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“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

Annual Fund

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The 2017-2018 Annual Fund

Goal: $35,000 by June 30, 2018

We wholeheartedly embrace the idea that all of us are a village, caring for one another and partnering to raise and educate the next generation of compassionate and educated citizens. As community members, we all have a vital role in helping to support our school. There are many ways we contribute to the present and future of our school - gifts of time and energy on our grounds and in our classrooms, and by showing your support with a contribution to the Annual Fund. Any gift, no matter the size, helps our small school live its mission. 

Why does Amherst Montessori School have an Annual Fund?

Like all independent schools, AMS relies on philanthropic support to help provide for the projects and programs that assist us in nurturing the children you have entrusted to us. At this school, contributions not only help achieve financial success, but are also integral to preserving the very culture that we value so much.

Often, families are unsure of the necessity of giving to the Annual Fund, assuming that tuition covers the complete cost of educating their student. The financial model that supports the school’s operation depends on two principal sources of revenue: tuition revenue and the philanthropy of alumni, parents and friends. Supporting the Annual Fund is a vital component of this financial equation.

How are donations used?

Every donation helps deliver an exceptional Montessori education to students at Amherst Montessori. Like most independent schools, tuition and fees do not cover the true cost of educating a student. The gap between cost and tuition is covered by annual giving. These donations help fund the daily operation of the school and enable AMS to not just accomplish its mission, but excel at doing so.

Annual fund critical areas of support include:

  • Financial Aid
    Dr. Maria Montessori began her work with underprivileged children, and saw her pedagogy as a means toward a more just and peaceful world. We affirm our commitment to her philosophy and aim to make our school accessible to families of all backgrounds. We do this by offering a robust financial aid program.
  • Classroom Materials
    One of Amherst Montessori’s strengths is our beautifully prepared classroom environments, equipped with a full range of beautifully crafted Montessori materials. Other Montessori educators who visit our classrooms have high praise for the array of materials we have.  The aesthetics of our prepared classroom environments encourage our students to bring their best selves to learning.
  • All gifts are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Thank you for supporting Amherst Montessori School!

    Send Gifts by Check to:

    Amherst Montessori School
    27 Pomeroy Lane
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Matching Gifts

    Companies will often match or multiply gifts made by employees and retirees.  Please keep this in mind when you make a gift to AMS and consult with your employer's personnel department to find out whether your employer offers a Matching Gifts program.