Both of my children have been at AMIS for 2-3 years in the primary and elementary programs. In the last few years, this school has transformed into am amazing place. Parents are very involved and teachers are very dedicated. Pros: This is not a place that is good because it selects the right students. This is a place where any child can come and become self-actualized as a learner and a thinking. The environment is diverse, the families here are wonderful, and the children grow feeling respect for their classmates while honoring similarities and differences. Just the other day my daughter told me "this is not a school were we have bullying. I don't know why . . .we just don't." Any individual concerns we have had have been addressed immediately and thoughtfully. On the whole, we are so grateful to be a part of a community that supports our children academically, socially, and emotionally.
The staff, the environments, and the leadership is amazing at AMIS. Our daughter started in the Nido environment in March and we couldn't have picked a better school. We are impressed every day at the school's communication, leadership, and strive to make our children better human beings. And I believe that AMIS has improved our daughter's self-confidence, self-awareness and overall disposition.
My daughter attended AMIS from age 4 (primary) through the 2nd year of Junior High (8th grade equivalent). As a parent, I especially appreciated the school positive and nurturing environment that promotes a love of learning, strong global values about nature and the environment, and an opportunity to learn about a broad range of world cultures and events. The teachers she had were, overall, excellent and very dedicated, eager to talk with parents. The school encouraged parents to participate in classrooms and in school events, and I felt very engaged. My daughter came away from AMIS with a great love of learning and an organized approach to studying that serves her well in her high school studies, where she has been academically strong and enjoying the broader social scene. At AMIS I sometimes worried about limited homework in Upper El, but watching her homework requirements now I am so glad she had time in those earlier years to really explore her interests. This is a wonderful school.
Management of the school changed over the summer of 2014 when new formal management took over from the founder of the school who had run it for its first ten years. Some of the older reviews may no longer be applicable. The new director has been wonderful about seeking the input of parents re management of the school and ideas for the school. Our two children have been at AMIS for several years starting in primary and moving up to elementary. We chose AMIS from other Montessori schools in the area because of its diverse community and its welcoming environment. It doesn't have the feel of a stuffy private school. AMIS families are mostly academics and CDC researchers who value education. AMIS's teachers have really worked hard to be very flexible working with our children's needs and our children have really blossomed both academically and socially as a result. I can't say enough about how wonderful the teachers at AMIS are. Overall, a wonderful warm school.
AMIS is one of the best kept secrets in Montessori education in the Atlanta-area. The school is very Montessori and very inclusive with its diverse(race, gender, thought) student body and teachers. Our child started at eighteen months in the Toddler class (Young Children Community) and within a month, she learned toileting, putting on a jacket, pant, and shoes, and setting up a dining table. Not to mention her increase in vocabulary. She says a new word to us everyday and is now able to string together 2 - 3 words. We couldn't be happier. We also love the welcoming environment and the opportunities for parents to receive feedback from the teachers and to learn about how to implement Montessori at home. We are especially fond of the curriculum nights - an avenue for parents to learn more about a Montessori topic. The school is more transparent about school affairs than the previous school our child attended. The head of school regularly holds teas and coffee sessions with parents to address parental concerns and to exchange thoughts and ideas on how to improve the community. Overall, we're glad and happy about our choice of AMIS for our child's Montessori education.
This school is a real money maker for the owners. The student to teacher ratio is over 2X, the cost is 4X and the teachers have no qualifications. It is a glorified orphanage. Parents were really mislead to think students can work at their own pace. Our child has been held back. The program is archaic. Parent involvement is discouraged. Big mistake!!!
My son has been at AMIS for 3 years. We are overall very happy with the school. PROS: His teachers are very supportive and encouraging. I love how they (and the Montessori philosophy) allow him to excel in areas he's interested in. As a 5 year-old, he's already being exposed to division concepts and he is thrilled. I also love the green space, actual use (not just talk of) sustainable practices, insistence on healthy foods and non-commercial practices (ie-no branded sippy cups). CONS: They are "very" Montessori, so if there is any part of the educational philosophy you don't like, you will not be happy here. Though the student-teacher ratios are great, the classroom sizes are huge (over 28 in one primary class). Finally, there is no community feel or much parental involvement.
I absolutely love the AMIS community. While the school has had some growing pains, the families, teachers, and administration have weathered it together as a true community. My children are are happy to their cores - and truly love learning. I would recommend this school to anyone who values the growth and learning a child finds in a loving, nurturing community of adults and kids alike.
This is a fabulous school community, with truly wonderful and caring teachers. My child is in second year primary and his progress has been amazing. But more importantly, the montessori environment has given him a true love of and excitement for learning. I could not ask for more. I cannot say enough good things about AMIS.
My child has been attending AMIS for 6 years and is now in the Elementary class. I am ooverall exteremely happy with the school, how well my child has continued to learn and enjoy learning, and with the many ways the school involves parents. I feel her teachers have been truly outstanding, I almost can't imagine better. The school is nurturing and supportive, and works hard to embrace all types of families. I was not familiar with the Montessori method, and the school has really worked hard to ensure parents have may opportunities to learn about Montessori both at the school and at outside venues. The enrichment activities available after school are stronger every year, and although sometimes pricey are very conveninent for working parents. Overall wonderful school.