Stanford Montessori Elementary School

The Building Blocks of Success

The Building Blocks of Success

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • No Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Angela Bailey   Executive Principal

Angela Bailey
Executive Principal

Welcome to Stanford Montessori Elementary School in Donelson, Tennessee.  I am honored to serve as the executive principal of our Stanford Montessori family. Our purpose at Stanford is to motivate, inspire and propel each member of our school family towards continuous efforts to exceed excellence as children, educators, parent-partners, community-based partners and life-long learners in a global society.

We are dedicated to ensuring a nurturing environment where children are recognized and supported as individuals and encouraged to grow through enriching and engaging experiences. Our multi-aged Montessori classrooms support a child’s natural development through a carefully designed environment that is aesthetically pleasing and enticing. 

It is our desire to achieve growth towards all district and state learning standards in a way that supports the child’s natural brain development and curiosity. The Montessori learning environment fosters respect for others and independent learning while also supporting children as they gain an intrinsic pleasure from learning. The classrooms are designed to guide students to explore and interact with the Montessori learning materials, artifacts and resources.

Our staff family members are inspired and motivated to grow every child, every day based on their unique learner profiles and personalized learning plans. As the leader of Stanford, my focus is on the child and the Stanford Family Community.  Together we will help your child exceed his or her potential.  Thank you for sharing in our experience!


Contact Information

2417 Maplecrest Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 (map)


Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Angela Bailey
Guidance Counselor: Renee Mumford
School Board Representative: Anna Shepherd


How to Enroll

Students must apply to attend this school through the Optional Schools Application process.


School Description

The mission of Stanford Montessori Design Center is to create a high-performing learning culture while nurturing students to grow academically, respect differences, act with purpose, communicate effectively and encourage others. Because we practice the Montessori philosophy of learning, our children learn to be self-sufficient, independent thinkers as students, as well as caring individuals.

All students enter Stanford through the lottery process. We have three class configurations: primary (multi-age, 3 years–kindergarten), lower elementary (multi-age, first grade–third grade), and fourth-grade transition. Our teachers are certified Montessori teachers or are working on certification. The Montessori method is to teach writing before reading, foster scientific and mathematical aptitudes, and foster a nurturing appreciation for history and timelines. All testing occurs by teacher observation and authentic assessment.

Our classrooms are conducive to independent student learning—a cornerstone of the Montessori teaching philosophy. While structured, our days and lessons allow students to pursue what interests them while working on the floor or at tables (not desks). Students learn sensorily, moving from concrete to abstract subject matters throughout their days. All students receive individualized instruction and we offer tutoring for all students plus the Encore program to support our gifted students.

On top of academics, we help develop self-discipline. We teach the values of grace, courtesy and building a peaceful community, instilling an appreciation for cultural differences. Holidays are not celebrated with parties but by incorporating seasonal colors and objects into our lessons. We also teach care for the environment and our extracurricular activities include a garden club. Other extracurricular activities are yearbook and chess club. We do ask that our parents donate at least 35 volunteer hours per year helping with these and other school needs.

Our favorite time of year is during our Fly Over, Fly Away ceremonies. Typically, kindergarten students have been with the same teacher for three years by the time they finish their kindergarten year. At the end of their kindergarten year, they Fly Over to the elementary side with parents, teachers and students cheering them on. Our fourth-grade students have a Fly Away ceremony, similar to graduation as they leave our school and go to middle school. These formal ceremonies are rites of passage to help mark these important moments in our students’ lives.


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • Morning Meeting

  • Work Cycle

  • Response to Intervention and Enrichment

  • 60 minutes - Related Arts

  • 30-minute Lunch

  • 20-minute Recess


School Details & Links


Bottoms: Khaki, blue or black pants, skirts or dresses (no blue jeans)

Tops: Any solid-colored shirt with a collar (no writing) 


  • Chess Club

  • Garden Club

  • Fee-based after school programs including Spanish, Piano, Guitar, Dance, Coding and Robotics

  • Donelson Heights United Methodist Church

  • Chick-Fil-A, Hermitage

  • Thornton’s Donelson