The following are the steps that need to be taken by a Montessori school
wishing to become accredited:
- The Montessori school submits the Accreditation
Application Form to ICME enclosing the total Application Fee payable.
- ICME issues the Montessori school with an
- A member of the ICME Board, visits the Montessori
school for a consultative meeting to explain the Standards and Criteria. At
this stage recommendations for improvement may be made if necessary.
- The Montessori school prepares a Self-study and
submits it to the ICME Board.
- On receipt of the Self-study, an On-site Evaluation
is carried out by a Montessori expert, appointed by the ICME Board to
determine at first hand whether the Self-study and actual conditions
correspond to the set Standards and Criteria.
- A copy of the On-site Evaluation Report is sent to
the Montessori school.
- The On-site Evaluation Report and Self-study are
submitted to the ICME Board.
The names of all accredited schools are published on the ICME
web site and advertised regionally at regular intervals.
Once a Montessori school has submitted
an Accreditation Application Form and paid the application fees due, the
school may publish that it is in the process of accreditation. However, if
accreditation is not granted, all publicity must be withdrawn.
After completion of the accreditation
process and review by the ICME Board, a school may be awarded:
Full accreditation for a period of
seven (7) years
A refusal of accreditation.
In the event of a refusal of accreditation,
the school may re-apply after a period of at least one (1) year, when another
on-site evaluation will be conducted. The additional costs will be borne by the