children have the benefit of a free public charter school that provides the
lifelong benefits of this unique and proven method. Montessori gives students a love of learning,
a deep understanding of science, math and language, the ability to discover and
invent and a strong level of confidence and self control.
Here are some
facts that will show why Montessori is the best possible education for your
child and the importance of completing the primary, lower elementary and upper
elementary years at AMCS.
classroom: ages 3-6 years
students stay with the same classmates and teacher for three years. During this time the teacher develops a deep
understanding of the students, how they learn and what their interests
are. The children form strong
friendships that sometimes last a lifetime.
With each year the children become more confident, self motivated and
eager to learn. The third year is the
most important of all. Much of the work
is completed in that last year. Math and
language lessons culminate in a real exploration built on the previous
years. Each student becomes a leader of
the class, helping the younger students and building confidence in their
ability to solve problems and be independent.
Each student progresses at his or her own pace with the teacher keeping
careful records of which lessons have been mastered. This allows the students to deeply explore
areas of interest while ensuring all of the necessary work is completed. The curriculum includes practical life,
music, geography art, science, botany, cultural studies, sensorial work which
is pre-math, language development, including reading and writing, math, using
the concrete materials to explore numbers, addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division as well as basic solid and plane geometric
figures. Each day there is opportunity
for new adventures in this rich world of learning.
Divided into lower elementary (ages 6-9) and upper elementary
(ages 9-11) this is the time for the student to use the skills and knowledge
from the primary classroom to move into deeper study of the world and
academics. This age child loves to work
in groups, to explore facts and information, to categorize and work extensively
in all areas. The materials are
comprehensive and exciting, giving the children keys to the history of our earth
and people. Books from our large library
encourage exploration of their interests.
Again, the students stay with the same teachers and classmates which
provides a deep understanding of each child and builds strong bonds. The teacher can truly develop a strategy to
maximize each student’s potential, guiding them through the lesson plans which
are made collaboratively and with an individualized understanding every
child. A true knowledge of how to work
together, to solve problems and to concentrate and focus develops because of
the unique nature of the curriculum, the attention of the carefully trained
teachers and the natural interest of the students in their work.
The Adolescent community (ages 12-14) provides these young people opportunities to expand their earlier experience by creating viable projects which utilize all of the skills they have learned from their Montessori education. They collaborate on serious activities which benefit others, taking full charge of costs, solving problems and planning. Each day math, science, history, technology, music, art and language expand their understanding of the world and each other. Lasting friendships are formed with the experienced and understanding teachers who guide and encourage each step of the way to becoming an intelligent, hard-working and caring young adults. As they go on to high school and college all of this preparation and knowledge forms a solid base for success and continued learning with joy.
Only with the full experience of the primary, elementary and adolescent classes can the true power of Montessori be obtained. Giving your children this amazing
opportunity to grow, learn and start on a lifetime of learning is a great
Our teachers and administrators form a deep bond with the
AMCS families; united in our common goal of having each child reach his or her
academic, social and personal potential.
We are truly a team united for the development of the future leaders of
our community and world and in the pursuit of joyful lifelong learning.