Parents who choose Montessori education are looking for the best possible learning experience for their children. But any school can call itself Montessori—the term is not trademarked, and schools vary in how they interpret the Montessori approach.
Accreditation by the American Montessori Society is one benchmark parents can use in evaluating a Montessori program. To promote consistency and high quality in Montessori education, AMS has established standards and offers schools that meet these standards the opportunity to complete the rigorous accreditation process.
Accreditation is voluntary and takes 1 to 2 years to complete. Only schools that are full members of AMS are eligible to apply.
AMS accreditation affirms that a school meets a standard of excellence recognized by educators and Montessorians worldwide. Parents can rely on it.
Learn more about the requirements for AMS school accreditation.