“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”

-Maria Montessori

AMS at a Glance

ElementaryHikeAmherst Montessori School is an independent, coeducational, Montessori day school.

Mission: We provide a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. We honor each child's path as they become independent, confident, and compassionate individuals, while learning to care for themselves, others, and the world.


Founded: 1970


Enrollment: Approximately 110 students


Grades: Infant (6 months) to Grade 6 (age 12)



English with Spanish Language Instruction:

Toddler, Children's House, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary.


English/Spanish Dual Language: Casa de Niños (ages 3-6 years)


Location: South Amherst, MA. 2.2 acre campus, in a 12,800 square foot school building completed in 2013. Serving 16 different communities: Amherst, Belchertown, Chicopee, Easthampton, Granby, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, Northampton, Palmer, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Sunderland, Ware, and Westfield.


Director: Shelley Poreda (appointed July 2014)


Faculty and Staff: Thirty full- and part-time faculty and administration, including seven faculty with Montessori certification. Five additional specialists who teach Spanish, art, music, and physical education.


Financial Aid: Approximately 35% of students receive some form of financial assistance to attend AMS.



Before Care is available starting at 7:30 a.m.


Infant, Young Toddler, and Toddler Programs:

Morning Session: 8:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

School Day Session: 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.


Children's House and Casa de Niños:

Morning Session: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kindergarten and School Day Session: 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.


Lower and Upper Elementary: 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.


After Care is available until 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. for all programs.


Accreditation and Affiliation: Licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Full-member affiliate of the American Montessori Society. Member of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts and the North American Montessori Teachers' Association.


Governance: A Board of Trustees governs the school. Members are nominated by the Committee on Trustees and elected by the full Board. The Board is comprised of current parents, alumni parents, and community members.


Non-Discrimination: Amherst Montessori School has no religious affiliation. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, sexual orientation, religion, culture, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions policies, educational programs, hiring practices, financial aid, or other school-administered programs.