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The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes is proud to be the only Montessori school in Indiana that is dually accredited. We are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and The American Montessori Society (AMS).

ISACS-accredited schools meet more than 50 standards of membership, employ best practices as articulated by ISACS and the National Association of Independent Schools, and undergo a comprehensive, rigorous, and thorough process of school improvement every seven years involving broad participation by school personnel, the board of trustees, and major constituencies.

ISACS accreditation is recognized by the Indiana Department of Education and the National Association of Independent Schools.

AMS accreditation affirms that a school meets a standard of excellence recognized by educators and Montessorians worldwide, including adhering to Montessori philosophy and methodology, maintaining excellence in planning and implementing curriculum, and enacting an effective assessment system to facilitate students’ learning.

ISACS accreditation certifies that The Montessori Academy:

  • is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and operates sufficiently independent of all other organizations to determine its own mission and program.
     
  • has met more than 50 standards of best practice for independent education.
     
  • subscribes to principles of good practice in admissions and employment.
     
  • completes a financial audit on a periodic basis and responds to any recommendations by the auditors.
     
  • conducts a survey of the school’s constituencies be undertaken as part of the accreditation process.
     
  • has a fully developed and disclosed mission and philosophy of education, and that its programs are in congruence with that philosophy.
     
  • completes a comprehensive, rigorous, and thorough process of school improvement every seven years involving broad participation of school personnel, the board of trustees, and major constituencies.

Every seven years, a review process covers all major aspects and programs of the school, citing strengths and challenges faced, and make recommendations for improvement. As part of the accreditation cycle, the school completes a comprehensive self-study, surveys its constituencies and performs other tasks which are then reviewed by a visiting team. The visiting team is comprised of teachers and administrators from ISACS-member schools who understand and appreciate independent school qualities and contributions to American education.

The visiting team’s report and their vote on Standards are presented to the ISACS Evaluation Review Committee, which makes a recommendation on accreditation to the ISACS Board of Trustees. The ISACS Board of Trustees makes the final decision regarding accreditation.

To read more about ISACS accreditation please go to ISACS Website.

American Montessori Society (AMS)
accreditation certifies that MAEL:

  • is consistent with the Montessori philosophy of facilitating the student’s development of full potential.
     
  • provides governance and leadership that promote student learning and school effectiveness.
     
  • provides a Montessori curriculum and Montessori instructional methods and materials that facilitate learning for all students.
     
  • demonstrates curriculum planning and implementation at every level of development.
     
  • structures classroom communities around a multi-age grouping, promoting learning from peers while also providing opportunities to lead and model.
     
  • maintains an environment that incorporates materials, structure, and leadership to best meet the needs of all students.
     
  • teachers demonstrate knowledge and internalization of the core beliefs of Montessori philosophy, such as respect for the individual learner, preparation of the environment, fostering independence, order and concentration in the student, respect for and recognition of sensitive periods and planes of development, recognizing intrinsic motivation of the student, and the absorbent mind.
     
  • enacts a comprehensive assessment system that monitors and documents outcomes and uses these results to improve learner outcomes and school effectiveness.
     
  • provides for ethical and fair and non-discriminatory practices for all employees, teaching and non-teaching.
     
  • provides facilities, sites, and equipment that are functional, safe and fully support the school’s mission and beliefs.
     
  • fosters effective communications and relationships with and among its stakeholders.

To read more about AMS accreditation please visit AMS Website.

If you would like to learn more about MAEL’s accreditation, please contact us.

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