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There are an estimated 4,000 Montessori schools in the United States and thousands more worldwide.

Some adhere strictly to the Montessori educational model first developed by Dr. Maria Montessori more than 100 years ago. Others view this model as flexible and evolving. Many schools adapt the approach to fit their own cultures or principles.

Membership in a professional organization such as the American Montessori Society is voluntary. Schools that join demonstrate an interest in achieving credibility and strengthen the collective voice of Montessori education.

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AMS Member Schools

AMS member schools around the world voluntarily hold themselves to the highest ethical standards.

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Private Schools

Looking for an educational experience tailored to your child’s needs? Private AMS-member schools offer unique program options for children from infancy through high school, each based on the individualized approach that is central to Montessori instruction.

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    Public Schools

    In a growing number of communities, public Montessori programs are expanding school choice for all families.

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      Pathway of Continuous School Improvement

      The American Montessori Society’s Pathway of Continuous School Improvement is a free school-quality initiative available to every AMS member school. It consists of a manageable series of 10 steps that helps schools demonstrate and articulate their commitment to quality Montessori education.

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      AMS School Accreditation

      Achieving AMS accreditation requires intense effort by the entire school community, but schools that rise to the challenge say the process is the real reward.

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        Recruiting & Hiring

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          Starting a Montessori School

          If your dream of creating a school can use some direction, let AMS put you on the right path.

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          School Support Materials

          We at the American Montessori Society are pleased to offer you sample forms, policies, handbooks, and other documents for use in your own Montessori school or program.

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            Post an Employment Opportunity

            Looking for the best person to fill an open position at your school? Reach qualified candidates anywhere in the world with a free online posting on the AMS Website!

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