“You can learn what you want, when you want, where you want and how you want, but you have to complete the assignment before moving on to the next task. That would never happen in a public school.  This all happens at MSMS without a carrot or gold stars.” MSMS Graduate.

Mountain Shadows is the only AMI recognized school in Colorado… which is important.

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) is the organization that is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori’s legacy. Mountain Shadows and AMI share a mission to support children’s natural development and to help them become the transformative force of society.

This comes with a commitment to a standard of excellence defined by:

  • Rigorous and extensive teacher training, including the study of child development and a deep understanding of the Montessori materials to assist the teacher in creating the environment necessary for this work.
  • Three-year age ranges within each classroom that allow children to work at their own page and level of development.
  • Extended work time, including a three-hour uninterrupted work cycle.
  • Upholding international standards through expert consultation every three years and regular and on going study of pedagogy and practice.

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Mountain Shadows Montessori School offers AMI programs for students 12 months to 12 years old.


...So, what is AMI?

Association Montessori Internationale

AMI is the organization that is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori's legacy. Mountain Shadows and AMI share a mission to support children's natural development and to help them become the transformative force of society.

This comes with a commitment to a standard of excellence, defined by...

01

Rigorous and extensive training

including the study of child development and a deep understanding of the Montessori materials to assist the teacher in creating the environment necessary for this work.

02

Three-year age ranges

within each classroom that allow children to work at their own pace and level of development.

03

Extended work time,

including a three hour uninterrupted work cycle.

04

Upholding international standards

through expert consultation every three years and regular and ongoing study of pedagogy and practice.

For your child, this means...

Curiosity

Whether it's digging in the dirt or discovering the universe.

Confidence

Whether it's speaking your mind or learning to speak up.

Creativity

Whether it's composing a song or coming up with a big idea.

Respect

Whether it's for ourselves or for others.

Energy

Whether it's work or play.

Critical Thinking

Whether it's studying science or solving a problem.

Responsibility

Whether it's doing your part or doing what's right.

Independence

Whether it's planning your day or preparing your own lunch.

Collaboration

Whether it's deciding together or sharing the work.

Community

Whether it's supporting your friends or saving the planet.

This is what Mountain Shadows means for your child.