The name “Montessori” is in the public domain. Anyone can use it and claim to be a “Montessori School.” That’s why we encourage you to do your homework before you enroll your child anywhere.
- Visit the school.
- Ask your friends who have recent experience with the school.
- Contact the agency responsible for overseeing the school (for example, the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools or the Arizona Department of Health Services, etc.).
- Check the staff’s credentials, training, and experience.
- Choose the school with a history of success with alumni that possess the qualities you most want for your child.
Please be aware that some schools advertise themselves as “Montessori Inspired” or “Montessori Based.” Although these may be fine schools, they are not Montessori Schools.