Who is Eligible to be Accredited or Re-Accredited?

All schools applying for Accreditation must meet the following criteria for each of their Toddler, Casa and Elementary Montessori classes:

  1. Are licensed by the appropriate Provincial Licensing Authority.
  2. Are guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
  3. Have one teacher in each classroom who holds an age-appropriate diploma
    from an AMI or MACTE accredited teacher training institute or any other teacher training programme that may be recognized by CCMA.
  4. Have a Full range of Montessori materials in each classroom as recommended by CCMA, which offers the broad curriculum to allow for sequential learning.
  5. Have an uninterrupted work cycle, that is ‘age and stage’ appropriate (e.g. range from 1 to 2 hours for Toddler; 2 to 3 hours for Casa; 2-1/2 to 3 hours for Elementary), to allow for the development of focus.
  6. Have a policy of admitting children to the programme at the appropriate age level consistent with Montessori principles that follow the developmental stages and sensitive periods for learning.
  7. Have multi-age groupings in each classroom (with a span of 1 year or more in the Toddler classroom and 3 years in the Casa and Elementary classrooms), which supports the concept that learning is a social process.
  8. Require attendance 5 days a week, for consistency in learning, with consideration for a phase-in period for Toddler.
  9. Abide by the CCMA Code of Ethics.