• Our History

    In 1995 East Fort Worth Montessori Academy, (E.F.W.M.A) founded by Dr. & Mrs. James Brown was established on the principle that every child can thrive when given the proper educational foundation. Throughout the years, EFWMA has been committed to creating a comprehensive and nurturing environment where children develop a love of learning. E.F.W.M.A’s caring and nurturing atmosphere combined with children’s curiosity and desire to learn, results is an educational experience that nurtures students’ minds, hearts, and spirits.


    Brief Timeline
    • 1995 -- E.F.W.M.A begins with eight students and quickly expands.

    • 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 becomes accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children    
      • E.F.W.M.A receives its nonprofit status as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.
    • 1999 -- E.F.W.M.A opens a second campus, East Fort Worth Montessori Academy St. Joseph

    • 1999 -- E.F.W.M.A starts 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 collaborates with Honors Academy, a Dallas based charter school organization.

    • 2002 -- T.E.A awards E.F.W.M.A it's charter.    

    • 2004 -- E.F.W.M.A acquires the former White Lake School building. Both Putnam and St. Joseph's campus combined to 1 location.

    • 2010 -- Helen Didley Montessori School, 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 Fort Worth area.

    • 2012 -- The Ameen People Montessori School is acquired by EFWMA and becomes The Olive Tree Montessori School (T.O.T.M.A) campus.  This school continues to educate students in Kindergarten through 5th-grade.