First State Montessori Academy

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First State Montessori Academy (FSMA) is a charter school located in Wilmington, Delaware that opened its doors in fall of 2014 with over 280 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Over the next 4 years our school will grow to serve over 350 students. We will nurture, inspire, and educate a diverse student population through the Montessori teaching method.

The mission of the First State Montessori Academy is to create successful, contributing, life-long learners in a Montessori public educational program for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

First State Montessori Academy will provide parents and students with an authentic, time-tested, Montessori education in a public school.  We believe that the creation of a Montessori public school in New Castle County, DE will improve student learning, allow for greater choice for parents, and serve as a model for alternative approaches to education by providing a proven and innovative teaching and learning environment.

Montessori Public Schools have existed since the early 1970’s.  Members of the First State Montessori Academy have visited Montessori charter schools, independent Montessori schools, and Montessori public Magnet schools across the country as part of our planning process.  Additionally, we have toured successful charter and magnet schools in Delaware to round out our understanding of the public sector.  The FSMA board is committed to identifying best practices and potential challenges as we work to meet our mission.