In keeping with the tenants of the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, ACM offers a truly child-centered, multi-sensory environment. The structure and ground rules of each program are based on fundamental Montessori principles, such as respect for others and the classroom environment. The materials offered in the classroom allow for hands-on, intrinsically motivated learning. The classroom has a multi-age grouping, in order to encourage self-lead learning and to promote adaptive social development. Within this structure, each child is able to learn at his or her own pace, and older children can provide assistance to those who are younger and serve as models to them.