Parent Reviews

Background: If you are new to Montessori education, the following videos provide an excellent introduction to the philosophy and style developed by Maria Montessori over a century ago—The Montessori Foundation.

What Next: Where does a child go after Montessori? This is a great website with many Montessori graduates listed (

Atala Parents: Our parent volunteers support and enhance the mission of Atala Montessori School for Creative Expression by participating in and promoting school activities, conducting annual awareness events, and assisting with fundraising events. In order to facilitate participation among our parents, we have created six key areas upon which we focus. We invite you to join in our planning for the exciting years ahead! Please contact the office if you would like additional information.

  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Education (e.g., lectures, community classes, etc.)
  • Events (e.g., community parades, graduation events, family nights, etc.)
  • Fundraising
  • Library
  • Room Parents

Testimonials: We value you, the parent of an Atala child. And we would like to hear from you. As we gather these testimonials, we will publish them here with your permission. If you are a prospective parent, you are invited to see our on-going dialog on our Atala Facebook page and on Twitter.


“[Our son] is thrilled with his class and happy about school days. He is much calmer at home than he has been in the last six months and he is becoming more articulate about his feelings, his needs and his work…I am so grateful, and I eagerly look forward to [my son] spending more time in that magical space you and the rest of the clearly child-centered caring staff at Atala create.” —Luisa Patino, former preschool parent


“We had a great time with the kids and teachers today. What a wonderful school you all have created!”—Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales, The Unconservatory (
“My children have been with and instructed by various teachers at Atala Montessori from 18 months of age through 6th grade. The Montessori education my children received was top notch that encompassed all learning modalities and took care of the whole child. Communication with me, as the parent, was always ongoing and informative. Knowing my children were in good hands made it very easy for me to return to work without worries. We were all sad the day my children had to spread their wings into middle school but at least they were well prepared! Thanks for everything you do!” —Dawn Southern Pearce, Curriculum Support Specialist, Division of Bilingual Education & World Languages, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

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