What to look for in a Montessori School

One of the key factors in deciding on the Montessori program is the observation of the classroom. AMI USA has published a checklist to help parents evaluate the programs.

Some key elements of this checklist are:

  • The environment is organized and attractive
  • Multi-sensory, hands-on materials are in regular use
  • Each child has an opportunity to choose work that interests him/her
  • The emphasis is on learning by doing and social development rather than drills, memorization, or finding information only to answer specific questions
  • Children are encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help each other
  • The teachers and staff show respect for the children
  • The children are calm, concentrated, and joyful

Key AMI guidelines also include:

  • An AMI trained teacher in every classroom
  • A mixed age-group
  • A three-hour uninterrupted work period in the morning and a two-hour period in the afternoon
  • A complete set of materials made by AMI authorized manufacturers