The Montessori School in Chattanooga was started in 1973 and has had a great impact on the community.
Below are some testimonials from parents on their experiences, and that of their children, with the Montessori method.

As the old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We are very happy to say that Montessori was a very important part of the “village” that helped Lucas become a toddler full of happiness, a boundless fascination about the wonderful world that surrounds him, and an endless curiosity and enthusiasm for discovering its secrets.

 Thank YOU!

—  Ines, Luis, and Lucas‎ Nascimento
The aspect of Montessori education that I find most irreplaceable is the appreciation for order, for concentration, and for the natural beauty and intricacy of things around us. I think children really do WANT to focus, and to study and examine things, and Montessori feeds right into that tendency and away from distractions. The three hours per day of structured classroom activity have been so crucial to helping us shape our boys into curious, cooperative, polite and imaginative kids. They love their school, and as we move away for jobs in a new city, we will be looking for a Montessori school as well-equipped with staff, leadership, materials and community as this one. We will be lucky indeed to find it. THANK YOU to the staff of TMS for getting our boys off to such an amazing start! We will miss you!!
— Kourtney Santucci, MD Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Complex Care
My son, Jack, is 6 and in first grade. My other son, Ben, 22 months, is in the toddler room.

Our journey to The Montessori School began when Jack was 4 and I began looking for a pre-school where he would be allowed to work at his own pace. He was an intense, shy child who could read fluently at 3 and did math “for fun” at 4. His favorite toy was a calculator. But most of the pre-schools I called said they would work on “the letter of the day” and teach shape and color recognition. When I asked how they might incorporate a child who was beyond that work—without making him feel that he was too different—no one had an answer until I called Montessori. There, I was told, Jack could work at his own pace, study the things that interested him, and do the work the older children were doing if it suited him.

It did suit him. After that first anxious week, Jack absolutely bloomed. He was encouraged to do challenging work that interested him, and because he was in a mixed-age classroom, he enjoyed helping the younger children with their lessons as well as tackling the work the older children were doing. Most importantly, he was allowed to stay at his work as long as it suited him. In other programs I investigated, the children rotated between activities every 10 or 15 minutes. Jack is just getting warmed up at 10 or 15 minutes. He was allowed to work as long as he wished on his lessons, and he loved it.

When the time came to decide where to send him for grade school, I could not imagine Jack anywhere but Montessori.

With Ben, the challenge was far different. This little boy is very social, active and outgoing. He is also an intense worker, but has a much more physical, exuberant nature than his big brother. I wondered if Montessori might not be as good a fit for my younger son. I needn’t have worried.

The lessons in the infant room are so engaging and fun that Ben feels he is playing even as he is learning. He has learned to put things away, clean up after himself and ask for help when he needs it. His manners are developing beautifully, and the confidence he has gained in just a few months at school is wonderful to see. Ben loves playtime, but he also has shown a real love for learning and lessons that I didn’t suspect he had until I saw him at work in the classroom. He looks forward every day to going to school, and gets mad on the weekends when he realizes we aren’t going to get in the car. (It makes for rough Saturday mornings).

I will soon return to work after several years at home. It is a profound source of comfort to know that my boys will be at The Montessori School when they aren’t with me.
— Mary Fortune