Choosing a Montessori School for Your Child
If you have decided that Montessori education is the right fit for your child, your next step is to choose a Montessori school. Because there are no official guidelines that all Montessori schools must follow, programs can vary dramatically from school to school. That means that it’s important to explore the specific curriculum and approach of the schools you’re considering to see which one feels right for your child. Here are some things to consider.
Although there are no standard requirements for calling yourself a Montessori school, many schools voluntarily participate in a professional organization that set certain educational standards. One such program is the American Montessori Society, or AMS. AMS sets specific standards for teacher training, learner outcomes, and curriculum. By finding out about a school’s professional memberships, you can get insight into their approach to Montessori education. You should also check to see if there are any health and safety licensing requirements for schools in your state, and if so, that the school you are considering has the appropriate, current license.
There is no better way to get a feel for a Montessori program than to spend time in the classroom. Although classrooms can differ greatly, look for classes that are designed to embrace key Montessori principles, with child-sized furniture and learning tools, spaces for group and individual work, and defined areas for the different parts of the curriculum. Classrooms should be organized, and children should be working independently, with teachers there to provide guidance.
Some Montessori schools only offer programs for very young children, while others run through upper elementary school and beyond. Consider the length of the program offered and what your plans will be for your child after that program is finished.
The Montessori School is an AMS member with Montessori programs stretching through 6 th grade. We invite parents to visit our Montessori schools to explore our classrooms for themselves. Make an appointment to visit our Dallas location by calling (469) 685-1732, or contact our Montessori school in Allen by dialing (972) 908-5055.