Church Street Montessori is now a fully Recognized AMI School – one of only 6 such schools in ALL of Canada. This AMI Certificate of Recognition is the highest form of accreditation granted by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) for schools that practice the Montessori method of education as established by Dr. Maria Montessori. It validates our commitment to Montessori education, as well as confirms that our school meets all the AMI criteria for quality Montessori environments that support the full development of a child.

ASSOCIATION OF MONTESSORI INTERNATIONALE (AMI)
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The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded by Dr. 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. Maria Montessori’s work around the world.

In Canada, AMI is governed by Association Montessori Internationale (Canada).

WHY MONTESSORI QUALITY ASSURANCE AND AMI RECOGNITION

Introduced originally by Dr. Maria Montessori over hundred years ago, the Montessori method complements children’s own ability to learn through sensorial exploration and self-discovery. Please visit the AMI USA website for more information about Montessori vs Mainstream educational comparison.

Dr. Montessori wanted her work to benefit the children around the world and she did not think to protect her work or trademark her name at that time. Since the name Montessori is not protected by trademark, sadly today, many schools simply use the term Montessori to mean an educational institution for young children even when they do not follow the Montessori method. This makes it difficult and confusing for parents to identify schools that provide quality, authentic Montessori education for children.

At the request of parents and Montessori schools, the AMI Certificate of Recognition and AMI Montessori Quality Assurance are two programs initiated and administered by AMI to help identify schools that provide quality Montessori environments and are committed to the principles of the Association Montessori Internationale. In Canada, these programs are administered by Association Montessori Internationale (Canada).

AMI CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION – AN AMI RECOGNIZED SCHOOL
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An AMI Recognized School is the highest accreditation granted by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) for schools practicing authentic Montessori methodology and principles as established by Dr. Maria Montessori. The AMI Recognition program has been offered in Canada since the 1980’s and in the United States since 1973. A school that is accredited by AMI is identified as An AMI Recognized School.

Since 1980, only 6 Montessori schools have received this highest standard of accreditation from AMI in Canada and Church Street Montessori is proud to be the only AMI Recognized Montessori School North of Toronto serving Aurora, Newmarket, King City, Richmond Hill and Stouffville areas.

REQUIREMENTS FOR AMI RECOGNITION
  • Each classroom shall meet the Essential Characteristics of AMI Environments that support full development of the human being:
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  • Contain a full set of recognized Montessori materials with no superfluous materials added.
  • Guided by a directress holding an AMI diploma for that age group (3-6 years for Casa).
  • Minimum number of non-teaching assistants as allowed by government regulations.
  • Children of mixed ages (3 to 6 years for Casa)
  • Enrollment numbers per class not intentionally less than 28 children (except when establishing a new class or limited by government regulations)
  • Strict adherence to uninterrupted 3-hour morning work-cycle (5 days per week)
  • Minimum 2-hour afternoon work-cycle each day for the Extended Day children
  • Commitment to ongoing staff development through attendance at AMI workshops, conferences and refresher courses
  • Accreditation review and consultation by an AMI consultant every three years

For more information, please visit the MQA website.

AMI MONTESSORI QUALITY ASSURANCE

AMI Quality Assurance Program is not a form of accreditation. It is a voluntary program that is open for all Montessori schools in Canada. While it 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.

AMI Quality Assurance was established in School Year 2013-2014 to help differentiate those schools that are committed to providing authentic and quality Montessori environments but may NOT yet meet all the AMI Recognition criteria. Schools that are participating in this program are identified as member schools. Church Street Montessori was one of the first schools to obtain member status when the program was initiated in School Year 2013 – 2014.

For more information, please visit the MQA website.