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: 

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, AMS social media platformsand other select venues.

Professional & Educational Development

  • The option to enroll in the AMS Pathway of Continuous School Improvement. Our signature school membership benefit, the Pathway pairs you with a school-quality coach who 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.
  • Guaranteed best rates for all AMS professional development events.
  • Verification of teaching credentials from AMS and the National Center for Montessori Education (NCME).

Publications & Management Tools

  • A subscription to our quarterly magazine, Montessori Life, for the head of school and each individual member the school enrolls. (Print edition included for U.S. members, optional for international members)
  • Complimentary “AMS Tuition Survey Report” and “AMS Compensation & Benefit Survey Report,” which provide invaluable information for benchmarking.
  • Access to unique, member-only documents that support your school and staff.
  • Monthly AMS Prism newsletters sent right to your inbox.


  • 10% off and exclusive sales at Shop AMS.
  • 5% discount on all purchases from Nienhuis/Heutink Montessori USA, the world’s leading supplier of Montessori materials and books.
  • A discounted subscription to the online bibliography offered by the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA). which includes an index to more than 50 Montessori periodicals and Montessori citations.
  • Discounted auto insurance through GEICO. (Not available in MA or NJ.)
  • Discounted rates for participation in Simple Simon, an online payment processing program designed specifically for schools.  I will get link from Carla.
  • Access to more than a dozen specially designed insurance plans, including professional liability Insurance, individual and group health, plans, term life Insurance, and auto and home coverage.
  • 25% discount from Gardener's Supply Company.

Your school membership supports:

  • AMS governance, through your participation in annual elections of the Board of Directors.
  • Our national Montessori public awareness campaigns.
  • The production of videos you can embed on your own website (no permission is needed).
  • The development of high-quality professional development experiences and events.
  • Benchmarking of critical school data.
  • 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.
  • Montessori research, including the Journal of Montessori Research and other resources, research grants, and the dissemination of research results.

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Levels of Membership

AMS offers 3 levels of membership to schools.

Full Member School

Full Member schools demonstrate their commitment to quality Montessori education by achieving and maintaining a variety of benchmarks. To be considered a full AMS member school, the school must meet these requirements:

  • All lead teachers hold Montessori credentials for the level(s) they teach. An exception is made for teachers of students ages 12 – 18*.
  • As of July 1, 2020, heads of schools hold a bachelor’s degree and either:
    • Hold a Montessori credential and score a requisite number of points for professional development and related work experience as detailed on the Head of School Requirements Verification Form. The credential can be from any Montessori teacher education program, whether or not it is AMS-affiliated, with the exception of programs with 100% online delivery. It can be either an administrator credential or a teacher credential.
    • Score a requisite number of points (higher than the above) for professional development and related work experience as detailed in the Heads of Schools Portfolio Variance Form.

    *Note: Effective July 1, 2020, lead teaching faculty in the subjects of math, English, history or humanities, and sciences who work with students ages 12 – 18 will be required to have the appropriate Montessori credential, i.e., Secondary I or I-II. 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.

    Associate Member School

    Schools in which only a portion of lead teachers hold credentials from a teacher education program affiliated with AMS, Association Montessori Internationale, the National Center for Montessori Education, or accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, are eligible for associate membership. Associate members will benefit from the coaching services of the AMS Pathway of Continuous School Improvement.

    Initiate Member School

    Schools that are just forming or are new to the American Montessori Society may join at this level. Initiate membership is limited to 3 years; during this period the school is expected to work toward full or associate membership.

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    Membership Dues

    Member dues vary by member level. All school memberships require the head of school to be an AMS individual member. Individual memberships for the head of school and other teaching staff can be added during the school membership application.

    The school membership year runs from July 1 – June 30. Schools that would like to join during the school year may do so at a prorated amount. For further information, please contact Brittany Emilio-Kramer.

    July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 Dues Amounts

    Initiate Member schools pay a flat fee of $725 plus $84 for a head of school membership.

    Associate and Full Member school dues are based on school enrollment. The school pays $18.25 per pupil with a minimum cost of $292 and a maximum of $4,950. An additional $84 is charged for an individual membership for the head of school.

    Satellite Member schools also pay $18.25 per pupil, with a minimum of $292 and a maximum cost of $950. An additional $84 is charged for each head of school. A satellite is an additional site that is 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.

    International schools pay a flat fee of $789, which includes a membership for their head of school. 

    Accredited schools pay an additional $210 per year as part of their dues.