The Canadian Council of Montessori Administration (CCMA) is a national accrediting body that ensures that Montessori programs meet the highest standards of an authentic Montessori education.
As a part of the accreditation process, our staff engaged in meaningful reflection of their practice to assess the many ways we attend to the needs of our students. Taking the time to frequently observe their students as they worked, as well as, observe the classes of their colleagues, drew their attention to whether or not the key principles which reflect our Montessori philosophy were being supported. Evidence rather than theory guided staff to sustain or improve their practice.
Adhering to the key principles of the Montessori philosophy— individualized learning, academic excellence, self-direction, a love of learning and respect for others—was the main lens through which the CCMA consultants evaluated the authenticity of our program.