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Academy of Thought and Industry at Fort Mason

We are a modern Montessori-inspired middle school in Fort Mason, CA delivering a powerful education for independence, to develop curious, self-motivated adolescents who thrive in school and in life

Welcome to ATI Fort Mason

Welcome to the Academy of Thought and Industry in Fort Mason. I am delighted you're here!

ATI is a unique educational opportunity designed specifically for the needs of adolescents. Adolescence is a period of intense physical and emotional growth, and it deserves individually tailored education.

I'm honored to lead this school and to partner with our exceptional educators and our remarkable students and families to co-create a challenging, supportive, deeply caring, and inspiring learning community.

I hope you'll explore our website to learn more about ATI and then come see us for yourself. I'd love to meet you.

Alexandra Hilaro, Head of School

A look at our campus

Our Middle School program is now enrolling for grades 6-8. The ATI Middle School program will operate out of the same building as our early years school, Guidepost Montessori.

Join our community

Our community at Fort Mason is quickly growing. We host regular events to foster a vibrant school community: coffee chats with our faculty, student work showcases, and shadow days to experience a day in the life of an ATI student. We look forward to meeting you!

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I didn't know school could be so invigorating. I get to work on what interests me and work closely with my guide.
Charlotte M.

Meet the faculty

Head of School

Alexandra Hilario

Head of School

Alexandra has spent 21 years as an educator in private and charter schools in California and Massachusetts. Alexandra's expertise is in meeting the needs of students of different ages, socioeconomic groups, and academic abilities, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. She has diverse experience in developing classroom curriculum and creating environments that are stimulating, culturally diverse, and inclusive to accommodate all learning styles and challenges. As a charter school leader, she demonstrated the capacity to teach, motivate, and direct teams while maintaining a positive school culture and high standards resulting in high student achievement. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and A Masters in Educational Leadership. Alexandra lives in Berkeley with her husband of 21 years and two teenage children. She was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived in NYC, Massachusetts, and California.

Assistant Head of School

Mallory Matthews

Assistant Head of School

Mallory Matthews earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She started her teaching career 10 years ago as a science instructor for an outdoors school in Southern California where she fell in love with hands-on, discovery based learning. She spent the past 8 years working as a program director for an environmental education nonprofit that teaches hundreds of interdisciplinary lessons in school gardens across Bay Area school districts. Mallory also brings over 12 years of experience working at summer camps. She spent the past 4 years directing an innovation-themed (STEAM) summer camp here in San Francisco. Mallory is delighted to be joining Guidepost Montessori School at Fort Mason. She is passionate about children receiving high quality education in a safe, nurturing environment where they can thrive. In her free time, Mallory enjoys being in the outdoors, testing new recipes, and reading a good book.

Middle School Science Guide

Nick Wagner

Middle School Science Guide

Nick Wagner is an Alum of K-8 Montessori education and has received a Bachelor’s of Applied Sciences in Environmental and Outdoor Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During his studies, he worked with schools, community centers, and private entities providing opportunities for students to explore the natural world and further their knowledge of the sciences and themselves. As a Program Director for an Environmental Learning Center, a Wilderness Therapy Instructor, and an Environmental Science Educator, Nick has guided students of all levels to better understand life sciences, earth and space sciences, ecosystems, engineering, climate and Social-Emotional Learning through adventure education, therapeutic education, and hands-on science curriculum. By learning and inspiring students, he has found his love for teaching through inquiry-based experiential and kinesthetic methods that engage all learners and inspire lifelong learning. Nick is excited to foster the skills, knowledge and experiences that the Montessori model has brought him for his students and future generations.

Middle School Math Guide

Tom Kramer

Middle School Math Guide

Tom Kramer bases his teaching philosophy on Jo Boaler’s Mindset Mathematics and endeavors to make math more visual, open, and creative. Before starting his teaching career in 2013, Tom had a 20+ year career as a marketing entrepreneur, started his own VC funded company, and received an MBA from Stanford. Tom loves teaching middle school math because young minds eagerly enjoy solving problems and thrill in the sense of mathematical accomplishment. By structuring interesting group problems designed to foster discussion, students turn their inquisitive nature into mathematics solving skills. Tom is a global traveler and a Warriors super-fan. His family lives in Palo Alto where his daughter (9th grade) and son (7th grade) attend school.

Middle School Humanities Guide

Emily Doman

Middle School Humanities Guide

Emily is an Arts and Art History educator who anchors her teaching through the visual. She received her Bachelors in Art History and Arts Education from the University of Illinois and her Masters in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of Arts. In her Masters she studied the efficacy of ethnically specific arts exhibitions and how their presentation often signifies contemporary conflicts in museum practices. In her professional career she has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago in Museum Education, at notable San Francisco non-profit Root Division as the Education Director and at various schools both in San Francisco and New York City. She believes art is a means for understanding culture and a tool for creating community and comprehending the self and others. In her free time Emily enjoys being a mom and creating a life with her two young children and partner. She has a passion for nature, loves gardening, plants, flowers, and flower arranging. She is excited to bring her experience and passions into to Fort Mason this year and activate an appreciation for perception and visual thinking.

Start your journey with us

Learn about ATI by attending one or more of our upcoming events and virtual info sessions
Consider a attending Shadow Day on campus to experience a day in the life of an ATI student
Submit your student application to ATI, which includes the option for financial aid (if necessary)
Work with Admissions to prepare for your first day of school! We can't wait to have you join our community

Take a school tour

ATI Fort Mason is located at 3741 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123 US, in the same building as our kindergarten and elementary school, Guidepost Montessori. We'd love for you to come and visit!

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