For Montessori schools, AMS membership is a way to endorse and engage with the world’s foremost supporter of quality Montessori education.
School membership is available to any Montessori school that agrees to comply with the AMS Code of Ethics.
Level of Membership
There are 10 steps on the Pathway of Continuous School Improvement, and a place on the Pathway for all schools. Pathway step determination is based on how many of the 5 core components of Montessori your school implements.
The 5 Core Components of Montessori
Properly Credentialed Teachers
Use of Montessori Materials
Uninterrupted Work Cycle
The credential must be issued by a teacher education program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). Currently AMS is the only organization with MACTE-accredited teacher education programs that offer Secondary credentials.
Garden Montessori School is now on Step 6: All of its lead teachers hold Montessori credentials and it fully incorporates all 5 core components of quality Montessori education.
The Pathway Steps
Step 1: Your school is a member of AMS and has affirmed its commitment to the AMS Code of Ethics.
Step 2: At least 20% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials. Your school has a mission statement and a plan for how/when it will incorporate the 5 core components.
Step 3: At least 40% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials and your school implements at least 1 core component.
Step 4: At least 60% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials and your school implements at least 2 other core components.
Step 5: At least 80% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials and your school implements at least 3 other core components.
Step 6: 100% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials and your school implements the other 4 core components If your school is interested in accreditation, you are eligible to apply for candidacy.
Step 7: Your school has submitted a self-study that demonstrates compliance with the AMS School Accreditation Institutional Standards.
Step 8: Your school has submitted a self-study and hosted a peer validator to demonstrate compliance with the AMS School Accreditation Instructional Standards.
Step 9: Your school has completed a strategic plan for continuing improvement.
Step 10: AMS School accreditation.