History

Discover the nation’s first professional organization dedicated to project-based learning and the museum model of education! Founded in 2014, the National Association of Museum Schools (NAMS) provides a platform for teachers and administrators to share best practices and exchange ideas, challenges, advice and experiences unique to museum learning.

NAMS was founded in 2014 through a federal grant to The Museum School of Avondale Estates, located in suburban Atlanta.

Now in its fifth academic year, the school serves nearly 450 students in grades K-7 and will add eighth grade in 2015. Created from a grassroots effort by local parents, The Museum School of Avondale Estates has built a strong and growing reputation across Georgia for innovation and academic excellence.

NAMS is the vision of its principal, Katherine Kelbaugh, a veteran charter school leader with extensive public school experience both in the classroom and in administration. Kelbaugh serves as the first Executive Director of NAMS.