• History of East Fort Worth Montessori Academy

    Over twenty years ago, East Fort Worth Montessori Academy (EFWMA) was founded (1995) by Dr. James T. Brown & Mrs. Joyce Brown. Their passion for progressive learning led to a momentous growth, from one classroom in a small building to a 20-acre campus with a labyrinth, eco-pond, and a natural habitat for children to be curious about nature again. Their belief is that every child will thrive when given the proper educational foundation. EFWMA is committed to creating a nurturing environment where children develop a love of learning, curiosity, nature and each other, regardless of race, creed, religion, or identity. E.F.W.M.A is a "Great Place to Bloom" and "Fly High"


    Brief Timeline
    • 1995 -- E.F.W.M.A admitted eight students in a one classroom in a small church on Bridge Street. 

    • 1998 -- The school, formally known as Intercultural Montessori Childcare was re-named East Fort Worth Montessori Academy (E.F.W.M.A)
      • E.F.W.M.A became accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children    
      • E.F.W.M.A received its nonprofit status as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.
    • 1999 -- E.F.W.M.A opened a second campus, East Fort Worth Montessori Academy St. Joseph

    • 1999 -- E.F.W.M.A started an integration program between E.F.W.M.A students and elderly residents of the Saint Joseph Gardens’ assisted living residential center.  The program was a unique opportunity for our young students to learn from the elders of our community. Unfortunately, this educational experience ended in 2002 due to the center’s closure.

    • 2000 -- E.F.W.M.A collaborated with Honors Academy, a Dallas-based charter school organization.

    • 2002 -- T.E.A awarded E.F.W.M.A its charter. An Eighth generation Charter. (Currently, there are two remaining)    

    • 2004 -- E.F.W.M.A acquired the former White Lake School building. Both Putnam and St. Joseph's campus was merged into 1 campus.

    • 2010 -- Helen Didley Montessori School started, a new Pre-Kindergarten facility founded by Dr. James Brown.  The school was named posthumously after Ms. Helen Didley an educator from Milwaukee who supported him in starting the new Pre-K school in the Southeast area of Fort Worth.

    • 2012 -- The Ameen People Montessori School is acquired by EFWMA and becomes The Olive Tree Montessori School (T.O.T.M.A) campus.  This campus is now closed.