Alief Montessori Community School strives to provide a diverse and supportive learning environment where our students develop a lifelong love of learning and grow to become contributing members of society.
Alief Montessori Community School strives to provide a diverse and supportive learning environment where our students develop a love for lifelong learning and grow to become contributing members of society.
Nancy Lee Chieu founded Alief Montessori Community School as a private school in the fall of 1981. Ms. Chieu’s graduate work in Educational Psychology and related experiences with special needs students became the basis for her firm belief in Montessori education for young children. Mrs. Chieu strongly supports Maria Montessori’s view of education, “Education is to prepare a child for life.” The goal of education is always the formation of the total personality. Dr. Montessori stated that education for life begins at birth, thus the most significant period of a child’s development is the first six years.
During its two decades of service, Alief Montessori Community School has provided Montessori programs for children 3 to 12 years old. Students attend multi-age classes according to Montessori education. Primary students usually range from 3 to 6 years of age. The lower elementary students are about 6 to 9 and the upper elementary 9 to 12 years of age. Traditionally Montessori schools grow by beginning with 3-year-old students then adding a new group of 3-year-olds each year. Ideally, 3-year-old students remain with the same teacher for 3 years, as will 6-year-olds who move up to an elementary class. Currently, AMCS has primary, lower and upper elementary classes.
It is essential that parents understand the Montessori philosophy. It is vital to recognize that it is the child, not the teacher, who develops his or her potential through constructive work. The role of the teacher is to assist this development by preparing the environment, directing the activity, and encouraging responsible independence.
Montessori education helps children develop and refine the skills of perception, rationalization, and abstraction. Patterns of concentration, perseverance and thoroughness, established in early childhood, produce a confident and competent learner. A Montessori education encourages the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social maturity work together to provide the development of true community.
A major goal of the Montessori experience is to encourage self-discipline. From their first day in the classroom, children are encouraged to make choices based upon their interest and their knowledge of available activities. They are given security by the presence of clear guidelines for responsible behavior - guidelines that are positively and consistently reinforced.
Alief Montessori Community School receives the highest recognition for educational excellence. The Texas Education Agency conferred the Recognized or Exemplary rating to our school since 1999.
The Texas Business and Education Coalition also awarded us the Honor Roll Award.
Alief Montessori was conferred the top 25% progress distinction by the Texas Education Agency for its performance in the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR).
Alief Montessori Community School as an organization and its staff, as individuals, hold essential accreditation and membership with
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI): Staff memberships
Alief Montessori Community School is a Texas Public Charter School accredited by the
State of Texas Education Agency
North American Montessori Teachers Association