It is often a daunting task to choose a school for your child. At the Montessori Foundation we believe that it is important for families and for schools to look for a "good fit". For this reason we recognize that the wide diversity between Montessori schools is generally a good thing in that it gives parents the opportunity to find a school which can suit their family's specific needs.

Montessori is not a trademark. Montessori is not a franchise where you can expect each school to be pretty similar to every other Montessori School.

Parents deciding on a school essentially need to ask two crucial questions -

1) Is Montessori right for our family?

2) Is this particular Montessori school right for our family?

The articles in this section of our website are chosen to help you answer those questions.

My daughter, now 8 years old, brought me to Montessori.  She began at a Montessori school when she was 3 years old.  I was amazed at how she transformed from an active child who always seemed to be getting into trouble into one who was confident and responsible.  She was more independent than ever, but learned to channel her energy.  Rather than being bored, she had become focused and content.


When she finished her three years in the Montessori primary classroom, we realized it was  time to make a change.  Her Montessori school did not offer an elementary program.  Our local public school is consistently rated in the top 10 in the state.  Our older daughter went to the local school.  It seemed like an easy decision…she would go to public school.

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Is Montessori right for you and your child?

Download a pdf of a chapter of The Montessori Way: Finding The Right School For Your Child.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 August 2010 11:26) of the internationally recognized name 'Montessori, many people worldwide assume that our schools are part of a franchise, chain, or are centrally licensed. In reality, each school is independent.  There is no central authority that licenses a school as a Montessori program, although there are several professional association to which a school might voluntarily belong, and from which accreditation can be sought.

Because accreditation has traditionally applied to high schools and colleges, very few Montessori schools are accredited. More recently, parents have begun to hear about accreditation at the childcare level by an organization known as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which represents a less comprehensive standard than traditional school accreditation. Again, while some Montessori schools might hold that recognition, it is not as applicable to schools as to childcare programs, and only a small percentage of Montessori schools have sought that recognition.

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