Choosing a Montessori School
Checklist for choosing a Montessori School
Choosing the right Montessori school can be a daunting task, particularly when there are so many Montessori schools to choose from. As almost any school can call itself a “Montessori school”, it is very important to find the right Montessori school to ensure your child will receive the best quality education. At the Montessori Foundation, we believe that it is important for families and for schools to look for a “good fit”.
Montessori is not a trademark. Montessori is not a franchise where you can expect each school to be pretty similar to every other Montessori School.
The following checklist contains guidelines which will help determine/evaluate each school you may be considering.
Are all Primary Directresses certified by at least one of the following?
- Ministry of Education (MOE)
- Certified by Pokhara Montessori Training Centre (PMTC) recognized by CTEVT.
- District Education Office (DEO)
- Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City Office
Directresses who have been certified by any of the above have undergone an extensive and thorough training program whereby they have made an extraordinary commitment in time, effort and finances to become certified. These dedicated professionals are trained to recognize and meet each child’s individuals needs using the Montessori Philosophical principles and techniques.
- Is the school a current member in good standing with either the MOE or CTEVT organization?
- Is the Founder or Principal of school helpful and available to address your questions / concerns?
- Are the classroom bright, cheery and inviting?
- Is each classroom equipped with a full complement of age appropriate Montessori materials for the following areas?
- Sensorial, Practical Life, Mathematics, Language, Geography, Botany and Science.
- Are Enrichment Programs included in the tuition or an extra charge?
- Are classrooms conducted in a calm and orderly manner? (Do children seem happy, focused and engaged in their work)
- Is the school clean and well maintained?
- Do classrooms / bathrooms / hallways smell clean?
- Is classroom furniture (i.e. tables / chairs / shelves) in good condition?
- Are play areas properly equipped and the landscaping maintained regularly?
- Is the heating / cooling comfortable throughout the facility?
- Are kitchen / food prep areas tidy and orderly?
- Does the facility generally look like being maintained both inside and out?
- Is the school designed with the safety, security and growth of your child in mind?
- Is there a library with enough learning materials?
- Is there a music room with appropriate instruments (piano, bells etc)
- Are there enough computers equipment with learning software for each age group?
- Is there a secure, door access system to gain entry into the facility?
- Are there camera monitors so you can observe classrooms without distracting students?