The Value of Accreditation and Standards
The Value of Accreditation
Earning and maintaining accreditation by both the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) is a rigorous process that benefits our students, faculty and the community. The standards apply to every facet of the educational environment and program, and help us feel confident that we are meeting local and international standards of excellence all across the board.
The Association Montessori Internationale Certificate of Recognition, which we hold – though not every Montessori school does – extends credibility throughout the educational community, as well as within the Montessori community. It ensures that Montessori principles, created by Dr. Montessori, are faithfully put into practice in the interest of all children.
As an authentic, private Montessori school, we have worked diligently to attain AMI certification, which is granted only after a review process every three years to ensure that standards are being met including –
- AMI-certified teachers in the classroom,
- appropriate class size and age representation in each class, and
- complete sets of materials from a manufacturer authorized by AMI.
For a more in-depth description of the AMI accreditation standards, visit the AMI website.
Crabapple Montessori School is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvanceED, the umbrella organization of SACS CASI, accredits public and private schools. It represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide, educating 15 million students.
The following description is excerpted from an overview on the AdvancedED website:
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education…
While accreditation is a set of rigorous protocols and research-based processes for evaluating an institution’s organizational effectiveness, it is far more than that. Today accreditation examines the whole institution—the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders—to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students.
You may find it helpful to follow this link within the AdvancED website to get a comprehensive picture of all of the standards that Crabapple Montessori School meets as an accredited school.