AMI Recognized

Montessori is not for everyone. But if you are looking for an exceptional education for your child Montessori one is the place to be. The staff is held to high standards, with great educational backgrounds, and the director, Tina Patel, works hard at covering every aspect of running a school. The school is based upon work, but during the summers the school offers cultural experiences that most children this age are not exposed to. It is an AMAZING school if you are looking for an academic environment for your child and to prepare them for their many years in school. Research says that this age is the most significant for children, and that they are like sponges at this young of an age.

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Montessori ONE Preschool and Elementary Academy is an AMI-Recognized private montessori school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is the ONLY AMI-recognized school in Albuquerque. The Association Montessori Internationale was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life's work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death.

The AMI school recognition program was initiated in the United States for the benefit of parents by providing a measure of whether schools are following Dr. Montessori's principles and practices in their original integrity and completeness. A set of pedagogical standards was developed by AMI for this purpose. It us upon these standards that AMI recognition is granted annually. To be eligible for an AMI Certificate of Recognition, a school is expected to have:

  • One teacher only holding an AMI diploma (for the appropriate age level) for each class
  • Children of mixed age levels (3-6, 6-9, 9-12)
  • A complete set of AMI approved materials for each classroom from a manufacturer of approved materials
  • A philosophical approach consistent with what is given in AMI training courses
  • Applications must be made annually, and certificates are valid only for the current school year
  • All points on the application must be answered fully to be considered and answers should refer to the situation in the month of September
  • Schools should abide by all local, state, and federal ordinances, statutes, rules, and regulations

A school visit by a trained consultant is a part of the recognition process. The purpose of the consultation is to assess the schools' compliance with AMI pedagogical standards and assist the school and its teachers in achieving Montessori education. The consultant observes the classes and other relevant aspects of the school. Individual meetings are held at the time of the visit. A written school report and individual teachers' reports follow. Recommendations are discussed and documented indicating what needs to be done for a school to come into full compliance with standards. AMI-recognized schools must have an AMI-sanctioned consultation at least every three years. As needed, revisits are scheduled for the following year to assure implementation of the recommendations.

Visit the AMI home page to learn more about their services and programs. The objectives of AMI are to uphold, propagate and further the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori for the full development of the human being. The Association aims to establish these objectives by all lawful means and in particular by:

  • Upholding the rights of the child in society, and making known the child’s importance for the progress of civilisation;
  • Making known the natural laws of growth in order to help the child to develop naturally in the family, school and society;
  • Awakening public opinion with regard to the moral dignity of the child as ‘the Father of Man’, and to make clear the true nature of adult responsibility toward the child as the worker whose spontaneous activity produces the full-grown man;
  • Spreading and upholding the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr Maria Montessori, which ensure the independence of the child’s personality through successive stages of growth until he reaches full normal development by means of his own activity;
  • Providing opportunities wherever possible for children to develop normally, thereby helping all adults to enter into a new life of harmony and co-operation with children; and by thus unifying the two fundamental phases of human life, to lead the way to a higher and more peaceable civilization;
  • Functioning as a social movement that will strive to obtain recognition for the rights of the child throughout the world, irrespective of race, religion, political and social beliefs; co-operating with other bodies and organizations which further the development of education, human rights and peace.
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