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MPA's Full Accreditation by the American Montessori Society

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News Release

Montessori Private Academy (MPA) recently received accreditation from the American Montessori Society (AMS).  Rising to this level of excellence is very rigorous and took 2 1/2 years of self-study, refinement, and AMS onsite review to accomplish.  Illinois, which has had a long Montessori tradition, has 25 accredited schools, by far the greatest concentration in the U.S.

To be accredited by AMS, all lead teachers must be Montessori certified to teach the ages of the children in their classroom. Accreditation also affirms that MPA meets a standard of excellence recognized by the American Montessori community and by educators worldwide. Enrollment for each school year begins in January and is usually complete by February 1st.

About The Montessori Method of Education

The Montessori method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth through young adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time-tested, with over 110 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.

About American Montessori Society

In the United States, the American Montessori Society is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMS sets high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.

About Montessori Private Academy

Montessori Private Academy has been a pillar of the Rockford region since 1983, when a group of dedicated parents determined to create the first Montessori school in the Rock River Valley. Since that time, this not-for-profit institution has expanded its age range from two year-olds through ninth grade, with a total enrollment of 183 students in 2018. 


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