Maria Montessori Academy (MMA) is a Charter School located in North Ogden, UT. MMA opened in August 2010 and offers parents a choice in free public education for their child.

Maria Montessori Academy is built upon the educational legacy of Dr. Maria Montessori who believed that all children are uniquely intelligent. The Montessori Method focuses on the whole child and facilitating the development of the child’s independence and sense of personal empowerment.

Our Mission

The mission of Maria Montessori Academy is to provide an individualized Pre-K through Grade 9 education that promotes academic excellence founded on the authentic philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. MMA will craft each child’s education in partnership with educators and parents to achieve higher levels of academic, personal and social achievement, thereby preparing students to become constructive contributors to their community.

For more detailed information about MMA and our philosophy, download our MMA 101 PowerPoint presentation.

Key Points of the Montessori Method of Education

  • Montessori schools promote respect for children as unique individuals. The child’s social and emotional development along with academic development is of great concern.
  • Montessori schools are supportive schools where children don’t get lost in the crowd.
  • Peace education is paramount to the Montessori philosophy. Dr. Maria Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times in her lifetime.
  • Classrooms are bright and exciting environments for learning.
  • The classrooms are multi-age classes which span three grade levels—children develop close and long-term relationships with teachers and classmates.
  • The multi-grade classroom encourages a strong sense of community and teachers come to know each child’s learning style.
  • Classrooms are not teacher centered but child centered. This allows students to develop their leadership skills and independence.
  • The Montessori method assumes that children are born intelligent, they simply learn in different ways and progress at their own pace. Multiple intelligences are recognized and encouraged. Students move ahead as quickly as they are ready.
  • Texts and workbooks are rarely used because many of the skills and concepts are abstract and a text simply doesn’t bring them to life.
  • Montessori relies on hands-on, concrete materials to introduce new concepts. Investigation and research are experiences that actively engage the student.
  • Learning is not based on rote drill and memorization.
  • Montessori schools set high expectations and challenges all students not just those considered “gifted”.
  • The students develop self-discipline and an integral sense of purpose and motivation.
  • Montessori schools normally promote diversity in their student body, creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and global perspective.
  • Students develop a love of the natural world—outdoor education is a very important part of the Montessori curriculum.
  • Students learn to care and contribute to others through their community service.
  • Montessori teachers facilitate learning, coach students and come to know them as friends and mentors.
  • Students learn that mistakes are natural steps in the learning process.
  • Montessori students learn to collaborate and work together on major projects. They strive for their personal best in this non-graded environment rather than competing for the highest grade in the class.
  • Families are important in these caring environments.


Notice of Nondiscrimination

Maria Montessori Academy (the “School”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, citizenship status, or genetic information in its programs and activities as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  The School also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups in accordance with the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.  The following person at the School has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies:

René Baker, Director

2505 North 200 East

North Ogden, Utah 84414


If an individual believes that he or she, or his or her child, has been discriminated against by the School, that individual may contact the U.S. Department of Education for Civil Rights (“OCR”).  OCR is a federal agency responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including public schools.  The contact information for OCR’s headquarters (in Washington, D.C.) and its Denver Office (the office that serves Utah) is as follows:

U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights

Lyndon B. Johnson Department of Education Bldg

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 2020-1100

Telephone: 800-421-3481

Fax: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339



Denver Office

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building

1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310

Denver, CO  80204-3582

Telephone: 303-844-5695

Fax: 303-844-4303; TDD: 800-877-8339



Patriotic, Civic, and Character Education

Maria Montessori Academy will promote student character education to reaffirm values and qualities of character which promote an upright and desirable citizenry.  The civic education will help cultivate informed students, encourage responsible participation in political life, and promote the fundamental values and principles of representative democracy in Utah and the United States.

Management Company

To learn more about our professional management company, Academica West, download the following document:
MMA Contracts with Professional Management Company