SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP

INITIate

Please download the Montessori Teacher Information Page and the relevant materials list for your classroom levels. This should be uploaded on this page. For efficient processing be sure all documents are filled in completely before uploading them.

Glossary of Terms

  • Child-directed work – child selects and initiates their own activities from the prepared environment of the classroom

  • Montessori credentialed teacher – teacher having a Montessori credential from an MIA approved program that includes completion of practicum

  • Prepared Montessori environment – use of Montessori materials (Essential Montessori Materials)

  • Uninterrupted work period – a classroom work period of at least 2.5 hours

  • Core Montessori Components – Montessori credentialed teacher, prepared environment, multi-age classroom, child-directed work, and uninterrupted work periods

Process of Initiate Level

An Initiate Level School is a school that is currently working toward – or is striving toward having – a Montessori classroom that incorporates all of the Core Montessori Components (see Glossary).

 

Progressing through the Steps of Initiate School Member level to achieve a qualified Montessori classroom may take as long as 5 years for some schools. Other schools may complete the process in less time.

 

Schools may work through the process of achieving a qualified Montessori classroom in different ways. The following is an example of how the
process may be accomplished:

 

Step 1 School applies for MIA School Membership using the MIA Initiate School Membership form and agrees to follow MIA Code of Ethics. The school will formulate a plan for incorporating Core Montessori Components into the school’s program.

 

Step 2 On or before the end of year 3 of MIA membership, school will have in one classroom, a Montessori credentialed teacher and 100 % of essential Montessori materials. The school will continue to maintain a plan for incorporating the other 3 Core Components.

 

Step 3 On or before the end of year 4 of MIA membership, school will have incorporated multi-age group of children into the Montessori classroom. The school will continue to maintain a plan for incorporating the other 2 Core Components.

 

Step 4 On or before the end of year 5 of MIA membership, school will have incorporated child-directed work into the Montessori classroom. The school will continue to maintain a plan for incorporating the other Core Component.

 

Step 5 On or before the end of year 6 of MIA membership, school will have incorporated into the Montessori classroom an uninterrupted work period of at least 2.5 hours.

 

Step 6 Having successfully incorporated and continuing to maintain the specifications of Steps 1-5, the school may apply for Associate Level Membership.

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HEAD OF SCHOOL

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MEMBER SCHOOL'S REPRESENTATIVE

For MIA voting purposes: Person who is authorized to vote

Is this a RENEWAL Application? 

Renewal means that your school was an MIA member school last year.

What are the current conditions at your school? Check all that apply.
What are the current conditions at your school? Check all that apply.

*Montessori credential from an MIA approved program that includes completion of practicum. 

IDENTIFY ALL MONTESSORI CLASSROOMS

Identify as new or existing (last year) by age level, and by room designation. Existing means the classroom existed as a Montessori classroom last year. 

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Montessori Teacher Information Page
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"As Head of this School, I affirm that: 

  • the information provided in this application is true and accurate and that misrepresenting thee conditions at this school will put this school's application for MIA School Membership at risk of disqualification or membership certificate being revoked. 

  • if I have supplied misspelled information or provided inaccurate information on this form, it could delay processing of certification or cause the Member School name to be displayed incorrectly on the certificate and on the MIA website, due to no fault on the part of MIA or its representatives. 

  • I understand that an MIA Member School certificate is valid for a period of one year from the issue date and may be renewed each year. 

  • I understand that receiving an MIA Member School certificate does not allow this school to use the Montessori Institute of America (MIA) name or logo without prior permission. Montessori Institute of America (MIA) name and logo are the property of MIA. 

  • I understand that an MIA representative may periodically visit this school for the purpose of verification, in accordance with MIA guidelines for MIA School Membership.

Head of School's Signature

Submit payment after this form has been completed. The link below leads to the payment page. Select the appropriate number of classrooms. This form will not be processed until payment has been made. 

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