Global Montessori Schools CensusThis database is provided as a service to the global Montessori community by The Montessori Foundation and The Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS).
No one owns the term Montessori, which means that anyone can call themselves a Montessori school. For this database we are taking schools at their word; if they call themselves a Montessori school, we are including them. Please understand that schools vary in terms of their authenticity and commitment to Montessori principles.
For the same reason, it is not possible for any database of this sort to be complete. The Center for Guided Montessori Studies employs many people to try and maintain this database, but our methods of finding them are not too dissimilar to yours. Except where we already know a school to exist ourselves, we rely on web searches and existing lists to both discover a school and to verify it exists. If a school does not have a website, then we may choose to include it in our list, or not, at our discretion, with the warning that the listing is unverified. Our database is certain to include schools that no longer exist, to miss schools that do exist and to also include some listings that are not authentic Montessori schools.
If you are interested in finding out more about this project, or in volunteering to help increase the accuracy of the listings, please contact CGMS.
If you are with a legitimate montessori organization, we may at our discretion choose to share our current list with your group for the purposes of extending the reach of authentic Montessori. If so, we will require you to be compliant with the CAN-SPAM Act, regardless of whether you are a U.S. organization or not.