The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori proposed that AMI would have two goals:
- To further her life’s work in its original integrity and completeness.
- To guide its development and application in the interests of all children.
From its international headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AMI functions as the source of Montessori training, according to Dr. Montessori’s principles, as well as a center for continuing research and development.
AMI teacher training is unique in the world. Many of the trainers have studied with Dr. Montessori or her son and collaborate, Mario Montessori.
An AMI certificate of recognition offers credibility to a school’s status within the educational community, as well as within the Montessori community, and confirm a staunch support for Montessori principles put into practice. To be considered for recognition a school must have:
- An AMI trained teacher at the appropriate age level in each class
- A consultation by an AMI trained consultant once every three years
- A complete set of materials for each class from a manufacturer authorized by the AMI
- A philosophical approach consistent with that given in the AMI training courses
- Classes made up of children representing a three year age range: 3-6,6-9,9-12
- Between 28-35 children in each class including a well balanced division of ages to ensure social development
- Morning sessions five days per week for the full class, with an afternoon session for the older children in the 3-6 class
- An uninterrupted three-hour work cycle each morning
- No more than one aide in each primary class
Schools apply annually for recognition and receive a certificate each year if they meet the criteria outlined above.