Carlisle Montessori School is more than an excellent childcare option! Our AMI Montessori Method provides superior academic programs for children starting in Toddler (12 months) to Preschool (3/4) and Kindergarten (5). We are a cozy school cottage, located in a neighborhood in Atlanta, GA. Come see how wonderful and nurturing our community is! Sign up for a tour today.

From the words of Carlisle Parent's:

Our experience at Carlisle Montessori School has been wonderful! We love the small size of the school and the warm, homey classrooms. Gina Ward, the director, is passionate about the Montessori philosophy, and this is reflected in the careful design of the classroom environments and the quality of the teaching staff. The teaching staff is very stable - some have been with the school for many years. Both of our children started at Carlisle as toddlers, and our oldest will soon be graduating from the Primary program. It has been amazing to see their growth over the years, and I attribute much of their capabilities to their time at Carlisle. With regard to math and reading/writing skills, it's clear that the Montessori method has provided an amazing foundation for our oldest. Now in his kindergarten year, he is doing division and fractions, and reading and writing independently. But more importantly, he is self-motivated, curious, and able to apply the skills he is learning at school to the daily world around him.

I also appreciate Gina's leadership and dedication, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was able to quickly adapt to the "new normal," while being conscious of the needs and concerns of families and staff. Finally, she is continually investing in the school - during our time at Carlisle she has opened a new classroom, expanded the outdoor spaces, and hired additional teaching and support staff. I'm happy to be part of the Carlisle community and be able to watch the children - and the school - grow!

Jennifer Lee - Current Parent At Carlisle Montessori School

Carlisle Montessori School of Buckhead is a HIDDEN GEM amongst schools and daycares. Our experience here has been BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL!

We started off with our little girl when she was 18 months as we felt this school was a lot better comparatively. That truly has been the case and we started learning around the Montessori concept. The Montessori track is new to both of us and honestly speaking we have got cold feet around it a couple of times during the journey. However, Ms.Gina and the team gave us clarity on how the Montessori program brings the BEST OUT IN CHILDREN and assured us to trust the program. She even showed us examples of students who were then graduating and their educational, behavior levels. We decided to continue with the program and we are now huge fans of the Montessori program! As our little one is now graduating in 2023, we are even continuing our little one's education with a Montessori program into the next level program - Lower Elementary (and maybe more!). Ms. Gina and team are true believers & followers of MONTESSORI principles.

The concepts are so clearly taught with real world materials that the foundation is strong, which we all know matters a lot. Apart from teaching the kids around educational concepts (Reading, Writing, Math, etc.), the other aspects are also well taken care of - This includes social interactions, behavior & manners, show and tell, leadership, mentoring and helping others, arts and crafts and everything else!

We are amazed at the TRANSFORMATION of our little one and are truly GRATEFUL to the Carlisle Team. BIG SHOUT OUT to the AMAZING teachers and staff - They are AWESOME!

So glad to be part of the Carlisle family!
Karan Matta

Who are we? And what do we do?

Carlisle Montessori School, located in Atlanta, was founded in 2008 by Gina Ward, an AMI trained teacher and director with over 29 years of experience in Montessori Education. Our charming "Children's House" is located in the heart of Atlanta, in the Historic Neighborhood of Lindbergh Martin Manor.

We believe that if you provide your child with a AMI Montessori Education Foundation in the most important first six years of life, your child will have a strong sense of self, independence, community, leadership and acquire critical thinking skills while learning to read, write and learn arithmetic.

Our goal is to closely follow Dr. Maria Montessori’s educational methods and philosophies in guiding and nurturing the "whole child." This means teaching them academically, emotionally and socially. We also make it our aim to provide a beautiful, safe and challenging environment that inspires independence, creativity, social consciousness, personal responsibility and a love for learning. We keep our classrooms intimate and strive daily for excellence both in our environment and in our instruction, so that parents can be sure the AMI Montessori Education their children receive, is of the very highest quality.


AMI Accredited School

Carlisle Montessori School of Buckhead is very proud to be AMI accredited. This accreditation speaks to the accountability and quality of our programs. To learn more about this accredation please visit the AMI USA website provided below.


Our unique & hands-on curriculum includes:

Language, Math, Science, Geography, Sensorial, Practical Life, Art, Music, Spanish, Care of Self, Care of the Environment, Gardening, Environmental Awareness, Cooking, Social Graces, Respect, Accountability and Problem Solving

Dr. Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Rome in 1896. She was the first female physician in Italy. Her educational background also included Anthropology, Psychiatry and Biology. Montessori was very interested in children and their development. She observed how the young children could easily construct themselves from the environment provided to them. How the child  easily absorbed information and experiences. She as a scientist, created a learning method and designed special materials to meet the child's natural needs to adapt to and learn from their world.

In 1907 Maria Montessori opened "Casa Dei Bambini" in San Lorenzo, Italy for the  poor children ages 3 - 6. The children flourished and word of the  "Montessori Method" began to spread throughout the world. In 1929 Dr. Montessori founded Association Montessori International (AMI)  to insure integrity of the principles of the Montessori Method. For a look a the vast journey of her work please enjoy the following links:

Maria Montessori Timeline Video

Maria Montessori (Wikipedia)


Famous Graduates of Montessori

Anne Frank - World War II diarist
George Clooney - Famous actor
Jeff Bezos - Founder of
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis - Former U.S. First Lady
Katherine Graham - Owner/editor of The Washington Post
Chelsea Clinton - Daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton
Larry Page and Sergey Brin - Co-Founders of Google
Julia Child - World famous chef
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs - Ceo of Bad Boy Records, rapper
Prince William and Prince Harry - Sons of the late Princes Diana and Prince Charles

Famous supporters of The Montessori Method

Alexander Graham Bell
Jean Piaget
Sigmund Freud
Thomas Edison
Mahatma Gandhi
Helen Keller