A Commonsense Guide to Choosing A Montessori School

“I know I want a Montessori school for my daughter, but what if I choose the wrong one? I’ve heard that there are amazing Montessori schools and I’ve heard that there are many imitations and knock-offs! I don’t want to make a mistake and then have to look for another school.”

We often hear comments like this from parents who start researching Montessori education for their children. There is so much information out there! The more they discover about Montessori, the harder it is to choose a school.

The Sad Truth about Montessori

It’s tricky to know just exactly what constitutes an authentic Montessori program. There is no copyright on the term “Montessori”. That means anyone can open a school and call it “Montessori” without implementing an authentic program.

Why is this important?

A true Montessori program has highly trained teachers, specific learning materials and a carefully planned curriculum that will help your child:

• Learn cooperative social skills

• Develop self control

• Learn to take initiative

• Develop an analytical mindset

• And, most importantly, develop a lifelong joy, love and excitement for learning

Do you want these outcomes for your child? If so, you will need to find an authentic Montessori program.

7 Traits of an Authentic Montessori School

In the 11 years since opening our doors as an AMI Montessori school, we have become an expert at identifying authentic Montessori programs. Here are the 7 things to look for to make this determination: