Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy

Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy


We’re super pumped and thankful for our new partnership with Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy! We can't wait to meet our new soccer friends tomorrow!!
Hollis Ann was excited to ride to Birmingham this morning and swing by to see her school!
‪Thanks Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy for letting me talk to some amazing students and teachers. I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of their questions about NASA Astronauts. Keep up the great work ‬
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Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy​ come out and support your school at for Spirit Night from 5 PM - 7 PM! 15% of inside sales and designated drive-thru sales will go to JBMA. Don't forget to tell us that you are here to support JMBA if you come through the drive-thru!

At JBMA we treat each child as an individual, building on their strengths and abilities to become li

The vision of Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy is to provide children and families with an education according to the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. Our focus is not only to provide cognitive education for our students, but to also model a commitment to creating peace and care for the environment for years to come. In theory and practice, we will explore how the traditional Montessori curric

Operating as usual


Former Alumni, Students & Staff
We need your help!

The 2022 - 2023 school year will be Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy's 40th anniversary! We want to include all past alumni, students, and staff in the celebration. Please fill out this form so we can keep you up to date on all of our 40th anniversary information.

Help us find former alumni and students! If you know of someone from your time at JBMA, please let them know we would like to keep them in the loop as well.

Thank you in advance for your help!


Please join and follow our new Bruno Montessori Academy page. We're still working on combining the old and new pages, but until they merge the two together, please make sure to like and follow our new site.

Bruno Montessori Academy At Bruno Montessori Academy we provide an authentic Montessori education for students 18mo-8th grade.


The PTO wishes to thank everyone who participated for making this possible.

Click here to support the Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy Gymnasium Fundraiser 11/30/2021

Click here to support the Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy Gymnasium Fundraiser Your donations will aid us in refurbishing our Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy gymnasium. The major improvements include refinishing the gym floor, replacing damaged wood, replacing damaged acoustic panels, and painting the walls. Each participant has a monetary goal. Please consider donating and/or...


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Due to weather damage in our area, JBMA will be delayed two hours today, October 29th. We will open at 9:30 AM.

Photos from Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy's post 10/09/2020
Photos from Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy's post 10/02/2020

Today the school mourns the passing of our founder, Theresa Bruno Sprain. Ms. Theresa passed away peacefully on September 30, 2020, surrounded by her family.
We celebrate the life Ms. Theresa lived serving so many children at our school. It was her love for children and passion for education that led her to open our school in 1982. We are truly the beneficiaries of a life well spent focused on meeting the needs of children.
As we look forward to each school day, we thank Ms. Theresa for giving us the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our students and serve in her memory.
Our hearts and prayers go out to her family.
We will pass along additional information as it becomes available.


If our website is down, please use the link below to enroll your child in FACTS:

Signin Welcome!  Enrolling in a FACTS tuition payment plan allows you to select a payment option that best suits your financial needs. The plans listed below are offered by your school. Depending on the start and end date of each plan, they may not always be offered. Monthly Payments: Spread your tuition ...


To say our front office won't be the same without you is an understatement! Thank you, Ms. Joan, for all of your love, kindness, and joy in the years you've been our secretary! We will miss you!


Though we can't all be together in this time, please know that your JBMA teachers are all thinking about each of you! We miss our families and students, and we are eagerly anticipating being back together again! Have a wonderful weekend!


After consulting with the Board, it is with an abundance of caution that the decision has been made to close JBMA, effective immediately. We tentatively plan to reopen on Monday, April 6th. Students will not report to school on Monday, March 16th. Please cancel all lunch orders.

Photos from Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy's post 03/03/2020

Colonel Raja Chari visited the JBMA K-8th grade levels on a virtual skype session today. The skype started off with an overview of his life where he told us about his career and accomplishments. After the overview of his life, we moved into the Q&A section in which the few selected questions were asked and he would give us extremely detailed answers. Many of us found his story interesting. Here are some of things that Colonel Raja Chari has accomplished:

- Raja graduated from the Air Force Academy with a bachelors degree and he graduated MIT with a Masters degree.
- Raja Chari is one of the 13 graduates of the Artemis Program. The Artemis Program's main goal is to inhabit the Moon and Mars.
- In his life before becoming an astronaut, Raja was a fighter jet pilot.
- He has been deployed in Iraq, and engaged with an enemy while he was in the Air Force.
- Later in his career he became a test pilot and flight commander for the new F-35.

It was a really cool experience to get to talk with a real NASA Astronaut!

(Sebastian Bermudez, 7th Grade)

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration


We will dismiss at 1:00 on Today, December 20th and there will be NO Aftercare.

We wish everyone a Joyful Holiday Season, time to spend with family and friends, and take some time to relax.

For our families that will be traveling during the Holidays, please be safe.

We will see everyone in 2020!


Thank you to our PTO and Steven’s Wack-N-Sack for the beautiful updates to our campus!


Photos from Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy's post


Thank you to everyone who came out last night to support JBMA!


Chick-Fil-A Greystone Spirit Night tonight October 8, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm! If you go through the drive thru, please tell them you are there for the JBMA Spirit Night.


JBMA will be closed today, Wednesday October 2nd, due to a water main break.


Parents and Teachers,

The September PTO meeting will be held this Tuesday, September 10th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the art room on the JBMA campus.

All parents, legal guardians, and teachers of students at Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy are members and are welcome to attend. We had a great turn out last month. Committees are currently working on purchasing shading options for the school playground and planning the fall festival.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Jason Linville
2019-2020 JBMA PTO President
[email protected]


We love having the whole JBMA community come together to celebrate Peace and Love at our Peace Ceremonies!


Please join us this Wednesday


We had so much fun this week learning about insects and spiders. We learned about the different types of insects, the life cycle of a butterfly, differences between moths and butterflies and how a spider spins a web. We found lots of creepy crawlies and released two baby frogs and a big moth on our playground. We traveled on our bus to the zoo where we saw lots of goats, butterflies, and elephants. We even saw a lion and a lioness!


We had a great time this week cooking pasta, blueberry muffins, pancakes, strawberry smoothies, and homemade granola. We used our practical life skills to pour, grate, stir, measure and whisk. We ended the week with a trip to Whole Foods where we got to make our own pizzas!


We had a great time this week learning about space. We learned about the different constellations and some of their stories, the sun, and more. We had a lot of fun at the Southern Museum of Flight. We learned so much about different planes and the people who flew them.


We had a great time last week learning about gardens. We learned about the different types of gardens, the parts of the bulb, the parts of a plant, types of flowers, and which foods grow on trees, vines, bushes, and in the ground. We explored the different gardens and fruit trees on our campus. We had so much fun at Birmingham-Southern College's Geodome. We learned a lot about the Alabama wildlife.

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Our Story

Through the past 36 years, Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy has transformed and established a long lasting legacy in the way children are educated. Building upon the foundations of Maria Montessori, and with consistent encouragement of a child’s self-discovery, JBMA has kept one mission throughout its three decades of existence: to provide the opportunity for all students to grow to their fullest potential cognitively, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and aesthetically.

The Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy was founded in 1982 by Joseph Bruno and Theresa B. Sprain. It began as Whispering Pines School and accepted children 3-6 years old. The original campus included ten acres of beautiful wooded land, meadows, and a small house, eventually used as a classroom. A small building was erected for the first classroom of four children.

In 1983, Theresa Sprain received Montessori Certification and the school became Whispering Pines Montessori School. By 1989, the number of children attending the preschool increased to ninety. In 1984, Ms. Sue Richards joined her as a preschool teacher. Ms. Margaret Lewis, already a certified Montessori teacher from New Orleans, became our third preschool teacher in 1985. After Sue Richards took Montessori Training she became the first certified teacher of the 6-9 year olds. The lower elementary/office building was constructed in 1989, and the first classroom for children 6-9 years opened with Sue Richards as the first teacher. Our first 6-9 classroom enrolled twenty-two children. The school was renamed The Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy.

Major expansion occurred again in 1992. In 2002, the middle school building was opened and additional land was purchased. The increased acreage allowed space for a running track, two tennis courts, beach volleyball, and an outside basketball court. In 2007, a ropes course was added to the wooded and pond area of the school campus.

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Gardening Camp
JBMA Color Walk Finale
Upper Elementary's Rocket Launch
Teaching by Example
2018 Preschool Holiday Program
2018 Halloween Parade
Interested in a Montessori education for your child? Come visit us for our Open House on Thursday, October 4th from 6-8!




5509 Timber Hill Rd
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