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Who We Are

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We are a vibrant community of schools, teachers, teacher education programs, families, and friends determined to make Montessori a strong and positive force in education throughout the world.

Founded in 1960 by Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch, AMS set out to revive American interest in Montessori education, which had briefly flourished in the early part of the 20th century. The organization crafted a uniquely American approach to Montessori, and soon drew educators, scholars, parents, and others eager to embrace the Montessori method.

Fifty years later and counting, the American Montessori Society is an active, committed body of many thousands whose members give freely of their time, knowledge, creativity, and experience, year after year, on behalf of excellence in education.

Mission, Vision, & Values

The American Montessori Society envisions a world in which quality Montessori education is widely recognized, highly desired, and accessible to all.

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    History of AMS

    The American Montessori Society was founded in 1960, in the early, heady days of a movement aimed at redefining educational options in the U.S.

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      Code of Ethics

      AMS requires that all member schools and affiliated teacher education programs agree to comply with the AMS Code of Ethics, which defines a standard of personal and professional conduct expected of Montessori educators.

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        Board of Directors

        AMS Board members bring a wide range of experience and expertise to their policy-making duties.

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