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Academy of Thought and Industry at Lake Norman

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

Welcome to ATI Lake Norman

Now offering Middle School

I am thrilled to welcome you to ATI Lake Norman. The middle years are an exciting time, as you embark upon new adventures in learning, self-discovery, and self-formation!

It is a privilege to work with outstanding staff to make ATI a nurturing environment, replete with everything you need to reach your potential.

ATI is an incredibly special place where you can learn and grow. Our guides are kind, compassionate, and inquisitive. No matter who you are, or where you want to go, you will find a strong sense of belonging here.

Ellie Martinez, Assistant Head of School

A look at our campus

Our Middle School program starts this Fall 2021 and 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 new Middle School community at Lake Norman 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 can't believe I get to go to school so close to the lake - and we actually get to go out and enjoy nature so much! If I had to choose one thing I love about ATI, it's the trust I have to get on with my work. I can sit by myself or with a group, and it's not an issue.
Pearson M.
Student, ATI Lake Norman

Meet the faculty

Ellie Martinez

Ms. Ellie earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a focus on Talent Management from UNC Charlotte. She started her Montessori career when she volunteered at a local Montessori school in 2014. Since then, she has grown her career at Guidepost Montessori developing her knowledge in the Montessori Method through working with Lead Guides from Nido through the Children's House program. While most of her experience is with working with the 3-6 age group, she enjoys interacting with children of all ages. In her free time, Ms. Ellie enjoys hiking, camping, running, cooking, and traveling.

Jenna Fernandez

Ms. Jenna earned a Bachelor’s degree in business with a focus in accounting and a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education, both from the University of South Florida. Ms. Jenna started her teaching career as a math teacher at a public high school in Tampa, Florida, and has also spent several years teaching math online. Both of Ms. Jenna’s children have attended Montessori schools since they were 2 years old, and she has decided to pursue her own Montessori training as well! In her free time, Ms. Jenna loves to be outside, especially at the beach when possible.

Start your journey with us

Learn
Learn about ATI by attending one or more of our upcoming events and virtual info sessions
Attend
Consider a attending Shadow Day on campus to experience a day in the life of ATI
Apply
Submit your student application to ATI, which includes financial aid if necessary.
Start
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 Lake Norman is located at 15115 Norman View Ln, Huntersville, NC 28078, in the same building as our early years school, Guidepost Montessori. We'd love for you to come and visit!

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Experience school on your terms

Join a school community designed to support your education with coaching, small classes, and a commitment to our core values. Engage in deep study and personal exploration as a student at ATI.

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