We get asked this all the time. “What makes this an authentic Montessori school?”
Montessori is a word in the public domain, which means it can be claimed by anyone and used to describe their preschool, toddler, or kindergarten program regardless of recognized authenticity.
We are accredited by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators. This means that objective evaluators have assessed and visited our programs and determined them to be authentic and true to the philosophy and intent of Maria Montessori.
The CCMA states that an authentic Montessori classroom must have the following basic characteristics at all levels:
* A classroom atmosphere which encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching, and emotional development.
* A schedule which allows large blocks of time to problem-solve, to see connections in knowledge and to create new ideas.
* A diverse set of Montessori materials, activities, and experiences which are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative, social, and personal independence.
* A partnership established with the family. The family is considered an integral part of the individual’s total development.
* Teachers educated in the Montessori philosophy and the methodology for the age level they are teaching, who have the ability and dedication to put the key concepts into practice.
* A multi-aged, multi-graded heterogeneous grouping of students.
As you visit and consider all the opportunities in Toronto, ensure that the programs you are visiting are able to confirm their validity and authenticity.
At Mildenhall Montessori Schools, 60% of our teachers have been teaching for more than 15 years and 50% of our teachers have taught with us for more than 8 years. We provide not only a positive learning environment for your children, but a quality working environment for our teachers. Our teacher commitment results in a high quality experience for you and your child, because it it highly likely that your child will have the same teacher for the entire three year cycle.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions regarding schedule, class demographics, training and turn over of teachers, and program design. How your children are educated is a big commitment and responsibility.