Genuine Montessori Pathway

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If we truly consider education to be the development of latent possibilities, rather than using the word education, we should adopt another: cultivation. The educator must cultivate the potentialities existing in the child, so they may develop and expand. It is essential to take advantage of this highly sensitive period in the life of the human being if, indeed, humanity is to improve.

Maria Montessori in Citizen of the World, p. 76

We are very excited to offer our members the opportunity to participate in the Genuine Montessori Pathway (GMP). Rather than an accreditation program, the GMP has been designed to guide schools and centres through a process of self-study, reflection, planning and ongoing assessment.


The goals of the pathway are to:

  • Improve genuine Montessori practices in schools and centres.
  • Support the whole school/centre community to engage in reflection and enhanced Montessori practice.
  • Strengthen teamwork.
  • Improve the way schools and centres allocate their resources.
  • Support schools and centres to engage in strategic planning.
  • Ensure that each participating school or centre’s purpose statement will be evident in all aspects of its work.

The Process

Below is a summary of the steps involved in participating in the GMP. We envision your work will involve regular revisits to the Self Study and Improvement Plan as part of your ongoing “best practice” even after completing this initial process.

Rationale for Self-Study

Many schools and centres worldwide undertake a self-study as a regular strategy to assure quality practices. Montessori schools and centres are fortunate to have a wealth of guidance that emanates from the long-established principles developed by Maria Montessori and the well-defined methodology that supports those principles. Educators who closely adhere to Montessori principles are on a genuine pathway towards authentic practice. We recognise that everyone is at a different stage, and the Genuine Montessori Pathway is designed to provide tailored, customised support to small centres, large schools, and everything in between. 

The Genuine Montessori Pathway Stages and Logos

The GMP logo signals to the wider community that your school or centre is committed to working on a pathway of growth and improvement toward genuine Montessori practice. There are two main stages of the GMP program: Engagement and Annual Accomplishment.

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Engagement in the Genuine Montessori Pathway

An organisation begins the Engagement stage once MSCA receives the signed Acceptance Agreement. The Agreement will be countersigned by MSCA and sent back with an Engagement Certificate, which the organisation may display. The Genuine Montessori Pathway Engagement Logo will be provided after MSCA has received the Self Study and Improvement Plan. This logo may be used by the organisation, including on its website, for the duration of their Engagement.

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Annual Accomplishment

To achieve Annual Accomplishment, an organisation must submit a satisfactory Progress Report on the implementation of its Improvement Plan within 12 months. An Annual Accomplishment logo for the year of achievement will be provided. Rather than indicating completion of the pathway, Annual Accomplishment signifies that participants have completed all components necessary for ongoing work towards genuine Montessori practice. Each year, participants will choose new focus areas from their Self Study to create an updated Improvement Plan for submission.

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Each year of accomplishment is added to the Annual Accomplishment logo, further reinforcing the organisation’s commitment to being on a pathway of growth and improvement toward genuine Montessori practice.

Apply to Participate Now

Only a limited number of organisations will be engaged at any one time, so APPLY NOW!
Applications will be added to a waiting list if all available positions are filled.

Fill in the online application form.