The word “Montessori” does not hold a trademark, and schools vary in many ways. When searching for a Montessori school it is advisable to look for, and ask for the following:
- Are you permitted to observe and visit the school while children are present?
- Are the school’s teachers degreed and/or accredited by an accredited Montessori Teacher Education Program?
- Is the school affiliated with the American Montessori Society, the International Montessori Council, the Association Montessori Internationale, or another accredited Montessori organization?
- As you observe the children in the school are you watching a peaceful, orderly classroom?
- Does the classroom contain the unique Montessori materials designed by Maria Montessori, and are the furnishings child-sized?
- Do the children and teachers appear relaxed and happy?
If you can answer “yes” to most of these questions, chances are you are visiting an authentic Montessori school.
A membership with the Cincinnati Montessori Society does NOT constitute an endorsement or recommendation from CMS nor does it constitute any guarantee of the quality of Montessori principles the school uses.
Our member schools are listed here.