Montessori Quality Assurance

    Committed to Principles of the Association Montessori Internationale

The name Montessori is not protected by copyright. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded by Maria Montessori and her son Mario Montessori in 1929, in order to protect the integrity of her life's work. The AMI continues to promote Dr. Montessori's work around the world.

The AMI Recognition program for schools first came about in response to parents' inquiries for authentic, high-quality Montessori programs for their children. The AMI Recognition program has been offered in Canada since the 1980's and in the United States since 1973. The Association Montessori Internationale has expanded quality assurance beyond the United States and Canada and is now collaborating with countries around the world as part of a global AMI quality assurance program. In Canada, this is known as Montessori Quality Assurance, Committed to Principles of the Association Montessori Internationale.

Schools have also requested an AMI Montessori Quality Assurance program in order to identify themselves as schools that are committed to AMI educational principles and practices. Each Montessori school operates independently and is either owned and operated privately or as a non-profit organization. The school must follow all provincial guidelines appropriate for childrenin the age range it serves.

The expanded Montessori Quality Assurance program was launched in Canada in September 2013. It is "expanded" because it includes not only AMI Recognized schools, but is open to Montessori schools striving to follow AMI principles and practices, who may not yet meet all the AMI Recognition criteria. Schools that are new to the program will be identified as Member Schools. Montessori Quality Assurance is a voluntary program for Montessori schools in Canada.

Participating Member schools will:

Schools that meet all of the Essential Characteristics of AMI environments in support of the full development of the human being may apply to receive an AMI Certificate of Recognition and may advertise the school as an AMI Recognized school. Schools that are currently AMI Recognized Schools in Canada will continue to hold this designation.

AMI Recognized schools will:

Montessori Quality Assurance is not a form of accreditation. It is a commitment by a school to strive for excellence in Montessori programs for children by adhering to the AMI principles and practices. Participation in the Montessori Quality Assurance process sets schools on a path of continued growth and improvement.

The Montessori Quality Assurance program in Canada is administered by Association Montessori Internationale (Canada).