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In the meantime, please read below to learn more about AMAC and how you can join. MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENTLY DISCOUNTED BY MORE THAN 50% UNTIL THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR!!

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WHAT IS THE ARLINGTON MONTESSORI ACTION COMMITTEE?

Montessori has been a cornerstone of education in Arlington, Virginia, since at least 1971. Through numerous Montessori institutions, including Virginia’s first public Montessori school, the Montessori community has sought to continue and build upon the child-centered, child-led principals established by Dr. Maria Montessori. The nonprofit Arlington Montessori Action Committee (AMAC) advocates for these principals within the greater Arlington community and seeks to educate local leaders and stakeholders as we pursue an academy vision for Montessori in Arlington.


Arlington values Montessori for good reasons. The Montessori pedagogy promotes self-directed learning, healthy self-discipline, and good citizenship. Montessori children learn in an environment that is community-centered, where they have strong ties to adults at school, and receive differentiated instruction from a variety of resources both inside and outside the classroom – including other children. Montessori works for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities, and Montessori classrooms throughout Arlington exhibit this diversity. Through any number of devoted private schools, the Montessori Public School of Arlington (MPSA) or satellite classrooms across Arlington Public Schools (APS), Montessori is available to welcoming of all interested families.


AMAC seeks to promote Montessori throughout Arlington in several ways. Families have a wonderful array of choices when it comes to where students go. AMAC seeks to help connect interested families with the numerous, devoted private Montessori schools in the county. AMAC also looks to support them through providing continuing education opportunities for teachers and for providing options for students to continue their Montessori education.


At the same time, the Montessori program meets several of the goals in APS’s Strategic Plan, including narrowing the achievement gap, providing responsive education, increasing diversity in the classroom, and helping to affordably absorb student growth as the APS population expands. In turn, AMAC works for continued support and expansion in APS as we seek an academy vision based on Virginia’s first public Montessori school, the MPSA located at the Career Center site on Columbia Pike.


JOIN US

AMAC’s success depends on you. There are so many ways you can be a part of the effort:

  • Join our organization and show your support at the discounted price of $5 in annual dues (down from $12 for the remainder of the fiscal year!)
  • Consider becoming an AMAC parent representative for your school
  • Join our Listserv
  • Send us an email for more information
  • Come to a meeting! We meet monthly and sponsor year-round Montessori events in Arlington
If you are committed to public Montessori education for your child or because it works for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities, and if you want our school system to expand the curriculum to its full potential, you have a voice.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Pay for Your AMAC Membership


PayPal - Credit Card or Bank Transfer

Make payments using the buttons below or log into PayPal and send money directly to treasurer@arlingtonmontessori.org.

Pay for your PayPal membership subscription by credit card or directly from your bank account. $5.00 membership dues + $0.50 convenience fee (a more than 50% discount through the end of the fiscal year!).

By Check

Please make $5.00 dues checks payable to “AMAC”.

Mail check and application to:


AMAC c/o Michael Bruno

4410 6th St. S

Arlington, VA 22204


Find AMAC on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/arlingtonmontessoriactioncommittee



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WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF MONTESSORI

AMAC is a small, lean organization that simply serves as a voice for Montessori, but the real value is the community made up of you. Here are actions you can take on your own to help:

  • Work with APS to create a firm foundation for MPSA with the flexibility to maximize its Montessori culture.

  • Lobby the Virginia Board of Education to create a Montessori teaching credential so highly qualified Montessori-trained teachers can more readily move into the public school system.

  • Collaborate with the Virginia Montessori Association to promote public and private Montessori education in Arlington and across Virginia.

  • Facilitate Montessori parent education sessions to help inform parents about this unique learning style.

  • Build community among Montessori educators and families across Arlington by hosting family goings out and other events.