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.
faculty members hold advanced degrees
Advanced Placement (AP)
57,000Volumes in our two libraries
230 National Merit Semifinalists with 213 Finalists since 1966
Sarah Housley is the Lower School Director at The Montgomery Academy. She earned a bachelor's degree in General Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-6) through the Multiple Abilities Program at The University of Alabama in 2007. In 2012, she completed the Reading Specialist Program at The University of Alabama and earned a master's degree in Secondary Education, Curriculum & Instruction. Sarah has served in public education for five years and independent schools for five years.
Jennie Rains began her career as an elementary school teacher at the Norwood School in Bethesda, MD and has over 13 years of experience in independent schools. She also taught at the Spence School in New York City prior to coming to Montgomery Academy. Jennie earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and a master’s degree in Ethics and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jennie was a fifth grade science teacher and the Middle School Dean before becoming the Middle School Director. Jennie is married to Thomas Rains and they have two boys Bae and Shepherd.
Tony Jordan comes to The Montgomery Academy from St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California where he served as the Head of the Upper School since 2011. Tony has extensive experience as a teacher, coach and administrator in independent school education and is looking forward to beginning his 35th year teaching, coaching and leading in Middle and Upper Schools. He is especially excited to be the Director of the Middle and Upper Schools at The Montgomery Academy and thrilled to be returning to the South.
Tony began his career as a science teacher and coach at the Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia. Tony also taught and coached at The Westminster Schools, also in Atlanta, while serving as the Dean of Students. He served as the Head of the Upper School at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta and as the Head of School at All Saint's Academy in Winter Haven, Florida.
Tony graduated from Georgia Southwestern College with a bachelor's degree in science and has a master's degree in science from Emory University. He is married to Kim Jordan and they have two children, Carly and Connor.