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Abintra graduates are entrepreneurs, engineers, writers, educators, scientists, scholars, artists, and continual learners. Wherever they go next, our alumni take the spirit of Abintra with them and most maintain close ties to the school. To learn even more about Abintra graduates, click here for our Alumni Spotlights!

High Schools Attended by Abintra Graduates


Ensworth High School
Father Ryan High School
Franklin Road Academy
Harpeth Hall School
Hillsboro High School
Hillwood High School
Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Martin Luther King Academic Magnet
Montgomery Bell Academy
MNPS Middle College
Nashville School of the Arts
Olney Friends School
St. Cecilia Academy
St. Andrew’s at Sewanee
University School of Nashville


Colleges Attended by Abintra Graduates


Appalachian State University
Art Institute of Chicago

Austin Peay State University
Bard College
Belmont College
Beloit College
Boston University
Brown University
Carson Newman College
Centre College
Chapman University
College of Charleston
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Columbia College of Art
Cornell University
Davidson College
Earlham College
Emory University
Evergreen College
Florida Institute of Technology
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Lehigh University
London School of Economics

McGill University
Marlboro College
Maryland Institute of Art
Maryville College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)
Middle Tennessee State University

Montserrat College of Art

The New School
New York University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Princeton University

Pratt Institute of Art
Reed College
Rhodes College
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
Savannah College of Art
Sarah Lawrence College
Stetson University
Swarthmore College
Texas Christian University
United States Military Academy (West Point)
University of California Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
University of Indiana

University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin

Vancouver Film School

Vanderbilt University
Watkins Institute of Art


Featured Alumni

Maurie Ponder

Maurie Ponder - Educator

“I’ve been in education my whole career, and I think that traces back to what a safe, joyous place school always was for me, which started at Abintra.”

Maurie attended Abintra from 1984-1988, and continues her role in the Abintra community today as a parent of a current Lower School student. After receiving her Masters in English Education from Vanderbilt University, she spent eight years teaching in the Metro Nashville Public School system. Today she is the Assistant Director of Learning Lab and Head of After School Services. In these positions, she helps guide families whose children need extra academic support in all areas.

Maurie believes that her time at Abintra helped inform her positive outlook on learning and her career in education. She told us, “I always loved school from the very beginning, and I think that has a lot to do with my time at Abintra. When I was at Abintra, school was never boring, and there was joy in everything we did. That’s just how school was to me. I think Montessori understands child development and that children really want to learn. Abintra really stokes that love of learning and natural curiosity that’s already there. When I did transition to traditional school, I thought, ‘What’s next? Let’s see what this is all about!’” 

Read more about Maurie in her alumni spotlight article here

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