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Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori was the founder of Montessori education which focuses on teaching children the way they naturally learn.

She traveled the world gaining devotees and improving on her approach to teaching, opening the first Montessori school in 1907.  Now over 100 years later there are more than 22,000 Montessori schools in at least 110 countries.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was a draftsman of the Declaration of Independence; our nation's first secretary of state; second vice president; and, third president.

Thomas Jefferson organized the University of Virginia, our nation's first secular university.  One of the proudest days of his life was the opening of that university on March 7, 1825.

Mission Statement & Goals

The mission of Jefferson Montessori Academy is to serve the children of the City of Carlsbad and Eddy County, NM, by enabling each child to reach his or her highest potential using the Montessori Method of instruction to promote critical thinking, encourage creativity, and promote respect for others.  Jefferson Montessori Academy strives to create an environment which meets the individual educational needs of all children regardless of their ability, ethnicity, creed, gender, or social standing. We are dedicated and will provide each student the opportunity to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially in a safe and orderly environment.


At Jefferson Montessori Academy, we are seeking to produce lifelong learners who are responsible citizens of the world, politically informed and active leaders. To do this, we are providing a wide range of learning experiences that bolster the joy and teach the discipline of learning throughout each grade level. We have connected Montessori teaching methods and materials to the New Mexico Content Standards and Benchmarks, and have transitioned to the newly adopted, highly challenging Common Core State Standards. Our school goals are:


  • Provide a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum that challenges and engages each student to achieve his/her full academic excellence.

  • Attract, hire, develop, and retain an excellent professional staff.

  • Ensure parental and community trust and involvement through clear, open and timely communication.

  • Maintain a balanced budget while effectively maximizing all resources to fulfill educational priorities.

  • Support facility planning and development that is driven by educational priorities including a safe, healthy, well maintained and positive school environment.

  • Recognize achievement and excellence throughout the school.

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