Pathway of Continuous School Improvement

AMS is here to support your commitment to a quality Montessori program.

The American Montessori Society’s Pathway of Continuous School Improvement is a framework that supports member schools in their ongoing commitment to providing and sustaining quality Montessori programs. Included with your AMS school membership, the Pathway offers guidance, coaching, and encouragement as your school pursues its goals. We strongly encourage all member schools to participate.

The program is divided into 10 easy-to-manage steps: from Step 1, AMS membership, to Step 10, AMS accreditation, a goal for some of our member schools.

Support for Your School

AMS is here to support you as you move along the Pathway.

In addition to your personalized coaching, you’ll receive a variety of self-assessment tools and sample documents. You’ll receive a Pathway seal to use on your website to signal your work to your parent community. Each time you advance to a new step we will send you a new, updated seal. You may also opt in to have your school’s position on the Pathway recognized on your profile page in our Find a School directory.

All support materials are included in your AMS membership.

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Coaching

Your Pathway coach is a partner in your success.

Assessment

You’ll receive a variety of self-assessment tools.

Documents

Sample documents will showcase best practices.

Seal

Market your participation in the Pathway program.

Getting Started on the Pathway

Ready to avail your school of the resources we offer for quality improvement? Book an initial consultation with our Pathway consultant, and tell us about your school, by completing the AMS Pathway: Getting Started form. It should take less than 5 minutes. The results will help the consultant determine at which step on the Pathway your school will be starting. This will be one of the things you and the consultant discuss during your consultation.

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Pathway Progress

There are 10 steps on the AMS Pathway of Continuous School Improvement.

 

  • Step 1: AMS membership.
  • Steps 2 – 6: Integrate the core components of quality Montessori.
  • Steps 7 – 9: Meet educational and institutional standards.
  • Step 10: Meet the highest level of AMS school recognition: AMS accreditation.

Each Pathway step builds on the next; that is, affirmation that your school meets the requirements of a given step is also an affirmation that your school meets the requirements of the steps that precede it.

Overview of Pathway Steps

Step 1: Your school is a member of AMS and has affirmed its commitment to the AMS Code of Ethics.

Step 2: At least 20% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials. Your school has a mission statement and a plan for how and when it will incorporate the 5 core components of quality Montessori education into its program.

Step 3: At least 40% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials. Your school fully incorporates at least 1 of the 5 core components of quality Montessori education.

Step 4: At least 60% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials. Your school fully incorporates at least 2 of the 5 core components of quality Montessori education.

Step 5: At least 80% of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials. Your school fully incorporates at least 3 of the 5 core components of quality Montessori education.

Step 6: All of your lead teachers hold Montessori credentials. Your school fully incorporates all 5 core components of quality Montessori education.

Step 7: Your school has submitted proof of compliance with School Accreditation Institutional Standards.

Step 8: Your school has submitted proof of compliance with AMS School Accreditation Instructional Standards.

Step 9: Your school has completed a strategic plan for continuing improvement.

Step 10: AMS accreditation.

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