Preschool - Ages 3 -5 


The Tuscaloosa Academy Preschool is a place where we nurture our students in a supportive environment based on each child’s individual needs.  Students are encouraged and challenged in a manner that develops a love of learning today and into the future.  Established in 1979 as an early childhood program, we offer two  types of programs for children. Our traditional pre--kindergarten classrooms, have mixed ages of 3 & 4 year olds, which feed into our traditional Kindergarten classrooms for 5 year olds. The second option is our Montessori classroom which has children who are 3, 4, and 5 years old.  Located in the heart of our University town, Tuscaloosa, we enroll about 80 students each year and welcome families from the city, county and around the world.

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The mission of our preschool is to nurture our students in a culture of learning, exploration, independence, and joy. Our students are challenged in ways that further develop their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity for a 21st Century education.

Our preschool is recognized by these accrediting bodies -National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and a dual accreditation with Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  These accreditations ensure we remain clear and focused on the learning environment offered to our students. We are also licensed by the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR), which regulates our health and safety policies.

Academics + Enrichments = Unmatched Opportunities

The curriculum in our preschool is academic based in a playful manner. Children learn while playing  academic and creative games. They learn to read on an individual basis working alongside the teacher on their specific level. Along with our basic curriculum, the students enjoy and learn in several enrichment classes. In preschool, the students take Spanish as their foreign language, they have music class, art class, computer class, they visit the school's library, and when they are in kindergarten they go to PE daily. All of the children have daily opportunities for fine and large motor skill activities, whether in the classroom, Preschool Commons room, or outdoors. 

Come see how TA Preschool gives our young learners the nurturing space, individual attention, and independence to foster a love of lifelong learning!


For more information about our Preschool program, please contact

Mrs. Mary Madge Crawford

Preschool Director

​Lower School Dean

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