our mission

The mission of ACM is to promote and provide an authentic,
affordable Montessori education in the City of Mobile, Alabama. All of the projects ACM undertakes must meet the following criteria: provide high­ quality Montessori education, be as affordable as possible, and be governed and directed by our volunteer Board in collaboration with parent members.

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General Information

Azalea City Montessori Cooperative is an emerging, member-governed, nonprofit organization. ACM is governed and directed by a nonprofit Board in collaboration with parent members. ACM came to be as a result of the efforts of parents and teachers seeking an alternative educational option for our children. ACM is a designated 501c3 charitable organization.

Goals and Objectives

The 2017-18 school year marked our one-year anniversary as an independent school. We are enjoying being a part of the eclectic community of neighborhood organizations, small businesses, and artists at Central Presbyterian Church.

We are excited to continue developing our primary, kindergarten, and elementary programs. This year we are adding more co-op slots for parents to provide services and programs for ACM. New offerings include elementary physical education, art history and an outdoor education series. We are thrilled to be partnering with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language to implement a Spanish immersion component in Primary/kindergarten, and develop a Spanish world language program for elementary modeled on the Shelby County World Language Program.

The specific educational goals and objectives of ACM are as follows:

  • Help each child realize his or her full potential.
  • Cultivate a love for learning, and the creative process, along with a passion for knowledge.
  • Foster independence and enhance self­ confidence in each individual student.
  • Create a peaceful, supportive, nurturing learning environment and community for students, parents, and staff grounded in respect and compassion for others.
  • Cultivate a strong sense of community between members united by a shared vision and goals for their children.
  • To provide a strong academic foundation for future learning.
  • To promote an enduring sense of wonder in the child.


Membership is open to any family with a child enrolled in one of our programs. Members select our governing Board each year and help determine how funds are spent. Please see our member handbook for details on member rights and responsibilities.

Nondiscrimination Policy

ACM does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Children with special needs will be accepted if they can participate in and benefit from the educational programs offered.