Mountainside Montessori and AMI
We are proud to be a Montessori school and its ideals and educational opportunities and especially to be recognized by AMI-Association Montessori International-USA as part of their organization. We follow their standards and practices and want you to know that we adhere to these principals completely. There are many resources available for interested parents and staff members so do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions.
Here is the contact information for AMI
206 N. Washington, Ste. 330
Alexandria, VA 22314
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|STANDARDS FOR AMI MONTESSORI CLASSROOMS
AMI pedagogical standards maintain the level of excellence that Maria Montessori envisioned. Established by the AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group, the standards insure that each school offers programs for their children that allow for their full intellectual, social, and psychological growth and that the approach is consistent with what is presented in AMI training courses worldwide.
Number of Children
Nido: 6-9 children
Toddler: 10-14 children
Primary: 24-35 children
Elementary: 24-35 children
Nido (infant environment): 2 months to 12/15 months
Toddler Community: 12/15 months (walking well) to 3 years
Primary class: 3-6 years
Elementary class: 6-9 & 9-12 years, or 6-12 years
Uninterrupted Work Period
Toddler: 2 hours per day, at least four days a week
Primary: 3 hours per day every morning for all children, and 2-3 hours per day every afternoon for the older children (extended day)
Elementary: 3 hours per day every morning, and 2-3 hours four afternoons per week
AMI School Recognition Status
A school applies to become an AMI-Montessori school annually. The recognition status is based upon the training of their teachers as well as their compliance with the pedagogical standards. There are three different status levels offered:
For schools that do not meet all of the standards, AMI/USA offers two alternatives:
Public schools may qualify for Associated status when 50% of the teachers hold AMI diplomas and when at each level there is at least one AMI teacher holding a diploma for that level.