AMS School Membership

AMS school membership supports you, your community, and the Montessori Movement.

Membership in the American Montessori Society—the world’s leading Montessori advocate—is a powerful way to become a part of the collective Montessori Movement.

AMS membership will increase your school’s visibility, unlock a world of professional development and growth for you and your staff, and add significant momentum to the ever-growing Montessori Movement.

Benefits of Membership

AMS is committed to increasing public awareness of Montessori education and promoting its growth. When your school becomes a member, you gain a vital ally, dedicated to helping your school succeed, improving the quality of your Montessori programs, supporting your communications, advancing the professional growth of your staff, and achieving your strategic goals.

Your school membership confers these benefits—including a rich lineup of new benefits, highlighted in bold.

Exposure to a Broad Audience

  • A unique School Profile page on the AMS website, with detailed information about your school and programs, along with photos, social media links, and more. A custom URL makes the page easy to share and can serve as a basic webpage if your school has a limited website budget. The page is part of our Find-a-School directory, viewed by over 1 million annually.
  • Ability to post open employment opportunities on the AMS website, viewed by Montessori professionals worldwide. Add screening questions, review résumés, and more.
  • Opportunities to promote your school’s achievements in Montessori Life magazine, AMS social media platformsand other select venues.
  • For schools on Step 5 and above on the AMS Pathway of Continuous School Improvement (see below), a certificate, suitable for framing, attesting to their participation.

Professional & Educational Development

  • The option to enroll in the AMS Pathway of Continuous School Improvement, through which a school-quality coach will work with you 1-on-1 to help you achieve your goals for improving, refining, and sustaining your school’s Montessori programs.
  • Eligibility to pursue AMS school accreditation, the highest mark of Montessori recognition achievable.
  • A wide array of resources to support your practice, all available upon login.
  • Two free AMS group webinars for up to 15 participants each. The webinars are 1.5 hours long and include hours of continuing professional development. (Note: Webinars must be claimed July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.)
  • Opportunities to attend a “lunch and learn” session with a keynote presenter during The Montessori Event.
  • Verification of teaching credentials from AMS and the National Center for Montessori Education (NCME).

Publications & Management Tools

  • A subscription to Montessori Life magazine for all heads of schools at the PLUS membership level: includes both print and new-and-improved digital editions.
  • Complimentary survey reports, including Compensation & Benefits, which provide invaluable information for benchmarking.
  • Access to unique, members-only resources that support your school and staff.
  • Monthly AMS Prism newsletters sent right to your inbox.
  • Access to a community networking platform specifically for heads of member schools on AMS Connect.

AMS Discounts

Community Discounts

  • 5% discount on all purchases from Nienhuis Montessori USA, the world’s leading supplier of Montessori materials and furniture.
  • Discounted rates for participation in Moneris, an online payment processing program designed specifically for schools.
  • Access to more than a dozen specially designed insurance plans, including professional liability insurance, individual and group health plans, term life insurance, home coverage, and GEICO car insurance (not available in MA or NJ).

We’ve created and curated resources just for members.

Lending Support

Your school membership supports:

  • AMS governance, through your participation in annual elections of the Board of Directors.
  • Montessori research and research platforms, including the Journal of Montessori Research a Montessori Research e-Digest, research grants, and the dissemination of research results.
  • Our Montessori public awareness campaigns.
  • The production of videos you can embed on your own website (no permission is needed).
  • Benchmarking of critical school data.
  • The development of high-quality professional development experiences and events.
  • The training of Montessori teachers and administrators via our affiliated teacher education programs.
  • The public policy force of a strong international advocacy organization.
  • Representation at the United Nations, Council for American Private Education (CAPE), National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), and other coalitions that advocate for children and education.
  • Our humanitarian aid and peace and social justice initiatives, which benefit communities in-need, worldwide.

Membership Dues

The AMS membership year runs from July 1 – June 30.

To renew an expired school membership, log in here to complete your application.To newly join AMS, complete this downloadable form.

  • Dues are based on student enrollment.
  • Schools with multiple sites: The campus with the largest enrollment is considered the main site. A satellite is an additional site within the same state as the main site but not immediately adjacent to the main school building. A separate application must be submitted for each satellite.  
  • All school memberships require the head of school to be an AMS individual member at the MembershipPLUS level. Individual memberships for other teaching staff can be added during the school membership application.
  • Dues are non-refundable.

Schools that would like to join during the school year may do so at a prorated amount. For further information, please contact Brittany Kramer.


The following schools enjoy special reduced fees:

  • AMS-accredited schools
  • Schools with AMS memberships for all lead teachers:
    • 15% discount on school and head of school dues if all lead teachers are at the MembershipPLUS level
    • 10% discount on school and head of school dues if all lead teachers are at the Basic Membership level (or some are at the Basic level and the rest are at the MembershipPLUS level)
  • Public and private schools in ZIP Codes in which the average family income does not exceed $50,500. This is based on the Federal Poverty Index ($25,250 x 2). For information about average family income in your area, see “Income by ZIP Code.”

Discounts may also apply to some schools outside of the United States. Contact for further information.

Annual Fees & Dues




Per-pupil fee*



Minimum payment



Maximum payment



Head of school individual membership  (MembershipPLUS level)



Annual accreditation fee



* Satellite schools pay the same per pupil rate as the main site, but receive a 10% discount on their total dues. Renewing satellites receive special pricing.

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