Applicant School - Criteria

Application Form

An Applicant School shall meet the following criteria: 

  1. Is licensed by the appropriate Provincial Licensing Authority.
  2. Is guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
  3. Has 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. Has a basic to full range of Montessori materials in each classroom as recommended by CCMA, which offers the broad curriculum to allow for sequential learning.
  5. Working toward 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. Has 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. Working toward 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. Meets the relevant Building, Health, Safety, and Fire codes and carries appropriate insurance.
  9. Abides by the CCMA Code of Ethics.
  10. The school is actively engaged and making progress to meet the criteria for being Accredited within a certain timeframe.