AMS Individual Membership

Members of the American Montessori Society are part of a welcoming international community of schools, teachers, teacher educators, families, and others committed to making Montessori a strong and positive force in education. 

There are 2 levels of individual membership: Basic Membership and MembershipPLUS.

As part of the process of joining AMS, all members—both Basic and PLUS—are required to attest that they will comply with our Ethics Pledge.

Ethics Pledge

As a member of the American Montessori Society, I pledge to conduct myself professionally and personally in ways that reflect my respect for myself, my peers, and the children whom I serve and with whom I come in contact, across all identifiers. I will do whatever is within my talent and capacity to respect the right of each child to have the freedom and opportunity to develop their full potential and to experience their intrinsic dignity. 

—Excerpted and adapted from the AMS Code of Ethics, with which all member schools and affiliated teacher education programs must agree to comply.

Membership Benefits

All AMS members enjoy a rich array of resources that serve as a gateway to ongoing professional growth and development.

Professional Development

Basic

PLUS

CPD vouchers that may be applied to any AMS online class, webinar, or bundle.*

$155 value

$310 value

Free, unlimited access to a vast selection of AMS webinars

Access to exclusive, members-only PD events

Publications

Basic

PLUS

A subscription to our quarterly magazine, Montessori Life

Digital & Print‡

Digital & Print

Access to special resources on the AMS website, including sample school handbooks, policies, and how-to documents

Montessori jobs e-digest

AMS benchmarking survey reports

Monthly member newsletter, The AMS Prism

Savings & Discounts

Basic

PLUS

Discounted registration for The Montessori Event

Discounts on other AMS events

Shop AMS

5%

10%

Discounted purchases from Neinhuis Montessori USA

5%

5%

Access to more than a dozen specially designed insurance plans including professional liability insurance, individual and group health, plans, term life insurance, home coverage, and GEICO auto insurance§

Community Connections

Basic

PLUS

Access to AMS Connect, an online platform with themed groups for liaising with the larger Montessori community

An opportunity to start and join AMS Affinity Groups.

Voting privileges in annual AMS Board of Directors elections and access to the board forums

Invitations to members-only events

* Log in to access. Certificates of PD will be available to download. Non-transferrable and must be used by June 30, 2021.

† Accessible 24/7. Does not include CPD hours.

‡ Print edition at the Basic level only available for U.S. delivery.

§ Not available in MA or NJ.

Lending Support

In addition to the benefits listed above, AMS membership supports a host of other initiatives and resources that further connect the Montessori community and support the Montessori Movement, including:

  • The development of and advocacy for standards that support high-quality Montessori schools and teacher education programs.
  • Peace and social justice initiatives that support communities worldwide.
  • The public policy force of a strong international advocacy organization.
  • Benchmarking of critical school data.
  • Representation at the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), and other coalitions that advocate for children and education.

Membership Dues

The AMS membership year runs from July 1 – June 30. All dues are nonrefundable. 

In the United States

  • $92: Basic Membership
  • $152:  MembershipPLUS

Outside the United States

  • $92: Basic Membership (includes digital edition of Montessori Life)
  • $152: MembershipPLUS (includes print and digital editions of Montessori Life)

Experience the strength of AMS.