Academics

Montgomery Academy (MA) prides itself on outstanding academics. Our Upper School offers more Advanced Placement (AP) classes than any other private school in the area. Our college acceptance list is impressive—with seniors admitted to some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities.

This excellence begins in kindergarten.

Faculty is MA’s strongest asset. They are highly skilled, dedicated, caring, creative and passionate educators. Teachers place a priority on seeing each child as an individual and tailoring their teaching style to target his or her strengths, interests and areas for improvement.

Instructional Coaches in the Lower School and “coach classes” in the Middle and Upper Schools provide customized learning opportunities for students who need either enrichment or extra help. This personalized approach extends beyond the classroom into the art studio, music room, playing fields as well as the college counseling process.

Technology is incorporated throughout the Lower, Middle and Upper School curriculum in intentional and strategic ways to enhance teaching and learning.

MA students learn to learn. They develop the critical thinking and communication skills, problem solving, character and habits of mind that set them up for success in college and in their lives.

Please Note: Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, Kindergarten-Fifth Grade will be considered the Lower School and will be located on the Perry Hill Road campus. Grades 6-8 will be the Middle School located on the Vaughn Road campus.

Academics Fast Facts

70%

faculty members hold advanced degrees

20

Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors sections offered

57,000Volumes in our two libraries

230 National Merit Semifinalists with 213 Finalists since 1966

Upcoming Academic Events

Division Directors

Nicole St.Amand
Lower School Director
  1. 334-273-7175
  2. nicole_st.amand@montgomeryacademy.org

Nicole St. Amand has extensive experience in independent schools. Before coming to MA, she served as the Lower School Director of Educational Technology and Innovation at Shorecrest Preparatory School, a PreK-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior to that, she served as a Technology Curriculum Coordinator at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia. While at Woodward, she also served as the Director of Summer Professional Learning and was an art teacher in their primary division for twelve years. Mrs. St. Amand graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Education and she has a master's degree in education from Walden University with a focus on Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction.

Sarah Barton Thomas
Middle School Director
  1. 334-273-7165
  2. sarah_thomas@montgomeryacademy.org

Sarah Barton Thomas, is the “Lead Learner” (aka Director) of the Middle School Division at The Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. Her fifteen year teaching journey has led her from the music classroom, the opera world, the computer lab, and the coaching field. She is a born and raised Marylander who took detours in Missouri, Iowa, California, and Texas before making her way back home again to teach in the metro area. Sarah was an NAIS Teacher of the Future for 2014-2015 and has participated in the Aspiring Leaders Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Klingenstein Summer Institute and was an OPERA America Fellow for Education in 2002. Sarah is a proud Bearcat of Northwest Missouri State University where she received her BS.Ed in vocal music education and a cheerful Blue Jay of Johns Hopkins University where she obtained her MS.Ed in School Administration. An Ironman triathlete and marathon runner, Sarah uses her love of running to coach the MA Cross Country Team.

Ed Billingslea
Upper School Director
  1. 334-273-7172
  2. ed_billingslea@montgomeryacademy.org

Ed Billingslea has significant academic and leadership experience having spent thirteen years as a teacher, coach, Guidance Counselor and Dean of Students at the Lovett School in Atlanta, GA. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in counseling from Alabama State University and completed an educational leadership program at the University of Georgia.

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