What is AMI?

Journey Montessori is the ONLY certified school in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

 

AMI Heritage

“Montessori” is not a trademark or a franchise: any institution can hang a shingle over its door and claim to offer a Montessori education.

So how can parents tell whether a Montessori school is authentic?

Doctors have the AMA; architects the AIA; engineers the IEEE. Surely there’s an organization for Montessori teachers who combine a doctor’s awareness of neural development, an architect’s careful artistry in construction (albeit for children rather than buildings), and an engineer’s keen, logical approach to problem-solving.

There is: AMI, the Association Montessori Internationale. Founded by Dr. Montessori herself in 1929, AMI is the most diligent of the various Montessori organizations in ensuring that Montessori schools and teachers are both well-grounded in the basic principles of the method and ready to carry those principles forward in the modern educational world.

Journey demonstrates its commitment to its AMI heritage through the training of its faculty and staff. Our head of school, and all lead teachers are AMI trained at one or more levels.

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Famous Montessori Alumni

Joshua Bell, violinist

Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of Amazon.com

T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician

Sergey Brin & Larry Page, founders of Google

Julia Child, chef and author

George Clooney, actor

Peter Drucker, management guru

Anne Frank, WWII diarist

Katherine Graham, past owner and editor, Washington Post

Helen Hunt, actress

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady and book editor

Devi Sridhar, youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

More Montessori students: Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, HM Queen Noor of Jordan, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales

Montessori parents: Bill and Hillary Clinton; Willie Nelson; Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith; Yo Yo Ma

Montessori advocates: Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Fred Rogers, Bertrand Russell, Leo Tolstoy and Alice Waters

Did you know?

Alexander Graham Bell founded two of the first Montessori schools in the U.S. and Canada.

Thomas Edison founded a Montessori school in the U.S.

Jean Piaget, noted psychologist, was head of the Swiss Montessori Society.

Woodrow Wilson created a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House for his daughter.