CCMA Schools

Montessori education

CCMA promotes standards of excellence in Montessori education through accreditation, support and service, and provides a unified voice for our members across Canada

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An Applicant School

Joining the CCMA as a member school is the first step in becoming accredited. Once a school applies and is welcomed to membership the school is an Applicant School.

Upon application, an applicant school can begin to use the CCMA applicant logo to demonstrate to families that the school is committed to the accreditation process and aims to provide students the best quality authentic Montessori education and a commitment to excellence.

New Montessori schools’ programs must be 3 years old before they complete the accreditation process.  Applicant schools with established programs may not need three years to become accredited.

An Applicant School shall meet the following criteria:

  • Is licensed by the appropriate Provincial Licensing Authority.
  • Is guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
  • Each classroom has at least one teacher who holds an age-appropriate diploma from an
    AMI or MACTE accredited teacher training institute or any other teacher training
    program that may be recognized by the CCMA.
  • Each classroom has a basic to full range of Montessori materials as recommended by
    CCMA, which offers the broad curriculum to allow for sequential learning.
  • Is 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 ½ to 3 ½ for Elementary), to allow for the development of focus.
  • Have a policy of admitting children to the program at the appropriate age level consistent with Montessori principles and sensitive periods for learning.
  • Is 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.
  • Meets the relevant Building, Health, Safety, and Fire codes and carry appropriate insurance.
  • Abides by the CCMA Code of Ethics.
  • The school is actively engaged and making progress to meet the criteria for being Accredited within a certain timeframe.

An Accredited School

A school that has applied for Accreditation and successfully completed the rigorous, 12 to 18-month Accreditation process is called an Accredited school. The school must be in operation for more than 3 years before the process can take place.

The school’s commitment to ongoing improvement and accountability that is still meeting the criteria for Accreditation are reviewed annually in the membership form. A new, short Annual Report back to the CCMA Board will also ensure this standard.

Accreditation is for a period of five years. At the end of 3 ½ years from the original date, the school will begin the process toward their next visit. CCMA offers support to guide the school through the process.

An Accredited School shall meet the following criteria:

  • Is licensed by the appropriate Provincial Licensing Authority.
  • Is guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
  • Each classroom has at least one teacher who holds an age-appropriate diploma from an
    AMI or MACTE accredited teacher training institute or any other teacher training
    program that may be recognized by the CCMA.
  • Each classroom has a full range of Montessori materials as recommended by CCMA, which offers the broad curriculum to allow for sequential learning.
  • Has 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 ½ to 3 ½ for Elementary), to allow for the development of focus.
  • Has a policy of admitting children to the program at the appropriate age level consistent with Montessori principles and sensitive periods for learning.
  • Has 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.
  • Require attendance 5 days a week, for consistency in learning, with consideration for a phase-in period for Toddler.
  • Meets the relevant Building, Health, Safety, and Fire codes and carry appropriate insurance.
  • Abides by the CCMA Code of Ethics.
  • Has successfully completed the Accreditation process which includes a comprehensive review of policies, standards, and practices of the school by a CCMA Accreditation team.

For CCMA Member schools, please download and complete the Accreditation form. For Non-CCMA member schools, please contact the CCMA office at ccma@bellnet.ca or call us at 905-896-9094.

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