. MSR offers classes ranging from toddler to Middle School. The two schools are optimistic about a growing relationship and robust discussion in their Montessori community.

For more information on The Montessori School of For more information on Oak City Academy:

Ashlee Wiley
Director of Development
Oak City Academy