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Our vision is to help all children of the Madison area reach their highest and unique potentialities. To accomplish this we seek to reflect and inspire the true diversity of our urban setting and to encourage a society of compassionate, responsible, and productive leaders.

Our mission is to provide an aid to life through a holistic AMI Montessori Education; helping children achieve their greatest success, develop independence, and live with genuine kindness to others and the world.

AMI Montessori Schools

  • Have higher graduation rates
  • Provide a safe, welcoming community for all children and families
  • Improve self-confidence and self- control
  • Develop executive function
  • Produce superior student test scores
  • Focus on community service
  • Increase independence
  • Offer customized education plans
  • Achieve high family satisfaction and low attrition
  • Inspire children to love learning!

What’s a Montessori school anyway?

Now and into the future…

In 2012, IMA opened with a Toddler Program and a Primary Program. Now in 2017–18, we have a Nido (Infant) Program, a Young Children’s Community (“toddler” age), two Primary Classrooms, Lower and Upper Elementary Programs, and an Adolescent Program. 2018-19 marks the year that we achieve our goal towards increased access to an AMI Montessori education with the opening of Madison’s first public Montessori school serving 4K-9th grade. Future plans include the first Montessori High School in the Madison area.

Each AMI Montessori program of Isthmus Montessori Academy is specially prepared to ignite the learning process and respond to the developmental needs of each child. Through scientific research, Dr. Montessori recognized specific tendencies and sensitive periods for learning. Each AMI Montessori environment of Isthmus Montessori Academy responds to the human tendencies, sensitive periods for learning, and the unique developmental stages for each child.

We are an authentic Montessori school, giving all our students the opportunity to be in control of their education, ensuring that they pursue their passions, retain what they learn, and stay eager to keep learning.

You may learn more about the Montessori Philosophy using the following links:

Montessori FAQs

Maria Montessori

Distinction between IMA/IMAP

Accessibility, inclusion, and compassion have been the goals for the Isthmus Montessori Academy community from its inception.

While IMA remains a 5 Star YoungStar rated, tuition-based non-profit portion of the community; IMAP is a public school.

IMA serves children between two months and three years of age during the school day. IMA also provides Before School and After School Care for all ages, and Wrap-around care for 4K.

At this time, IMA is still tuition-based and accepts Wisconsin Shares for all families who qualify.

Children in the 4K through 9th grade programs are able to apply for enrollment at the IMAP portion of our community, which is publicly funded.

IMA and IMAP share facilities and are a cohesive learning community.

IMAP Program Levels

Primary or “Children’s House”

The curriculum of the Primary Class is mostly individual lessons and some group lessons about practical life, the sensorial materials, language, mathematics, geometry, music, art, biology and geography.

This level includes children between the ages of two and a half to around the age of six. Children may enter any time of year when they are toilet trained and at approximately two and a half years of age.


The work of the students in the Elementary Class is an integrated study of many subjects: geography, history, biology, language, mathematics, geometry, music, art and physical education all aiding the development of the power to reason. The “Going Out” program marks the point of arrival in the research work of the elementary students.

This level includes children between the ages of six to around the age of 12, split into Lower Elementary (1st through 3rd Grade) and Upper Elementary (4th through 6th Grade). Children may enter this level when they have fully reached the “Second Plane” of development, which usually occurs around the age of six. Some children may express readiness earlier than six and others may be closer to seven.


The adolescent curriculum includes the studies of commerce and economics as well as music, physics, language, chemistry, art, mathematics, geometry, biology, physical education, geography, and history.

This level includes children between the ages of 12 to 15. Young people may enter this level when they have fully reached the “Third Plane” of development, which usually occurs around the age of 12.

Tentative calendar

IMAP and IMA will run on a year-round calendar.

The school year will begin in mid August (approximately August 13).

There will be a two-week Fall Break in October (approximately October 15). During this break, IMA will be open for children who need care.

There will be a two-week Winter Break in December and January (approximately December 24 through January 4) IMA and IMAP will be closed.

There will be a two-week Spring Break in March (approximately March 11) IMA will be open for a portion of this break for children who need care.

The school year will end at the beginning of June (approximately June 7) and IMA will continue to be open throughout the summer in order to provide care for the children and families who are interested in continuing their learning adventures at IMA.

The Summer Break will be 6 weeks long, with closure for both IMA and IMAP for staff in-service at the beginning of August.

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