Arbor Montessori Academy
A branch of North Austin Montessori School

Parent Testimonials

What our Parents are saying about us ...

"Our son has attended both the North Austin Montessori (NAMS) and Arbor Montessori schools which are owned and operated by Ranjine Perera and her daughter Tammy Perera. We started out at N.A.M.S. after visiting many preschools in North Austin. We chose it because of the warmth we felt from the Pereras when we visited the school. I did not feel the sense of warmth at the other schools I visited. We liked the fact that Tammy and her mother are so involved in the day to day activities of the school and are very accessible. Our son attended NAMS in 2007 where he attended the toddler class at the age of 2.5 years. He loved his teacher (Ms. Nipa) and enjoyed going to school. We liked the school because of the multicultural lessons that he learned and the parent involvement. We moved to the Arbor in 2008 because it was much more convenient. The playground at this school has got to be one of the best in Austin. Our son continues to grow and mature at the Arbor where he is in the primary class now. While at NAMS, he was very excited about being helped by the big kids at the school. Now at the Arbor, he has great pride in guiding the younger kids in the class. I think this has boosted his self esteem and will serve him well when he goes to kindergarten. We have also noticed that he is much better at cleaning up at home since attending these schools. He can count to 20 in Spanish too! We have been happy with our experience at both of the schools and have seen our son thrive while attending these schools. Every morning, he is excited to go to school which is the best indicator of a good school to us!!! "
-- Katherine B. (Jan 2009)

"My husband and I enrolled Lila in North Austin Montessori School when she was 2 because we wanted her to experience a diverse, nurturing, and engaging environment that challenged her, but allowed her to grow and change at her own pace. Almost immediately we observed her language and communication skills explode! She loved her teacher and came home everyday talking about her peers. Lila enrolled in Arbor Montessori Academy in June of 2008 just as it opened because it was closer to home and because of its amazing environment – a homey feel to the classroom settings and an outstanding outdoor playground with high shady trees and wonderful space for exploring and running around. She loves her teachers, Ms. Nilli and Ms. Claudia. Under their guidance she is already learning her letters and numbers. And she has a song for everything! Each week Lila comes home with another artifact and story celebrating a different culture. Her mind is thriving with her classes; her sense of self has grown as she has learned new skills and made new friends. We are grateful for the quality and commitment shown by the staff and by the school’s leadership. Thank you! "
-- Hannah Gourgey (Jan 2009)

"Our son started attending the Arbor Montessori Academy just before he turned 3. He was previously in a small home daycare so we were unsure how he was going to take to the new environment. From the first day the teachers and staff made him (and us) feel welcome and now he looks forward to going to school every day. We are impressed with the broad range of skills and ideas he has been taught and with the kindness and knowledge of the teachers and staff. Every day he tells us about something new that they have learned and he has really started to open up and be more social with other kids and adults. We highly recommend Arbor Montessori to anyone looking for a nurturing environment for their child."
-- The Milians (Jan 2009)

"Early childhood education is the foundation of intellectual and cognitive development so it was very important to find a quality preschool for my 4 year old daughter. I was fortunate to enroll Alaya in Arbor Montessori Academy during the spring of 2008. The teachers and students have given Alaya the building blocks that she will apply in every future accomplishment. I have already seen amazing progress in her reading, writing, math, cultural, and practical life skills. The Montessori Method encompasses the values and techniques that have helped Alaya flourish as her enthusiasm for learning continues to grow every day."
-- Lacey Camp (Jan 2009)

"After visiting many Montessori and other schools and child care providers that didn't meet our needs, I was happily surprised on our very first visit to North Austin Montessori. My daughter - who at 2 was apprehensive about entering school - walked in and immediately began exploring, picking up and playing with the "work" items in the classroom and acting as if she were at home. That was two years ago and since that time, and with a convenience-based move to Arbor Montessori, we find that she continues to look forward to her time in class, with her teachers and friends and is learning everything from cultures world-wide to letters, numbers and seasons. The staff has been open to talking with us as her needs and ours change, making it a learning environment we both can trust. It's wonderful to have her looking forward to school, to see her wake up each morning eagerly anticipating the time she gets to spend there. Every day that I kiss her good-bye and watch her happily wave and scamper off into a new day, I believe we've made the best choice for all of us."
-- Alicia Dennis (Jan 2009)

"My daughter Gina has been enrolled in North Austin Montessori School for almost three years, and she is a thriving, happy child who loves to learn. NAMS is a small, intimate school that provides a truly nurturing yet challenging environment. The school follows the Montessori philosophy and educational approach of learning by doing. My daughter is able to engage in a wide variety of activities – art, math, reading, Spanish, writing, geography, music, yoga, gardening, dancing, exercise – all focused on making discoveries so that a love of learning is instilled. The school also teaches emotional and social skills, fostering the development of independent, polite, gracious, and responsible children. The school is multi-cultural, and the teachers and children celebrate diversity. Gina loves her teachers and looks forward to going to school every day, and it is for all these reasons that I highly recommend NAMS."
-- Teresa DeOnis

"My daughter, Miranda, has attended NAMS since October 2003. Originally, I chose NAMS because, unlike the other centers I was looking at, NAMS offered a solid curriculum for a reasonable tuition. Miranda and I adjusted to her new school very quickly, thanks to the guidance of the directors and teachers. Now, NAMS is Miranda’s second home! Over the years, Miranda has learned and been introduced to everything from Life Skills and Yoga to Math Spanish, and Reading. The care, support and communication that Miranda and I have both received over the years are the reasons why I highly recommend NAMS. Please feel free to contact me at, if you have any questions or need additional information."
-- Toni Westberry

"We have been involved with NAMS for over 2 years. We have found the staff to be accommodating and understanding. The teachers are genuinely interested in my children doing well. I feel the school has a good balance of learning and fun. My children have excelled in so many ways and I feel that NAMS is responsible for fostering their learning when they aren't at home. In addition, the parent-teacher conferences help with making sure that teaching and parenting are consistent when it comes to the child's development and discipline."
-- Stella Nelms, PhD

"We became familiar with the Montessori Method through North Austin Montessori School (NAMS) in 1998. Having quickly become disenchanted with Austin’s franchised childcare, smaller schools, and in-home care, we searched for something better for our children. What we had in mind was something personal and nurturing for our sons – a place where our family would feel a strong community bond and an environment where our sons would blossom.

We never would have known, back then, what an impact Montessori would make on our lives – not just our children’s. Unhappy with typical daycare experiences, we feel fortunate to have found Mrs. Perera and her school. We scheduled an informal interview with Mrs. Perera and our oldest son before he started and she helped us become acquainted with the materials used in the classroom. The materials we saw were elegant and simple, and, when we thought about it, the purpose of each made sense, as each fit into the much larger Montessori Method.

As a family, we had only vaguely heard of Maria Montessori and her research. But for the past 9 years, we have experienced in awe the transitions that are part of Montessori’s three-year cycle. My older son started in Montessori at 2 ½ years; my younger son began at 18 months. They are now 11 and 8 years old and have continued in the Method of learning through yet another established Montessori school in Austin once they were too old to continue at NAMS.

Our family is grateful to Mrs. Perera and to NAMS for maintaining their commitment to AMI and to current and former students who have benefited from the school’s care and compassion.

What we have experienced several times over is watching our sons blossom in their third year in Montessori. By the final year in the third-year cycle, Montessori children radiate confidence and leadership. This has happened in the 3 to 6 and 6 to 9 cycles for both our sons. Each time, as they enter their third year, something quite marvelous happens. They’ve mastered their work and they’ve taken it to new heights. When our older son was 9, after he had completed his testing, we discovered that in areas of his development he was performing at a 10th-grade level.

We are most grateful to Mrs. Perera and to Tammy Perera for continuing their exceptional work. Our family attributes our sons’ exceptional growth to the foundation laid by NAMS. Our sons still enjoy returning to NAMS to visit each summer or during the holidays.

If you’re considering Montessori and NAMS, I encourage you to observe students in the classroom environment. Pay particular attention to returning students. They will stand out from the crowd and, in most cases, leave you in awe of their maturity, leadership, and confidence."
-- Catherine, Parent since 1998