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ICME Accreditation Process


The following are the steps that need to be taken by a Montessori school wishing to become accredited:

  1. The Montessori school submits the Accreditation Application Form to ICME enclosing the total Application Fee payable.
  2. ICME issues the Montessori school with an Accreditation Questionnaire.
  3. A member of the ICME Board, visits the Montessori school for a consultative meeting to explain the Standards and Criteria. At this stage recommendations for improvement may be made if necessary.
  4. The Montessori school prepares a Self-study and submits it to the ICME Board.
  5. On receipt of the Self-study, an On-site Evaluation is carried out by a Montessori expert, appointed by the ICME Board to determine at first hand whether the Self-study and actual conditions correspond to the set Standards and Criteria.
  6. A copy of the On-site Evaluation Report is sent to the Montessori school.
  7. The On-site Evaluation Report and Self-study are submitted to the ICME Board.

The names of all accredited schools are published on the ICME web site and advertised regionally at regular intervals.

Accreditation Status

  1. Once a Montessori school has submitted an Accreditation Application Form and paid the application fees due, the school may publish that it is in the process of accreditation. However, if accreditation is not granted, all publicity must be withdrawn.


  1. After completion of the accreditation process and review by the ICME Board, a school may be awarded:

  • Full accreditation for a period of seven (7) years

  • Conditional accreditation?

  • A refusal of accreditation.


In the event of a refusal of accreditation, the school may re-apply after a period of at least one (1) year, when another on-site evaluation will be conducted. The additional costs will be borne by the school.

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