Welcome to The Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies (SIMS)

The Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies  (SIMS) was established in the summer of 2011. We are a non-profit organization affiliated with the Association Montessori Internacionale (AMI). Our first AMI Primary Teacher Training Course was offered over the 2011-2012 academic year.  We plan to offer this course each academic year.

Upon completion of the course, the students earn the AMI International Montessori Diploma, entitling the holders to educate children ages 3 – 6 year old.  The AMI Diploma is recognized internationally and represents the highest standard for excellence in Montessori teacher training.

The Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies is housed at Keystone Montessori School, located in the upscale Ahwatukee suburb of Phoenix, Arizona.  A mock 3-6 Prepared Environment is set up especially for the adult students and a complete set of Montessori materials are available for their practice and study.  We invite you to visit, to see the training facilities, and to have your questions answered.  Contact us for directions or to schedule an appointment.