AMI/NAMTA Orientation to adolescent studies


The application for the 2018 Orientation to Adolescent Studies is NOW OPEN!

There will be three Orientations held during the summer of 2018. The course content is standard for all of the locations, and each is staffed by experienced directors and advisors. 

Orientation 2018 fees are as follows:
Application Fee - $25 ($50 after May 1, 2018)
Tuition - $6,000
Lodging - Variable by location

June 18-July 20 at Beacon Academy in Chicago, IL

June 25-July 27 at Hershey Montessori Farm School in Huntsburg, OH

July 1-August 3 at The Grove School in Redlands, CA 

Need more info? Contact Julia Richards ( or 720.458.3086) 

What is the Orientation to Adolescent Studies?

The AMI/NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies provides an overview of essential Montessori principles and background information necessary to meet the developmental needs of adolescents. Lecturers, presenters, and practitioners include AMI trainers and AMI trained practitioners with extensive experience in the field of Montessori adolescent work. Faculty advisors individually assist course participants to reach an understanding of Montessori theory and practices and to help them apply those principles to their own community, location, and circumstances. Participants can shape their specialized backgrounds (in math, science, humanities) as part of a total Montessori vision, allowing them to design an adolescent program that addresses their unique combinations of students, faculty, site, and administration at their schools.

Those students who complete the course requirements will receive a NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate.

Prior AMI Montessori training at the early childhood or elementary levels will enhance the orientation experience but is not a prerequisite.


History of the Orientation

Since 1976, in collaboration with practitioners in the Montessori adolescent movement, the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, NAMTA, has provided documentation, leadership, and guidance in consolidating Montessori adolescent education and programs, establishing a strong heritageof best practices through evolving school programs. The Orientation to Adolescent Studies is one of the programs incubated, implemented and refined under NAMTA’s guidance.

In 2010, the Association Montessori Internationale agreed to an evolving relationship with the NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies. This relationship has allowed for the preservation and propagation of adolescent research and practice within the context of AMI-approved teacher education, and the Orientation was renamed as the AMI/NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies.


Course Elements

Participants of the orientation course will learn Montessori theory through both lectures and hands-on activities. Throughout the orientation, participants will experience the art of the seminar, journal writing, and applications of the three-period lesson design (1. presentation, 2. exploration, and 3. student presentation). Analysis of Montessori primary texts will emphasize the key tenets of Montessori philosophy.

An important part of the orientation is to experience the life of the adolescent: their studies, their practical work, their community life, their growing need for independence, and their need to work side-by-side with adults. Through time spent in the prepared environment, participants will explore this need for independence and an awareness of human interdependence, both of which become concretely realized and internalized in Montessori adolescent communities that genuinely provide a “school of experience in the elements of social life.”

Participants will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of both Montessori principles and methodology as well as an understanding of the psychology behind adolescent development. They will write papers explaining theoretical principles, discuss readings of Montessori’s writing (as well as the writing of others), produce a lexicon of key Montessori terms, and design frameworks for study and work that are appropriate for their own community of adolescents. Finally they will synthesize their understanding and generate a record of course presentations by compiling an “album” representing the whole course of study for future use and reference.