How to Choose?

Choosing the right school for your child is a complex decision that should include examining the characteristics of your child, your family and the school itself. For example, if a commitment to the environment is important to you and your family’s belief system, your child’s school should reflect this commitment.

During the decision-making process, it is important that your visit to the facilities you are considering include some of the following:

  • A meeting with a member of the Admissions Team

  • A school tour
  • An information evening or open house
  • An opportunity to observe a classroom in action.

Following these experiences, you should have a good sense of the school’s philosophies, curriculum and whether it is the right fit for your child and your family.

method & philosophy

The name Montessori refers to a pedagogy and philosophy, however, it is not a protected name and it cannot be patented. It is important for parents to know which schools uphold the highest standards of excellence for Montessori education. Unfortunately, there are “monte-somethings” out there using the name “Montessori”.

To ensure you are visiting an authentic Montessori School, look for the following:

  • 1. The school should have a connection to a professional organization, such as the Canadian Council for Montessori Administrators (CCMA).
  • 2. Each classroom should have a full complement of age group appropriate specially designed Montessori materials.
  • 3. The Admissions Team should promote and encourage non-interactive classroom observations for prospective parents and for parents of children enrolled in the school.

  • 4. The classrooms should be beautiful, bright, spacious and should resemble a “Children’s House” than a typical classroom. For example, child-size furniture should be placed strategically about the room rather than desks in rows; artwork should be hung at child’s eye level.

  • 5. The classroom teachers must have their diplomas from a reputable Montessori teacher-training centre, such as Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) or a Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) centre.

  • 6. Depending on the ages of students and number of children enrolled, there might be one or two assistants to support the functioning of the classroom.

  • 7. Lastly, true Montessorians love to talk Montessori. If you’re not getting a sense of passion and dedication from the staff, be concerned.
  • 8. Read more here.

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