From the Director:
The term “Montessori” is not a trademark name and simply refers to the application of teaching methods devised by Italian physician Maria Montessori at the beginning of the 20th century. Though different Montessori schools will share similarities, each school is independent. A few organizations exist that certify and recognize Montessori schools. Such accreditation often gives parents peace of mind that certain standards of quality are being met. Unfortunately, most organizations require exclusive affiliation and adherence to their interpretation of Montessori principles. At The Growing Place Montessori, we feel that each interpretation of Montessori’s philosophy has something unique to offer. We value the diverse and rich ways that many of the professional Montessori organizations train teachers, and we welcome instructors from different Montessori backgrounds. For this reason, we decline affiliation or accreditation by such associations.