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ARE ALL MONTESSORI SCHOOLS THE SAME?

Parents desiring to enroll their children in a Montessori School are interested in criteria by which such a school may be evaluated. Of special concern to parents are the qualities which identify an exemplary Montessori school. Since the name Montessori alone cannot be copyrighted, schools may use this name in various ways.

In 1929 Maria Montessori established the AMI organization. Its mission is to ensure that teacher training centers and Montessori schools maintain the exacting standards she established. Dr. Montessori believed strongly that her curriculum should remain intact and exact in its implementation. AMI certification of the school assures parents that the school and the teachers meet the highest standards. 

Montessori schools are independent of each other. Even among AMI schools, you may find that leadership, governance or physical space may vary. Some schools may meet minimum standards, while others provide exceptional environments and leadership. Visit the school and ask questions to assess the standards the school has established. 

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A GOOD MONTESSORI SCHOOL 
 

1. AMI recognition is the highest certification a school can attain. AMI is the only authentic certification for Montessori schools.

2. An Established School with multi-age classrooms. The interaction of the experienced older student with the younger child is crucial to establishing a normalized Montessori community. An  established, well reputed program assures parents of stability and consistency in staff, policies, parent satisfaction and community involvement. 

3. A school serving a variety of ages ( toddler - elementary) is best to accommodate families over a longer period of time. It also maintains peer groups and minimizes transitions. 

4. Observe a class in session and tour the entire school. Authentic Montessori requires spacious, fully equipped classrooms with access to safe outdoor environments and gardens. You should see calm, gracious teachers who are respectful of the child. The children should be engaged in purposeful work exhibiting competence, independence and grace.

WHAT MAKES MONTESSORI EDUCATION UNIQUE?
 

  • Children learn by exploring and discovering concepts with hands-on manipulative equipment. 
  • Individualized learning allows students to progress at their own pace.
  • Logical and creative thinking are developed and problem solving skills encouraged.
  • Lessons in grace and courtesy teach respect for self and others. They also promote positive social interactions and development.
  • A noncompetitive environment encourages children to learn to work and achieve intrinsic rewards rather  external reinforcement or to please others.
The Montessori Method develops the whole personality of the child, not merely his intellectual faculties but also builds initiative and independent choice making. This method help to form the basis of good citizenship. 

 

 

 

   
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