Montessori School of Tupelo, MS, Inc. is built upon the principles of Montessori philosophy, fostering independence, academic excellence and a lifelong love of learning. The School is open to children of all backgrounds and desires as much diversity among the children and staff as possible. MST is dedicated to furthering international and ecological consciousness. Education is viewed as “an aid to life”. Containing the full range of Montessori learning equipment, MST provides a total Montessori environment where each child experiences social, emotional, and intellectual growth and becomes a self-confident, independent learner. MST strives to empower the children to believe in themselves and their abilities to make a positive difference in the world they share by embodying Montessori principle of "following the child". "Follow the Child" is a Montessori maxim for being sensitive to each child's developmental needs and timeline because children's curiosity interests them in different concepts at different points in their development.