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AMI Schools and background

AMI Montessori Schools

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Montessori is a specialized education philosophy that Maria Montessori devoted her life to which is centered around the child, instead of traditional teacher-based learning.

AMI Schools and background

Montessori schools have become popular throughout the world for their hands-on approach to education, which develops all aspects of a student's intellectual, spiritual and emotional psyche.

Montessori is more than a name. With more and more private schools operating under the Montessori title, it’s crucial for parents to ensure the school they choose is providing an authentic Montessori experience.

What is AMI?

AMI, which stands for Association Montessori Internationale, was founded by Maria Montessori in 1929 to ensure that her methods would retain an original integrity and to ensure that her work would be perpetuated after her death.

Her vision that children learn best in a social environment that encourages individual growth is carried forward by this organization. Accreditation and certification in AMI helps ensure that teachers are as close as possible to her original philosophy and ideals.

While accreditation can vary according to age group, it is often seen in the form of three letters – AMI.

Teachers in the Montessori method must go through years of rigorous training and must be proficient in all the subjects they teach. Proper accreditation and assurance that teachers have the right training (such as AMI training) will make a world of difference in the quality of education your child will receive.

Why is it important to look for AMI?

Because the word ‘Montessori’ isn’t trademarked, there is nothing to prevent anyone from using it to name their school. It’s vital for those who have embraced the child-centered, hands-on learning approach that defines the Montessori experience to look for a school and teachers with proper accreditation. That’s where The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) comes in.

What does the AMI do?

The objectives of the Association 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 organization also provides guidance for training courses that will accredit teachers; guidance to recognized manufacturers in the production of approved Montessori materials and oversees the publication of Dr. Montessori’s books.

Additionally, AMI’s activities include organizing study conferences and affiliating Montessori Societies, as well as publishing the AMI bulletin Communications.

AMI and the AMS

In 1960, an internal dispute resulted in the formation of the American Montessori Society (AMS). This dispute has not lasted and today the two organizations have a collegial, cooperative relationship.

What to look for in a Montessori school

AMI insists every proper Montessori school should have:

  • Proper accreditation and teacher training
  • Dedicated teaching areas for practical life activities, sensorial, language and math
  • Classes with a three year age mix: Montessori Casa or Primary (2.5-6), Elementary (6-9 and/or 9-12)

Read our Montessori checklist to learn more about choosing a Montessori school.

Times have changed, and science has made great progress, and so has our work; but our principles have only been confirmed, and along with them our conviction that mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation.

More info for parents:

When is the best time to enrol your child in Montessori? How will your child’s development be monitored? How do you extend the Montessori environment to your home? You can also learn more from the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA).

Below is a list of schools with AMI Montessori certified teachers. Find one near you and learn more!


3180 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2A9
Toronto
Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Forest Hill and North Toronto campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best education for their children. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • $8,300 - $16,500
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
Ottawa
l'École Montessori d'Ottawa (OMS) - Une éducation exceptionnelle depuis 1966 - au service des jeunes francophones de 18 mois à la 6e année avec, l'école secondaire anglophone, "The Element" [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,660 - $18,912
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
Ottawa
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
9921 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L6C 1H7
Markham
Royal Cachet Montessori School is a montessori schol that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • $6,500 - $10,700
2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2
Ottawa
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $7,890. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Faith Based
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • $7,890 - $16,390
24 Falconer Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1B1
Mississauga
We have created a prepared environment for the success of children ages 18 months to 5 1/2 years old with Full-Day, Half-Day, & Part-Time programs to meet the needs of families in Mississauga. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • $3,000 - $12,000
982 200th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W2
Langley
We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 9 (Coed)
  • $4,600 - $7,200
10775 Lesley Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S0B2
Richmond Hill
At Childventures, our focus is on adventures in learning – in helping children see the exciting possibilities in the world around them as they grow and experience life. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Varies
121 Kennedy Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 2X8
Toronto
Humberside Montessori Schools a montessori private school in Toronto. It offers programs from nursery to grade eight. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • $7,400 - $13,000
1455 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2G 1W1
Ottawa
Little Scholars Montessori - Centerpointe is a private school in Ottawa from nursery to grade 1. Learn more - we are committed to providing families with the best child development Canada has to offer. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Varies
5710 Longshadow Street, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1M2
Manotick
Manotick Montessori is a private school in Manotick from nursery to grade 1. Learn more - we are committed to providing families with the best child development Canada has to offer. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Varies
6555 Malden Road, Lasalle, Ontario, N9H 1T5
Lasalle
The Children's House Montessori - Lasalle is a private school in LaSalle from nursery to grade 1. Learn more - we are committed to providing families with the best child development Canada has to offer. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Varies
125 Brentcliffe Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3Y7
Toronto
Maria Montessori School is an AMI accredited Montessori school in Toronto that offers programs for children 18 months to twelve years. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Varies
2 Valleywood Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 8H3
Markham
Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,131 - $19,750
601 Newpark Boulevard, Newmarket, Ontario, L3X 2S2
Newmarket
Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
12 Bannockburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2M8
Toronto
Bannockburn, a Montessori school in Toronto, Ontario offers grades nursery to six, average class sizes of 22 students and tuition from $10,350 to $20,700. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Varies
Contact us for school address, Whitby, Ontario, Durham Region
Whitby
Emerson Academy is the Bilingual Montessori & French Imm. school where your child’s bright future is created by design today. Here, character is cultivated, leadership skills are instilled & achievement becomes innate. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Varies
3500 Fallowfield Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4A7
Ottawa
Little Scholars Montessori - Fallowfield is a private school in Ottawa from nursery to grade 1. Learn more - we are committed to providing families with the best child development Canada has to offer. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Varies
2910 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4G3
Ottawa
Little Scholars Montessori - Barhaven is a private school in Ottawa from nursery to grade 1. Learn more - we are committed to providing families with the best child development Canada has to offer. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Varies
1151 Denison Street, Markham, Ontario, L3R 3Y4
Markham
Queens Montessori is a private school in Markham from nursery to grade 1. Learn more - we are committed to providing families with the best child development Canada has to offer. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Varies
1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1L3
Oakville
Offering Montessori programs from Preschool to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by great teachers. Tuition starts at $5,900. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PS to 8 (Coed)
  • $6,850 - $17,500
37 Marchington Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M1R 3M6
Toronto
Ellesmere Montessori School prepares children for a lifetime of creative and purposeful learning based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • $6,450 - $11,000
25 Alvin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2A7
Toronto
Curriculum designed for kids aged 2 1/2 to 6 covers Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and French. Located near Yonge /St Clair subway station. Please call or email to book a tour. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PS to K (Coed)
  • $7,250 - $12,000
444 Advance Blvd., Tecumseh, Ontario, N8N 5G8
Tecumseh
The Children's House Montessori - Lakeshore is a private school in Tecumseh from nursery to grade 1. Learn more - we are committed to providing families with the best child development Canada has to offer. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Varies
297 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 1B4
Scarborough
Guildwood Village Montessori SchoolO/A Montessori Village and Education Centre is a montessori school in Scarborough. We offer inclusive programs for pre-kintergraten to grade eight. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • PK to 8 (Coed)
  • $4,700 - $8,500
3180 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2A9
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • $8,300 - $16,500
view profile
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,660 - $18,912
view profile
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
9921 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L6C 1H7
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • $6,500 - $10,700
view profile
2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Faith Based
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • $7,890 - $16,390
view profile
24 Falconer Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1B1
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • $3,000 - $12,000
view profile
982 200th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W2
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 9 (Coed)
  • $4,600 - $7,200
view profile
10775 Lesley Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S0B2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
121 Kennedy Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 2X8
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • $7,400 - $13,000
view profile
1455 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2G 1W1
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
5710 Longshadow Street, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1M2
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
6555 Malden Road, Lasalle, Ontario, N9H 1T5
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
125 Brentcliffe Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3Y7
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
2 Valleywood Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 8H3
  • Day & Boarding
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,131 - $19,750
view profile
601 Newpark Boulevard, Newmarket, Ontario, L3X 2S2
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
12 Bannockburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2M8
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
Contact us for school address, Whitby, Ontario, Durham Region
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
3500 Fallowfield Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4A7
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
2910 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4G3
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
1151 Denison Street, Markham, Ontario, L3R 3Y4
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 1 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1L3
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PS to 8 (Coed)
  • $6,850 - $17,500
view profile
37 Marchington Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M1R 3M6
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • $6,450 - $11,000
view profile
25 Alvin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2A7
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PS to K (Coed)
  • $7,250 - $12,000
view profile
444 Advance Blvd., Tecumseh, Ontario, N8N 5G8
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to 5 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
297 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 1B4
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • PK to 8 (Coed)
  • $4,700 - $8,500
view profile

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