Pathway of Continuous School Improvement
An invitation for AMS member schools to engage with Montessori quality.
Your Journey on The Pathway
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. Schools may be engaged in one of 4 stages of The Pathway, each signaling to the community their commitment to Montessori.
There is a place on The Pathway of Continuous School Improvement for all schools. Stages are determined by your school’s implementation of the 5 core components of Montessori Education and progress in the school accreditation process.
Stages on The Pathway
Schools join AMS for personalized support, exclusive resources, and connecting with other school communities. Member schools have agreed to follow the official AMS Code of Ethics.
An AMS member school becomes verified once AMS confirms they uphold the 5 core components of Montessori Education.
When a school has been verified, meets the school accreditation prerequisites, and has an approved application for accreditation, they become candidates for school accreditation.
Wherever you are in your school's journey, we can help you use The Pathway framework to develop goals and get the support to achieve them.
Benefits of The Pathway
All schools engaging in the journey of The Pathway of Continuous School Improvement are recognized on our Find a School directory, providing increased visibility.
Advancing to each stage will grant you access to an updated logo you can use to market your school to your community. Additionally, AMS accredited, accreditation candidates, and verified schools receive an AMS Pathway certificate upon successful advancement to a new stage.
School Verification Process
To initiate your pathway journey, you'll begin by going through the verification process. During this time, your school community will reflect on how you apply the 5 core components of Montessori Education.
Getting Started on The Pathway is Easy
Follow these steps on your journey.
BECOME AN AMS SCHOOL MEMBER
SCHEDULE SCHOOL ORIENTATION
SELF EVALUATE & APPLY
Maintaining AMS Verification
AMS School verification terms are 3 years. At the end of the term, a school must go through verification again.
Follow these steps to maintain your verification:
- Maintain AMS school membership for each school site.
- Continue to implement the 5 core components of Montessori Education.
- Submit the Annual Report with specific updates on action plans if any, by June 30.
- Inform AMS of any substantive changes about your school. (i.e. change in leadership or ownership, relocation or significant change in facilities, opening or expanding a program)
Get Support from Our Experts
Get Support from Our Experts
My team and I are ready to help your school start your journey on The Pathway of Continuous School Improvement. We will support your school's commitment to quality Montessori programming for your community.Schedule an Orientation with Me