Adolescent Project

Adolescent Project

NAMTA's Role in Montessori Adolescent Programming


Since 1976, NAMTA has provided documentation, leadership, and guidance in consolidating Montessori adolescent education and programs.  NAMTA’s seminars, conferences, and summer intensives have established a strong heritage of best practices through evolving school programs.  The work has included baseline research, school consultation, publications, and six colloquia that were attended by AMI trainers and practitioners, including Renilde Montessori and Camillo Grazzini.




First NAMTA adolescent colloquium.   


Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community, the Erdkinder-inspired model for ages 12-15, opened  in Huntsburg, Ohio.


June, 2003
The first NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies.


June, 2004
The NAMTA Center for Montessori Adolescent Studies was established. The mission was to evolve a valid program design based on the Montessori Educational Syllabus derived from Montessori’s Erdkinder Appendices, From Childhood to Adolescence.

Fall, 2008
Montessori High School at University Circle opened, broadening a Montessori pedagogical platform for adolescents from 14-18 years.


The NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies is named The AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies identifying NAMTA’s adolescent program as a current AMI pedagogical offering.


Summer, 2018

Beginning in the summer of 2018, the AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies will have a new base of operations: Great Work Inc. (GWI) in Denver, CO. GWI will be facilitating the adolescent orientation, including managing the application process, and will be the point of contact for any questions regarding the orientation. GWI is a non-profit that is committed to supporting the quality, stability, and expansion of Montessori education through high-fidelity teacher training and professional development, innovative programming with an emphasis on the adolescent years, and the cultivation of tools, curriculum, and resources that will support educators and education institutions to serve the needs of students.  Click here to learn more about the work of GWI and the future of the AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies; you will be redirected to the GWI website.

NAMTA's Role in the History of Montessori Adolescent Programming 
The AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies
Print/Video Resources Whole School Resources 
Hershey Montessori School Adolescent Community on the Farm Montessori High School at University Circle
Hershey Montessori Training Institute


Welcome back and thank you for you patience as we have been transitioning to new locations, beginning new work with new staff, and refreshing our processes.

Our online store and archives have successfully moved into a new space where all of our publications and media, both for sale and for research via the archives, are housed in one large office/warehouse. Along with the refreshed processes and efficiency this new space brings, we will be implementing new ordering and payment systems for the NAMTA store and updating other member services. We are now filling back orders and will be ready to accept new orders by December 11th.

Our operations are now headquartered in Seattle and are being managed by NAMTA’s longtime president Jacquie Maughan. Please feel free to contact us at or call the Seattle office at 206-919-6349.

For additional news and updates, please see the note from the NAMTA officers.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend our conference in Seattle/Tacoma on April 4-7, 2019. This conference will not only explore the most current approaches and uses of technology but will also inspire and enrich our understanding of maintaining our balance with the forces that keep us rooted and connected to humanity through the power of story, the natural world, and creativity. Check back soon for program and registration information.