The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators

Promoting standards of excellence in Montessori education

While not all Montessori schools are certified, most are. And, if you’re considering a Montessori education for your child, you should factor this into your decision about which school is the right fit.


There are many certifying or accrediting centres for Montessori programs in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere. In Canada, the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) is the dominant one.

Background of the CCMA

The CCMA is a Canadian, not-for-profit centre. It promotes standards of excellence in Montessori education through the accreditation of schools. It also provides support and service, as well as a unified voice for its members across Canada. The CCMA is the only certifying body for early learning centres in Canada and is the leading accrediting centre for Canadian Montessori schools. There are more than 100 CCMA-accredited and applicant Montessori schools in Canada.

On the CCMA website, you can find the criteria for becoming a member school. You can also find a CCMA Montessori school locator.

History and vision of the CCMA

CCMA history

The CCMA was founded in 1977 by a small group of dedicated administrators who were committed to supporting each other and promoting public awareness of what an authentic Montessori school offers to families. Today there are more than 100 schools in the organization ranging in size from 30 students to larger schools of over 700 students. Toddler, early childhood, elementary, and teenage programs are all represented within CCMA schools.

CCMA vision: student-based learning

CCMA schools implement an education that meets the needs of each individual child and inspires them to make the world a better place.

CCMA values (to learn more, read their code of ethics)

To have respect at the core of everything it does
To be transformative leaders in creating excellence in Montessori schools
To be supportive and collaborative
To build partnerships
To promote joy and spontaneity in its learning communities

To learn more about the CCMA, visit their website. You can also read our guide to Montessori education to learn about the CCMA, other accrediting organizations, and Montessori education in general.

Advertisement
Find Private Schools:

In the spotlight:


Latest Articles

Well-being and belonging at Trinity College School  
Focusing on more than just academics (November 28, 2022)

Focusing on affordability in private education  
Trinity College School’s financial assistance program (November 8, 2022)

Questions to ask high schools  
Some key questions to ask when you’re choosing a high school (August 24, 2022)

Questions to ask elementary schools  
Some key questions to ask when you’re choosing an elementary or primary school for your child (August 24, 2022)

Ajax private schools  
Find independent schools in Ajax here (May 26, 2022)

By logging in or creating an account, you agree to Our Kids' Terms and Conditions. Information presented on this page may be paid advertising provided by the advertisers [schools/camps/programs] and is not warranted or guaranteed by OurKids.net or its associated websites. By using this website, creating or logging into an Our Kids account, you agree to Our Kids' Terms and Conditions. Please also see our Privacy Policy. Our Kids ™ © 2022 All right reserved.