Accreditation & Certifications
While any institution can benefit from Montessori principles, only a select few are officially accredited to implement them. If you, as a parent, are interested in the Montessori method and its principles, we strongly advise you to always look for certain accreditations and licenses that can certify the credibility of any Montessori school.
Here at MSC, we are perfectly in tune with the Montessori philosophy. We have voluntarily submitted to – and successfully obtained – the all-important accreditation and certifications that vouch for our excellence. Such quality can be found in our teaching methods, staff, and the positive impact we provide to your child’s academic and social growth.
American Montessori Society
The American Montessori Society is a worldwide organization responsible for leading, empowering, and serving the global community of Montessori educators. Besides mobilizing forces for Montessori causes all over the globe through research and support services, they also offer official accreditation to select learning institutions.
In the case of MSC, besides being a member school of the AMS, we’re also AMS-accredited. This means we’re among the 15% of member schools that share this distinction, achieving excellence on all 5 essential components needed to develop quality Montessori programs, which are:
- Properly trained Montessori teachers
- Mixed-age classrooms
- Use of special Montessori learning materials
- Child-directed network
- Uninterrupted work periods
All of this is integrated in our thoroughly elaborated Montessori work cycle.
MSC also has a SAIS (Serving and Accrediting Independent Schools) certification, which is offered to a select number of independent schools that manage to comply with rigorous standards set by the organization.
The inspection process includes the rigorous evaluation of facilities, staff, learning methods, and overall infrastructure.
The accreditation process happens in three stages:
- Verification of compliance with standards/indicators
- Completion of a self-study
- Visit by a team of peer educators
Submitting to this certification is 100% voluntary, but is still something you should care for when searching for Montessori schools for your child.
Green Steps School
The connection between our Montessori work cycle and the environment is very deliberate and a key attribute of the learning experiences we offer at MSC. We firmly believe in the importance of direct contact with nature, and encourage students to take responsibility for their natural surroundings by respecting and taking care of them.
The Green Steps Schools program, created by the EEASC, rewards South Carolina schools that are successful in establishing sustainability projects to learn, act, and teach others about the importance of protecting and conserving nature.