Why Choose a CCMA School?

Why Choose a CCMA School?

Parents who choose a CCMA Accredited Member school are joining those who want the best possible education for their children based on authentic Montessori philosophy.

CCMA sets standards to protect the Montessori name. Accreditation by CCMA is a way to help schools be accountable to each other, parents, and the larger community. It also helps establish a consistency of standards and the preservation of the Montessori philosophy of education. For parents, CCMA provides information and education to help make good choices and support their children in Montessori schools.

A CCMA School offers your child:

  • A carefully prepared child-centred environment
  • Mixed age (family groupings) per classroom
  • An opportunity to progress at his/her own pace
  • Activity-based learning
  • Freedom and responsibility
  • Co-operation, collaboration, not competition

A CCMA School offers you as a parent:

  • Ongoing feedback on your child's progress
  • An invitation to participate in many aspects of school life
  • An environment where parents and teachers support each other with the desire to help your child be successful

An Accredited Member shall meet the following criteria:

  • Each classroom has one teacher who holds an age-appropriate diploma from an AMI or MACTE accredited teacher training institute or any other teacher training programme that may be recognized by the CCMA.
  • Each classroom has a full range of Montessori materials as recommended by CCMA, which offers the broad curriculum to allow for sequential learning.
  • Have multi-age grouping in each classroom (3-6,6-9,9-12 etc.) which supports the concept that learning is a social process.
  • Have a long uninterrupted work cycle which allows for the development of focus, concentration, and engagement.
  • Have a policy of admitting children to the programme at the appropriate age level consistent with Montessori principles and sensitive periods for learning.
  • Programmes for children 3-6 years of age, require attendance five days per week for consistency in learning.
  • Agree to abide by the CCMA Code of Ethics.
  • Have successfully completed the Accreditation process which includes a comprehensive review of policies, standards, and practices of the school by a CCMA Accreditation team.
  • Is licensed by the appropriate Provincial Licensing Authority.
  • Meets the relevant Building, Health, Safety, and Fire codes and carry appropriate insurance.
  • Is guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.

History

The CCMA was founded in 1977 by a small group of dedicated administrators who were committed to supporting each other and promoting public awareness of what an authentic Montessori school offers to families. Today there are more than 110 schools in the organization ranging in size from an enrollment of 30 students to larger schools of over 700 students. Toddler, early childhood, elementary and adolescent programmes are all represented within CCMA schools.

CCMA Mission

CCMA promotes standards of excellence in Montessori education through accreditation, support and service, and provides a unified voice for our members across Canada.

CCMA Vision

CCMA schools will implement an education that meets the needs of each individual child and inspires them to make the world a better place.

CCMA - Promoting Excellence in the Montessori Community

The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) is an authority and voice for Montessori Administrators in Canada. Accredited Member schools and Applicant schools are accountable to CCMA for ensuring that qualifying programmes meet the standards and criteria established by the Council. CCMA recognizes teacher training institutes that meet the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and/or the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

CCMA acts as a support group for Montessori Administrators, functioning as a unified voice in matters of negotiation with other agencies and as a source of knowledge and expertise on matters of school administration. Accredited Member schools and Applicant schools are supported by CCMA through workshops, conferences, regular meetings, and public awareness initiatives. CCMA evaluates programmes to assist in developing and maintaining the highest possible standards of Montessori education.