Accreditation & Affiliations
Madison Community Montessori School has been recognized by AMI since its founding in 1972.
The AMI school recognition program was initiated in the United States to assist parents in assessing whether schools are following Montessori’s principles and practices in their original integrity and completeness. It is upon these standards that AMI recognition is granted.
A school applies to become an AMI-Montessori school annually. The recognition status is based upon the training of their teachers as well as their compliance with the pedagogical standards. There are three different status levels offered:
MCMS is an AMI recognized school for all levels 0-12, and the only school in the state of WI with this level of recognition at all levels. To receive an AMI Certificate of Recognition a school must be in compliance with all of the AMI standards, the most significant of which is that there is an AMI-trained lead teacher at the appropriate age level in each classroom. Other standards include availability of the complete set of Montessori materials, number of children present, 3-year mixed-age classes and extended work periods of 3 hours.
For schools that do not meet all of the standards, AMI/USA offers two alternatives:
To qualify for affiliated status, 80% of the head teachers must hold the appropriate AMI diploma and the school must meet all other AMI standards.
AMI/USA Associated/Public Schools
To qualify for the associated status, 50% of the head teachers must hold an AMI diploma, and at least one must be teaching at the appropriate age level. The associated status is also a transitional category for schools that are in the process of developing programs that meet all of the AMI standards.
For more information, please visit the AMI/USA website.
The International Montessori Council (IMC) is an international organization of Montessori schools, the men and women who lead them, own them, or serve on their boards, and other organizations interested in supporting the goals of the IMC. As an independent Montessori professional and accrediting organization, the IMC serves the entire Montessori community. The International Montessori Council (IMC) is a worldwide, 501(c)(6) professional membership organization of Montessori schools, their leaders, parents, and friends.
Independent School Management
ISM is dedicated to the advancement of school management. They provide creative strategies by combining extensive research, proven management techniques, and personalized service.
National Association of Independent Schools
NAIS empowers independent schools and the students they serve. The association offers research and trend analysis, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders.
NAMTA provides practical services that benefit teachers and administrators in their everyday activities.
The Montessori Foundation was established in 1992 to create an independent source of assistance, encouragement, and support for the international Montessori community. The mission of the Montessori Foundation is to nurture, inspire, and support the development of strong, successful Montessori schools around the world.