When looking for a Montessori education for your child, it is important to look closely at the program offered by the school. While the name “Montessori” is meant to describe a certain philosophy, the term is not trademarked. There are no rules to monitor how a school or daycare uses the term Montessori or how their approach to education conforms to the teachings of the Montessori Method. One way to discern the difference between Montessori schools is to look for accreditation from a professional organization such as the American Montessori Society (AMS).
Children’s House of Exton is accredited by the AMS, and has earned the distinction of being a Full Member School. Currently, only 10% of all Montessori schools have obtained this level of credential. Requirements include a well-defined standard of excellence regarding curriculum, teacher preparation, learner outcomes, and fiscal and personnel policies, facilities, and health and safety practices. Selecting a Full Member School with AMS accreditation provides assurances with regards to quality of education and accountability to the governing body of the Montessori Society.