WHAT CCMA ACCREDITATION INVOLVES?

An accreditation is the process that leads a school to become an accredited member of CCMA.  It involves a compilation of school policies and documents and a self-evaluation by the school, through the completion of a series of questionnaires followed by an on-site visit by at least two CCMA consultants.  The consultants prepare a written report of their findings and recommend that the school be accredited or that certain requirements must be met before a school is accredited.  Schools that receive their accreditation are presented with a certificate of accreditation and are permitted to identify themselves as CCMA accredited schools.  A response to the report will be issued by the school to CCMA within one year.  Accredited schools are re-evaluated every five years.  Applicant schools must be Accredited by their third year of membership.

It is required that:

  1. A school with more than one campus must have all campuses accredited at the same time.
     
  2. Any school that has already been accredited and is opening a new campus or programme, or is changing locations, inform the CCMA in writing within two years of that change.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR ACCREDITATION

  1. Any school seeking CCMA accreditation or re-accreditation, must have All Montessori classes at All locations of their school meet CCMA's current Accreditation criteria for Toddler, Casa, and Lower and Upper Elementary programmes.
     
  2. Schools that include Montessori in their name or that imply that all their programmes are Montessori are not eligible for CCMA membership and accreditation, unless all their programmes that we accredit are Montessori and meet CCMA’s current Accreditation criteria for Toddler, Casa and Lower and Upper Elementary programmes.
     
  3. A school that does not have Montessori in its name and that clearly indicates that not all their programming is Montessori is eligible for CCMA membership and accreditation if all the Montessori classes it offers meet CCMA’s current accreditation criteria for Toddler, Casa, and Lower and Upper Elementary programmes.  If there are any non-Montessori programmes offered, the school must clearly indicate to their parent community and to the public, that accreditation is not for the whole school but for the Montessori programmes only.

4. If an accredited school has a Toddler programme that was not included in their previous
    accreditation, the school may apply to have their Toddler programme go through the process
    prior to their re-accreditation.  At re-accreditation, the Toddler programme must be included
    in the process.

  1. If a school has a long-serving staff member in the school community who does not have the required credentials, then the school may write a letter of special consideration to the CCMA Board and have it accepted, in order for them to proceed with Accreditation. 
     
  2. Any school that became an applicant in September 2014 or later, must be accredited for all the Montessori programmes for which CCMA offers accreditation: Toddler, Casa and Elementary.  Accreditation must occur within 3 years of becoming an Applicant CCMA school.
     
  3. It is required that any school going through the CCMA Accreditation process, attend a meeting to review the objectives, the timeline, the process, any changes that have developed, and have the opportunity to ask questions. 
     
  4.  Every accreditation consultation team will include at least one consultant with administrative
     and CCMA accreditation experience.
     
  5.  Toddler, Casa, Elementary and administrative designate Consultants will complete CCMA
     Accreditation Consultant training on an annual basis.  Casa and Elementary Trained
     Consultants are administrators or heads of Accredited schools or Alumni who have been
     heads of CCMA Accredited schools.  Toddler Trained Consultants are heads of their
     programmes in CCMA Accredited schools. 
     
  6.  All advertising and certificates must reflect which programmes within the school are CCMA
     Accredited.

CCMA will indicate the levels it currently accredits on its website, its Accreditation Certificates and all appropriate other venues.