- Is in demand. Almost 600 PreK-8 students are in 31 Montessori classroom across Arlington County, and hundreds more are on waiting lists. With a new choice school in the central Kenmore/Carlin Springs location, Montessori students can fill a new choice school on day one.
- Is flexible. A Montessori choice program can include PreK-8 or PreK-5 students, and can be of the size that best fits both the space and its role as part of the solution to the capacity problem.
- Closes the achievement gap for minority students. The county-wide Montessori program at Drew more diverse than APS as whole, yet the SOL scores mirror the scores of students countywide.
- Is proven. Montessori is an over 100 year old educational approach with over 40 years of history in APS. It meets all of APS Strategic Goals and encourages children to learn concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.
AMAC was formed in late 2006 by several Arlington Montessori parents from different schools as a way to build community and to formalize years of Montessori advocacy. AMAC is not affiliated with any one school, but serves as a way for all Montessori advocates, public and private, to support Montessori education.