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Desert Gardens Montessori in Phoenix, Arizona has been awarded their IMC accreditation as of March 1, 2014.

The school had their on site visit in late January by the team of:

Claire Salkowski, Accreditation Chair, IMC Board member and Head of School Free State Montessori, Fork, Maryland; Margot Garfield-Anderson, IMC Membership Director and Montessori Foundation Staffer; Robin Howe, Elementary Guide from NewGate School (the laboratory school of the Montessori Foundation) and Jan Katzen, Former toddler directress and AMI certified teacher, Certified Nutritionist and Nutritional Educator.

The school’s program runs from the Infant/Toddler through Adolescent program with sights set of adding a full High School program in the near future. We congratulate the school on achieving their accreditation and share this news with the IMC community.

Now that the school has earned this distinction they will become a mentor school to another school going through the process. Head of School Shetal Walters led her committee through the process with grace and courtesy and community involvement. The school’s staff and families welcomed the on site committee with total openness to the experience and made it a truly inclusive and welcoming event for all.

We are planning on Shetal attending the November conference in Sarasota, Florida November 6-9, 2014 so that she can be given the opportunity to address the members on their school’s experiences of accreditation and be awarded a ceremonial version of the certificate that the school already received.

So Congratulations Desert Garden, you’ve earned your bragging rights on this one.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:52)


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Congratulations to the International Montessori School of Hong Kong!

In October of 2012 The IMC the team of Claire Salkowski (IMC accreditation commissioner chair), Kathleen Leitch (IMC accreditation commissioner), Pete Juds (IMC accredited school head of school) and Margot Garfield-Anderson (IMC accreditation administrator) traveled to Hong Kong to serve in the capacity of on-sight validators for the IMC accreditation process.

When a school voluntarily chooses to become accredited with the IMC a very lengthy and reflective process of self evaluation that involves the entire community is undertaken. Schools have different reasons for seeking accreditation but one of the main reasons is to gain the public trust. An accredited school shows the community that it has undergone a very vigorous process and has been evaluated by a group of their peers to insure that their message is clear and represents best practices Montessori.

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing that the International Montessori School of Hong Kong has been accepted as an IMC accredited school by the entire commission. The school worked very hard to achieve this distinction and we are delighted to award them their accreditation certificate. Congratulations to Anne Sawyer and Karin Ann, the co founders of the school and the entire population of the school (close to 600 students!) on obtaining this credential.

When the school was notified it had earned its accreditation here is what they had to say about the IMC:

“Dear Tim,

Thank you so much for all that you have done for Montessori, and we are delighted and honored to be admitted as an accredited IMC school.

We have been so incredibly impressed by the experience and insights of the IMC accreditation team, and feel so privileged to have new friends with such warmth and passion.  Thank you for the support.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in person, and hope to welcome you to our school soon!

Warmest regards,

Anne, Karin, Nicolette & IMS Team”

READ the Tomorrow's Child article on IMS here.

Last Updated (Monday, 04 March 2013 10:08)


postheadericon Bowman International School - Bragging rights

The Board of Trustees of Bowman International School is very proud to announce that our Head of School, Mary Beth Ricks has been selected to receive a 2012 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award (TWIN).   The YWCA's TWIN award is the longest running women's recognition program in Silicon Valley and, over the past 28 years, it has honored women executives from companies such as Adobe Systems, Applied Materials, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Cisco Systems, Xilinx and Oracle, as well as a cross-section of outstanding small and mid-size growth companies from a variety of areas such as government, legal, education, financial services, venture capital, and clean technology.  Mary Beth and the other 2012 TWIN winners will be honored at an Awards Dinner on May 10th at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose.  More information about the 2012 TWIN awards can be found at

Last Updated (Monday, 11 June 2012 14:05)


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Dallas, TX – November 08, 2010 -- The Westwood School, the first private, non-profit, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Montessori High School in Texas, will host a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 for its new campus. The new High School campus was acquired in August 2010 to accommodate IB and Montessori education at the High School level and to house the growing student body.The Ribbon Cutting will take place at the new High School campus located at 14240 Midway Road, Dallas, TX 75244 at 2:00pm. This is an invitation only event to allow local school administrators and current families at The Westwood School to view and tour the new High School campus.

Read full article here.


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These schools have gone through the Accreditation process and have earned their full IMC Accreditation status:

Montessori at the Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Sea Pines Montessori Academy, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

Bowman International School, Palo Alto, CA, USA
MST Logo The Montessori School of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Ghent Montessori School, Norfolk, VA, USA

The Westwood School, Dallas, TX, USA
International Montessori School of Hong Kong

Desert Garden Montessori School

Phoenix, Arizona

Last Updated (Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:58)

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