AMI pedagogical standards maintain the level of excellence that Maria Montessori envisioned. Established by the AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group, the standards insure that each school offers programs for their children that allow for their full intellectual, social, and psychological growth and that the approach is consistent with what is presented in AMI training courses worldwide.
There will be one AMI trained teacher at the appropriate age level in each class.
Each class may have one non-teaching assistant. Should it be necessary to have more than one aide, he/she should be a non-teaching aide and should assist the directress with her daily tasks.
Each classroom must be equipped with a complete set of Montessori materials from an AMI approved manufacturer: Nienhuis , Gonzagarredi, Matsumoto Kagaku
Number of Children
Classes include a well-balanced division of ages, gender as well as an appropriate number of children to ensure social development:
-Nido: 6-9 children
-Toddler: 12-15 children
-Primary: 24-35 children
-Elementary: 24-40 children
Classes are made up of children in the following age ranges (ages listed are approximate):
-Nido (infant environment): 2 months to 12/15 months
-Toddler Community: 12-15 months (walking well) to 3 years
-Primary class: 3-6 years
-Elementary class: 6-9 & 9-12 years, or 6-12 years
Uninterrupted Work Period
Classes are scheduled five days per week with substantial uninterrupted work periods every day:
-Toddler: 2 hours per work cycle, at least four days a week
-Primary: 3 hours in the morning, 2-3 hours in the afternoon, five days a week
-Elementary: 3 hours per work cycle, five days a week
A consultation by an AMI trained consultant is required at least once every three years.