Accreditation and Approach

Montessori School of Fairfax is accredited by AMS, COGNIA, members of VCPE, and Full School Member with IMC (International Montessori Council)

The Process

Accreditation is a service provided to full-member schools by the American Montessori Society. It is a voluntary process that takes 1 to 2 years to complete.  

Accreditation begins with an intensive self-study, by the school, involving the school’s entire community—students, staff, faculty, administration, board members and parents.

During the process, every aspect of the school is examined and documented, including governance, curriculum, fiscal and personnel policies, facilities, health and safety practices, teacher preparation, and learner outcomes.

At the end of the self-study period, a thorough, onsite peer visit is conducted.

American Montessori Society

In addition to determining whether the school meets American Montessori Society standards, the review team evaluates the school to see how well it is achieving its own mission and goals—whether the school is what it says it is and does what it says it does.

After identifying both strengths and areas for improvement, the school commits to a strategic plan that incorporates the recommendations of its peer review team.

All AMS accredited schools must maintain compliance with school accreditation standards and be on a path of continuous improvement. Each accredited school submits a yearly report outlining progress toward the objectives in its strategic plan.


As American Montessori Society members, we pledge to conduct ourselves professionally and personally in ways that we will reflect our respect for each other and for the children we serve. We will do whatever is within our talents and capacity to protect the rights of each child to have the freedom and opportunity to develop his or her full potential without regards to race, sex, creed or national origin.